Tuition increases for UK students

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

For the ninth year in a row, University of Kentucky students are faced with a tuition increase of more than 5%.

Today, UK's Board of Trustees approved a 6% tuition increase for 2012 to 2013.

Board of Trustees Member, James Stuckert says,"I know a six percent increase sounds like a humongous amount but net of everything for 91% of our students that attend, it's $1,100."

This decision is part of long term budget plan for the University of Kentucky ,in the wake of state appropriations being cut by about $20 million dollars.

Board of Trustees Member, Sheila Brothers adds,"I too am concerned about the increases. Although I'm not sure where else we're going to get our money in the short term."

It's something that students say they saw coming,but still doesn't arrive as welcomed news.

"I'm gonna have to be here for three or four more years at least. So, I'm going to have pretty good student loan debt when I get out, says Josh Barkley, a student.

"Well the studying is worth it. And the people I work with is definitely worth it, but the tuition doesn't exactly equal out to possibly what I'm getting," says student, Bryan Reinholdt.

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto hopes that tuition will only increase for students by 3% in 2013-2014.

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