University of Nebraska President J-B Milliken praises the legislature for its handling of higher education in the just-concluded session.
Milliken says the increase provided the four campuses allowed the university system to freeze tuition for the next two years.
“For all Nebraskans; undergraduate, graduate, distance-ed on our campuses; it’s a great thing for Nebraska,” Milliken tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
University of Nebraska officials estimate that the tuition freeze will save the average undergraduate student $1,000 over the next two years. Tuition for out-of-state students will rise by three percent. The university has four campuses: Lincoln, Kearney, Omaha and the medical school based in Omaha.
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents made the tuition freeze official during its meeting Friday.
“We’re about trying to make access affordable for Nebraskans so that they can prepare to get good jobs and be successful and this is a step in the right direction,” according to Milliken.
Milliken says he is also pleased that the Unicameral appropriated nearly $3 million for the UNMC College of Nursing facility in Lincoln. Gov. Dave Heineman vetoed the appropriation. The legislature overrode his line-item veto. The new building will replace an aging building in downtown Lincoln.
“The legislature’s support of a College of Nursing in Lincoln is going to be I think a tremendous boon for the community and for helping to meet the needs for nursing education in the next generation,” Milliken says.
Overall, the legislative session gets high marks from the university president.
“I think this has been a very positive year for the university, this affordability compact with a freeze in tuition for two years for Nebraskans is a great thing.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.