- Associated Press - Friday, April 28, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on tuition increases at New Mexico’s public universities and colleges (all times local):

6:00 p.m.

A rural state university in New Mexico has approved a tuition hike as student costs rise within one of the nation’s most affordable public higher education systems in response to the state’s budget crisis.

Regents at New Mexico Highlands University voted Friday to adopt a 7.5 percent tuition increase in anticipation of new state funding cuts. They described a desperate effort to retain talented faculty and avoid program cuts or furloughs.

The decision extends recent tuition hikes to four of the state’s seven main public colleges and a community college in Santa Fe, as administrators grapple with major financial uncertainties.

All state spending on higher education institutions was vetoed in early April, amid an escalating feud with the Democratic-led Legislature over how to resolve a state budget crisis.

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2:30 a.m.

Student tuitions are on the rise at one of the nation’s most affordable state university systems in response to New Mexico’s state budget crisis.

Regents at New Mexico Highlands University were considering Friday a 7.5 percent tuition hike in anticipation of new state funding cuts. Fall tuition increases have been approved at a trio of state universities and a community college in Santa Fe as administrators grapple with major financial uncertainties.

All state spending on institutions of higher education has been vetoed for the coming fiscal year amid an escalating feud between Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-led Legislature over how to resolve a state budget crisis.

The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering whether to overturn that veto with input from state university presidents.


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