Chart: Kentucky Colleges’ Tuition Increases Since the Mid-1980s

The University of Louisville is the latest state school to increase tuition—as my colleague Jake Ryan reported Thursday, UofL students will pay 5 percent more in 2014-15. 

Kentucky’s state colleges have endured budget cuts in recent years, including a 1.5-percent cut for the upcoming fiscal year.  Following Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget proposal—which proposed a deeper 2.5-percent cut—WFPL’s Devin Katayama wrote that state colleges were expect that tuition increases will go to fixed costs: electricity bills and employee healthcare, for instance.

So now comes the time for those tuition decisions. The state Council on Postsecondary Education capped college tuition increases at 8 percent total over the next two years, with no more than 5 percent in any given year. As Kentucky’s colleges make their 2014-15 tuition increase decisions, let’s take a look at tuition increases over the past few decades. The graphic below starts in 1986 and goes through this academic year.

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In short, UofL tuition in 2003-04 was $4,450, according to the data from the CEP. At Eastern Kentucky University, tuition was $3,358.

In 2013-14, UofL tuition was $9,946 and EKU tuition was $7,536.

UofL’s tuition will be $10,236 next school year.

Joseph Lord

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.

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