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Tuition hikes in store for Colorado college students

Berny Morson
Rocky Mountain News

Colorado college students face another round of tuition increases next year as the state struggles to come up with more public funding for the schools.

“We can’t afford you anymore,” Rep. Don Marostica, R-Loveland, a member of the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, told higher education officials Thursday.

The comment came during a meeting between college leaders and lawmakers to discuss budget requests for the 2009-10 school year.

Gov. Bill Ritter has already warned that the budget will be tight as the national recession deepens. A formal revenue estimate will be presented to the JBC Friday.

Low state funding has driven heavy tuition increases every year since an economic downturn at the beginning of the decade.

Ritter and the state Department of Higher Education are suggesting a 9 percent hike at the research universities, such as the University of Colorado and Colorado State University. Other four-year schools would see a 7 percent increase, while rates would go up by 5 percent at community colleges.

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