A new state audit said higher tuition costs could be hurting Kentucky’s push to increase the number of college graduates.
State Auditor Crit Luallen said the report suggests Kentucky may not be able to meet the goal set by higher education reforms passed 10 years ago. Those reforms called for the state to reach the national average by 2020.
The audit found that the total number of Kentuckians enrolled as full-time college students has fallen by 900 since 2003.
Auditors recommended reducing tuition for in-state students and increasing financial aid.
Over the past eight years, tuition averages have increased from about $2,400-a-year to $5,500 at the state’s public universities.