State
9:49 am
Thu March 12, 2009

Granholm, Mich. universities still talking tuition

Lansing, MI – LANSING (AP) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she is "getting close" to a deal with Michigan's public universities to provide some tuition relief for students and families headed into next school year.

Granholm wants universities to freeze tuition rates in exchange for some of the federal stimulus money headed Michigan's way.

But the Democratic governor has run into opposition because she proposed a 3% cut to university state aid for the budget year that begins in October.

Granholm wouldn't say Wednesday if she planned to change her proposal and provide universities an inflationary or cost of living budget increase as part of a tuition agreement.

But she said talks are ongoing with university representatives.