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University of Nebraska system freezes tuition

Several costs are on the rise lately, but the University of Nebraska system is working to make sure tuition will not be going up.
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 8:04 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Several costs are on the rise lately, but the University of Nebraska system is working to make sure tuition will not be on that list. With some cutbacks in their latest budget, the system has been able to freeze the rate of tuition students pay.

The budgeting change cuts out more than $48 million. Those cuts date back to a budget created just before COVID hit in 2020.

For some at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, the hope is that affordable education will help fill a need for several types of workers.

“We have a deficit in teachers,” Kelly Bartling, Vice-Chancellor of Enrollment Services at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, said. “There is a huge demand for teachers, great demand for health science careers like nurses and physicians assistants those students look to an institution like UNK to prove that quality and affordable experience that they are looking for.”

As for the students, UNK junior Megan Wallman told Local4 News that affordability helps her to focus on what counts.

“I would say keeping tuition at that affordable rate, obviously my scholarships are still in effect it’s really helping me not worry about my finances as much, so I can really focus more on my academic career and making the most out of my time here,” she said.

Wallman said the tuition freeze will also help her complete her degree on time.

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