A subcommittee of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees recommended today a record fourth year of low, self-limiting tuition increases that includes no increase at the main campus in Knoxville and UT Chattanooga.
The proposal from the Subcommittee on Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid also includes a three percent increase at UT Martin, which is within the Tennessee Higher Education Commission range of three percent or less.
UT Chief Financial officer David Miller says a focus on efficiency and effectiveness, along with an increase in state support for higher education, has enabled UT to keep tuition and fees low for the last three years.
“This is the first time since the mid-80s that we’ve had a zero percent increase in tuition and this will the fourth year in a row of tuition increases,” Miller said. “Additionally, the University of Tennessee can be very proud that 44 percent of undergraduates leave with no debt. That beats the national average of 30 percent.”
“Zero percent increase is an accomplishment,” UT Board Vice Chair Raja Jubran said. “I know it takes a lot of work to balance the budgets. We appreciate it and the students really appreciate it.”
Students at UT Knoxville could still see some fee increases under the proposal. The student program fee would increase by $22 per student and the capital fee would increase by $14 per student.
Any fee increases at UT Chattanooga would cover increased operating costs for specific programs.
UT Martin’s program and service fee would increase by $32 per student, as approved by the Student Government Association, to enhance programming to a multicultural perspective. There would also be a new green fee of $10 per student to create a Center for Sustainability.
UT Martin has been facing a budget shortfall due to a decrease in enrollment by 20.8 percent from 2010 to 2016.
The proposal now goes before the Financial and Administration during the UT Board of Trustees annual meeting June 21-22 in Knoxville before going before the full board.