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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2008 at 02:50 PM
    Ask communist CHINA for some help
  • by whatever! Location: KY on Apr 12, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    welcome to the "freshness" Mr. Beshear is supposed to be bringing the state of KY. His mind is set on getting gambling into KY, did anyone really think for a second he'd make education his top priority and not seek budget cuts?
  • by tim Location: eastern,ky. on Apr 12, 2008 at 01:17 AM
    i think it's a shame we vote these people in office to help the people of the commonwealth,and they treat us so bad.i think we as kentuckians need to impeach every one in frankfort,and start over with new people.all these people in frankfort think about is lining their own pockets full of money, they don't care about the people of kentucky.let's vote out beshear and all of his cronies!!!!!!!!we would of been better off to of kept fletcher,and that's not saying much.
  • by Sheryl Location: Richmond on Apr 11, 2008 at 06:03 AM
    You know, I am no math genius, but even I cannot take a 3% state funding reduction and calculate that it would mean a 9% tuition increase. Where did these guys go to school--one of KY's finest higher education institutions? I love Kentucky--born and bred here. I am disgusted with Mr. Beshear and his strong arm tactics to force our state to accept casinos! News flash: WE DON'T WANT CASINOS!!!!! We must refuse to be bullied into making our state any more of an "addicted" community. Our drug problems, our drop-out rates, our unemployment problems will only be compounded with the influx of gambling institutions. We have enough to worry about! As for the tuition increase, I pray my graduating senior will get scholarship money and will appreciate the sacrifice we as parents will have to make to send her to school. There is no getting ahead these days. For every pay raise we may get, the price of everything from gas to groceries eats it up. Buckle up folks, it's not getting better.
  • by Steve on Apr 10, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    Its amazing that the people votes in some one thats raises tuition on the very ones that vote him in i think its funny wake up America!
  • by Amos Location: LexVegas on Apr 10, 2008 at 01:03 PM
    1% raise is better than 0% raise....
  • by Jason Location: Lexington on Apr 10, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    First off Beshear does not make the budget. The budget is made by a committee of Legislators, then approved by the Senate. All Beshear does is sign it or veto it. Those same Legislators put in for a 5% raise for them and their staff. I work for the state and I will be getting the whopping 1% raise.
  • by Freda Location: Lexington on Apr 10, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    Lee Todd needs to go back to wherever he came from, KY does not need a Top 20 university they need a University the people of KY can afford to go to I have worked here for over 20 years and this is the worst i have saw for the Staff at UK I can't afford to send my children to school here. The Staff should be better paid. Some managment salaries are well over the average while the staff is at 11% less than similar schools.
  • by Newswatcher Location: Frankfort on Apr 10, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    Seems to me that there are millions of dollars flowing into coaches'and athletic director salaries. Why not reduce their income and spread the wealth among the students and faculty, especially since THEY are the ones who will make this a Top 20 institution. The very people at the heart of what a university is SUPPOSED to be about are the ones getting hurt by the budget cuts. Contrary to popular opinion, a university's first priority shouldn't be sports. Despite administration's talk of wanting to be a Top 20, their actions are certainly not indicative of that. A couple of million off Billy G's salary alone would cover a lot of tuition. I know it would be tight, but I think he could manage to live off only a million a year. I'm sure there are other areas with a disproportionate share of money, but it seems like the sports programs never take a hit. Meanwhile, everyone else must contend with an exponentially increasing cost of living WITHOUT any COMPARABLE increase in salary.
  • by Clyde Dawson Location: Lexington on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:22 PM
    What a joke!!!!!! UK sucks.
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