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WKU to Increase Tuition by 2 Percent For Academic Year Starting This Fall

WKU via Facebook, Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs

The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved a 2 percent tuition increase for the 2019-20 academic year.

The move means tuition for in-state undergraduate students will increase $100, to $5,401 per semester.

The decision at Friday’s meeting follows a 4 percent tuition hike for the current academic year that began last fall.

WKU President Tim Caboni said the school understands students are being asked to shoulder an increasing financial burden when it comes to their education.

“We’re focusing on taking aid and applying it to students who are the most needy, because we know we have an affordability challenge. Even in the context of a tuition increase, we’re doing all we can to keep the price—the net price—what people actually pay, as affordable as we can," Caboni said. 

Caboni said WKU remains competitive with other public universities in the state when it comes to net cost, which is the total cost of attending school, minus aid.

The WKU regents Friday also agreed to a one-time, $40,000 bonus for President Caboni, and approved a salary increase for Athletic Director Todd Stewart to be paid by the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition. He is a broadcast journalism graduate of WKU, and has won numerous awards for his reporting and feature production. Kevin grew up in Radcliff, Kentucky and currently lives in Glasgow.
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