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Chafee budget won’t stop tuition hikes

March 10, 2011

Governor Lincoln Chafee has proposed a $10 million increase in funding for higher education, saying he wants to keep tuition flat at Rhode Island state colleges and universities. Higher education officials say they’ll happily take the increase, but tuition increases are still likely at some schools.

Rhode Island Higher Education Commissioner Ray DiPasquale tells WRNI’s Flo Jonic that Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island will both need to raise tuition this year.

“The amounts can be anywhere from a low of two percent to around seven or eight percent,” says DiPasquale, who is also the president of the Community College of Rhode Island.

CCRI is the only state school where tuition will not increase. DiPasquale says RIC and URI have not yet decided the exact price of tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year. He points out that $10 million is a boost for higher education, but it does not make up for roughly $40 million in funding cuts over the last four years.

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