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UT Trustees OK Lowest Tuition Increases in 30 Years; 'Soar in Four' Plan Approved for UT Martin

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The University of Tennessee's Board of Trustees has approved tuition increases for the coming fiscal year that the school says are the lowest in 30 years.

According to a news release from UT, in-state tuition will increase no more than 2.2 percent for most undergraduates. The majority of fees will not increase. The net increases range from 0 to 3 percent, depending on the campus.

The increases are part of a $2.2 billion budget approved by the trustees at their quarterly meeting in Knoxville on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, UT President Joe DiPietro announced the appointment of Noma Anderson as a special adviser on diversity and inclusion. Anderson is dean of the UT Health Science Center College of Health Professions.

DiPietro said "a diverse and inclusive culture equals success."

Meanwhile, the UT Board of Trustees approved a new tuition model for students at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The “Soar in Four” plan encourages students to take 15 hours per semester and graduate in four years. It will be phased in through 2020, affecting 36 percent of UT Martin students this fall. Most UT Martin students will pay a flat $3,840 per semester, plus mandatory fees.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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