“EMU’s 7.8% tuition increase means $1M less in state aid, $10M revenue increase”

As mLive reports, “EMU’s 7.8% tuition increase means $1M less in state aid, $10M revenue increase.” Here’s a quote:

The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents unanimously approved a 7.8 percent tuition increase for students for the 2015-16 school year.

The increase exceeds the state’s recommended cap of 2.8 percent. As a result, the school will forfeit $1 million of its state aid, but officials at the school said it will gain $10 million in revenue from the increase.

It will be interesting to see how this works out, but I have a theory about all this.

If you do a search of EMUTalk.org for the 0/0/0 campaign back in 2010 or so and reflect on what has happened as a result, I think it’s pretty easy to see it wasn’t all that effective. Keeping tuition super-duper low didn’t increase enrollment all that much– maybe a little, maybe not at all. Further, EMU hasn’t been rewarded by the state for keeping tuition down. And to top it all off, to the extent that Martin will take the blame for this, she’s retiring.

So really, what does EMU have to lose here? Other than millions of dollars if they were to hold to the state caps? Like I said, it will be interesting to see how this works out over the next year or so.

4 thoughts on ““EMU’s 7.8% tuition increase means $1M less in state aid, $10M revenue increase”

  1. According to an mlive article yesterday, we’re still the 3rd lowest tuition in the state. Higher ed costs are rising as always, but at least EMU is staying near the bottom.

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  2. I do think that it’s a pretty harsh jump in the span of a year, but I do think it’s necessary. That’s just the point that the state legislature’s unwillingness to fund higher education has pushed EMU to. And I’m surprised to see the more “pro-student” faculty complaining when we saw a couple years back what happens when EMU needs to cut back (indiscriminate staffing cuts, including literally canning the webmaster with no plan in place). I think that that faculty and staff of EMU deserve a competitive wage and this increase will enable that to happen.

    And I’ve gotta say, it’s super legit for Susan Martin to fall on the sword and be the face of this tuition increase so the drama will leave with her, instead of leaving it to the next president to have to do this and start out terribly unpopular. That’s a love of the school and strength of character that a lot of leaders lack, and I appreciate it.

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  3. To answer sitedad’s question, what does EMU have to lose? From a student’s perspective I would answer around $25 per credit hour.

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