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Higher education board approves tuition increases

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Board of Higher Education approved a plan for tuition increases after most college presidents committed to maximum rates that were equal to or lower than those recommended by a board committee.

North Dakota State and Dickinson State were the only schools that requested the ability to increase tuition caps beyond those proposed by the board's budget and finance committee.

NDSU president Dean Bresciani says his school is "still recovering from a long-term tradition of underfunding'' and programs would be cut under the committee's proposed tuition cap of 3.28 percent.

The board gave NDSU permission to set the cap at 4.23 percent. That's a difference in income of $1.2 million a year.

It's unclear whether Dickinson Sate will request more than the 3.97 percent set by the committee.