NASHVILLE — Students at UTC and other Tennessee public universities are looking at tuition increases of up to 6 percent next fall, while those attending community colleges such as Chattanooga State and technology centers are looking at boosts of up to 3 percent.
That’s the message higher education officials gave Gov. Bill Haslam Tuesday during budget hearings in Nashville.
The increases are based on the assumption that Haslam and state lawmakers will approve increased taxpayer support of $33.5 million to go toward higher education. Tuition would rise even higher if taxpayer support isn’t increased or is less than that, education officials said.
Under a 6 percent scenario, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga tuition and fees for a full-time student would increase to $7,555 during the two-semester academic year. Community college students would see tuition rise to $3,788 under a 3 percent scenario.
Haslam is determining his proposed $30 billion-plus 2013-2014 budget recommendations to the General Assembly. He will present the spending plan early next year.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...