State Plans To Debate College Tuition Freeze

Posted at 9:07 PM, Jan 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-25 22:07:59-05

Lawmakers on Capitol hill have been preparing to debate a college tuition freeze. 

It would apply to in-state undergraduates at four-year public universities in Tennessee.

Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Rep. Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville) are sponsoring the bill.

Under the plan, four year public universities would not be able to raise undergraduate tuition or fees for two years.

After that, tuition increases would be tied to changes in the consumer price index, and would require a 2/3  or even unanimous Board of Regents vote if tuition was raised beyond that.

The bill would also freeze tuition for each class of incoming freshman until they graduate on time.

Republican representative Eddie Smith from Knoxville has also filed similar tuition freeze legislation.