Target: University of Michigan Regents Denise Ilitch, Laurence Deitch, Andrea Fischer Newman, and Michigan State University Trustee Diann Woodard
Goal: Encourage public university trustees to keep fighting for affordable higher education
Public universities across the U.S. are annually raising tuition. Last week, both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University Boards of Trustees approved a 2.8% and 3.5% tuition hike, respectively. Members voting in favor of the increase cite a lack of state funding, rising overhead costs for the university, and faculty salaries as the main causes.
Although the financial aid budget for both universities has been expanded for the 2012-13 school year, and the tuition increase is modest compared to other U.S. public universities, the bottom line is that there is a problem with an incremental cost increase to a student base that is not becoming incrementally wealthier.
There are checks in place to keep tuition hikes under a ceiling. Governor Rick Snyder requires state universities to keep their annual tuition increases under 5%, otherwise they will not receive state funding. Still, more needs to be done to find system cost-cutters and new avenues of revenue.
By no means do university trustees and presidents have it easy. However, it is vital that the vision of a truly affordable higher education be maintained. Post-bachelor’s degree life is too uncertain in our present economy for young adults to not be frantic about the ever-climbing price of an education.
Sign below to support the trustees who stood against the rising tide of college tuition.
Dear University of Michigan Regents Denise Ilitch, Laurence Deitch, Andrea Fischer Newman, and Michigan State University Trustee Diann Woodard,
Thank you for fighting the good fight. It comforts people across the country to know you are standing up for an education free from anxiety brought on by overwhelming financial pressures. We know the task is not an easy one, nor are the solutions painted on the walls. But as long as there are members on trustee boards across the country who are willing to dissent in the service of the student, in service of a better education for a broader people, there is hope.
Please continue the struggle and vision for an end to exorbitant higher education costs.
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