Bill Puts State Aid At Risk For MSU, WSU

Both Colleges Stand To Lose $31M

Published On: Oct 02 2011 04:03:54 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 22 2011 06:41:19 AM EDT
LANSING -

A Republican lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would strip Michigan State University and Wayne State University of some state aid.

Rep. Bob Genetski of Saugatuck says the proposal was introduced recently because some lawmakers don't think the universities complied with the intent of a requirement aimed at keeping tuition increases below 7.1 percent for the 2011-12 academic year.

State budget director John Nixon ruled earlier this year that the universities were in "technical compliance" with tuition restraint provisions. But there were differing interpretations of how the academic year was defined and how tuition increases were calculated.

Michigan State has about $18 million at risk with the new measure. Wayne State would lose about $13 million.

Both universities have said they're in compliance with the law.