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MTSU Board of Trustees approves 1.78% tuition incr...

MTSU Board of Trustees approves 1.78% tuition increase for 2021-22

Middle Tennessee State University’s Board of Trustees on June 8 raised tuition and fees by 1.78% for the 2021-22 academic year — but it still remains the lowest-priced among the state’s three largest universities.

The action translates to an extra $168, from $9,424 to $9,592 a year, for in-state undergraduates taking a full-time load of 15 credit hours per semester for fall and spring.

MTSU Board of Trustees member Joey Jacob, chair of the board’s Finance and Personnel Committee, gives his report during the board’s meeting held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, inside the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU Board of Trustees member Joey Jacob, chair of the board’s Finance and Personnel Committee, gives his report during the board’s meeting held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, inside the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU, which did not raise tuition in 2020-21 due to the pandemic, sought the increase to cover inflationary costs, as well as additional scholarships, new academic programs, technology upgrades, faculty promotions and student success initiatives.

Joey Jacobs, chair of the board’s Finance and Personnel Committee, said trustees reviewed tuition rates of peer institutions and state public universities before considering the increase.

“Even with the proposed fee increase, MTSU ranked as very affordable in comparison,” Jacobs said.

The new rate is below the 2% limit on undergraduate tuition and fee adjustments allowed by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. MTSU’s tuition remains below both the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the University of Memphis.

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, MTSU president

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

Meanwhile, Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey addressed trustees and thanked President Sidney A. McPhee for MTSU’s efforts during the pandemic and its work to return to normal campus operations in the fall.

“I want you to know how special of a team that you have,” Piercey said. “When we were going through this … there wasn’t a clear, right answer to hardly anything. It even became more important to have partners when we were managing this thing together. …

“You guys not only have been an example for the state, we in Tennessee, and particularly MTSU, have been an example for the nation.”

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey thanks the Middle Tennessee State University campus and community for its pandemic response during the MTSU Board of Trustees meeting held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, inside the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey thanks the Middle Tennessee State University campus and community for its pandemic response during the MTSU Board of Trustees meeting held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, inside the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

In other actions, trustees:

  • Raised graduate tuition an additional 3%, which still makes MTSU’s rate the third-lowest among Tennessee public schools.
  • Approved 22 faculty candidates recommended for tenure and 38 candidates for promotion.
  • Approved a one-time bonus for employees equivalent to six months of a 2% salary increase or $500, whichever is greater, for regular full- and part-time employees as of Dec. 31, 2020. The state appropriated funding for the bonuses.
  • Welcomed Rick Cottle, an associate professor of fashion and apparel, to a two-year term as faculty trustee, replacing mathematics professor Mary Martin.
  • Welcomed Gabriela James, a senior in communications studies, to a one-year term as student trustee, replacing graduate student Delanie McDonald.

— Andrew Oppmann (Andrew.Oppmann@mtsu.edu)

Outgoing MTSU Faculty Trustee and mathematics professor Mary Martin, left, looks on as incoming Faculty Trustee Rick Cottle, an associate professor of fashion and apparel, gives brief remarks during the MTSU Board of Trustees meeting held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, inside the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Outgoing MTSU Faculty Trustee and mathematics professor Mary Martin, left, looks on as incoming Faculty Trustee Rick Cottle, an associate professor of fashion and apparel, gives brief remarks during the MTSU Board of Trustees meeting held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, inside the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Incoming MTSU Student Trustee Gabriela James, a senior in communications studies, smiles as she’s being introduced during the MTSU Board of Trustees meeting held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, inside the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Incoming MTSU Student Trustee Gabriela James, a senior in communications studies, smiles as she is introduced during the MTSU Board of Trustees meeting held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, inside the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, gives his report to the Board of Trustees during its meeting held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, inside the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, gives his report to the Board of Trustees during its meeting held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, inside the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)


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