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Limits on tuition increases may be loosened in Colo.

February 26, 2010

The state budget crisis leaves lawmakers with little choice but to allow some Colorado colleges and universities increase tuition without legislative approval, Gov. Bill Ritter said Thursday, reversing his position on the issue.

The proposal is being drafted in the form of a bill that could be introduced as early as next month. It would require state colleges and universities to submit financial plans showing how they would assure a public-college education would remain affordable in the face of tuition hikes.

The change in tuition-setting would be a short-term measure for the next year or two, according to John Karakoulakis, the Department of Higher Education's director of legislative affairs.

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