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No tuition increase for Tennessee's community colleges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tuition and fees at Tennessee's community colleges and applied technology colleges will not increase for the upcoming academic year, the Board of Regents said Friday.

Economic conditions created by the new coronavirus outbreak and the decision by state government to maintain higher education funding at current levels led to the board's move to keep tuition and fees stable for in-state and out-of-state students for the 2020-2021 academic year, board officials said in a news release.

The Board of Regents oversees Tennessee's 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology. The colleges have seen three straight years of combined tuition and fee increases of less than 3%.

Tuition and mandatory fees for Tennessee residents attending full-time range from $4,504 to $4,588 at the community colleges and $3,937 at the applied technology schools.

Also Friday, the board approved funding for new buildings at Columbia State Community College's campus in Franklin and Nashville State Community College's campus in Clarksville — plus $44 million for 50 major maintenance projects across the system.

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