By: Bill Schammert
There is possibly some good news for students in the Nebraska University and State College system. Governor Dave Heineman has proposed a tuition freeze for the next two years.
"This would definitely be a good thing for freshmen and incoming freshmen," UNL senior Breanna Haessler said.
And it's not just students here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that would benefit, the freeze would affect the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Nebraska-Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Chadron State, Wayne State and Peru State as well.
"Investing in education is important to Nebraska's future," Governor Heineman said in a press conference Monday morning.
In order to pay for the freeze, the governor's proposed two-year budget recommends the University of Nebraska's state appropriations increase it's funding level by $43 million. And another $4 million for the state colleges.
"If we are going to meet Nebraska's work force needs and ensure a stronger economy, we need more college graduates," University of Nebraska President, J.B. Milliken, said.
But, some seniors we spoke with were a little bitter something like this didn't happen earlier.
"With me paying for my own tuition, it would've definitely helped and it was a huge factor in where I went to school," Haessler said. "I think it's a bummer that it's my fifth year and I'm almost done now."
Others were just happy to be on their way out.
"I'm pretty excited to graduate, so it's okay," UNL senior Paula Sloan said.
If the budget is passed the tuition freeze would be in effect for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
This past summer, Nebraska approved it's lowest tuition increase for this school year, since 1997, at 3.75-percent.