Mesa State submits tuition plan

Mesa State College submitted a plan today for keeping school affordable if tuition increases by more than 9 percent next fall.

Five-year financial accountability plans are due today to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education for any public college or university in the state that is even entertaining the idea of a tuition increase above 9 percent, which is the cap this year for tuition increases in the state.

Mesa State has not decided how much it will increase tuition by next fall, college spokeswoman Dana Nunn said, but the college wanted to submit a plan just in case it needed the tuition flexibility.

“It’s really keeping our options open,” Nunn said.

Each plan must include the rate increase anticipated for tuition, steps the college or university will take to keep student debt low, how the school will maintain its quality, and how the school will remain accessible for low- and middle-income students. Nunn said she did not know the details of Mesa State’s accountability plan.

The plans are required by Senate Bill 3, which passed through the state legislature earlier this year.

The commission will adopt final recommendations Dec. 4 for plans from all schools that chose to submit a plan. Any school that has its plan rejected will not be able to increase tuition above 9 percent.


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