For the academic year that begins in fall 2020, all University of Tennessee campuses are proposing 0 percent tuition increases to their individual advisory boards.
The advisory boards will meet in early May to review and discuss tuition. Their recommendations will be submitted to UT President Randy Boyd and presented to the UT Board of Trustees in June for the final decision.
If approved, both undergraduate and graduate students will experience no tuition increases for the 2020-2021 academic year at the system’s campuses located in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin. If approved, it would be a first in the university’s history that all four campuses had a 0 percent tuition increase. The UT Health Science Center’s advisory board has already recommended no increase, which was approved by the Board of Trustees earlier in the year.
“Our students and their families are struggling right now, many financially,” said Boyd. “Our chancellors and I strongly believe that we need to do everything we can to provide them the support they need to continue their education at UT, and to make our University as affordable as possible for our incoming students.”
On March 11, UT campuses across the state announced they would be moving to online education platforms in response to COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The outbreak has been declared by the World Health Organization as a pandemic.
The University of Tennessee System is a statewide system of higher education with campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis; the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma; the UT Institute of Agriculture with a presence in every Tennessee county; and the statewide Institute for Public Service. The UT system manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory through its UT-Battelle partnership; enrolls about 50,000 students statewide; produces about 10,000 new graduates every year; and represents more than 387,000 alumni around the world.