State Universities Faced With Tuition Cap

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

The Council on Post-Secondary Education is considering another cap on tuition increases at the state's public colleges and universities.

That means more cuts and possibly more students in the technical and community college system.

Faced with state funding cuts, if approved, Kentucky public universities will also see tuition increases capped at five percent and three percent for the community and technical college system.

President and CEO of Hazard Community and Technical College says it will hit the bigger institutions harder.

"They already have twice our tuition rate or more, so we become a very good option for a lot of students," said Dr. Allen Goben.

Dr. Goben says he doesn't like to see any students have to pay more for tuition, but he says colleges rely on that money each year because of inflation. Coupled with higher enrollment at HCTC, and a state budget crunch, he says it is going to take some juggling.

"A 46% increase in fall applications at this point in our cycle is both very promising, but also very daunting in terms of having a lack of state support on funding," added Goben.

Besides fundraising, Goben says there's not many other options for state colleges, including his.

"We are facing a cut because of this year's state budget practices. It's a little smaller than last year's but it is a cut," said Goben.

It's a blow to a system that's already short on people and coping with a tightened budget.

The council on Post-Secondary Education will consider the tuition cap plan at its council meeting on Friday.


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