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Regents OK fee hike for state’s colleges and universities

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The Tennessee Board of Regents last week approved maintenance fee/tuition recommendations at its universities and community colleges across the state.

Students enrolled in 15 credit hours at Roane State Community College and the other 18 community colleges in the system will pay 3 percent more on maintenance fees in 2013-14.

“While we regret any increase in cost to students, we are grateful to be able to limit the extent of the increases this
year thanks to addition-
al state funding,” said TBR Chancellor John Morgan.

“Our state leaders have recognized the critical role higher education plays in our state’s economic development.”

The amount, for a student enrolled in 15 credit hours at Roane State, will be $102 more per year, according to the TBR, which boasts in a release that maintenance fee increases are lower this year than in the past two years.

Tennessee Technology Centers, including the one in Harriman, will not be affected by the increases.

The maintenance fee increases were recommended earlier this month by the board’s committee on finance and business operations.

When combined with mandatory fees unique to each campus, including already-approved fees for athletics and student activities, the proposed increases for a student enrolled in 15 credit hours are:

• Community colleges, including Roane State — 3 percent, or $102 per year.

• Tennessee State University — 1.4 percent, or $72 per year.

• Austin Peay State University — 3 percent, or $240 per year.

• Middle Tennessee State University — 5.7 percent, or $348 per year.

• Tennessee Technological University — 6 percent, or $383 per year.

• University of Memphis — 6 percent, or $432 per year.

• East Tennessee State University — 4.6 percent, or $546 per year.

The increases in maintenance fees/tuition were made to fund the portion of the mandated 1.5 percent salary increase for all state employees that was not funded through state appropriations and inflation cost increases in utilities and insurance.

Most institutions also requested additional increases to fund efforts to support student success, the board said in the release.

A complete list of maintenance fee/tuition and mandatory fee increases is available at http://goo.gl/5zBfL

The Tennessee Board of Regents is among the nation’s largest higher education systems, governing 46 postsecondary educational institutions.

The system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 technology centers, providing programs to more than 200,000 students across the state.