1. "In my heart I can’t vote for another increase," Michigan State University Trustee Dianne Woodard said. "My concern is you’re just continuing to push the cost onto our kids."

    — One dissenting voice Friday when the eight-member MSU Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition 3.5 percent. In-state tutition for a typical course load is expected at $12,622 during the upcoming academic year, according to The State News’ Rebecca Ryan.

    MSU followed in lockstep of its in-state rival, the University of Michigan, which also increased its tuition by 2.8 percent Thursday. These actions follow years of state divestment of its public universities and has many Internet commenters up in arms over both sides — the schools and the state government. An overarching solution to college affordability remains elusive.

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