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If you’re a Michigan high school student contemplating Eastern Michigan University, you should think a lot harder.

Because it’s going to get pricier to earn a degree. An in-state undergraduate student will now pay $10,417 in 2015-16, up from $9,663 this year.

On Tuesday, EMU’s Board of Regents hiked undergraduate tuition 7.8 percent for the upcoming school year. By doing that, the university said “no thank you” to $1 million in incentive funding for public universities that held tuition raises below 3.2 percent.

Gov. Rick Snyder introduced this incentive concept early in his first term, and most colleges have kept their tuition hikes below the cap set by the Legislature. Snyder has also been slowly increasing funding for higher education after years of reduced investment. So he realizes universities have felt pinched.

EMU was willing to pass on the incentive funding because it will gain $10 million in extra tuition revenue. But it’s never the right decision to place more of the burden on students, who are already struggling with burdensome college debt.

Yet one reason universities feel free to raise tuition these days is the free flowing federal student aid. Students must think carefully, however, about whether taking on debt to attend a particular school is worth it.

On Wednesday, Michigan State University kept its tuition hike within the state cap. The University of Michigan and Wayne State University should do the same.

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