MOUNT PLEASANT (WJRT) -
(05/01/14) - The cost of tuition just keeps going up for many college students across the country.
Pretty soon, Central Michigan University students will have to prepare for another increase.
The Board of Trustees voted Thursday morning on a 2.9 percent increase for the 2014, 2015 school year.
The increase is equivalent to $11 per credit hour for in-state undergraduates.
Although CMU has adopted the lowest tuition increase in the past four years in the state, some students still aren't sure how they're going to be able to afford to pay for college.
Steve Smith, a spokesman with the university, says one of the driving factors for the increase is due to less funding for state education.
The university is working with the business leaders of Michigan to try to find more funding for education so the burden doesn't continue to fall on students.
"If it's going to be going up, if the price is going up, then I don't know most people are going to be able to pay for it if they're going to want to get further in their education, it makes me kind of angry," said Christine Hayes, CMU freshman.
"It doesn't really personally impact me because I am part of the Centralis program on a full ride, but I know I have a lot of friends, a lot of sorority sisters that do have to work part-time jobs or full-time jobs and are already struggling as it is to come up with the money paying for tuition, so hearing that it's going up really concerns me," said Rachel Anderson, sophomore.
This years budget proposal by Gov. Rick Snyder would require schools to limit increases to 3.2 percent. If not, they will not receive full state funding.
Students living on campus will also see room and board rates rise about $240 a year.