Ball State defends planned tuition increases

Ball State University officials say a proposed tuition increase of about 4 percent for undergraduates and 9 percent for graduate students is needed to offset cuts in state funding.

The Ball State Daily News reported about 20 people attended a public hearing on the increase Tuesday evening on the Muncie campus.

President Jo Ann Gora said that state funding to Ball State is down 11 percent over 10 years. Vice President Randy Howard said the university has cut health care benefits and faculty compensation.

Parent Mike Haston said it will be difficult to pay $162 more in tuition next year since his son doesn't receive any financial aid, loans or scholarships.

The university's board of trustees is due to vote June 16 on the tuition increase.

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