- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Northern Michigan University’s trustees have approved a 3.2 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students for the upcoming academic year.

The increase approved this week at the Marquette school is within the state Legislature’s tuition cap and means it will get incentive funding. Still, several trustees say the university will have to exceed the cap at some point to close the gap between the school and other institutions and make needed investments.

Northern Michigan’s tuition will be $9,680. School officials say it has the second-lowest tuition and fees among the state’s public universities based on 2014-15 rates. It’s behind only Saginaw Valley State University.

Eastern Michigan University forfeited the incentive funding when it voted to exceed the cap and the school approved a 7.8 percent increase in tuition and fees.

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