State agency limits tuition increases at Kentucky universities

Published: Apr. 30, 2018 at 2:02 PM EDT
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The Council on Postsecondary Education has approved two-year tuition and mandatory fee ceilings.

The council capped tuition at six percent over two years in an effort to limit the amount of money that public colleges and universities can charge in-state undergraduate students.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System may only raise tuition $12 per credit hour over two years.

While this will only partially offset a net reduction in state funding, the council believes the new limits will contribute to the lowest system average rate of increase in more than a decade. This factors in tuition freezes at Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University.

“Our goal is to maintain access and affordability for students and their families, while providing flexibility to campus leaders to respond to budgetary challenges. We believe these tuition ceilings strike the right balance,” Council President Bob King said in a news release.

The CPE also discussed a proposal which would require a minimum high school GPA of 2.5. Students with a 2.0 could enroll after signing a learning contract with the school. This document would detail student expectations as related to academic goals and participation.

Universities can request an exemption from the tuition ceilings if there are significant budget issues.