UT, other Tennessee colleges facing possible tuition hikes

UT, other Tennessee colleges facing possible tuition hikes

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University of Tennessee students and parents are once again facing a hike in tuition. This time it's an increase of six percent. University of Tennessee students and parents are once again facing a hike in tuition. This time it's an increase of six percent.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - University of Tennessee students and parents are once again facing a hike in tuition. This time it's an increase of six percent.

"Six percent of a couple thousand, that's some money," said UT Senior Paul Konrad.

Konrad, a sixth year marketing major, says he has only seen the number continue to go up.

"When I came here, in-state tuition cost about $800 a class, and now we're probably up to almost $1,500  a class," said Konrad.

"College is already pretty expensive," said UT Junior Jonathon Ferrel. "This is a four year university, and it is by no means cheap."

That has students questioning how much more they really need.

"The university already gets a considerable amount of money from tax dollars as well as other ways," said Ferrel.

UT isn't the only institution facing increases. The Tennessee Board of Regents is proposing 5.2 percent increases at Pellissippi, Roane and Walters State Community Colleges. Leaving students wondering where the affordable options are.

"It definitely makes the whole public university better off than the private university thing to be called into question more and more as public universities continue to raise their prices along with private," said Ferrel.

The Tennessee Board of Regents is also proposing an 8.5 percent increase for its 27 technical institutions across the state.

The hikes are mostly a result of state revenue shortfalls that prevented the legislature from appropriating new funds.

The Tennessee Board of Regents and the UT Board of Trustees are set to vote on the increases Thursday. If approved, they will take affect during the fall semester.

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