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      Northern Michigan University tuition continues to rise

      Tuition will be increasing at Northern Michigan University for the upcoming school year. The NMU Board of Trustees met Friday morning and voted to accept a recommended 3.75 percent increase.

      The recommendation is from the board's finance committee. The rise equates to $164 a semester for resident undergrad students, bringing that tuition figure NMU to $4,518.72. Last year, NMU also raised tuition by 3.5 percent.

      Over the past ten years, NMU's costs of operation per student have risen about 15 percent. That is the lowest increase in that time span by any of Michigan's 15 public universities, said Gavin Leach, NMU's Vice President of Finance and Administration.

      "We've done many efforts on staffing, controlling energy costs, utilizing technology to innovate our processes, as well as to help with utility costs," Leach said.

      NMU's tuition is still the second lowest among Michigan's public universities. For a full academic year, NMU's tuition is about $2,000 lower than the state average. Meantime, Michigan Tech's tuition is the highest in the state.