LITTLE ROCK – In a letter that went out to the presidents and chancellors of Arkansas’ four-year universities today, Governor Asa Hutchinson challenged them to freeze in-state tuition at its current levels for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Governor Hutchinson announced his request today in his address to state legislators who were meeting in a joint budget session in preparation for the 2018 fiscal session, which opens Feb. 12.

“It’s time to give our students a break,” the Governor said in his remarks to legislators.

In his letter, the Governor acknowledged the efforts of universities to reduce “the cost burden on our students.”

“Our mutual goal is to serve students to increase the number of credentials earned and in a more efficient and affordable manner,” the Governor wrote.

“Controlling costs for students sends a strong message to students, taxpayers, and legislators that we are serious about making a college education obtainable for everyone and that our institutions of higher education can be trusted with their investment.”

He also is requesting that two-year colleges limit their increases to the Consumer Price Index or below.