Experts differ on why colleges hike tuition

ANN ARBOR, Mich.  - College tuition hikes have outpaced inflation by a large margin for the past two decades, but there is disagreement over why universities keep charging more, according to a report at that focuses primarily on the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

Edward St. John, an author who has written about higher education policy, told that conservative, anti-tax voting has led to relatively less public funding for universities and forced them to rely more on tuition.

But a researcher with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity said that universities charge higher tuition because they want to maintain and even expand their programming to attract students, reported.

Another analyst with the Center said that the easy credit that the federal government offers to students in the form of loans is another reason why universities find it easy to hike tuition rates.

Meanwhile, representatives of the universities told that they have taken significant measures to rein in costs.

SOURCE:, "Tuition rates significantly outpace inflation at University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University," June 13, 2010

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