DENVER (CBS4) – Students will be paying a lot more to attend Metropolitan State College of Denver next year.
Wednesday morning the board trustees approved a 22.6 percent tuition increase.
For the school year that just wrapped up tuition was about $1,550 a semester. But with the increase, tuition will be more than $1,900 starting next semester.
Metro State’s board of trustees felt they had no choice. They say the school is already one of the lowest funded in the state. The state also just cut an additional $7 million from its budget, leaving Metro State with the choice of eventually cutting staff and services, or raising tuition.
“It wasn’t a decision that any board member was happy to make, but at the same time, we felt like we had a responsibility to ensure that students had full-time faculty as much as possible; that they had support services that were necessary to help them improve a system in their retention and their road to graduation,” Metro State President Stephen M. Jordan said.
Despite the increase, Metro State is still one of the most affordable 4-year colleges in Colorado. Its $1,900 tuition compares to about $2,600 at Colorado State University and at Northern Colorado University. Tuition at the University of Colorado is more than $3,800.