MSU and the University of Michigan to raise tuition rates

Jun 20, 2014

Michigan State University.
Michigan State University.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Students at two of Michigan’s largest universities will be paying more in the fall.

The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents increased in-state undergraduate costs by 2.6% yesterday.

For out-of-state students, the increases will be higher: According to The Michigan Daily, out-of-state undergraduates will see their cost of attendance rise by 3.4%.

That brings the total cost of in-state attendance to $13,158. For out-of-state students, cost of attendance will be around $41,578.

Michigan State University followed suit today, increasing its in-state costs by 2.6% for in-state underclassmen, and 2.9% for in-state juniors and seniors.

The state’s budget increased its funding for higher education this year by 5.9%.

For the University of Michigan and its three campuses — Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn — that translates to $295 million coming from Lansing. That’s an increase of $18.5 million.

In East Lansing, MSU will receive $264.4 million from the state. But as LSJ’s Matthew Miller points out, “the same as it was in the mid-1990s.”

The move to increase tuition drew ire from University of Michigan Regent Andrea Fischer Newman.

From MLive:

"Is there some point where you would recommend we not increase tuition? Is there a number the State Legislature gives to the school where we're not having these conversations [about tuition increases]?"

But as others at the meeting pointed out, the recent increases in state funding don’t make up for a bigger, recession-fueled cuts.

Between 2008 and 2012, Lansing cut its contributions to higher education by 33%.

- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom