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Student fees subject of higher ed study


WAHPETON, N.D. - Student fees mask the true cost of attending college, higher education officials said at a meeting here today.

The state Board of Higher Education plans to further examine student fees at its June meeting.

"It's time to draw the line," said Board member Bruce Christianson during a meeting at the North Dakota State College of Science.

The discussion about increasing student fees came up as Board members set a 5 percent cap on tuition increases for next year.

Christianson said it's great the system is making progress on tuition, but it's not OK for campuses to get around that by raising student fees.


The Board also increased the state grant from $600 annually to $800, the first increase in more than 16 years to the program that assists North Dakota's neediest students.

For more on this story, read Friday's Forum.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590

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