As expected, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Friday limited tuition increases at state colleges for the 2009-10 academic year. The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville can boost tuition by no more than 5 percent.
The state's regional universities — Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Murray State, Western Kentucky, Northern Kentucky and Kentucky State — can raise tuition by no more than 4 percent. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System was limited to increases of 3 percent.
The council also approved a new "floor" for undergraduate out-of-state tuition at double the in-state tuition rate. However, an exception was granted to Northern Kentucky University, which will be able to set its out-of-state tuition at 1.9 times the in-state rate. The exception is intended to help Northern Kentucky remain competitive with nearby schools in Ohio.
Overall, the out-of-state tuition changes represent an increase over last year's rate, which was 1.75 times the tuition charged for Kentucky residents.
The council also approved Northern Kentucky's full schedule of tuition and mandatory fees for the 2009-2010 school year. The council will complete action on the full schedule of tuition rates and fees for the state's other colleges at its meeting in May.