NU Announces 2-Year Tuition Freeze

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – University of Nebraska President Ted Carter says the school will freeze tuition rates for two years after this coming academic year to help students and families hit hard by the economic impacts of the coronavirus shutdown.

The Regents had already approved a 2.75% tuition increase for this fall, so the freeze is for the 21-22 and 22-23 years.

A retired admiral and former head of the Naval Academy, Carter says when the pandemic is over, the state will need an educated workforce ready to go to work and grow the economy – a key mission of the university.

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Tuition at the University of Nebraska has gone up an average of about 3% in recent years, so the freeze would cost the university about $18-million dollars.

Carter says he won’t ask the legislature for more funding to cover the loss and will instead do it through increased enrollment and cost-cutting moves including some already under way such as a system-wide hiring freeze, limits on spending, and a review of all construction project.

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