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Big tuition increases the norm in many states this fall

September 23, 2003

Faced with budget cuts, many public colleges were forced to raise tuition for the second straight year and by the largest margins ever. In fact, double-digit increases in tuition were common across the country.

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges found in a survey that more than 25 state colleges or university systems increased tuition by 10 percent to 20 percent. Five raised tuition by 20 percent or more, four by 25 percent or more and another four by 30 percent or more.
September 23, 2003

Faced with budget cuts, many public colleges were forced to raise tuition for the second straight year and by the largest margins ever. In fact, double-digit increases in tuition were common across the country.

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges found in a survey that more than 25 state colleges or university systems increased tuition by 10 percent to 20 percent. Five raised tuition by 20 percent or more, four by 25 percent or more and another four by 30 percent or more.

The tuition increases this year, not adjusted for inflation, are as large as any during the past three decades, and are showing up in more states, says David L. Wright, a senior research analyst with State Higher Education Executive Officers, an association of state officials at higher-education governing and coordinating boards.

Because tuition increases invariably provoke student and parent wrath, some states tried innovative new policies, such as charging new students more than returning students. In Illinois, a new law guarantees that tuition will not rise between students' freshman year and graduation.

While some college and university officials are hopeful the tuition tempest may be short-term, others say the cuts to higher ed could be permanent, indicating new lows in support.

For a complete report, see The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 15, 2003, or go to www.nasulgc.org/Public%20Affairs/tuition/Tuitionandfeecharges8-20-03.pdf
Debbie Denton