MSU Board of Trustees approve tuition hikes, permanent lighting at Spartan Stadium, coaches contracts

(WLNS) – The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has had a busy day today.

They had tuition hikes, coaches contracts and lighting for Spartan Stadium on the agenda.

The board approved a tuition hike for the next two years.

Here’s the breakdown for the 2016-17 year:

  • 3.7 percent hike for residents in lower division (freshmen and sophomores) category
  • 3.9 percent hike for residents in upper division (juniors and seniors) category
  • 4.2 percent hike for non-residents

In 2017-18 there is a 4 percent hike for all three groups.

Under the budget, in-state, freshmen and sophomore students will pay $16.75 more per credit hour. In-state, junior and senior students in most of the MSU colleges will see an increase of $19.75 per credit hour.

Overall, resident, freshmen and sophomores taking a full load of courses (30 credits hours per academic year) would pay about $14,092.50, while most juniors and seniors would pay $15,682.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said she is disappointed that the state is reducing support of higher education. The proposed Michigan budget for higher education is less than the amount budgeted in 2011.

The Trustees also approved the installation of permanent lighting at Spartan Stadium per the contract with the Big Ten Network.

Athletic director Mark Hollis, Tom Izzo, Suzy Merchant and Tom Anastos have had the rollover options in their contracts renewed today by the Board.

This story continues to develop and we will have updates online and on 6 News

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