A proposed budget cut may lead to college tuition increase - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

A proposed budget cut may lead to college tuition increase

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS, Mont. -

College tuition can leave a big hole in the wallets of students, leaving them thousands of dollars in debt years after graduating. A proposed budget out of Helena may cause tuition to increase, yet again.

With enrollment at Montana State University Billings already down from previous semesters, some students say they're worried it might hurt the campus even more.

The proposed budget coming out of Helena is to cut $23-million from the education fund. If the legislature pushes the budget cut forward, they can cut up to $25-million statewide.

ASMSUB Vice President and poly-sci major, Kennedee Burk, was just in Helena sitting in on one of the budget meetings. She says approval will cause tuition to increase.

Burk adds, that increase must happen so colleges can continue to function as a university system. She fears even more of a decline in enrollment, since MSUB has a non-traditional student body with students straight out of high school, to those who haven't been on a campus in decades and are returning to school.

Burk says the possible tuition increase is infuriating.

"Right now, some of us can afford to pay out of pocket and not have to take out loans. Some of us are very fortunate enough to be able to do that and even the students that are doing that now wont be able to do that if there's a tuition increase and it's going to add even more of a struggle for students that are going to have to take out loans have more loans to pay off when they're done with school," she said.

MSUB Interim Chancellor Ron Larsen sends this statement:

"As a campus, we are concerned how the impending budget deficient looming in this legislative session will affect our students ability stay in school and the impact it will have on the accessibility to higher education for all Montanans."

Right now, the proposed budget cut is moving through the process, so there's no definite answer on if and when tuition would rise.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:30:13 GMT

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

  • Suspensions ordered for 3 Billings police officers for having sex on city property

    Suspensions ordered for 3 Billings police officers for having sex on city property

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-04-19 03:44:51 GMT

    Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed three Billings police officers admitted to having sex on city property with an employee of the department.

    Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed three Billings police officers admitted to having sex on city property with an employee of the department.

  • Mother says MET bus nearly hit children heading to school

    Mother says MET bus nearly hit children heading to school

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-04-19 02:13:53 GMT

    Students crossing Lake Elmo Drive to get on their school bus were nearly hit Wednesday morning. It wasn't a car that allegedly nearly hit the kids but a Billings MET Transit bus.

    Students crossing Lake Elmo Drive to get on their school bus were nearly hit Wednesday morning. It wasn't a car that allegedly nearly hit the kids but a Billings MET Transit bus.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Fundraisers to be held for motorcyclist hit by vehicle

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:30:13 GMT

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

    A fundraiser is organized to help the man who was injured during a crash that happened one week ago on Aprill 11th. Police said David John Fischer ran into the side of a car while riding his motorcycle.

  • Suspensions ordered for 3 Billings police officers for having sex on city property

    Suspensions ordered for 3 Billings police officers for having sex on city property

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-04-19 03:44:51 GMT

    Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed three Billings police officers admitted to having sex on city property with an employee of the department.

    Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed three Billings police officers admitted to having sex on city property with an employee of the department.

  • Mother says MET bus nearly hit children heading to school

    Mother says MET bus nearly hit children heading to school

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-04-19 02:13:53 GMT

    Students crossing Lake Elmo Drive to get on their school bus were nearly hit Wednesday morning. It wasn't a car that allegedly nearly hit the kids but a Billings MET Transit bus.

    Students crossing Lake Elmo Drive to get on their school bus were nearly hit Wednesday morning. It wasn't a car that allegedly nearly hit the kids but a Billings MET Transit bus.

  • A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

    A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

    Thursday, April 19 2018 4:33 AM EDT2018-04-19 08:33:54 GMT
    (Marty Martinez via AP). In this April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez, Martinez, left, appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 plane he was flying in from New York to Dallas, resulting i...(Marty Martinez via AP). In this April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez, Martinez, left, appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 plane he was flying in from New York to Dallas, resulting i...
    The terrifying string of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among passengers and crew and drew across-the-board praise for the pilot.
    The terrifying string of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among passengers and crew and drew across-the-board praise for the pilot.
  • Latest from BIA on the officer-involved shooting in Lodge Grass

    Latest from BIA on the officer-involved shooting in Lodge Grass

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 12:03 PM EDT2018-04-18 16:03:55 GMT

    Sunday night, KULR-8 broke news that a man allegedly armed with a knife was shot and killed by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer. Tuesday, KULR-8 also learned BIA's protocols when it comes to police shootings involving their agency.

    Sunday night, KULR-8 broke news that a man allegedly armed with a knife was shot and killed by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer. Tuesday, KULR-8 also learned BIA's protocols when it comes to police shootings involving their agency.

  • Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company, Payscape, Opens Greenville, SC Office

    Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company, Payscape, Opens Greenville, SC Office

    Atlanta-based financial technology company, Payscape, announces the grand opening of their office in Greenville, South Carolina and the first graduate of their Manager Candidate program, Rick Merritt. The office is...
    Atlanta-based financial technology company, Payscape, announces the grand opening of their office in Greenville, South Carolina and the first graduate of their Manager Candidate program, Rick Merritt. The office is located...
  • Man Goes Canoeing in Natural Runoff

    Man Goes Canoeing in Natural Runoff

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 6:47 PM EDT2018-04-17 22:47:46 GMT
    Flooding continues to have a big impact along the Hi-Line, with water affecting farmers and buildings. Despite the negatives, one resident in Big Sandy is using this as an opportunity to go canoeing. Josh Danreuther and his friends have been visiting the natural runoff around Big Sandy and enjoying time on their canoes and kayaks. Danreuther said his father used to go canoeing on the runoff back in the day, and he's been waiting for the opportunity to go himself. The only way thes...
    Flooding continues to have a big impact along the Hi-Line, with water affecting farmers and buildings. Despite the negatives, one resident in Big Sandy is using this as an opportunity to go canoeing. Josh Danreuther and his friends have been visiting the natural runoff around Big Sandy and enjoying time on their canoes and kayaks. Danreuther said his father used to go canoeing on the runoff back in the day, and he's been waiting for the opportunity to go himself. The only way thes...
  • WANTED: Erica Pearce for Felony Escape

    WANTED: Erica Pearce for Felony Escape

    Sunday, April 8 2018 11:36 AM EDT2018-04-08 15:36:48 GMT

    The Montana Department of Corrections is asking for the public's help to locate Erica Pearce. Pearce walked away from the Passages Community Corrections Program in Billings on Saturday, April 7th. 

    The Montana Department of Corrections is asking for the public's help to locate Erica Pearce. Pearce walked away from the Passages Community Corrections Program in Billings on Saturday, April 7th.