Senator announces bill to freeze tuition

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Caleb Whitmer | The Tennessean

A state senator announced plans Monday to file legislation that would freeze tuition rates for state colleges and universities.

Sen. Jim Summerville, R-Dickson, said in a news release that his bill would keep tuition rates at their current level "for several years" but did not offer specifics. It will also include recommendations for reducing higher education costs.

In June, the Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee both hiked tuition prices between 3 and 6 percent for each of the campuses they oversee.

"The current increases are an outrage, especially in light of this year's increase in appropriations to these higher education systems," Summerville said. "No other governmental department consistently raises their costs to the taxpayers at such a high rate on an annual basis."

The Tennessee General Assembly, according to the press release, increased spending on higher education by $108 million for the 2013-2014 budget.

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