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Tuition increases likely, says chancellor

February 26, 2003

Tuition at TBR schools is likely to rise this fall, according to TBR Chancellor Charles Manning, though the increase won't be the full 18- to 20 percent needed to offset the 8.8 percent cuts for next year.

Manning, who earlier had expressed the belief that no tuition increases would be imposed, expressed a new point of view in conversations with Michael Cass, education reporter for "The Tennessean." Exactly how much the increase will be is an unknown.
February 26, 2003

Tuition at TBR schools is likely to rise this fall, according to TBR Chancellor Charles Manning, though the increase won't be the full 18- to 20 percent needed to offset the 8.8 percent cuts for next year.

Manning, who earlier had expressed the belief that no tuition increases would be imposed, expressed a new point of view in conversations with Michael Cass, education reporter for "The Tennessean." Exactly how much the increase will be is an unknown.

"We have no way of knowing what the increases might be until we see the impact of the 8.8 percent cuts," says Mary Morgan, director of communications for the TBR. That information won't be available until mid-March, she adds.

"At that point, we will evaluate the situation and see what critical items can be 'bought back' with a tuition increase, as well as what essential higher operating costsinsurance premium increases, utilitiesneed to be offset. "

The expected increases are the aftermath of a 9 percent cut in higher education spending requested by Governor Phil Bredesen to control the state's hemorrhaging budget.