University presidents Tuesday paraded before members of the House and Senate higher education budget committees which will decide how much should be spent on Michigan’s 15 public universities.
Governor Rick Snyder proposed a 2% boost in state aid but only if the schools agreed to cap their tuition hikes at 2.8%.
Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon observed that the governor gave more money last year and offered a lower tuition cap than the one he is suggesting this year.
Simon says it doesn’t make sense that when you had a six percent increase you had a 3.2% cap and now you have 2% increases with a cap of 2.8%.
New University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel was tight-lipped about what he wants for his school saying only that U-M would like to recover funding to where it had been in previous decades but the positive momentum is important to maintain.
The universities want to keep tuition down but a lobbyist for the college presidents believes there is a consensus to be flexible on the 2.8% cap.