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Published March 30, 2012, 10:33 PM

MSUM considering tuition increase

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Students attending MSUM could be digging deeper to come up with more money for school next year.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Students attending MSUM could be digging deeper to come up with more money for school next year. The administration has asked the Student Senate to approve a proposed tuition and fee increase that would generate more dollars to recruit and retain students in some dramatic changing times at local colleges and universities.

It's not like the old days. High schools used to pretty much hand over graduating seniors to our local colleges and universities. But the number of high school graduates is declining, and will continue at least for a while.

At MSUM, the student senate today is talking about a request from the administration to bump up tuition 5%, and raise fees to generate $850,000 a year. Another option is to simply increase tuition nearly 8% next year, raising just over a million dollars.

Ashley Hoeck – MSUM Student Senate: “Obviously you would love to see the administration do what they can with the money they have now instead of increasing tuition on students, but we understand that is not possible and there needs to be a tuition increase.”

MSUM would use this additional money to help put the brakes on declining enrollment and focus a lot of attention on just keeping students around.

Dr. Anne Blackhurst – MSUM Provost: “Kind of a spiral effect, as we retain more students invest more resources and offer a better education.”

MSUM says the proposed tuition increase, the largest since 2007, means the university can actually catch up. Other institutions in the region have been raising rates more often.

Thom Beneke – MSUM Student Senatre: “With the state continuing to defund, education is going to mean fewer students being able to afford to go.”

Once the MSUM Student Senate takes action on the proposal next week, the MNSCU Board of Trustees will decide whether or not the tuition hike goes through.