1. Decreased state appropriations -- Land-grant universities, such as the University of Arizona or Ohio State University, are receiving less money from their respective states 2. Competition with other universities -- universities compete for the best students, so they offer amenities like lavish dorms and expansive recreation centers. Unfortunately, these things cost money (but housing and rec center fees are usually not included in tuition). 3. Rising health-care costs -- A problem for pretty much everybody, including universities. 4. Check this article out for some other reasons: http://www.ehow.com/about_5434841_rising-cost-college-tuition.html
Also, it appears that many people believe that professor pay is responsible for rising tuition, but this does not appear to be the case. Tuition is rising at something like 7 or 8% (higher than inflation), but professor pay is usually rising under 3% (lower than inflation).
Finally, the great recession is responsible for recent tuition increases. The California higher education system is a good example of how budget cuts lead to higher tuition--money that might have been coming from the state must now come from tuition.
This is happening way to often in the U.S. Collage should not cost a person a arm and a leg to continue school/ They say its the price for the education and the teachers. We can give money away but no to our own.