June 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan raise tuition 3.2%

Tuition will increase 3.2 percent at Eastern Michigan University and Western Michigan University during the 2014-15 year, following action taken Tuesday by the schools’ governing boards.

Both universities met the proposed tuition restraint cap the Michigan legislature is expected to set soon.

At EMU, tuition for an in-state resident carrying a 30-credit load will increase to $9,663 — about $300 more than this year.

“This budget represents our unwavering and strong support of student success,” said Eastern Michigan President Susan Martin. “We have doubled our university-sponsored financial aid over the last seven years, we remain focused in developing high-demand academic fields for our students, and we continue to be among the state leaders in tuition restraint.”

At WMU, tuition will increase for full-time in-state freshmen and sophomores to $10,685 annually — about $500 more than the previous year’s tution.

“Our commitment to our students is that we will work every day to ensure that we can continue to be a university that offers enormous quality and a wide variety of programming at a cost that makes us the best possible value,” said WMU President John M. Dunn. “With a difficult economy and the resulting decrease in state funding over the past decade, that has been a challenging goal but one we will continue to achieve.”

Central Michigan University was the first public university to set tuition in early May, increasing it by 2.94 percent. Ferris State University soon followed, increasing tuition by 2.19 percent.

The state’s three largest unversities — University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University — are expected to set tuition later this month.

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