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.