UT Tuition Increases Will Range from 4% to 8%

Students in the University of Tennessee system may pay 4 percent to 8 percent more in tuition this fall, depending on their school, reports The Tennessean. The system’s board will vote Thursday at the members’ annual meeting in Knoxville.
President Joe DiPietro said the Tennessee Higher Education Commission recommended increases of 4 percent to 6 percent for UT-Martin and UT-Chattanooga and 6 percent to 8 percent for UT-Knoxville. Part of the increase will fund a 2.5 percent raise for faculty, who went four years without any pay increases until last year.
DiPietro told The Tennessean’s editorial board that UT-Knoxville lags far behind peer institutions in salary, and attracting and retaining the best professors will help it move toward the goal of being in the nation’s top 25 institutions as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. UT-Knoxville came in at 46th among public schools in the most recent issue. Its in-state tuition, $8,400 per year, is well under all but two top-25 schools, DiPietro said.

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