As college tuition-setting time begins, CPE again looks to cap increases

03/01/2011 06:21 PM

Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education again likely seek to cap the increase in the amount the state’s public universities and colleges charge students next year, the council’s president said.

“I suspect we’ll probably do it again this year. The question is what will be the numbers,” Robert King, president of the council that oversees the higher education system, said of the caps.

Before this academic year, the council capped tuition increases at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville at 6%, the other four-year universities at 5% and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System at 4%. Those caps the year before were 5%, 4% and 2%, respectively.

King said the capping system so far has worked well over the last two years to hold down spikes in tuition even as state funding for the public institutions has waned.

“It’s not a comfortable mix, obviously,” King said.

King said the challenge will be to look for other sources of revenue, such as relying more on donations and entrepreneurial enterprises.

As for the tuition caps this year, the council’s staff has begun to reach out to the budget directors of the eight public universities and the KCTCS. The Council will approve the caps at its meeting in late April.

King also addressed a question about whether the Council supports a proposal that would give the entity oversight of for-profit colleges, as called for by a bill proposed by Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville.

King made the comments about tuition as college students convened at the state Capitol for their annual rally for higher education.

(Programming note: Pure Politics will have more from King about some other higher education goals on Wednesday’s edition.)

- Ryan Alessi


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