University of Nebraska Regents have followed through with the promise; a freeze of tuition after receiving increased state funding.
The Unicameral approved a four percent funding increase for the four-campus system.
University of Nebraska President J-B Milliken tells regents the budget is the result of the successful agreement reached between the governor and the legislature.
“To support the university’s proposed affordability compact, which puts us in a position to propose a tuition freeze for all resident tuition on campus and online,” according to Milliken.
University officials estimate that the average undergraduate student will save $1,000 over the next two years, because of the tuition freeze. Tuition for out-of-state students will increase by three percent.
Regent Tim Clare of Lincoln says it took cooperation to achieve the tuition freeze.
“I think great effort by everybody in terms of not only the answering questions of the legislature, but also fine-tuning and sharpening your pencil to prove that we are going to be good stewards with the taxpayers’ monies,” Clare says.
The University of Nebraska has four campuses: Lincoln, Omaha, Kearney and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Resident tuition, according to university officials, has risen an average of 4.5% since 2006. The university has not frozen tuition on any of the campuses since 1990.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.