(10/20/2002)
West Virginia colleges and universities will be increasing their tuition sooner and higher than expected, according to Chancellor J. Michael Mullen. Mullen spoke at the Higher Education Policy Commission, which met Friday at Glenville State College.

While progress has been made regarding college entrance, set-backs continue.

The increases are expected to be 21% or 25% for a bachelors and master's degree, respectively.

The state's current budget cut of 10% will cut $2.3 million from financial aid, mostly to needy students.

State colleges will lose $41.4 million to the budget cut, enough to spiral small colleges like Glenville State into turmoil.

Most West Virginia colleges have seen a slight increase in enrollment this year, while others like West Virginia University have a larger increase, mostly tied to Promise Scholarships.

Glenville State College has been experiencing recent inquiries regarding their status as an educational institution.

West Virginia is near the bottom with students graduating from college.


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