Governor Bill Haslam says despite big tuition hikes expected this week, Tennessee colleges are still a good deal compared to similar schools. Haslam is attending meetings today and tomorrow for state systems eyeing increases around 10 percent.
Today the governor attends the board meeting of the University of Tennessee, whose campus in Haslam’s hometown of Knoxville will raise tuition an extra $774 a year.
“It is a very steep hike, and my concern is that we price higher ed of range for middle-class families while we’re trying to increase college graduates, so that’s one of the issues that we’re having to deal with. If it was easy we would already have the answer.”
Haslam acknowledges the added costs are a response to cuts in the state budget – a pattern Haslam told reporters this week he would like to turn around.
Tomorrow Haslam is expected at the meeting of the Board of Regents, which oversees community colleges, tech schools and four-year schools including MTSU, APSU, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech.