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Tuition at 4-Year Universities on The Rise, But Community College Soon to Be Free

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WEST NASHVILLE (Jen French) -- The cost to get a college education is on the rise. Figures show a steady increase during the last three decades.

The Tennessee Board of Regents approves tuition rates for six middle Tennessee post-secondary institutions, but state lawmakers have the final say when it comes to how much the state will subsidize college.

According to data collected by the Tennessee Board of Regents, for the 1986-1987 school year students paid 28.1% of their tuition on average after state subsidies. For the 2012-2013 school year students paid 68.4% on average.

Some students say college is worth the cost.

"I feel because they know there is a need to have a degree--not necessarily to be successful, but to give you that starting point or that foundation to be successful,” Thommye Davis said, TSU student.

Tennessee law makers passed “Tennessee Promise” this year. It guarantees all in-state high school graduates free tuition at two-year institutions, but not at four-year universities. Tennessee Promise goes into effect in 2015.


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