UT Tuition-Hike Vote Thursday

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has a lot on its agenda when it gathers for its annual meeting at 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, June 23), in the Hollingsworth Auditorium in the Ellington Plant Sciences Building on the Agriculture Campus. But the items probably of greatest interest to UT students and their families are the proposed tuition increases. The Knoxville campus has requested a 12 percent hike, while Chattanooga and Martin are both asking for 9.9 percent increases.

The Knoxville proposal would amount to an extra $774 per year. UT is still relatively inexpensive, partly because most Knoxville students receive lottery-funded Hope Scholarships. Most students paid $2,465 in tuition last year, according to the university. But with a 2.4 percent cut in state funding, and state-mandated salary increases for staff, the money has to come from somewhere. As usual in recent years, "somewhere" means tuition. The meeting is open to the public. You can also watch a live webcast at tennessee.edu.