How should governments and institutions of higher education manage the skyrocketing cost of tuition? No one seems to have found the silver bullet — certainly not Michigan
The state is home to 15 public universities, and each of those schools saw varying levels of decrease in state appropriations following a 15 percent cut across the board. Michigan State University, for example, saw its share of state aid fall by about $43 million. It typically receives $280 million to $300 million from the state.
The school and others across the state then made up the loss by increasing tuition. In MSU’s case, that was a 6.9 percent increase from the year prior.