UT and other state run college students could see double digit tuition increase

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee college students and their parents can begin bracing for another tuition increase next fall.

Near double-digit tuition increases already were being contemplated at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and University of Memphis and smaller boosts at other four-year schools before Gov. Phil Bredesen unveiled his nearly $28 billion "back to basics" budget Monday.

The governor's financial plan increases need-based student aid by $27 million, partially funds a 2 percent pay raise for all state employees and would help students hold onto their lottery-based Hope scholarships.

But the governor stripped a Tennessee Higher Education Commission recommendation from last November for about $85 million in new money for state college and university operations.

The commission, which oversees the Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee systems, anticipates those dollars will have to be made up in tuition increases.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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