Tennessee panel vote ensures no higher ed tuition increases

May 21, 2022 GMT

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee higher education panel has voted to ensure that there will be no tuition increases at the state’s public universities, community colleges and technical schools.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission said Thursday that it voted during its meeting at Tennessee Technological University to hold tuition flat for the 2022-2023 school year.

Commission Chairman Evan Cope said in a news release that students are already facing higher prices for housing, groceries and gas.

The commission attributed the move to $90 million in state money set aside for the higher education funding formula and $47 million for employee pay raises.

The decision is binding and allows for no tuition increases for in-state undergraduate students for the upcoming year.