Students & Faculty Members Write Lawmakers To Ask For Help

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

A modest tuition increase at one Kentucky university could get a lot bigger thanks to the possibility of big budget cuts next year.

Some at Morehead State University in Rowan County are writing lawmakers and asking for help. They say this increase could be too much for some students.

Student body president Brian Gay says a tuition increase of at least six percent is a load too heavy to bear for many of his peers at Morehead State.

“Particularly in eastern Kentucky we've got a lot of low income families. If it gets to the point where it's too high, then some students may not be back here in the fall,” MSU Student Body President, Brian N. Gay said.

Morehead President Wayne Andrews says he planned for a six percent increase to keep up with inflation, even before he knew the state might cut close to seven and a half million dollars from the school's budget.

“When you look at rising costs and budget cuts, the mountain that we have to climb is really not a 7.3 million dollar mountain, it's probably a 9 million dollar mountain by our own internal estimates,” MSU President Wayne Andrews said.

Based on the six percent minimum increase, undergraduate students from in-state would pay about an extra 160 dollars for a fall and spring semester. Out of state costs would rise about 400 dollars.

President Andrews and students like Gay want legislators to re-think the proposed cuts.

“Don't balance the state budget on the backs of college students,” Gay said.

Hundreds of college students from across the state are expected to take their message to Frankfort during a rally Wednesday.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    You are Right mom......our kids are our future...anyone with kids would want to help them not cause hardship on them...this state is a MESS......
  • by concerned Location: citizen on Feb 19, 2008 at 02:01 PM
    Education is very important. Personally, I think Beshear is trying to make more of this budget shortfall in an effort to promote his plan for casinos...not gonna work
  • by david Location: somerset on Feb 19, 2008 at 03:36 AM
    boys and girls you are about to get your first real life lesson here. life is tough in kentucky,i wish you all luck.
  • by mom Location: KY on Feb 18, 2008 at 09:18 PM
    I don't remember hearing about the state being in financial trouble until Beshear took over. For our people to be made fun of anyway-all the time everywhere, with people acting like they think everybody in this state is dumb -if it's one thing we don't need is cuts to EDUCATION!! I think they should start at the top, with the governor himself, and cut the pay of him, his buddies, and all the lawmakers. Leave the school kids alone. We've got schools now that don't have what they need-like working copy machines, ink, and paper!


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