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The Council on Postsecondary Education has approved Murray State University's proposed tuition fees for the next academic year.

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In a specially-called meeting, the Murray State University Board of Regents on Friday approved a 4.5 percent tuition and mandatory fee increase, in reaction state funding cuts.

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The Council on Postsecondary Education Tuition Development Work Group is meeting Wednesday afternoon in Frankfort. 

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The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give free community college tuition to all of Kentucky's high school graduates. 

We all know that American college education isn't cheap. But it turns out that it's even less cheap if you look at the numbers more closely.

That's what the Wisconsin HOPE Lab did. The lab, part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, conducted four studies to figure out the true price of college.

To get a sense of student realities, researchers interviewed students on college campuses across the state of Wisconsin. But they also examined 6,604 colleges nationally and compared their costs with regional cost-of-living data from the government.

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A proposal to freeze tuition at Kentucky Universities for four years failed to earn a motion in the Senate Education Committee Thursday. The bill’s sponsor says it may be a matter for a future legislative session.

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Classes begin at Murray State University Tuesday and the pre-enrollment period is still underway, with a push of students in the last week before classes begin. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte takes a look at the numbers with MSU Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Fred Dietz, why final enrollment numbers don't come in until October and how changing admission standards will impact retention.

Murray State President To Seek 3% Tuition Increase

Feb 26, 2015
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Full-time Murray State students will see a 3 percent tuition hike next semester if a proposal by President Bob Davies passes the Board of Regents.

Driven by higher tuition fees and tighter state funds, America's public colleges now get more money from their students than from all state sources. That's according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, which says tuition revenue reached 25 percent of the colleges' total in 2012.

The numbers are stark, with the GAO saying that from fiscal years 2003-2012, "state funding decreased by 12 percent overall while median tuition rose 55 percent across all public colleges."

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

If Noelle Johnson had a bachelor's degree, she'd be able to live closer to work, she says. She wouldn't have to spend so much of her free time hustling for baby-sitting gigs. She'd shop at the farmers market. She'd be able to treat her sister to dinner for once. She and her husband could go on trips together — they'd be able to afford two tickets instead of one.

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