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EKU Plans Tuition Freeze Next Year

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RICHMOND, Ky(LEX 18) - Could financial relief be on the horizon for students at Eastern Kentucky University?  School officials have announced plans to freeze tuition next year.

The total cost to attend EKU for the 2017-2018 school year is $22,000 for Kentucky residents.  The price tag increases by $10,000 for out-of-state students.

"Personally, I come from a lower income family, so it's kind of nerve-wracking to scrounge up the amount of money I need," said Junior Lindsey Eastman.

Annual tuition goes up about three to five percent each year.  But in a campus-wide email, President Michael Benson said he is hoping to change that.

"I've been here all four years of my undergrad, so I've seen it increase.  For it to stay the same price, I think that's great," said Senior Alize Davis.

Benson wrote the decision was to boost enrollment at EKU.  Students tell us it would help them with looming student loan debt.

"I definitely think he's listening to the students and I think it's a step in the right direction," said Davis.

The plan still has some hurdles to clear, but the students LEX 18 spoke with are optimistic.

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