Students at UTC, other public colleges face tuition hikes next fall

Students at UTC, other public colleges face tuition hikes next fall

November 14th, 2012 by Andy Sher in Local Regional News

A sign marks an entrance to the UTC campus.

Photo by Angela Lewis/Times Free Press.

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.