UT-Knoxville wants 12% tuition hike

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Parents and students hold on to your wallets, the cost of a bachelor's degree at the University of Tennessee again on the rise by 12%.

UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek is asking the Board of Trustees to approve the increase to cover $60 million dollars in state budget cuts over the last four years.

"We have to first of all make certain that we maintain the university, and further develop the university," said Cheek.

"I know we have to get money somehow but I don't really feel like it always coming out of the students' pockets is the best answer," said UT student Alex Paradise.

A 12% hike will bump in-state tuition over $8,000 for the first time. Despite this, most students actually pay less than $2,500 in tuition thanks to the $4,000 hope scholarship.

"It does kind of bother you, but at the same time business is business, and you have to understand that," said student Cameron Tatum.

The University of Tennessee says the tuition hike is necessary in part to help propel the institution to among the top 25 in the nation. But not everyone is buying that argument.

"It's going to cost money to increase everything along those lines, but there has to be another way to do it" said UT student Ryan Alexander.

"That's a big jump from each student. I'd just like to know where it's going," said Alex Jones, another UT student.

Some worry the increased cost will force prospective students to look elsewhere. "Population will dwindle because of this, or more people will enlist in community colleges."

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  • by Mothman_Lives Location: Point Pleasant on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    LOL no money from the University or the State of TN goes to UT athletics, it's all privately donated. Also the UT Athletic Dept gives money to the academic side every year...
  • by Jenny Location: knoxville on Jun 19, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    After all we have to pay for these " Losses " that we have had at the university paying people we have fired or they have resigned we have to make up for those losses I think its insane what they are paying the coaches at UT
  • by Concern Location: Knoxville,TN on Jun 17, 2011 at 08:17 PM
    Instead of raising the hike, why not the coaches in the Sport Dept get together and take a cut in pay and have it go towards education. Theses kids are trying hard to get an education, give them a break! This college keep raising every time a mistake happens in this college. Money mishandling for sure!


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