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Indiana universities propose tuition increases

by Stephanie Wiechmann and Brandon Smith

June 3, 2013

It’s the season for proposed tuition increases at Indiana’s public universities.  This week, three schools are holding public hearings on their proposed tuition plans.

Tonight is a public hearing for Ivy Tech Community College – the state’s community college system.  The school plans to raise its tuition $20 per credit hour over the next two years, which breaks down to an increase of $5 each semester.  That’s a more than 8 percent tuition increase each year.

In early May, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recommended that the state’s colleges keep tuition and fee increases at no more than 2 percent for the next two years.  Ivy Tech officials say its tuition is still the lowest in the state, citing just a $25 rise over the last six years.

On Wednesday, public hearings are scheduled for tuition plans at Ball State University and Indiana University.  Ball State has proposed a 2 percent tuition increase for each year of the next two years.  The Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the plan at a meeting on Thursday.  Indiana University will hold its public hearing at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis.  The school has proposed an increase of 1.75 percent per year for the next two years.

Purdue University trustees have already approved its two-year tuition plan.  The school will freeze tuition at its West Lafayette campus for two years.

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says the Commission asked colleges to limit tuition increase to no higher than the rate of inflation because the new biennial Indiana state budget includes more than $235 million in additional support for universities.