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College Board task force to submit tuition recommendations

The College Board’s tuition task force is expected to submit its recommendations by mid-month on ways to make university education more affordable, board commissioner Thomas C. Meredith said in a statement Friday.

The recommendations are to be considered by the College Board at its April board meeting.

The state’s public universities received level or declining state-appropriated funds between 2000 and 2006 due to a state revenue shortage. To make up for lost funding and due to the increasing number of students, the universities, with the board’s approval, have been increasing tuition by about 50 percent since 2000.

“Universities never want to increase tuition, because any increase dissuades some students from seeking a university education,” Meredith said in a statement. “This task force has been challenged to think about tuition in unconventional ways and develop recommendations for making a university education affordable to any student who wants one.”