State Tuition Cap

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State higher education officials have approved a preliminary budget that says public colleges and universities in Colorado can raise tuition rates by no more than two-and-a-half percent for the 2006-07 school year.

But for the first time in several years, the budget proposal from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education also would increase state funding for colleges and universities.

Lawmakers now must approve the plan. It represents a 65 million dollar increase over last year's 500 (M) million dollar budget.

The additional money would cover costs outside the universities' control, like some salaries, utility costs and insurance, so that universities wouldn't have to raise tuition to pay those costs.