The University of Michigan and Michigan State University are setting their tuition rates for 2018-19 this week, with all 15 of Michigan’s public universities planning to announce costs by the end of the summer.

All eyes will be on MSU Friday as its Board of Trustees meets to approve the school budget, including tuition, that morning.

The university recently reached a $500 million settlement with more than 300 victims of Larry Nassar, a former physician at MSU and the USA Gymnastics national team doctor who was convicted of criminal sexual conduct and possessing child pornography.

This spring, university officials previewed a proposed budget cut of up to 2.5 percent from MSU's $1.36 billion general fund during a meeting with school deans, two sources told The Detroit News last month. Some say such a cut could help pay for the settlement.

MSU’s interim president, John Engler, has not ruled out using a tuition hike to help fund the settlement. Last year, MSU raised tuition 3.7 percent, to $14,516 a year, for in-state freshmen and sophomores.

MSU vice president and spokeswoman Emily Guerrant said Tuesday that no information about the school's tuition plans was available in advance of the meeting Friday.

The University of Michigan Board of Regents plans to consider the school's budget and set tuition during a meeting Thursday afternoon.

Last year, UM raised tuition 2.9 percent for resident undergraduates, to $14,826 annually.

Each year, the Michigan State Legislature sets a cap on how much public universities can increase their tuition without losing state incentive funding. 

Daniel Hurley, CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities, said the cap for the upcoming year is 3.8 percent or $490, whichever is higher.

Currently, no universities are expected to raise their tuition above the state limit.

“From my knowledge, no,” Hurley said. “I do not believe that any of the universities will exceed the cap.”

Several schools have already set tuition for the upcoming year. Oakland University, Michigan Technological University and Lake Superior State University are increasing their rates by 3.8 percent. Ferris State University increased tuition slightly less than those schools at 3.76 percent.

So far, Wayne State University has had the lowest increase, raising tuition 2.9 percent.

For the 2018-19 fiscal year, Michigan’s 15 public universities are set to receive $1.67 billion in state funding, up 2.5 percent from the previous year.

Based on governing board meeting schedules, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Central Michigan are expected to announce tuition changes later this month. Grand Valley State is expected to make its announcement in mid-July.


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