BLOUNTVILLE — Students attending Northeast State Community College this fall and next spring will not see an increase in tuition or online course fees for the 2022-23 academic year.
This comes after the Tennessee Board of Regents voted to keep current tuition rates unchanged at its quarterly meeting held last week at Columbia State Community College. The decision keeps Tennessee’s public community and technical colleges stable for the second time in three years.
“Northeast State is grateful to the Tennessee Board of Regents for its decision to keep the university accessible and affordable for all students,” said Dr. Connie Marshall, acting president of Northeast. “We celebrate this news with our students as they strive to make the most of their financial resources.”
Last year, the board approved a 1.83% tuition increase, the lowest such increase in the past 30 years at community colleges. The TBR has not increased other mandatory fees and has suspended campus-specific online course fees for the past year.
The TBR governs Tennessee’s university system, which includes 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students.
With Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, and other state and federal financial aid programs, eligible students can attend public community and state technical colleges with no tuition or mandatory fees.
Tennessee Promise provides scholarships to recent high school graduates. The Tennessee Reconnect Grant provides funding for non-traditional adult students who have not yet earned college-level diplomas or other credentials.
Northeast State holds open enrollment events throughout the summer. The college offers more than 135 academic programs.
From math to drama to nursing, the College’s six academic divisions cover a variety of areas to help prepare students for careers or further education. Northeastern State offers parallel university programs for students wishing to transfer to another college or university.
The college also has a strong offering of skilled technical and vocational programs for students entering the workforce after graduation. The college operates campuses in Elizabethton, Kingsport, Johnson City, and Unicoi County.
TBR also approved a new Carter County Higher Education Center, to be used jointly by Carter County Schools, Northeast State, and Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton to expand college programs. vocational and technical education.
The current proposal is for the complete renovation of two existing buildings, including the building that Northeast State has leased. Carter County agreed to donate the building and land to the state to increase funding for the project.
Opened as a teaching site in 1995, Northeast State in Elizabethton serves hundreds of students each semester. The Elizabethton site was the first satellite campus established by Northeast State specifically to serve students from Carter, Johnson, and Unicoi counties.
“Northeast State has a proud history of serving the students who attend our Elizabethton campus,” Marshall said. “The Carter County Education Center marks a tremendous new era in providing opportunities for students to advance in their lives and careers.”
The northeastern state of Elizabethton offers dozens of basic general education courses needed for industrial technology, health-related professions, and parallel university programs.