Why don't they do this with 4 year colleges? Probably has something to do with the gusher of lottery money.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is recommending a tuition freeze for the state's community colleges and technology centers for the 2008-09 academic year.
The zero tuition increase is necessary because tuition at Tennessee's two-year colleges is above the regional average among the 16 states tracked by the Southern Regional Education Board, according to THEC's proposal.
"In order to encourage enrollment growth at this sector, to increase access, and to reduce the tuition burden for students at community colleges, it is the staff recommendation that there be no tuition increases at community colleges for 2008-09," the proposal states.
THEC is recommending a 7 percent to 9 percent tuition increase for the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis. A 5 percent to 7 percent increase is recommended for all other state universities.