POCKET CHANGE What's $400,000 to a university with a multi-million dollar annual budget??Apparently, too much. The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education rejected a request from North Dakota State University for a tuition increase of one-half of one percent. The board did approve maximum tuition hikes of 2.5 percent at the state's four-year universities, but froze NDSU's tuition. The increase would have meant another $400,000 for NDSU, and President Dean Bresciani said the university is at "a breaking point" and would have to cut services and academic programs without the additional funding. We've heard the same argument from Bresciani before, usually whenever NDSU doesn't get what it wants tuition-wise. Let's not forget that NDSU did get an 8.8 percent tuition increase just last May. Board president Grant Shaft said he worried that giving NDSU another tuition hike, even a small one, after the 8.8 percent hike last year would bring backlash to the university, and perhaps the entire higher education system, from legislators. He also should have mentioned that another tuition increase would not be popular with members of the public, some who already think the university system receives too much state money. Despite NDSU's claims, we doubt $400,000 will harm the quality of education at the university or the school's long-term growth.