UK President Calls For Tuition Raise, No Employee Pay Raises

University of Kentucky President Dr. Lee Todd has called for a 9% tuition increase for students and no pay raises for employees in his proposed budget.

Reports say UK will have to eliminate $14 million from the 2008-2009 budget.

However, Todd says UK will pay for all increases in employees' health insurance premiums.

He says the tuition increases are necessary because UK will lose $20 million in state money.

Out-of-state students would pay 6.6% more in tuition.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky is proposing in-state students pay 9 percent more for tuition for a second year in a row, and that faculty and staff not get raises this fall.

An e-mail from President Lee T. Todd Jr. distributed campuswide Tuesday also says out-of-state students would pay 6.6 percent more.

Todd says the school doesn't have the funds for salary increases. He added that UK hospital system employees would not be affected by the salary ban.

Todd said tuition increases are necessary because UK will lose $20 million in state money.

He said the decline results from a 3 percent cut Gov. Steve Beshear ordered for higher education and the 2008-2010 state budget the General Assembly approved last week.

The UK Board of Trustees will vote on new rates at an April 22 meeting. The increase would have to be approved by the Council on Postsecondary Education at its May 9 meeting.

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