A Mesa State College representative says a plan by Governor Bill Owens to place a 12% cap on tuition increases at the state's institutions of higher education will not hurt the Grand Junction school. State law allows legislators to determine how much money colleges can take in each year. Earlier this week, the Joint Budget Committee approved hikes of as much as 45% for some Colorado schools.
The governor says that increase could put higher education out of reach for some students. Mesa State College adminstrators say the college continues to thrive with average tuition increases well under the governor's recommendations.
The governor's budget office wants tuition hikes ranging from 7-12% depending on the school, but a Democrat on the Commission of Higher Education says the governor's proposal could result in less financial aid for Colorado's brightest students. It could also mean cuts in some programs such as the University of Colorado's Health Sciences Center.
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