University of Nebraska to seek tuition increase, budget cuts

To go with the tuition hikes, some 10 budget response teams convened in January to look for cuts across non-academic areas of NU. The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture would see a tuition increase of $6.50 per student credit hour next year and $4 the following year.

Bounds said these tuition increases are subject to change if state funding is cut further.

Bounds says the university will try to cut jobs through attrition and plans to cut up to $30 million from its operations budget.

"The University of Nebraska pledged to be a good partner in navigating this period of fiscal stress and we know we have challenges ahead", Bounds said.

"In my view, now more than ever, this state needs the university to grow", Bounds said.

Additionally, tuition will rise another $6-$7.50 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Tuition will increase equally on the campuses at Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney.

Although Bounds doesn't give the percentage increase in the letter, it appears it would be in the vicinity of 5 percent.

University administrators have been struggling with an expected $50 million budget gap. As cuts are fully implemented over time, savings could reach $30 million. Thirty years ago NU comprised 21 percent of state spending; that has dropped to 13 percent today.

The university won't be alone in raising tuition. Increases will be awarded on the basis of merit.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/2s4wwUP ) that Napolitano's office reimbursed regents for more than $225,000 in dinner parties since 2012, including $17,600 for a banquet held the night before the board voted to raise tuition. But lawmakers and the governor approved $570 million for the 2017-18 school year and $580 million for 2018-19.

  • Carolyn Briggs