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EKU, WKU to increase tuition 4% for 2009-10

Both Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University's board of regents approved 4 percent tuition increases for the 2009-2010 academic years.

That is the maximum tuition increase allowed by Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education for the state's public regional universities for next year. The two research universities, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, will raise tuition 5 percent next year.

At EKU, undergraduate tuition will go to $3,156 per semester, up from $3,040. Out-of-state rates will increase from $8,306 to $8,640 per semester.

WKU will raise undergraduate tuition from $3,465 to $3,600 per semester. Graduate tuition will be $3,960, up from $3,820.

The board of regents also approved a $1,000 bonus for university president Gary Ransdell. Western has been giving one-time bonuses of $500 and $1,000 instead of pay raises. The move, less costly than raises, is intended to allow the university to set aside money in the face of lingering financial woes.

EKU announced this week that it would not give faculty and staff raises next year.