JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The Tennessee Board of Regents voted today to increase tuition at dozens of colleges and universities across the state. Before you get alarmed, the TBR says it approved the lowest increase in undergraduate tuition since 1983.
Tuition rates at six TBR universities, 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology will increase at an average of 2.6% for the 2016-17 academic year.
The following is a breakdown of the tuition and maintenance fee increases:
Austin Peay State University – 2.8 percent
East Tennessee State University – 2.6 percent
Middle Tennessee State University – 2.6 percent
Tennessee State University – 2.4 percent
Tennessee Tech University – 2.8 percent
University of Memphis – 2.3 percent.
Students at community colleges will pay 2.6 percent more for maintenance fees, and TCAT students will see a 2.8 percent increase.
According to the TBR’s release, ”…the total proposed price increases for in-state students taking a full-time course load of 12 credit hours will amount to less than $100 per year for most of the community colleges and TCATs and between $144 and $222 for the six TBR universities:
The TBR held its quarterly meeting at Northeast State Community College.
The Board also approved a policy that allows faculty and staff with valid concealed carry permits to carry a gun on campus. This policy only covers community colleges and TCAT universities.
Individual university systems are developing their own policies.
The Board also approved a request from Walters State Community College to name its student services building the Dr. Wade B. McCamey Student Services Building.