As Colorado lawmakers continue to battle the state budget's mounting shortfalls, higher education takes another hard hit.
Mesa State College officials say they were told this week that the joint budget committee will recommend cutting $50 million dollars in funding to state colleges and universities.
Mesa State says that works out to be $1.6 million in cuts to the college.
Officials say with the economic downturn, they've been working to cut costs, scale back on travel, and find places where resources can be shared.
But they say with operation costs going up and more students coming each year, they may have no choice but to increase tuition.
Mesa State says this latest round of funding cuts puts them back to levels they received in 2007.
Officials say if things stay the way they are, they'll have to discuss tuition increases in the very near future.