Commission leaders think the plan approved Friday is a good interim solution to the financial problem. Colleges and universities are not permitted to charge mandatory fees or book charges to students, the agency’s president, Caylee Noggle, wrote in a letter Friday to the schools.
“While we recognize the impact this may have on your institutions, this action will minimize the direct impact to students and not directly eliminate any one or more student groups from participation,” Noggle said.
The letter also outlines the increases for students receiving either the HOPE or Zell scholarships or HOPE grants. For those students, the additional money will cover a 2.5% tuition increase approved last month by the state's Board of Regents. The tuition increases range between $35 and $125 per semester for full-time students. Graduate school tuition will rise by 1% to 2%, officials said.