Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 23, 2010  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

The Council on Postsecondary Education set tuition and mandatory fee ceilings for in-state undergraduate students for the 2010-11 academic year. The ceilings balance the needs of the campuses to offset the $96 million gap resulting from both proposed state cuts and increases in estimated fixed costs.

The Council authorized a 4 percent ceiling for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, a 5 percent ceiling at the six comprehensive universities, and a 6 percent ceiling for the two research universities--the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

“These tuition caps balance the needs and interests of students with those of our campuses to maintain operations,” stated Council President Bob King.

The ceiling for KCTCS would mean an increase of no more than $5 per credit hour. For the six comprehensive institutions, the ceiling results in a range of $288 additional per year at Murray State University to $360 at Western Kentucky University. At the University of Kentucky, the lower division ceiling is limited to $487 per year and upper division at $501. The University of Louisville’s ceiling would allow no more than $480 year.

The proposed ceilings are predicated on the assumption that the level of postsecondary institution base funding comprised of General Fund appropriations and federal stimulus funds will not change substantially from the levels proposed in the House and Senate versions of HB 290. If the level of base funding enacted into law does differ considerably from the funding proposals contained in HB 290, the Council reserves the right to recommend adjustments to these ceilings at a later date.

The tuition action maintains the current floor of two times the resident undergraduate rate for nonresident, undergraduate students.

For Kentucky students, particularly those with low to moderate incomes, it is anticipated that a portion of tuition increases can be covered through increases in the federal Pell grants, institutionally provided need-based aid, and expanded postsecondary education tax credits from the recently enacted federal stimulus package.

King, who met with student government leaders by telephone earlier this week, said that in light of the state budget cuts and rising costs, the student leaders said the proposed tuition ceilings are reasonable.

Individual boards will now set their tuition increases and bring the Council recommendations for their approval at the Council meeting scheduled May 21 at the University of Louisville.

In other business, the Council:

  • Accepted the 2008-09 Accountability Report, an annual progress report mandated by statute. The report tracks progress on key performance indicators at the state and campus level. The system improved on nine indicators, including the number of degrees and credentials awarded, degrees awarded at the bachelor’s level and higher, and graduate enrollment.
  • Heard an update on the unified strategic plan for college and career readiness. The Council is working with cross agency work teams from the Kentucky Department of Education to increase college readiness and college completion. The four key strategies include accelerated learning opportunities, secondary intervention programs, college and career readiness advising, and postsecondary college persistence and degree completion.
  • Approved the renovation of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky. The project will renovate 9,000 square feet of research support space on the fourth floor by retrofitting outdated equipment to meet current regulatory requirements. The $6.4 million project is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Heard an update on the Council’s strategic planning process. The timeline calls for a draft to be developed by September.

Council meeting materials are available at


Last Updated 4/23/2010