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Proposed Tuition Hikes: IU Wants 1.75%, ISU 2%

Indiana University officials Friday announced the school plans to seek a 1.75-percent tuition-and-fee increase for in-state students in each of the next two school years.

The announcement came on the same day Indiana State University leaders said they would ask their trustees to approve a 2 percent price hike for the school years ending in 2014 and 2015.

IU spokesman Mark Land says his school’s decision was not affected by ISU’s plan, but was informed by it.

“We all know what everybody is doing, but we also all know what the general climate is,” Land says. “We’re all facing essentially the same set of circumstances, the same climate. There may be some differences in the specifics, but we’re all working in the same environment. And we’re all trying to do right by our students and by the taxpayer. So I think everybody’s goals are the same.”

The state’s Commission for Higher Education had suggested state universities not increase costs more than 2 percent for the coming school year, though that recommendation is non-binding.

The state legislature allocated more money for Indiana’s public universities in this year’s state budget, which Land says allowed IU to go from a 3.5-percent increase in each of the last two years to a number half that big for the next two.

Out-of-state students on the Bloomington campus will be charged more, however, as their tuition is set to go up 2.75 percent in each of the next two years if IU’s trustees approve the fee hikes at their June meeting.

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