Universities Defend Higher Tuition Proposals

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's public universities are defending their proposed tuition hikes before the Council on Postsecondary Education.
University leaders are trying to gain support for the tuition increases amid state funding cuts.
Thursday marked the second day of testimony on the proposed
increases, which range from about 6 percent to 9 percent at different public universities in the state.
The council is scheduled to decide on tuition rates at a meeting late next week.
Kentucky is facing a $900 million revenue shortfall over the next two years. State lawmakers recently approved a two-year, $19 billion state budget that included about 3 percent funding cuts to universities.

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