MSU Tuition Cost Increase Targets Upperclassmen

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

Some students at Michigan State University are particularly upset this year about the proposed tuition increase.

"I think it's not fair," said Niccole Hill, an MSU senior. "I have friends and co-workers that have to take semesters off just to save money. I understand that inflation and everything does affect tuition rates, but it's too steep right now."

While any increase always meets resistance, this proposed increase targets students after they get established. Upperclassmen would pay about $1,400 more each year.

"Tuition rates are already out of control," said Phil Goeman, a senior at MSU. "I think they do it because they can. I don't think it has anything to do with fair because once you establish yourself at Michigan State it's hard to get your credits to transfer once you reach that junior senior status."

"You try to make the opportunity to come to Michigan State as gentle as possible," said Brian Breslin, the Vice Chair of the MSU Board of Trustees.

University leaders say it's more about economics than groups. They say the fact is the final two years of study are more specialized and cost more to provide.

While the state legislature increased its funding to Michigan State University, President Simon says the state's funding only accounts for about 25 percent of the university's revenue and so a tuition increase was still needed to cover the rising costs of inflation.

"So if the state's budget were 90 percent of our budget our position would be different but it's not it's only 25 so you have to raise the other part to get an overall increase near inflation," said Lou Anna K. Simon, President of MSU.

President Simon says many other universities charge higher rates to upperclassmen, and the increase is less than the school had previously advertised.

Still, some students don't like being treated differently.

"We are all students here and I think tuition should be the same across the board," said Hill.

The university's board of trustees will vote on the proposed budget with the tuition increase this Friday.

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