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  FY 2007 Budget
Flint, Dearborn tuition, financial aid set

Single digit tuition increases for U-M-Flint and U-M-Dearborn largely will be offset by double digit increases in financial aid, campus leaders say.

Tuition will go up by 8 percent ($263), and financial aid nearly 13 percent at
U-M-Dearborn this fall, in a budget approved by regents July 21.

In-state full-time undergraduate students at U-M-Flint will see a tuition increase of 7.9 percent ($240) per semester. The increase for in-state graduate students will be 4 percent ($137). To help offset the additional tuition, U-M-Flint is increasing institutional financial aid by 10 percent.

"As an institution we have two main obligations: to maintain the high quality of our programs, and to be able to make those programs available to the most able and ambitious students in the metropolitan region," says Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little. "We are confident that this year's budget will help us meet those goals."

Dearborn and Flint budgets anticipate increased costs for utilities and health care, and both plan for 3 percent salary increases.

At U-M-Dearborn utilities are projected to go up nearly 15 percent over the next year. The campus' budget also includes increased spending for new faculty members in areas with growing demand.

U-M-Flint expects utilities to go up by 13.5 percent and health and prescription drug insurance by 10 percent.

U-M-Dearborn's budget includes a projected increase in state funding of 2.9 percent and Flint expects 3.0 percent more when the Legislature approves its final budget for higher education.

"This year the state showed it truly values higher education. As a result, we were able to keep tuition increases within single digits. We are very grateful for that," says Flint Chancellor Juan Mestas. "We must remember, however, that the deep damage done in years of under-funding cannot be reversed in one year. We hope we are seeing the beginning of a long-term trend."

Little agrees, saying: "While we welcome the projected increase in this year's state appropriation, we have to note that it only goes partway to helping us dig our way out from the shortfalls over the past five years."

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