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Higher ed. officials say institutions need more state support to avoid continued tuition hikes

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee higher education officials say they'll be forced to continue raising tuition if the state doesn't provide adequate funding to help with costs at their institutions.

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan and University of Tennessee System President Joe DiPietro addressed Gov. Bill Haslam at a higher education budget hearing on Friday. The hearing was the last of several the Republican governor has held over the last couple of weeks.

Both officials noted that there hasn't been a substantive increase in state funding in about 30 years. They've formed review committees to examine the financial picture of their systems going forward.

DiPietro says something needs to be done because it's unfair to keep putting the cost burden on students and their families.

Haslam said the systems have a valid argument and that he and the Legislature will examine reports from their reviews.

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