Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Legislature approves higher-education budget

A higher-education budget, approved by both houses of the state Legislature, would provide the Ann Arbor campus 1.8 percent more funding in the coming year. The Senate approved the legislation Wednesday after earlier approval in the House.

The Ann Arbor campus would get a total appropriation of $279.1 million in fiscal year 2014, representing a 1.8 percent increase over the current year.

Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president for government relations, said the university is pleased that state funding could increase for the second consecutive year, calling it "a move in the right direction."

UM-Dearborn would get an appropriation of $22.5 million, up 1.2 percent; UM-Flint's appropriation would be $19.9 million, up 2 percent. The legislation specifies increases for individual universities that vary from 0.3 percent for Wayne State to 4.2 percent for Grand Valley State.

All universities must keep this year's tuition increases to less than 3.75 percent to get the full funding.

Gov. Rick Snyder still must sign the legislation before it becomes official.

The Board of Regents will consider the university's FY 2014 budget at its June 20 meeting on the Ann Arbor campus.