TBR committee recommends tuition hike for state universities and colleges

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 7:20pm

The Tennessee Board of Regents will consider a tuition hike for system universities, community colleges and technology centers at its quarterly meeting in Memphis next month.

Tennessee State University is proposing to raise mandatory and maintenance fees — the TBR’s equivalent of tuition — by 5.6 percent. Overall, it could cost a student that enrolls for 15 hours of class an extra $662 per year. TSU’s proposed tuition increase was the third lowest among TBR universities.

Middle Tennessee State University could see a 6.8 percent, or $852, increase in fees.

This is only the second year that universities have had the option of making “institutional requests” in addition to the state-mandated fee increases. TSU proposed a 1.3 percent increase to raise $295,300 for the school’s Center for Learning and Student Success. The center helps with tutoring and provides financial assistance for students.

MTSU added a 2.6 percent request to supply the school with $3.9 million to convert 61 full-time temporary faculty to permanent, tenure track positions.

Community colleges across the state would also see a price increase of roughly $300 per year based on 15 hours of coursework per semester.

The TBR’s Committee on Finance and Business Operations recommended the fee increases to the full board at a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

TBR Chancellor John Morgan called the proposed increases an “unfortunate but expected continued shift of funding from the state to our students.” State appropriations for operating funds dipped by $12.1 million last year.

“Unfortunately, as our state support continues to erode, enrollment continues to climb, and the money we must spend to operate continues to rise, these price increases will not cover all of our funding needs,” Morgan said.

5 Comments on this post:

By: MusicCity615 on 6/13/12 at 8:23


Education is the best investment for America, and there is a breaking point in terms of cost. Do not raise tuition. Our youth needs to look at college as a must, not a cost.

By: Left-of-Local on 6/13/12 at 8:30

I have a recommendation:

A SALARY CUT FOR THE TBR. Time for a revolution in compensation for these fat-cat a-holes. Enough with the executive salaries!!! They should NOT make $300K. Try $150K. How many people could we put through school for $150K???

Disgusting scum.

This is just another point proving that college is NOT for everyone, and is NOT what it used to be. It is, in modern contexts, a scam and a burden on the future. Not what it is supposed to be for sure.

By: NewYorker1 on 6/13/12 at 1:01

That's right. Make it impossible for people to go to school and get engineering degrees, nursing degrees, etc. You think times are hard now. Watch how the rest of the world zoom past us.

By: anjnew on 6/14/12 at 1:13

Colleges are pricing themselves out of the market, many cases it is not worth going. I believe in higher education but not at the expense of going onto major debt over it. If enrollment is up, then how can it be costing more?? What are they doing with the extra tuition money???

By: pswindle on 6/15/12 at 12:34

This is not the time to raise tuition when unemployment is going up in TN. Let's be real about this. Give the students a fighting chance and do not raise tuition.