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Bruininks faces criticism over tuition concerns

"The headlines scream 7.5 percent and it scares people away from the institution...I don't know how you can get the message out that you are still affordable to an average, middle-income family." - Sen. Claire Robling

Bruininks visit to the capitol for a university funding request, turned critical Thursday over the expected increase in the University of Minnesota tuition.

Bruininks, who was requesting funding of $225.5 million from the Senate Higher Education Committee, for building maintenance and renovations, faced opposition and criticism over the 2008-2009 increase from Sen. Claire Robling reported the Minnesota Daily.

"The headlines scream 7.5 percent and it scares people away from the institution," The Daily reported Robling said. "I don't know how you can get the message out that you are still affordable to an average, middle-income family."

Bruinicks was reported to have downplayed the rising tuition by emphasizing scholarships and programs offered by the university, which cut down on cost for some students.

The Daily reported in a separate article Friday that tuition would be balanced by scholarships offered next school year. The article focuses on the changes that will be made, the scholarships offered, and compares the university's tuition and aid to that of other colleges.