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Report: University tuition in Michigan is 6th highest in US

September 21, 2016
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Michigan's public universities collectively have the sixth-highest in-state tuition rates in the country, averaging $11,991, according to a report.

The study issued this month by the Michigan League for Public Policy — a Lansing-based advocacy group for the poor — links rising tuition and student debt to decreased state higher education funding and state financial aid.

It says Michigan has cut university funding by more than $262 million since 2003, a 30-percent drop after adjusting for inflation.

The report — which details tuition increases by school — says Michigan has the ninth-highest average student debt in the nation, and federal Pell Grants do not cover as much tuition as in the past.

Sixty-two percent of Michigan college students graduated with debt in 2014. Their average debt was nearly $30,000.

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