Committee defeats tuition freeze bill

Herald Staff

A bill that would freeze tuition at Kentucky public universities failed in committee today.

Senate Bill 75, An Act relating to tuition fees for postsecondary education and declaring an emergency, would have required postsecondary institutions to limit tuition for four years to the 2015-2016 academic year rates.

The Student Government Association at WKU approved a resolution to oppose the tuition bill on Feb. 16.

“A tuition freeze will not solve the problem. It will make WKU’s problems worse, and that is something none of us can afford,” SGA President Jay Todd Richey said during Tuesday’s SGA meeting. 

President Gary Ransdell has previously said that tuition helps cover the cost of technology, utilities, salary increases, library journals and among other needs.

Ann Mead, WKU’s senior vice president for the division of Finance and Administration, said in a previous edition of the Herald that universities are dependent on student tuition.  

“We understand the price of college is a concern, but right now we are considerably dependent on student tuition in order to pay our bills,” Mead said.