Legislation aimed at controlling tuition hikes at Tennessee public colleges and universities is dead for this session of the general assembly. Some lawmakers wanted to freeze tuition rates, allowing students to pay the same education costs from 1st time enrollment through 4 years. Another bill would require a unanimous vote of college or university authorities for any major tuition increase. A house committee defeated those efforts Wednesday. Proponents say the bills were aimed at eliminating double-digit tuition hikes that have spiraled higher education costs in recent years. The University of Tennessee opposed the cap.

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