LEXINGTON - It will likely cost more than $10,000 per year for students who live in the state to attend Kentucky's largest public universities in the fall.
The University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky boards of trustees approved tuition hikes of 5 percent for in-state students this week. It was the maximum increase allowed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, which must give final approval to all tuition increases.
Leaders at the other public universities are considering at or near the maximum tuition increases. The increases come after the state legislature approved a 1.5 percent budget cut for higher education. And they come as Democrats and Republicans battle for control of the House of Representatives.
The increases are already an issue in the 2015 governor's race. Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway made higher education part of his platform when announcing his candidacy earlier this week.
"Kentucky must lead in higher education. We must stop pricing the cost beyond the reach of many families," Conway said in a video announcing his candidacy.
University of Louisville trustees approved a 5 percent tuition increase on Thursday that pushed the cost of attending the school to $10,236 for in-state students. University of Kentucky trustees followed on Friday with a 5 percent tuition increase.