A state senator has announced plans to file legislation that would freeze tuition rates for state colleges and universities.
Sen. Jim Summerville, R-Dickson, said in a news release that his bill would keep tuition rates at their current level “for several years” but did not offer specifics. It also will include recommendations for reducing higher education costs, he said.
In June, the Tennessee Board of Regents and The University of Tennessee both raised tuition between 3 and 6 percent for each of the campuses they oversee. Over the past five years, the average cost of in-state tuition for publicly funded four-year colleges and universities increased 30 percent in Tennessee, according to the CollegeBoard Advocacy and Policy Center.