ETSU holding special called meeting to discuss potential increase in tuition, fees

East Tennessee State University officials will hold a public, special called meeting on Wednesday, May 29 that could determine if tuition prices will change at the school. 

That meeting will be held by the ETSU Board of Trustees’ finance and administration committee at 9:30 a.m. in Bergin E. Dossett Hall. 

The committee plans to discuss the proposed tuition and mandatory fee increase that are both currently on the budget for the 2019-2020 school year. 

The proposed changes include a 150 dollar increase in tuition for undergraduate students at 15 credit hours and an increase in mandatory fees totaling about 64 dollars. 

According to the meeting’s agenda, certain criteria must be reviewed by the board of trustees prior to a tuition increase, including the level of state support, total cost of attendance and efforts to ease the financial burden on students. 

ETSU says part of the reason for possibly raising tuition is due to increasing costs for higher education across the entire southeast region. 

The agenda cites the “Higher Education Price Index” saying the university’s inflation would total 6 million dollars. 

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s budget provides only half of that funding, leaving ETSU to make up the nearly 3 million dollars. 

Wednesday’s meeting will not seal the fate of a potential tuition increase. A full board meeting is scheduled to be held in June. 

The board of trustees asks the public to send in any comments regarding the potential increase in tuition and fees online. 

The deadline to submit feedback in Wednesday, June 5. 

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