Colorado’s Tuition Hike
by Daniel Luzer
Attention Colorado families: it’s now time to get prepared to spend more money to send your kids to college. According to an article by Todd Engdahl in State Bill Colorado:
State colleges and universities filed tuition flexibility plans with the state Department of Higher Education Friday, the first such requests under a new state law that gives institutions greater control over tuition rates.
As of 5 p.m., the department had received e-mailed plans from the University of Colorado System, Metropolitan State College, Mesa State College and Fort Lewis College.
“Flexibility plan” is a euphemism; it really means just raising tuition.
Back in the spring, the Colorado state legislature approved a measure allowing public colleges to increase tuition and the state to support higher education less generously. This occurred because Colorado was short $1.7 billion it needed to cover state expenses.
The law allows public colleges to raise tuition up to 9 percent a year until 2016 without state approval. The University of Colorado system wants to raise tuition 9.5 percent for the 2011-12 school year.