Students attending one of the four University of Nebraska campuses will likely see an increase in their tuition next year, but officials emphasize it will be the lowest hike in years.
University of Nebraska President J. B. Milliken will propose the 2012-13 operating budget for the four-campus system to the Board of Regents Friday, which includes a tuition hike of 3.75%.
“I’m pleased with this budget. It invests in our talented employees. It invests in need-based financial aid. It invests in programs of excellence, the highest-priority academic programs of the university and it does so with the lowest tuition increase since 1997,” Milliken says.
The cost of college will increase $94 to $116 per semester for the typical undergraduate student, depending on which college the student attends. The proposed budget includes a matching increase in financial aid, to offset the tuition hike for the poorest students.
Milliken says he is thankful that the legislature has funded special projects proposed by the university the past couple of years, including the Building a Healthy Nebraska initiative this year and Innovation Campus the year before. Still, Milliken says the university needs to see an increase in state funding to keep tuition rates from rising. He says he will be in talks with the governor and legislative leaders about that when the legislature tackles the state budget next year.
Under the proposed budget, the salary pool would increase by two-and-a-half percent for faculty and staff outside the faculty collective bargaining units at Omaha and Kearney. The university says salaries in Lincoln and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center lag behind like institutions.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]