NKU, WKU plan tuition hikes after state funding cuts

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky universities already have begun to raise tuition in the wake of decreased state funding.

Media report Northern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents passed a motion Wednesday for a 3 percent increase in undergraduate tuition. The board also called for a 3 percent increase in student housing and faculty and student parking costs.

Western Kentucky University is seeking a 4.5 percent tuition increase and millions in program and staff cuts to address a $6 million shortfall for the 2016-17 fiscal years.

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.

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