(The Center Square) – Tuition at public colleges and universities in Tennessee will not increase for the next school year after a vote by the Tennessee Commission on Higher Education froze those tuition fees for the first time.
The board establishes annual tuition and fee ranges that must be followed by public universities in the state, colleges, and Tennessee College of Applied Technology campuses.
The state of Tennessee contributed an additional $90 million to the state’s public college and university funding formula this year and $47 million in additional state funding to pay for part of a salary increase 4% of employees.
“Today’s vote is a huge victory for students and families in Tennessee,” said THEC Executive Director Emily House. “THEC has been laser-focused on student affordability, and THEC’s tuition-setting policy plays an important role in our ability to ensure students can afford to go to college. the Commission’s vote today represents years of conversations and hard work to come to this We cannot thank Governor Lee and the General Assembly enough for helping to put us in a position to make this happen .
The board annually reviews affordability, enrollment patterns, inflationary costs, and state funding in its tuition decisions.
Public colleges and universities must adhere to the ranges set by the board for tuition and compulsory fees.
“Students are already facing higher prices for housing, groceries and gas,” said commission chairman Evan Cope. “Thanks to a generous investment from the State and today’s action from the Commission, we are able to tell these students that they will not pay higher tuition fees. This can be a source of relief for students’ checkbooks.”