Freshman applications have climbed about two percent a year at the state's 11 four-year universities since 2000. That was the year mounting budget woes sliced state funding and led to three straight years of double-digit tuition increases.
Education officials aren't surprised that students have been unfazed by tuition that has jumped from an average of $2,910 a year in 2000 to $4,720 for the coming school year.
They say the biggest reason is that public universities are still a bargain. They also say lean economic times reinforce the value of college.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.