College costs in Colorado have ‘spiraled out of control.’ Here’s what the state is doing to fix it. | VailDaily.com

College costs in Colorado have ‘spiraled out of control.’ Here’s what the state is doing to fix it.

Over the last decade, tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities has increased more than 65%, according to a report

Elizabeth Hernandez
The Denver Post
The Dalton Trumbo Fountain near the UMC. The University of Colorado Campus.
Cliff Grassmick | Daily Camera file photo

A group of Colorado university and community college presidents from as far-flung as Durango convened in Denver on Tuesday morning to admit that the cost of attending college is out of control. Institutions’ top brass, the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the governor committed to band together to fix it.

A new report released by the Colorado Department of Higher Education estimates 97% of “top jobs,” described as in-demand jobs paying a living wage, require some form of post-high school credential — a credential 43% of adult Coloradans lack.

“We know that the cost of higher education has gone up at a rate significantly higher than inflation,” said Gov. Jared Polis during the announcement at the Community College of Denver. “The costs have spiraled out of control.”

Over the last decade, tuition at Colorado’s public colleges and universities has increased more than 65%, the report said.

Read more via The Denver Post.