WT mulls tuition hike – “Across the country, it’s gotten tough to pay for college.”
By Yann Ranaivo email@example.com
R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M University in College Station, unveiled a plan Wednesday to raise that school’s in-state and undergraduate tuition of $4,643 per semester by almost 4 percent, The Associated Press reported.
Texas A&M’s proposal came less than a week after the Texas A&M University System’s board of regents approved guidelines for the system’s fiscal year 2013 budget. Those guidelines “stress the need to minimize the financial burden on students and their families by keeping the cost of attending … affordable while expanding student access and improving/ expanding programs,” according to a news release.
Gary Barnes, WT’s vice president of business and finance, said his school is not as far along in tuition and fee talks as the system’s flagship campus in College Station.
“We’re developing some of our priorities to see if we have available funding for them,” he said, adding WT officials are still discussing what those priorities are. “We haven’t even got that far yet, and won’t have anything specific about it until the hearings.”
WT has scheduled three student hearings on Feb. 27 and 28 to discuss possible tuition and fee increases of up to $150 per semester. Tuition this school year was the same as in 2010-11.
WT’s in-state undergraduate tuition is $152 per semester credit hour. An undergraduate Texas resident enrolled in 15 semester credit hours pays an estimated $3,215 when other student fees are included, according to figures on the university’s website. Tuition revenue makes up a third of WT’s total budget.
WT officials are considering tuition and fee hikes in anticipation of state budget cuts next year.
The Texas Legislature approved $26.8 million for WT this year, down from $29.6 million in 2010-11. Lawmakers also approved $26.5 million for the university next year.
WT’s overall budget, including tuition revenue, is $115.9 million, down from $118.9 million in 2010-11.
Gary Byrd, WT’s Faculty Senate president, said he is on a committee tasked with identifying which programs the university should try to protect from cost-cutting measures.
“We’re presently reviewing every program and establishing how essential they are to the mission of the university,” Byrd said. “We’re actually waiting on some additional information for us to finish up. I can’t share specifics, but we have gone through and established on a scale how essential each program is.”
Barnes said WT officials don’t anticipate any pay cuts or layoffs.
Brandy Roberts, WT’s student government president, said she hopes tuition “stays relatively low.”
“I’m really hoping that we don’t have to get a tuition increase because last year we didn’t get one,” she said. “Across the country, it’s gotten tough to pay for college.”
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