Eastern Michigan U President Susan Martin To Legislators: Don't Penalize Us For Tuition Restraint

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Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin told legislators Wednesday that under a proposal from Gov. Rick Snyder, EMU is being penalized instead of rewarded for its efforts over the past three years to hold down tuition increases.

In prepared remarks, Martin told the Michigan House Education Appropriations Subcommittee that EMU has been a leader among the state’s universities in voluntarily keeping tuition increases to a minimum.

“Eastern's voluntary restraint has increased undergraduate tuition by only 2.47% per year, or just $20 per credit hour, over three years,” Martin said. “The overall cost increase for Eastern students over the three-year period is approximately $1,000 less than the average increase at the other Michigan universities.”

Instead of being rewarded for its efforts, EMU stands to lose out under a proposed formula offered by Gov. Snyder to divvy up “a small pot of $36.2 million in one-time monies” over the next two years, Martin said.

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