Students attending public colleges and universities in Colorado can breathe a sigh of relief.
Tuition will not increase up to 50 percent, as was estimated at the beginning of the semester if Referendum C did not pass. Instead, legislators proposed a limit of no more than 2.5 percent Monday for increases in 2006-07.
The proposal also includes a $65 million increase in state funding for higher education, which will cover increases in institution and state financial aid and money for costs including certain employees' salaries, utilities and insurance.
Less than a week after voters decided Referendum C was worth passing, it's reassuring to see legislators already making moves to keep in line with what the referendum was meant to do – support higher education, not damage it.
While any tuition increase can create burdens for some students, especially those who pay their own way, 2.5 percent is much more manageable than the staggering 50 percent increase that was predicted earlier this fall.
It's nice to already see proof that Referendum C will help Colorado higher education. Bringing this money to state institutions will not only help improve the education students receive, but will also help bring in more talented students. Hopefully no more university programs will suffer cuts and the universities can look to a more promising future – supported by the state.