Students attending the University of the Cumberlands will not see an increase in tuition for the third year in a row. The university announced the tuition freeze for the 2018-19 academic year in a news release Tuesday. Larry Rector, Director of Financial Aid, said managing tuition so that a four-year degree is affordable for all of their students is a primary focus for them. Several colleges and universities across Kentucky have introduced short-term tuition freezes. Tuition and fee rates at both public and private institutions in Kentucky have increased up to 30 percent over the last five years.