Mesa State says funding cuts leave college down, but not out

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Mesa State College says it's losing another $4 million after state leaders announced new cuts to higher education this week to shore up the state's budget.

College officials say while they're definitely disappointed by this latest round of funding cuts it's not the end all, be all. They say that's because the state is backfilling 100 percent of those cuts to higher education with federal stimulus money -- and a 15 percent jump in enrollment this year has helped to offset those losses.

Officials say the real challenge will be planning ahead for next year, when the stimulus dollars run out and the college will feel the impact of that $4 million loss.

"We've got to maintain that quality mark and that's going to be our challenge," says Mesa State President Tim Foster. "How do we do that and keep tuition affordable?"

School officials say it's still too early to talk about tuition hikes but they will look at all possible ways to make any necessary adjustments to their budget.

To date, state budget cuts have pulled $10.3 million in funding from Mesa State.

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