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Governor Haslam’s 2018-19 Higher Education Budget Proposal

On February 29, Governor Bill Haslam presented his 2018-19 budget proposal to the 110th General Assembly at his State of the State address. For higher education, the recommendation includes an operating improvement of $28.6 million to fund productivity increases and $26.4 million for salary increases across universities, community colleges, and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology—a total of $55 million.

Including all recurring improvements, the Governor’s budget recommends recurring appropriations for higher education totaling $1.57 billion, an increase of $88.8 million, or 6.0 percent, over the 2017-18 recurring appropriation level. Higher education is also recommended to receive $10.3 million in non-recurring appropriations.

Specific recurring improvements include $10 million for the state’s need-based grant, the Tennessee Student Assistance Award; $2.46 million to expand Advise TN for one-on-one college counseling; and $750,000 to deploy Tennessee’s Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) program in high-need areas.

Finally, of the Commission’s10 recommended capital outlay projects, the Governor’s budget proposes full funding for three, partial funding for two, and one strategic initiative, all of which total over $86 million in capital improvements. The Governor’s budget also recommends over $121 million for capital maintenance, $40 million of which is identified as recurring funds.

See the below files for additional details. Further information is also available from the Department of Finance & Administration: