SUNY tuition hike expected

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM EDT

By Dan Miner, Reporter- Business First

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SUNY tuition hike expected

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM EDT

Tuition will likely be increased in New York state's public colleges and universities again next year, as laid out in the five-year tuition plan passed in 2011.

The State University of New York board of trustees is set for its annual approval vote for continuation of that plan during its meeting this week in New York City. The approval corresponds to the fall 2014 semester.

It will be the fourth year colleges and universities can raise their tuition a set amount - including $300 in annual increases for undergraduate education for state residents and $500 for graduate education, with some professional schools having the ability to increase their number 9 or 10 percent each year. Non-resident tuition can be increased anywhere from 5 to 20 percent each year, depending on the program.

Business First covers two publicly funded community colleges (Erie Community College and Niagara County Community College) and a number of four-year colleges (University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Alfred). A number of the institutions have increased their tuition to the maximum amount each year, though that has generally been an annual discussion at the individual colleges and universities.