Newsday.com: Rutgers University raises tuition 8 percent
: "The higher tuition and fees at Rutgers reflects trends across all of the public colleges and universities in the state, according to Paul Shelly, spokesman for the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Tuition on average went up about 7 to 8 percent at The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Rowan University and William Paterson University, Shelly said.
The tight nature of state funding, Shelly said, makes tuition increases inevitable. During the late 1980s, the state funded about 70 percent of college budgets, which received 30 percent from tuition, but the ratio has now changed to a 50-50 split. "