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Commission Recommends College Tuition Increases for 2012-13

The Commission’s rate increase caps are three tiered – 2.5%, 3.0% and 3.5%.

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IU's Bloomington and Purdue’s West Lafayette campuses are the only two in the highest category.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is recommending tuition and fees increases of no more than two and a half to three and a half percent in each of the next two years. Those non-binding guidelines apply to in-state students at public colleges and universities.

The Commission’s rate increase caps are three tiered – 2.5%, 3.0% and 3.5%. Where each state institution falls in those levels is based on its current student population’s sensitivity to price.

Indiana University’s Bloomington and Purdue’s West Lafayette campuses are the only two in the highest category…and if their increases follow the commission’s recommendations, the tuition at each school will be more than $9,700 for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said she and her staff worked closely with administrators in determining the figures.

“Based on our conversations with them, they will be greatly influenced by our recommendations and we hope that they will abide by them,” she said.

Lubbers said the colleges and universities will now have hearings on tuition increases, most within the next week or so, followed by final decisions by the Boards of Trustees at each school.

IU President Michael McRobbie responded in a press release today that one issue not addressed is IU’s deferred maintenance that has grown to at least $600 million across the IU system of campuses. He suggests a temporary fee based on the specific needs for each campus in addition to normal tuition rates.

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