Friday, May 12, 2017

Tuition Hikes Spread in New Mexico Amid State Budget Crisis - Morgan Lee, Associated Press

A rural state university in New Mexico approved a tuition hike Friday, as student costs rise within one of the nation's most affordable public higher education systems in response to the state's budget crisis. Regents at New Mexico Highlands University adopted a 7.5 percent tuition increase in anticipation of new state funding cuts, describing a desperate effort to retain talented faculty and avoid program cuts or furloughs. The decision extended recent tuition hikes to four of the state's seven main public colleges — including Northern New Mexico College, Western New Mexico University and Eastern New Mexico University — along with a community college in Santa Fe, as administrators grapple with major financial uncertainties.

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