WKU to Increase Tuition by 2 Percent For Academic Year Starting This Fall

Mar 1, 2019

Credit WKU

The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved a 2 percent tuition increase for the 2019-20 academic year.

The move means tuition for in-state undergraduate students will increase $100, to $5,401 per semester.

The decision at Friday’s meeting follows a 4 percent tuition hike for the current academic year that began last fall.

WKU President Tim Caboni said the school understands students are being asked to shoulder an increasing financial burden when it comes to their education.

“We’re focusing on taking aid and applying it to students who are the most needy, because we know we have an affordability challenge. Even in the context of a tuition increase, we’re doing all we can to keep the price—the net price—what people actually pay, as affordable as we can," Caboni said. 

Caboni said WKU remains competitive with other public universities in the state when it comes to net cost, which is the total cost of attending school, minus aid.

The WKU regents Friday also agreed to a one-time, $40,000 bonus for President Caboni, and approved a salary increase for Athletic Director Todd Stewart to be paid by the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation.