Mississippi’s community colleges will be taking a hard look at the size of their athletic budgets in the coming weeks after Gov. Haley Barbour’s recommended downsizing or eliminating athletic programs systemwide.
Oklahoma’s chancellor for higher education said there are no plans to repeat this year’s tuition freeze at the state’s 25 colleges and universities, but added it is premature to predict tuition hikes next year to meet higher education’s funding needs.
The program offered a deal to Texas parents with young children: prepay when Junior is small and you won’t have to worry about the cost of tuition at a Texas college or university, even as rates climb. But with the rapidly rising cost of college, the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan is going broke.
Federal stimulus funds allocated to Virginia’s public colleges and universities helped keep the average increase in tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates to about 5 percent for the upcoming school year.
The money legally is theirs to spend as they choose.
But Gov. Jay Nixon is delivering a message to Missouri’s colleges and universities that he expects them to use $40 million in next year’s budget to expand the number of classroom slots available for aspiring health care professionals.