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ETSU approves no tuition increase for next year, reports losses from COVID-19

Brandon Paykamian • Apr 24, 2020 at 10:15 PM

East Tennessee State University’s Board of Trustees decided Friday to keep tuition flat into the next academic year as they discussed challenges faced by the university amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic forced the campus to move all spring courses online, issue refunds to students for university services and housing and reconsider previous decisions regarding tuition and student fee increases originally in place for next year. The university also recently made a decision to hold a virtual May 9 commencement ceremony amid a slew of recent public event cancellations.

On April 1, the board’s Finance Committee recommended canceling original proposals to increase tuition and student fees, which would have increased undergraduate fees by $63 to $3,849 and graduate student fees by $72 to $4,392 per semester.

At Friday’s virtual board meeting, officials gave final approval to cancel proposed increases and hold fees constant through the next academic year in light of the economic hardship faced by many students.

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