March 6, 2009
ETSU Student Government Association President T. J.
Mitchell invited to speak to Senate Education Committee says Crowe
(NASHVILLE, TN), March 6, 2009 — State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) said today the Senate Education Committee will hear testimony on Tuesday from T.J. Mitchell, President of the East Tennessee State University Student Government regarding removal of the tuition cap at Tennessee’s colleges and universities. Mitchell and University of Tennessee at Knoxville Student Government Association President Jeff Wilcox are among those who will testify before committee members regarding the matter.
In December, the Tennessee Board of Regent (TBR) decided to remove the cap and start charging students for each hour beginning in the fall. The cap provides a maximum amount charged for tuition per semester, regardless of the number of credit hours unless it exceeds 21.
“I am proud of the interest and concern shown by both of our SGA presidents,” said Senator Crowe. “This action by our higher education governing bodies could result in a considerable increase in tuition, causing a burden to students and their families as they attempt to gain the required number of credit hours they need to graduate.”