(Indianapolis, Ind.) - State lawmakers are frustrated over “out of control” college tuition rates that on average have gone up 122 percent since 2000.
Presidents of the state's public universities were called to testify before the State Budget Committee Thursday. They told legislators how their institutions have had to hike tuition and fees higher than what the Commission for Higher Education suggested.
This year, Indiana University increased tuition by 5.5 percent when only a 3.5 percent increase was recommended by the commission.
"(The schools) were supportive of the commission recommendations, but they don't live by them," State Rep. Jeff Espich (R-Uniondale) told the Indianapolis Star.
Some of the presidents said the state has reduced their funding in recent years and the recession squashed tax revenue.