The Nebraska Legislature and Gov. Pete Ricketts passed into law a two-year state budget package that will fund core needs of the University of Nebraska and keep tuition affordable for NU’s 52,000 students.
The budget – approved by a strong majority of the Legislature last week after being advanced by the Appropriations Committee – funds NU’s request for state dollar increases of 3% in 2019-20 and 3.7% in 2020-21. Those increases will cover many of the core needs including operations, utilities, and salaries and health insurance.
"Our Legislature and Governor Ricketts recognize the incredible value of investing in the University of Nebraska, which has been proven to bring long-term impact and much needed economic growth to our state," said Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). "This budget enables UNO to continue carrying out its mission of transforming and improving the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally."
President Hank Bounds thanked the Legislature and Gov. Ricketts for supporting the budget, noting that the initial recommendations at the outset of the legislative session put the university in its strongest position in recent memory following a challenging fiscal period for all of state government.
"Governor Ricketts has sent a strong message to our 52,000 students, their families and the people of Nebraska about the state's commitment to affordable, competitive higher education that grows our economy and quality of life," Bounds said. "This budget will allow the University of Nebraska to keep tuition affordable and help solve our state's urgent workforce challenges.
"The Board of Regents, chancellors and I thank the Governor for his action, and we look forward to working together to make Nebraska the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family."
Bounds again thanked the numerous NU students, faculty, staff and supported who have advocated for the university during the legislative session, through testimony, letters, meetings with policymakers and social media. He noted that stories of NU’s work and impact have made a difference as elected leaders weighed their priorities for the state. Information on the university’s impact by legislative district is available here.
With the state budget finalized, NU leadership will begin developing a proposed 2019-20 operating budget to bring to the Board of Regents at its June 28 meeting. The Board will determine next year’s tuition rates, salary pool and other budget decisions at that time
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.