New academic, athletic fees coming to ETSU

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Students at East Tennessee State University will be paying more in fees next academic year to support a new football program, but other fees will generate millions for supporting academic programs.

The Johnson City Press reports the Tennessee Board of Regents on Friday approved a $125-per-student athletic fee for ETSU to restart a football program that ended in 2003.

But the board also approved a $40-per-credit-hour fee for health sciences courses in nursing, public health and clinical rehabilitation. Now that the university is recognized as an academic health science center, the fees are expected to generate about $2.5 million.

ETSU President Brian Noland said the fee increase was necessary to fund the high cost of programs in those colleges.

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