Wayne State Tuition Increase Benefits Other Schools

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- Wayne State University's decision to raise tuition at a rate above a cap for performance funding set by the state Legislature is benefiting Michigan's other public universities.

State Budget Director John Nixon formally notified the Detroit school earlier this month that it was forfeiting $534,700 in performance funding because of the 8.9 percent increase.

The Detroit Free Press reports the money has been divided among the state's other 14 public universities.

Michigan set aside $21.9 million in this year's budget for performance funding based on a number of categories, including graduation rates. One requirement was to keep tuition increases under 3.75 percent. This was the second year universities were eligible for such funding.

Wayne State officials have blamed the size of the increase on an erosion of state support.

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