Sen. Summerville To File Legislation Calling For College Tuition Freeze

Monday, July 22, 2013

State Senator Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) has announced plans to file legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly to freeze tuition at the current rates at state colleges and universities.  The announcement comes after the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee (UT) system recently adopted hikes in tuition ranging between three to six percent.

“The current increases are an outrage, especially in light of this year’s increase in appropriations to these higher education systems,” said Senator Summerville.  “No other governmental department consistently raises their costs to the taxpayers at such a high rate on an annual basis.”

The General Assembly approved a budget providing a $108.6 million increase for higher education, including $65.7 million in additional funds for the Tennessee Board of Regents, $37.6 million for the University of Tennessee system and $5.2 million for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  A 2010-2011 study by the Bloomberg News College Board found that 56 percent of public four-year college students average $23,800 in student loans upon graduation.  

“Over the past decade, tuition at public colleges and universities has increased by an astounding 62 percent,” added Senator Summerville.  “These ever-increasing costs lead students to take out more loans, thus saddling themselves with debt that can take almost a lifetime to pay back.”

Senator Summerville said his legislation, the “Tennessee College Students’ Tuition Relief Act,” is currently in the drafting stage but will freeze tuition for several years.  He said bill will include cost reduction recommendations to help the state’s higher education system realize efficiencies.  This could include top-heavy administrative office expenses and excessive salary packages for college coaches.  

“Non-instructional cost is a good place to start in looking for savings,” added Senator Summerville.  “If we are going to meet our goals of raising our college graduation rates, we must get a handle on the rising costs. This legislation is a big step in the right direction to accomplish this.”



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