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Legislators will consider non-resident tuition, $30 million spending plan by UT system

January 8, 2001

The University of Memphis and East Tennessee State University have asked Tennessee lawmakers to extend to them a statute that allows Austin Peay and other colleges in state bordering counties to charge in-state tuition for residents in contiguous counties.

Lawmakers also will be asked to review a plan by the University of Tennessee system to spend $30 million over four years at nine research centers in Knoxville and Memphis. University officials say the expenditure would spawn some $220 million in federal funds and another $30 million in private-public partnerships, according to the Jan. 5 edition of the “Chronicle of Higher Education.”

Both requests will be considered by Tennessee's legislators when they convene later this month.