University of Nebraska Proposes Budget, President Ted Carter Talks Upcoming School Year

June 23, 2021, 3:15 p.m. ·

University of Nebraska system President Ted Carter talks about growing enrollment on Zoom
University of Nebraska President Ted Carter says the University system should continue to grow. (Photo by Aaron Bonderson, Nebraska Public Media News)

The 2021 - 2022 University of Nebraska budget includes the first of two years with a tuition rate freeze across the system. Nebraska’s state legislature approved a two-percent increase in the total budget over the next two years to make the freeze possible.

Other Big Ten universities are increasing tuition this year by 3.5 percent, according to Ted Carter, the University of Nebraska President.

He says they will not require vaccines at the university’s three undergraduate campuses to attend classes in-person this fall.

“I would tell you the campus is going to look as close to normal, pre-COVID-19, as possible,” he said. “The de-densification is going to go away. Everything is going to be open. Classrooms will be back to full capacity. Sporting events, special events, back on. Again, we’re anticipating 100-percent attendance capability at sporting events.”

The proposed budget consists of investments in student aid, increased faculty pay and building maintenance. The University of Nebraska’s Board of Regents votes on the budget Friday.

Student aid investment includes expanding a financial aid program, which provides free tuition for low-to-middle income Nebraskans students.

Pay increases are for non-unionized faculty in the system.