Jennifer Delaney, an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a MinnPost article about a proposed $2,000, non-resident tuition increase at the University of Minnesota.
According to the article, the proposed increase would bring in an estimated $13.2 million in new tuition revenue to make up for a shortfall in state support. Critics of the proposal argue it would hurt the university's ability to recruit out-of-state students. However, the University of Minnesota would still have one of the lowest non-resident tuition rates among Big Ten schools.
“When you look at a university budget, the most flexible sources of revenue -- not earmarked for specific purposes like research grants or gifts --tend to be state money and tuition revenue,” explained Delaney.
Therefore, “it makes sense to see universities seek tuition revenue to make up for lost state support.”
Delaney is an associate professor of higher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.