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Legislative Gazette - SUNY trustees propose rational tuition hikes

November 18, 2008

The State University of New York Finance and Administration Committee met in Albany today to introduce its proposed budget requests to the full SUNY Board of Trustees for the 2009-2010 school year.

Among the committee’s proposals is a rational tuition hike beginning in the spring 2009 semester. Trustee H. Carl McCall, who chairs the committee, said the panle proposes using predictable inflation indexes, such as the Higher Education Price Index, to determine what the annual tuition increases should be. The index uses factors such as inflation and the relative prices for goods and services purchased by universities to track the main cost drivers in higher education.

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