A&M, UT tuition hikes
By JIM VERTUNO
AUSTIN – Students at most campuses in the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems would pay more in tuition next fall under proposals scheduled to be voted on by their governing boards this week.
A plan to raise tuition at the University of Texas at Austin by an average 2.6 percent for resident undergraduates and up to 3.6 percent for non-resident and graduate students would raise about $25.7 million.
Texas officials have said much of that money will be used to pay for better academic advising and expand classes and programs designed to help more students graduate in four years.
The other eight campuses in the Texas system would see tuition increases ranging from 2.5 percent to 3.8 percent each year. The Texas regents meet in Austin starting Wednesday and are expected to vote on the tuition plan Thursday.
For undergraduate students at the Austin campus, that would mean an increase from the current $4,896 per semester to $5,154 by fall 2013. Non-resident students would see tuition jump from $16,190 per semester to $17,377 by fall 2013.
Texas A&M University regents meet Thursday and Friday in College Station, where they will consider a plan that raises tuition by about $10 per credit hour at 10 campuses with one major exception: No increase is planned at the main campus in College Station after President Bowen Loftin chose not to recommend one, despite saying earlier this year that merit raises for faculty and staff were a top priority.
The main campus did not raise tuition last year either. Tuition for in-state students is $4,467 per semester and $23,809 for non-residents.
The Texas Legislature deregulated tuition in 2003 to allow universities to set their own rates.
The tuition increases come after both university systems faced tough criticism last year from Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans who questioned whether they are making good use of their money. Perry has urged universities to develop degree programs that cost no more than $10,000.
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