The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 3, 1997 -7A
uition hike lowest in eight years
Bollinger changes 'U'
budget to keep tuition
d Katie Plona
ily Staff Reporters
When University President Lee
1> , r pledged in May to propose a
t increase that would be signifi-
ntly lower than in past years, many
ople were skeptical.
But following a $315-million state
propriation granted to the University,
: Board of Regents were able to
prove a 2.9-percent tuition hike, the
est increase in eight years.
"What enables such a low increase
is a willingness to live with less, to
nt' ue the process of tightening in
areas and a generous level of
propriations from the state,"
Tuition for the 1997-98 school year
an in-state, LSA first-year student
11 be $2,847. As compared to the cur-
rent price of $2,766, the difference
amounts to only $81.
In the past seven years, tuition
increases have ranged from 4.9 percent
"This budget feels good because it's in
the right direction," Deitch said. "This is
really a very important budget and will
be looked at as a watershed, historically."
Machen said the University's educa-
want to ty will not be
to 13.5 percent. Last
faced a 5-percent
Former Provost J.
Bernard Machen said
the amicable tuition
increase can be attrib-
uted to the state's
appropriation and a
ing attitude within the
ments and schools.
to shift and
ition as by the relative-
we can." increase. The
gent Philip Power 2.9-percent
increase is suf-
(D-Ann Arbor) ficient to fund
with its high standards, Machen said.
"We're doing a better job of valuing
(cost efficiency) and we're really sensi-
tive to students' needs," Machen said.
Power said he attributes the modest
hike to the slimming of costs in the cen-
"It is a great pleasure to see this bud-
get coming forward with the significant
shift," Power said. "We want to keep
tuition as low as we can.
Michigan Student Assembly
President Michael Nagrant said the
1997 tuition increase represents
Bollinger's goals to make higher educa-
tion affordable to students.
"I think it definitely shows the presi-
dent's interest with students' needs,"
Nagrant said. "It will put us in there to
get the tuition tax credit."
The Michigan tuition tax credit -
which was previously unavailable to
University students because of tuition
increases above the rate of inflation -
will now be applicable to University
students who are in-state residents.
In-state students should be able to
receive $250 in state funding by filling
out the necessary information on their
annual tax forms, Nagrant said.
Regent Olivia Maynard (D-Flint)
said the low tuition increase will be
appreciated and respected by University
officials, as well as by students and
reduce administrative costs within the
"I think it's a pleasant, significant
shift," said Regent Philip Power (R-Ann
Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) said the restructuring
of administrative costs is commendable.
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