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.
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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.