(AP) — Indiana's higher education commission on Friday approved
recommendations that the state's public universities keep their tuition
increases under caps of 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent in each of the next two
universities aren't required to follow the recommendations on tuition for
in-state students, but objections to hikes in recent years prompted
legislators this spring to consider implementing a tuition freeze as part
of the new state budget.
for Higher Education voted unanimously to approve the tuition caps during
its meeting at the Indiana University Kokomo campus, spokesman Jason
recommended tuition increases of 3.5 percent for in-state students are for
the main campuses of Indiana University and Purdue University. The lowest
caps of 2.5 percent are recommended for Indiana State University,
Vincennes University and the regional campuses of Purdue and IU.
line is we are very concerned that we do not price people out of their
opportunity for a middle-class life in Indiana," Teresa Lubbers, the
state's higher education commissioner, told The Indianapolis Star.
"College costs cannot continue to increase at the present rate."
lower increases were recommended for campuses with high numbers of low-
income students who are most sensitive to tuition increases.
President France Cordova, who has been outspoken in her criticism of
previous state cuts to higher education, has maintained college campuses
can't sacrifice quality in education.
worked diligently over the past year to cut costs and find efficiencies
while striving to sustain and build the quality of a Purdue education and
generate the knowledge necessary for the future of our state," Cordova
said in a statement.
Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said he
hoped college officials have been getting the message that families can't
take another big increase.
support the commission and its recommendations," Kenley said Thursday.
"Universities should try to live with certain restraints in these economic
times. And I hope they are not tempted to go beyond (the caps)."
Asked what he
might do if they don't, Kenley replied, "That depends on how much the
panel's adoption of the recommendations, the universities will begin to
release their actual tuition increases.
"We feel the
recommendations strike a really good balance between operational needs and
concerns of institutions," Lubbers said. "But the priority for us is that
students have an opportunity to go to college and compete."