Ivy Tech officials say a tuition hike will help the statewide community college system make investments in areas such as more faculty and better equipment.
IU Bloomington enrollment numbers are down from last year by 50 students.
University presidents who testified Wednesday tried to prove to lawmakers that their school is working to reduce the cost of college.
Tuition increased 15 percent at four-year institutions and 11 percent at two-year colleges over the past five years, a College Board report shows.
Indiana University hoped to see a major increase in summer enrollment because of a 25-percent tuition break it announced last fall.
Ivy Tech has announced it will not increase tuition rates in 2012-20123 for current and former members of the military.
Tuition for in state undergraduate students at the Bloomington campus is going up 3.5-percent, and 2.5-percent at all other campuses.
Indiana Public Interest Research Group says each student would save more than $900 in loan costs for each year they are in school.
The state required colleges to start charging the higher rates last year.
The plan IU announced Monday to cut summer school tuition isn't just about saving money — it's about declaring a political ceasefire.