BOZEMAN, Mont. -

A higher education official says tuition and fees at Montana's two flagship universities are going up slowly compared to other states.
    
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (bit.ly/1lMSkf5) a new affordability study shows the cost of attending Montana State University and the University of Montana rose 55 percent in the last 10 years.
    
Deputy commissioner for planning and analysis Tyler Trevor says other states have raised tuition up to 200 percent in the decade. The average increase among 14 western states was 110 percent.
    
Montana has kept its costs relatively low by freezing tuition in some years and imposing modest tuition hikes in others.
    
Students who take out loans graduate with an average of $26,440 in debt.
    
Trevor will present the report to the Board of Regents next week in Havre.