States to Study Rising Costs of Higher Education. (Noteworthy News)

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BOULDER, COLO

Five states have signed on to participate in a project to study the rapidly rising costs of higher education.

The study, "Changing Direction: Integrating Higher Education Financial Aid and Financial Aid Policy," will examine tuition, financial aid policies and state appropriations. It will seek ways to keep down costs, particularly fees that rise faster than tuition.

Cheryl Blanco, director of policy analysis and research for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, one of the project sponsors, said the study is intended to help state legislators and other policy-makers improve financial aid and financing policies.

Connecticut is one of the states participating in the study. Despite tuition freezes in 1999 and 2000, the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut State University system rank among the top 10 costliest state universities in the country. Tuition at CSU increased by 9.1 percent, to $4,153. A technology fee rose by more than 33 percent. In addition, annual tuition at the community college system will rise by 5 percent this fall to $1,764 after holding steady for two years. …