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TBR approves tuition increases for state universities

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The Tennessee Board of Regents approved maintenance fee and tuition increases at all the universities and community colleges it oversees.

The increases for both fees and tuition varied by campus. Click here to view the list of increases.

Tennessee State University saw the smallest tuition increase (1.4 percent) while Tennessee Tech and the University of Memphis will both see 6 percent increases. Tuition will go up 3 percent at Austin Peay State University and 5.6 percent at Middle Tennessee State University.

The board said in a release, the maintenance fee increases are lower this year than in the past two years and will not affect the Tennessee Technology Centers.

"While we regret any increase in cost to students, we are grateful to be able to limit the extent of the increases this year thanks to additional state funding," said TBR Chancellor John Morgan in a news release. "Our state leaders have recognized the critical role higher education plays in our state's economic development."

According to the release, the increases in maintenance fees/tuition were needed to fund the portion of the mandated 1.5 percent salary increase for all state employees that was not funded through state appropriations, and inflation cost increases in utilities and insurance. Most institutions also requested additional increases to fund efforts to support student success.

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