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Plan to increase tuition by 14 percent approved by TBR

April 1, 2003

Austin Peay could raise tuition by up to 14 percent this fall under a plan approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents Friday. The increase would put Austin Peay's tuition at $1,566 per semester for in-state undergraduates.

The plan proposing the increase was assembled in response to $57.3 million in cuts mandated by Gov. Phil Bredesen, who faced a $629 million deficit in fiscal year 2003-04 if no cuts were made.

The final outcome of the planand the percentage of the increasewill depend on the budget passed by state legislators in the coming weeks. April 1, 2003

Austin Peay could raise tuition by up to 14 percent this fall under a plan approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents Friday. The increase would put Austin Peay's tuition at $1,566 per semester for in-state undergraduates.

The plan proposing the increase was assembled in response to $57.3 million in cuts mandated by Gov. Phil Bredesen, who faced a $629 million deficit in fiscal year 2003-04 if no cuts were made.

The final outcome of the planand the percentage of the increasewill depend on the budget passed by state legislators in the coming weeks.

Dr. Hoppe said in March's Staff Council meeting that without a tuition increase "significant layoffs" could occur, but with a 5 percent tuition increase, those positions would be restored. "I'm 99 percent sure the University will get more than that in tuition increases," she said. She noted there would be no widespread announcement of possible layoffs, because the chance of people losing their jobs is low.

Without a tuition increase, as many as 20 secretaries in academic departments could see their work schedule reduced or converted. But with an 11 percent increase, half of those could be returned to a regular work schedule.

"I think there is a greater than 90 percent chance the University will get at least an 11 percent increase," Hoppe said. Administrators won't know what the tuition increase will be until the last week in June, however. Those whose positions might be affected will be told in the first week of April.

A campus-wide meeting is scheduled for April 7 to discuss the budget and its ramifications on faculty and staff.