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Tuition Hike if Cuts Kept: Up to 32%

By Tim Hoover - The Denver Post

April 03, 2009

Students at Adams State College could face a tuition increase of up to 32.4 percent next year if deep cuts to higher education are not averted.

That potential tuition hike was just one of several worst-case scenarios envisioned by the Joint Budget Committee, which Wednesday approved a $300 million cut to colleges and universities on top of $50 million already slashed for the next budget year, which begins in July.

The JBC agreed to give colleges authority to raise tuition by double-digit percentages if money can't be found to stave off the $300 million in cuts.

The cuts as well as the tuition hikes still would have to be approved by the legislature and Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter.

In the University of Colorado system, that could mean tuition hikes up to 21.6 percent. At Metropolitan State College of Denver, it could translate into a 25.1 percent hike for students.

Other examples: community colleges, up to a 22.8 percent hike; Colorado School of Mines, up to a 12.3 percent increase; University of Northern Colorado, up to a 22.8 percent hike.

With the state facing a nearly $1.4 billion shortfall over two years, higher education became an obvious target over prisons and health care for the poor and disabled. Meanwhile, the state is constitutionally required to increase funding for public K-12 education each year.