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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Students would pay a new fee to support construction projects at each of Kentucky's cash-strapped technical colleges, the system's leader said Monday.

Mike McCall, Kentucky Community and Technical College System president, said students would pay the fee starting this fall. It would continue for a second year, he said.

The payment plan relies on state lawmakers approving Gov. Steve Beshear's proposal to allow the 16 technical colleges to finance their own construction or renovation projects. The recommendation is meant to offset a proposed 2.5 percent cut to higher education in the governor's budget.

"This would be the first time we would add a capital fee for all students," McCall said. "It's something we've never done, but we believe now is the time to do that."

McCall said students would pay a $4 per credit hour fee, or $60 for a 15-hour semester course load, this fall. The fee could increase to $8 per credit hour in the second year, he said.

The fee would provide up to 75 percent of funding for one project on each of the 16 campuses. System leaders previously identified those projects as the top priority of each school.

When asked, none of the technical college leaders on Monday expressed doubt they could raise the remaining 25 percent through private donations or other means.

Beshear's budget recommendations now sit in the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. Lawmakers have until April to approve their budget.

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