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Nebraska looks to freeze tuition rates for next 2 years

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Governor Dave Heineman says he will request an increase in state aid that would allow for a two-year tuition freeze at the university of Nebraska and the state college system.

The governor announced an agreement Monday that would allow the university and the colleges to hold tuition flat during the next two academic years.

"In Nebraska, we understand that education is the great equalizer and that's why education is a priority for me," explains Heineman. "Investing in education is important to Nebraska's future."

The governor's budget request includes a $43 million increase in state aid for the University of Nebraska in fiscal year 2015, which would bring total state aid up to $541 million.

The Nebraska State College System would see a $4.1 million increase, which would raise total state aid to $49.6 million.

University of Nebraska president J.B Milliken says the average student will save about $1,000 during over two years.

Under the agreement, Heineman's two-year budget includes funding to increase appropriations to the state's seven colleges.

Chancellor Stan Carpenter says tuition needs to stay affordable; particularly for those in rural Nebraska.

"It's critically important for them, but it's also critically important for those areas in the state that we serve," explains Carpenter. "Because as I said before, we serve and anchor rural Nebraska. And those institutions are vital both educationally, socially, culturally, and economically to those areas."

Today's announcement comes as part of Nebraska's P-16 initiative, which includes providing affordable access for Nebraskans to its postsecondary institutions.

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