Michigan State University isn't waiting on state lawmakers any longer. To make up for reduced state funding, the MSU Board of Trustees approved at 9.6% tuition hike for both undergraduates and graduate students. That breaks down to close to $800 more full-time freshman and sophomores will have to shell out to attend the university.
"We're not going to avoid fixing the roof this year as a show somehow of reduction, because the roof still needs to be fixed," said Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon.
The state is giving MSU an estimated $286.9 million dollars this fiscal year. That's a 1.8% drop from last year.
"The truth is, the only ones that can make something happen for this university, and all the universities, is the legislators," said Faylene Owen, a member of MSU's Board of Trustees. "They've got to start thinking about these students."
There is still time. There's a possibility students could see the tuition increase drop.
"If they adopt the 2008 budget, and take the governor's recommendation, tuition will be 6.4%. That's the one thing we gotta get done," said Joel Ferguson, the MSU Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Students are holding their breath, and hoping this is the last increase they'll see in the mail.
"If they keep raising it-- like I see next year, that they're raising it another 11%, 12% something like that, and you start to see a pattern, that's when you have to say enough is enough," said MSU student Nick Stumpo.