Tenn. lawmaker wants to freeze tuition

POSTED: 8:21 AM Jul 23 2013   UPDATED: 5:43 PM Jul 23 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Republican state lawmaker wants to freeze tuition at Tennessee's colleges and universities.          

Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson says he plans to file legislation during the next session to keep tuition at the current rates.          

The Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee system recently adopted tuition hikes ranging from 3 to 6 percent.          

Summerville says the hikes cause students to take out more student loans.          

TBR Chancellor John Morgan says the freeze would restrict the ability of colleges and universities to fund needed programs.