The officials say that without additional funds Alabama universities and colleges could face further cuts.
The board of the Alabama Commission for Higher Education voted Friday to recommend the state increase funding for two-year and four-year institutions by $143.4 million.
That's a 9.85 percent increase and would mean total funding for higher education of about $1.6 billion next year.
ACHE's executive director Gregory Fitch told The Birmingham News the colleges are facing challenges partly because of the loss of federal stimulus money.
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