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Another 9 percent tuition hike proposed for Colorado colleges

7:10 PM, Oct 10, 2009   |    comments
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If that happens, it would come on top of overall 9 percent increases for state residents this school year and 2008-09 hikes of 9.5 percent at research institutions, 7.5 percent at four-year colleges and 5 percent at community colleges.

Looking back over a longer period is even more sobering. According to a Department of Higher Education report, "The largest percentage increases over the last 10 years [1998-99 to 2008-09] have occurred at the research institutions, ranging from 93 percent at Colorado State University to 237 percent at CU-Boulder for the business program. At four-year colleges, increases over 10 years have ranged from 56 percent at Metro State to 181 percent at Mesa State, with community colleges at 47 percent." (Note: Mesa officials report that the actual increase over the period was 100 percent.)

Tuition hikes for out-of-state undergrads and graduate students have been even steeper. Colleges generally are allowed to set those rates as high as the market will bear.

A primary driver of higher tuition has been declining state tax-dollar support for public colleges and universities.

The 9 percent recommendation for 2010-11 was made Thursday by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education but is not the last word on the subject. The commission is proposing the 9 percent be an average within institutions or systems, with boards of trustees having flexibility to set different rates for individual programs.

For Todd Engdahl's full story from Education News Colorado, click here.

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