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The Tennessee Board of Regents is still weighing how much it will need to raise tuition at its universities to compensate for a revised state budget that has pulled new funding for higher education.

At a special TBR Finance Operations Committee teleconference today, TBR officials declined to reveal a target, pointing to future meetings before final rates are set on June 20.

TBR officials referenced a report from the University of Tennessee's student newspaper, The Daily Beacon, which quoted UT system officials saying that a 4 to 6 percent increase could be in store at its schools.

But they said it was too early to make a projection for TBR schools, which include the University of Memphis as well as Austin Peay, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, East Tennessee State and Tennessee State universities and the state's community colleges.

Gov. Bill Haslam's amended budget eliminated new funding for higher education even though a $29.6 million increase had been recommended by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Even with those additional funds, tuition increases between 2 and 4 percent had been recommended.

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