While Indiana's public colleges and universities saw some additional funding come their way as part of the new state budget, nearly all of those funds are coming from federal monies tied to President Obama's stimulus package. Actual state funding to state universities will be cut 4 percent each of the next two years.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has recommended tuition increases of no more than between 3 and 5 percent for the individual schools in order to recoup some of this lost funding.
"Indiana families are facing tough times, and our public institutions are under financial pressure, as well," Commission Chair Mike Smith says. "While Indiana's colleges are facing budget cuts, I encourage every institution to use the other means available -- including finding efficiencies, reducing costs and seeking other revenue sources -- before turning to students and their families for additional revenue."
All of the schools have since announced public hearings on the topics of their planned tuition rate increases.
Indiana State University will conduct a public hearing on Friday, July 10. They plan to raise tuition 3.9 percent this year and again next year.
Purdue University will conduct a public hearing on Monday, July 13. They plan to raise tuition 5 percent for resident students and 6 percent for non-residents each of the next two years.
Indiana University will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, July 16. They plan to raise tuition by 4.6 percent this year and 4.8 percent next year for students at the IU Bloomington campus. IUPUI and the four other IU campuses would increase 4.4 percent this year and 4.6 percent next.
For full-time Indiana resident IUPUI undergraduate students, this means an increase of $332 in tuition for this academic year, for a total of $7,523.
While the Indiana Commission of Higher Education sets the targeted tuition rate increases, the individual board of directors at the schools make the final decisions.
Consult the websites of the individual schools for more information on public hearings and tuition increases.