The Latest: Eastern Kentucky University joins tuition hikes

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RICHMOND, Ky. (AP)- Tuition at Eastern Kentucky University will rise by 5 percent for resident undergraduate students for 2016-17.

The university said Thursday in a news release that the Board of Regents approved the increase, which is just below the cap of 5.3 percent set by the Council on Postsecondary Education. The change amounts to an additional $418 per student per year.

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Eastern joins other state universities that have begun to raise tuition in the wake of decreased state funding, including Northern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University.

The increases come after a legislative session during which lawmakers approved Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s 4.5 percent spending cuts on colleges and universities, about $40 million altogether. Much of the legislature’s debate focused on how the cuts would impact tuition for the upcoming school year.