A key state lawmaker says Ivy Tech Community College is not likely to face the same sanctions threatened against Indiana and Purdue Universities a couple years ago for hikes in tuition rates.
Ivy Tech officials plan to increase in-state tuition by about 8 percent, which is four times the 2 percent increase suggested by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
In 2009, State Senator Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville), who is also the Senate appropriations chair, threatened to withhold more than $50 million in building funds from Purdue and IU if those schools did not do more to make school affordable.
Kenley is not as concerned with Ivy Tech’s current increase because classes still cost less on average than at Purdue or IU.
“I think it will be acceptable. I’m disappointed that they felt they had to raise it that much, but I think that it’s tolerable,” Kenley said.
Reached by phone Friday, IU Spokesman Mark Land declined to say that IU was being treated inequitably in comparison to its community college peers.
“We’re gonna worry about what we do and try to do it as well as we can,” he said.
Ivy Tech representatives were unavailable for comment.