The Colorado Commission on Higher Education is giving state universities the preliminary go-ahead to increase next year's tuition by up to seven percent.
That's a jump from the 2.5 percent maximum the commission allowed last year. The commission is also asking the state Legislature to increase spending on Colorado universities by $100 million.
According to an agreement reached by the commission, the state's research universities, CU, CSU, USC and the Colorado School of Mines, can seek the seven percent increase.
Four-year state colleges such as Metropolitan State College of Denver, and Durango's Fort Lewis, are limited to five percent increases.
Community colleges are limited to a 3.5 percent hike.