ETSU Board of Trustees approve nearly 4 percent tuition increase for undergraduate, graduate students

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – East Tennessee State University’s Board of Trustees approved an almost 4 percent tuition increase for undergraduate and graduate students.

On Friday, the board approved a 3.97 percent increase in maintenance and mandatory fees.

For in-state undergraduate students taking 15 hours, this will mean an additional $172 per semester. In-state graduate students taking 9 credit hours will pay an additional $188 per semester.

“We recognize the importance of higher education and want to keep the cost of attending ETSU affordable to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to earn a degree from this institution,” ETSU President Brian Noland said. “However, we also must maintain our ability to provide a quality educational experience to all those who enroll at this university and ensure that those graduating from ETSU are well prepared for the next step in their journey.”

According to an ETSU news release, the mandatory fee increases will support expanded hours at Sherrod Library and additional programming at the Center for Physical Activity.

ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland said this was among one of the more difficult decisions the board has had to make. But this increase is one of the lowest in decades.

“That 3.9% is among the lowest fee increases in the past 30 years and it’s below the ceiling in terms of maximum fees prescribed by the Higher Tennessee Education Commission,” Noland said.

The board also approved fee increases of 2 percent for Quillen College of Medicine students, as well as a 3 percent increase for Gatton College of Pharmacy.

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