University of Tennessee students across the state could see an increase in tuition, according to a story published by “The Tennessean” on Thursday.

UT System President Joe DiPietro told the Nashville paper that the state Board of Regents finance committee recommended a 6-8 percent increase in tuition for the Knoxville campus, and 4-6 percent for UT-Martin and UT-Chattanooga.

A final decision will be made by the system board at its members’ annual meeting June 21 in Knoxville. The board oversees six universities, 13 community colleges and 27 technology centers. The average increase for community colleges will be about 4.3 percent and 6.2 percent for the technology centers.

DiPietro told the paper UT is significantly behind peer universities in terms of faculty salaries and bringing in top professors from across the country. Faculty will receive a 2.5 percent raise and the tuition increase will help to fund those raises.

The raises are meant to keep the state tuition levels well within the rate proposed by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission last fall.