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CMU announces tuition increase


Central Michigan University’s Board of Trustees has announced a 4.09% tuition increase for the upcoming academic year.

The increase will add $18 per credit hour to lower-level undergraduate students. Upper-level students and graduate students will also see an increase per credit hour.

Central Michigan’s Executive Director of Communications Ari Harris said the rise in tuition is the result of inflation.

Harris said to continue offering students the programs and services at the level they have, they had to increase costs because those services cost have increased.

“While the cost is higher, it is because the cost of offering those programs and services is higher and we want to make sure students are still getting the education that they signed up to receive,” Harris said.

The university’s main goal in raising tuition is to keep the quality of educational services high at CMU, according to Harris.

“We will not sacrifice the academic quality of our programs,” Harris said. “We know that students choose CMU in order to prepare them for what’s next on their journey whether that's graduate school or their careers.”

Harris said the university understands the tuition increase can have an impact on students, and therefore is encouraging students to seek CMU’s services including OneCentral.

“One of the things that we wanted to make sure that we did very fast was communicate to them about resources that can help,” Harris said.

Central Michigan is just one of many universities in Michigan to raise tuition for the upcoming year.

Universities including Saginaw Valley, Ferris State and Lake Superior State have all increased tuition for the coming year, according to their websites.