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Board To Consider Higher Tuition Hikes


Bismarck - College students could be socked with tuition increases as high as 12 Percent as North Dakota's University System struggles to recoup money lost to falling enrollment.

The Board of Higher Education is preparing to consider a menu of new tuition options next week at its meeting at Bismarck State College, university officials say. Paul Ebeltoft Jr., the board's president, said he did not expect students to embrace any of them. I don't know any customers for any product who are enthused about paying more, Ebeltoft said Friday.

But colleges, as they begin preparing their next two-year budgets, are feeling the pressure from declining student numbers - which have caused tuition income to fall below expectations - and Gov. Ed Schafer's appeal for a 5 percent spending reduction across state government.

North Dakota's six four-year colleges were already planning tuition increases for the 1998-99 academic year. They range from 4.3 percent at the state universities in Mayville, Dickinson and Valley City to 5.6 percent at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. A year's tuition at UND and NDSU is already set to rise from $2,235 to $2,360.

Reference: Grand Forks Herald,  March 14, 1998