Rutgers University's Board of Governors raised tuition 1.8 percent today — slashing the planned tuition hike in half — in a dramatic vote designed to send a message that the state university understands New Jersey families are struggling financially.
The board voted 7-2 to cut the planned 3.6 percent tuition hike for in-state undergraduates in half after a long debate at a three-hour meeting in New Brunswick.
Ralph Izzo, the chairman of the Rutgers governing board, proposed the last-minute reduction that caught some board members by surprise.
"These are different times. The world changed drastically in 2008," Izzo said, citing the high unemployment rate and financial problems triggered by the recession.