University of Nebraska President Ted Carter is proposing to freeze tuition for the second straight year with only modest fee increases for more investment in mental health services, and funding for faculty and staff salary increases.
The proposals are part of the operating budget Carter will present to the Board of Regents a week from today.
It limits year-over-year growth to 1.3%, completing a 3-year, system-wide plan to manage fiscal challenges created by Covid-19 while positioning the university for long-term success.
It also includes expanding the Nebraska Promise program, which allows qualifying Nebraska residents with family incomes of $65,000 to attend the university tuition-free. More than 7,000 students are currently qualified.
Carter says the budget tightening of the past 3 years leaves the NU system well-positioned to help produce the workforce, research, and services the state needs to thrive in the future.