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MTSU moves toward August reopening; UT may freeze tuition

MURFREESBORO – Middle Tennessee State University will move forward with its COVID-19 preparations with a goal of resuming on-campus, in-person classes and operations in August for the fall 2020 semester, MTSU president Sidney A. McPhee has announced.

“The task before me as president is to chart a course that will allow us to welcome our new incoming freshman class, transfers and returning students, as well as faculty and staff, to a safe and healthy campus for the new academic year,” McPhee said in a note to the university community. “Please know that our actions ultimately will be guided by the advice and recommendations of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health officials concerning the coronavirus.”

The pandemic forced the university to make many difficult decisions, including the cancellation of many on-campus activities including spring 2020 commencement exercises.

KNOXVILLE – For the academic year that begins in fall 2020, all University of Tennessee campuses are proposing 0 percent tuition increases to their individual advisory boards.

The advisory boards will meet in May to review and discuss tuition for the upcoming year. Their recommendations will be submitted to UT president Randy Boyd and presented to the UT Board of Trustees in June for the final decision.

If approved, both undergraduate and graduate students will experience no tuition increases for the 2020-21 academic year at the system’s campuses located in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis.

If approved, it would be a first in the university’s history that all four campuses had a 0 percent tuition increase. 33037

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