Vote Set On Tuition Hike

University of Tennessee system trustees are voting on annual undergraduate tuition increases of $774 for students at the campus in Knoxville, $508 more at the Martin campus and a $488 increase for students in Chattanooga.

Proposed increases at the Health Science Center vary from 5 percent to 15 percent.

UT President Joe DiPietro has advised faculty and staff that the increases are partly to help offset increased operating costs and a more than 20 percent drop in state appropriations and to fund the first employee pay raises in four years.

A vote of approval raises UTK’s annual tuition and fees to $8,396, more than a 100 percent increase over the past decade.

The Board of Regents on Friday vote on tuition increases that range between 9 percent and 12 percent.