TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The United States Department of Education reported the average college student and parents will pay around $22,000 this year for room and board. While they are below that average, one local university is weighing a fee increase this year.
Leaves are returning to the trees and the students leaving. It's part of the summer cycle for colleges across the country and the sycamores of Indiana State are no different.
But, another part of their summer cycle includes something else.
"All public institutions of higher education (across Indiana) are required to hold a public hearing every two years on proposed tuition and fee increases," Diann McKee, Indiana State University's vice president of University Affairs.
2013 is that year for increases at ISU; an increase proposed at 1.95 percent or $158 this year and $160 next year.
"Those dollars will be used for investments in strategic priorities of this institution, unavoidable costs such as increases in health insurance and utility costs; as well as student scholarships," McKee explained.
The tuition and fee increases seem modest, but spread that out over four years and that comes up to around $700. If you ask students or anyone that's a lot of money.
However, ISU isn't alone. Students across the state are also seeing mild fee increases this summer.
"IU Bloomington is at 1.75%, we are at 1.95%, Ball state I believe is at 2%," McKee said.
ISU said the increase is just another unavoidable cost of doing business at a public university because even for them money doesn't grow on trees.
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