By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
As McKinney’s high school seniors look forward to graduation, they and their families may need to start putting away a little extra money for next year’s college tutition. While students, faculty and Texas Exes at the University of Texas have rallied to support President Bill Powers following his conflict with Gov. Rick Perry over what Powers claims are necessary tuition increases, UT and other Texas state universities continue to struggle with budgetary constraints. Schools continue to be under pressure to reduce costs and increase graduation rates.
Earlier this month, Perry and his appointees on the Texas Board of Regents denied Powers’ request for a 2.6 percent increase in tuition for UT undergrads, which would have brought the tuition to more than $10,000 a year. Gov. Perry has been quoted as saying that he believes ” that it isn’t in the interest of most Texans for universities to be continually raising their tuition rates.”
Gov. Perry advocates trimming budgets, but at the same time, state funding for public higher education continues to dwindle. However, increasing funds are needed to continue to provide more courses and maintain a high quality of education for students.
So will this year’s high school graduates be spending more on a college education?
In order to provide some information about the costs of a college education, below is a summary of the tuition costs of the average tuition and fees at every public university in Texas.
Tuition & Fees At Texas Public Universities (fiscal year 2012)
Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College $5,760
Angelo State University $7,155
Texas A&M University-Commerce $6,283
Lamar University $7,630
Midwestern State University $7,304
University of North Texas $8,736
The University of Texas-Pan American $5,978
Sam Houston State University $7,328
Texas State University-San Marcos $8,230
Stephen F. Austin State University $7,344
Sul Ross State University $5,760
Prairie View A&M University $6,664
Tarleton State University $6,248
Texas A&M University $8,480
Texas A&M University-Kingsville $6,640
Texas Southern University $7,462
Texas Tech University $9,064
Texas Woman’s University $6,960
University of Houston $9,211
The University of Texas at Arlington $9,152
The University of Texas at Austin $9,794
The University of Texas at El Paso $6,869
West Texas A&M University $6,207
Texas A&M International University $6,558
The University of Texas at Dallas $11,168
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin $6,508
The University of Texas at San Antonio $8,790
Texas A&M University at Galveston $7,578
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi $7,083
University of Texas at Tyler $6,592
University of Houston-Clear Lake $6,508
University of Houston-Downtown $5,492
University of Houston-Victoria $5,830
Texas A&M University-Texarkana $4,946
The University of Texas at Brownsville $5,994
Texas A&M University-Central Texas $6,248
Texas A&M University-San Antonio $6,143
University of North Texas-Dallas $6,600
Statewide Average $7,166
According to a story in the Texas Tribune, “every single institution in the UT System except for UT-Austin and UT-Arlington, tuition and fees will cost students more this coming fall than they did last fall” despite concerns about student debt and access to education.
What do you think TSB readers? Would you support Powers and his push for an increase in UT’s tuition? Do you think that maintaining the quality of Texas’ higher education institutions requires an increase in tuition?