Wayne State University’s 8.9% tuition hike, which violated a tuition increase cap put in place by the Legislature, will benefit Michigan’s other public universities as they now divide funding that would have gone to WSU.
State Budget Director John Nixon formally notified WSU on Sept. 10 that it was forfeiting $534,700 in performance funding. That money, in turn, was divided among the other 14 public universities.
Michigan had set aside $21.9 million in this year’s budget for performance funding based on a number of categories, including graduation rates. But one requirement was to keep tuition increases under 3.75%.