The Finance and Business Operations Committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents will meet by telephone conference call at 9 a.m. CDT Monday, April 30, to begin discussion of student tuition and mandatory fees for the 2018-19 academic year.
The meeting is the first of three that the committee will hold as it works to make its recommendation on tuition and fees. The committee also plans to meet May 18 and May 30 to complete its recommendations. The recommendations will be considered by the full Board of Regents at its June 22 meeting at Cleveland State Community College.
The conference call meeting is open to the public as listeners. Anyone wishing to listen may contact TBR Communications Director Rick Locker at 615-366-4417 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 30, to obtain call-in information
Any increases in tuition and mandatory fees at Tennessee’s public colleges and universities must fall within a binding range to be set by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in May, following THEC’s analysis of state appropriations for higher education approved by the Tennessee General Assembly. In February, following release of Gov. Bill Haslam’s state budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018-19, THEC set a tentative range of zero to 3 percent, which is not expected to change significantly.
Last year’s increase of 2.6 percent in in-state tuition rates at TBR’s community and technical colleges was the lowest combined increase since 1991-92 and was the third consecutive year of tuition hikes of 4 percent or less.
The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.