Tuition rates at four-year colleges in Indiana have increased more than 15 percent in the past five years, according to a report from College Board released Wednesday. Tuition at two-year colleges jumped 11 percent.
Lumina Foundation Vice President for Policy and Strategy Dewayne Matthews says cuts in state funding for higher education are a key reason for the increased tuition. He says that means colleges have to find other ways to keep costs low.
“Colleges and universities need to do more – increasing productivity of higher education using more resources like online education or course redesign, pooling resources across institutions, using their money more efficiently and more effectively to support students,” Matthews says.
But Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says increases in student enrollment are also to blame.
“Even if the state is funding the institutions at essentially the same level, the increases in enrollment would mean that the per pupil funding would go down and if the funding goes down from the state then one of the places where they capture dollars is for student tuition,” Lubbers says.”
The College Board report shows the average tuition at a four-year university costs about $8,700 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Two-year college costs average $3,650.