Central Michigan University kicked off tuition season Thursday, increasing its rate by 2.6 percent for resident undergraduates for 2015-16.

The increase amounts to an additional $10 a credit hour, according to a Tweet by CMU during the Board of Regents meeting. That amounts to about $300 annually for a full course load.

This year, it costs $11,500 to attend CMU. The increase will bump that amount to $11,800.

The tuition increase is below the 2.8 percent cap that Gov. Rick Snyder and state lawmakers have set for universities to get performance funding proposed for universities in the upcoming state budget.

This is the fourth straight year CMU has set its tuition early. Most public universities set their rate in the summer.

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