UT Board to consider 2.2 percent tuition hike

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee board of trustees will vote on tuition increases that UT system President Joe DiPietro says are the lowest in decades.

The Times Free Press reports the full UT board will vote Wednesday on a plan to cap tuition increases to 2.2 percent in most cases for the proposed 2016-2017 fiscal year budget.

The 2.2 percent cap, also called the “maintenance fee,” applies to most in-state and out-of-state undergraduates, with the exception of students in certain programs.

UT also says the majority of fees will not increase. For fees where an increase is proposed, the net increase at each campus will range from nothing up to 3 percent.

The low tuition increases may be attributed to state lawmakers approving $72.2 million for salaries and inflation for the UT and Tennessee Board of Regents systems.

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