CMU gets 23.3 percent cut in state appropriations

Central Michigan University will receive $61,431,100 in state appropriations for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2011 under Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget proposal.

It is a 23.3 percent cut in funding from fiscal year 2009-10 when CMU received $80,132,000 in state appropriations.

It is the greatest drop in state funding among Michigan’s public universities, according to an internal communication from University President George Ross.

Eastern Michigan University received the lowest in cuts with a 19.3 percent decrease in funding.

CMU could qualify for an additional $6,677,800 in tuition incentive grants. They would increase CMU’s state appropriation to $68,108,900 if received. This would represent a 15 percent reduction instead of 23.3 percent.

To qualify, CMU cannot raise tuition by more than 7.1 percent.

The current tuition rate is $346 per credit hour.

The governor set aside $83 million specifically for universities that do not raise tuition above 7.1 percent.

"In the coming weeks and months, there will be tremendous debate and discussion of Governor Snyder’s budget plan," Ross said in the e-mail. "We will continue our efforts to monitor the budgetary process and aggressively advocate on behalf of our students, faculty and staff."

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