Tuition raises for students at Michigan State University

Published: Jun. 21, 2017 at 7:28 PM EDT
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Students at Michigan State University (MSU) will be seeing a tuition increase this academic year as well as a plan to freeze tuition rates for the freshman entering the 2018-2019 academic year.

Undergraduate freshman and sophomores for the upcoming year will see a tuition increase of about 2.8%, which is about $195 more for a 15 credit schedule.

Michigan State President, Lou Anna K. Simon, says she believes the new tuition increase will be beneficial and doable with the new, "Go Green, Go 15" initiative. That initiative encourages students to take 15 credits per semester to help them graduate in four years. It is also implemented to help students decrease their overall debt.

Simon says, "If you take more credits no matter what your preparation for the first year , you're going to be able to graduate higher and you've actually had better predicted performance if you do that. You just cut the counter initiative. So what we've done but I know that people see per credit cost as a barrier to that."

And some students at Michigan State University do see the 15 credit goal as a barrier. Incoming MSU freshman, Mark Matynka, said he thinks the tuition increase affects the students in a negative way and says the "Go Green, Go 15" initiative may be too overwhelming for incoming freshman.

Matynka says,"I think 15 credits is a lot. Especially at the beginning of the year when you're just starting off. Your college experience and trying to get into the life of it."

Other students feel that it is their responsibility to speak up and make a change. That is what undergraduate president Lorezna Santavicca wants to do.

Santavicca says, "This is not something that should be unexpected at this point. We know that our state has been continuously disinvesting in our state society and our future and I think a lot of this pressure has to be on our state legislature and elections telling students they need to go out and vote."

Simon said that MSU will also be giving out more than six million more dollars in financial aid help. The board of trustees also voted to freeze tuition for incoming freshman for the fall semester of 2018.