Tuition increases, misleading Strib headline

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MPR reports that both the U of M and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) are planning three percent tuition hikes next year, relying on federal stimulus funds to keep the increases relatively low. After the stimulus funds run out, a larger increase can be expected in 2012.

The dead tree version of the Strib headlined “Students May Get Tuition Cut.” The story attempts to justify the headline by an explanation that increased schoalrship and grant programs will benefit 61 percent of in-state students, meaning their out-of-pocket payments will be less than this year. A three percent increase is not a tuition cut, regardless of who ends up paying for it. The web version of the story carried a more accurate headline: “U of M tuition to jump 3 percent.”

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