USI students will be reaching deeper into their pockets next semester because tuition is likely going up.
But few concerns were raised at a public meeting Monday to discuss the increases.
University President Linda Bennett stressed that even with the potential tuition increases, USI still has the lowest tuition of any public university in the state and in the surrounding seven state region.
President Bennett said the tuition increases are a result of not receiving as much state funding as they had requested.
Officials said the increased tuition will be used to strengthen programs for student success and accelerate growth in graduate programs.
President Bennett said the top two priorities involve addressing faculty that are overworked and underpaid.
"Without question, increasing the number of new faculty because of some of the new programs we are developing, but also the compensation increase is there as well, making sure that the faculty we recruit, will stay with us. We work in a marketplace and that takes a competitive salary package," President Bennett said.
The board meets on July 11 and will likely vote to approve the increase.
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