November 11, 2012 – Public universities are promising to freeze tuition as leverage to restore state funding lost during the economic recession that first hit the nation nearly five years ago. University systems in Arizona, California, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota and New Hampshire have proposed to hold the line on tuition for state residents in exchange for a steady or increased stream of tax dollars. State legislatures will meet in January to consider the plans. The strategy follows years of increases. Tuition and fees jumped 15% between 2008 and 2010, led by increases of more than 40% at universities that include those in Arizona and California, according to a 2012 U.S. Department of Education report. The proposals also come on the heels of several years of steep reductions in state dollars that have resulted in budget-cutting measures like layoffs, hiring freezes and academic program reductions.