Published on May 16th, 2011 | by Scott Hennen

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House Majority Leader Responds To Indignation Over NDSU Tuition Hikes

BISMARCK, ND – NDSU parents and students angered over an 8.8% tuition increase should direct their frustrations to the Board of Higher Education – not their state representatives – House Majority Leader Al Carlson says.

Defending claims that the recent tuition hikes were “excessive,” Carlson appeared on the Scott Hennen Show earlier today to correct any false impressions painting the state legislature as anti-higher education.

“NDSU does a lot of things well. A lot of times we get painted in Fargo as the representatives who don’t care about our campus. Let me tell you, we tried hard to do our best to get that formula changed so that NDSU wouldn’t be penalized for its success.”

Last biennium, funding for NDSU increased $93 million (21%) and their funding increased another $72 million (13.5%) this biennium. Nonetheless, earlier this week the North Dakota Board of Education voted 5-3 to increase tuition 8.8% – the steepest increase of any of the state’s 11 public colleges.

“They should be looking at the Board of Higher Ed. We put the money on the table” Carlson said.

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