Tennessee public colleges freeze tuition


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No public college or university in Tennessee will raise in-state tuition for undergraduates next year.

  • The statewide tuition freeze was made official Thursday by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

Why is this important: Inflation is pinching wallets across the country and college enrollment is shrinking. Officials hope that keeping tuition rates stable here will make higher education more affordable for Tennessee families.

What they say : “Students are already facing higher prices for housing, groceries and gas,” THEC President Evan Cope said in a statement.

  • “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.”

Between the lines: THEC leaders said a $90 million boost for the higher education funding formula in the new budget helped make the tuition freeze possible.

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