SALT LAKE CITY -- Enrollment is up more than 8 percent at Utah's public colleges and universities.
Higher education officials say it's the largest increase in the system's 40-year history.
More than 16,000 students enrolled for the fall semester.
High Education Commissioner William Sederburg says the burgeoning campuses could run in budget trouble a year from now.
The system was saved this year by additional funding from federal stimulus dollars, which blunted deep budget cuts.
But Sederburg says the schools will reach a tipping point next year.
Officials say Utah funds 60 percent of a student's education at state schools.
Dixie State College, which now offers four-year degrees, saw the biggest enrollment increase or nearly 25 percent.