NU leaders: Students won't face tuition 'cliff' after 2-year freeze expires

NU President J.B. Milliken

LINCOLN -- University of Nebraska leaders pledged Friday that students would not face a "cliff" of tuition increases once a proposed two-year tuition freeze expires.

Earlier this year, NU President J.B. Milliken and Gov. Dave Heineman announced an agreement to increase NU's state funding by about 4.5 percent a year – in return for a freeze of NU's tuition rates for in-state undergraduates for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

Student Regent Jeremy Hosein, who represents the University of Nebraska Medical Center, asked during Friday's meeting of the NU Board of Regents whether students would face a spike in tuition rates once the freeze expires, assuming the state does not continue to increase its level of financial support.

"There will be no cliff effect that will happen in 2016 if we don't continue the tuition freeze," said Budget Director Chris Kabourek.

Milliken affirmed Kabourek's statement.

He said NU would use a mixture of financial aid, budget reallocations and other "efficiencies" to mitigate the impact of future tuition hikes, should state funding fail to keep pace with university costs.

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