WARWICK, R.I.—The state's higher education board has approved tuition hikes for Rhode Island's three public colleges.
The Providence Journal reports the Board of Governors for Higher Education approved the increases to balance a proposed $591.6 million budget for the next fiscal year. Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) and the General Assembly must also approve the spending plan.
The tuition hike increases college costs for Rhode Island residents by 9.5 percent at the University of Rhode Island. Bills would increase by 4 percent at Rhode Island College and by 7.5 percent at Community College of Rhode Island.
State funding for higher education has plunged by nearly 30 percent over the past five years.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com