Michigan public colleges working to reverse declining enrollment

All but one major public university in the state increased tuition between the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, ranging from zero percent for the University of Michigan-Flint to 4.17% for Oakland University for undergraduate resident students. Many schools aimed to offset these increases with increased financial aid for eligible students. Here’s how a selection of universities handled this:

the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor approved a 1.4% increase in in-state tuition and a 6.4% increase in financial aid for undergraduate students at the Ann Arbor campus in 2021. Tuition tuition fees for lower division resident undergraduate students at UM-Ann Arbor for 2021-22 were $16,178.

In both years, the increase in undergraduate financial aid at UM covered the entire cost of increased tuition for in-state students receiving need-based aid, according to spokesman Rick Fitzgerald. “More than 9,000 undergraduate students in the state receive an institutional scholarship, including more than a quarter who attend the school tuition-free,” he said.

The Go Blue Guarantee, launched in Ann Arbor in 2016 and now available on campuses in Flint and Dearborn, covers tuition for up to four years for full-time in-state undergraduate students with a family income of $65,000 or less.

“The university’s use of modest annual tuition increases, coupled with larger increases in financial aid, resulted in no net increase in tuition for most undergraduate students at the University. ‘state for over a decade,” Fitzgerald added. The board will review tuition increases in June.

UM-Dearborn lower division students saw a 1.95% increase for 2021-22, following a 1.86% increase in 2019-22. The annual tuition for lower division resident undergraduate students at UM-Dearborn for 2021-22 was $13,816.

UM-Dearborn Vice Chancellor for External Relations Ken Kettenbell said the school has taken steps to reduce or eliminate tuition, in part because of the remote or hybrid nature of the school. education. These discounts include reduced registration fees for parking, student organizations, and lab and web fees. The school also used pandemic relief funds to increase financial aid; in March, it distributed more than $16 million in American Rescue Act, CARES, and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act funds.

Additional measures at UM-Dearborn to reduce costs included hiring freezes, salary reductions for executive staff, cancellation of on-campus events, freezing of travel and discretionary spending, reimbursement of tuition for non-UM programs and reduction of non-essential expenses. Some event-related staff have been made redundant or reassigned to other duties, such as recruitment. “[These] economic decisions, [made] early in the pandemic helped stabilize our budget,” Kettenbell said.

University of Michigan kept tuition frozen for nearly four years, and students experienced no tuition increases in the 2020-21 academic year. But cost increases and unforeseen expenses to ensure the health and safety of students and employees during the pandemic resulted in a 2% increase in 2021.

“This is the first increase in five years,” said MSU spokesman Guerrant. She noted that MSU is combining emergency grants through federal COVID-19 legislation with financial assistance to help offset those costs for low-income families. “Families with annual incomes below $100,000 have not been affected by the tuition increase,” she said. The annual tuition for resident lower division undergraduate students at MSU for 2021-2022 was $14,703.

the Grand Valley State University The Board of Trustees approved a 2.4% tuition increase, bringing the annual lower division resident student tuition for 2021-22 to $13,560. GVSU also approved a $5.4 million increase in financial assistance, an 8% increase over the previous year, and designated $2.25 million in institutional financial assistance to meet student needs due to COVID-19. This COVID-19 support is now in its second year of a four-year commitment. The annual tuition fee for resident lower division undergraduate students at GVSU for 2021-2022 was $13,244.

Central Michigan University has frozen tuition fees for the 2020-21 academic year. “In 2020, CMU recognized that many students and families were struggling with loss of income and financial uncertainty due to the pandemic. In April 2020, we introduced several programs to help students with costs,” CMU spokesperson Ari Harris wrote in an email. These included deferred payment options for fall tuition, fees, room and board, and an additional $4 million in need-based scholarships. CMU has disbursed $11.9 million in need-based scholarships for the 2020-21 year; this number increased to $15.8 million in 2021-22. It also guaranteed on-campus employment for students who needed or wanted to work while studying, and offered tuition discounts for summer courses.

But tuition fees at CMU have increased by 1.85% for the year 2021-22. “Even with this increase, CMU offers one of the lowest undergraduate tuition rates among public universities in Michigan,” Harris said. “Additionally, because CMU merit-based scholarships are tied to a percentage of tuition instead of a fixed dollar amount, many students have experienced minimal impact when tuition has increased. increases. About 85% of CMU students receive institutional financial aid. The annual tuition for lower-division resident undergraduate students at CMU for 2021-22 was $13,200.

Wayne State University increased freshman tuition by 3.83% for the 2021-22 school year after freezing tuition for 2020-21. The annual tuition for resident lower division undergraduate students at WSU for 2021-22 was $14,043.

“It was a priority for us to keep any increases as low as possible without compromising academic and student resources and investments,” said Mark Kornbluh, provost and Wayne State senior vice president for academic affairs. “In addition, there have been significant increases in financial aid over this period.” Between 2020 and 2022, WSU has increased its financial aid commitment by $16.6 million, a 21% increase.

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