Texas students planning on attending a state university next year should get ready to dig deeper into their pockets for that education.
Several of the state's universities -- including the University of Texas at El Paso -- are expected to propose tuition hikes for the coming biennium after state lawmakers slashed higher education funding by nearly $1 billion to help close a $27 billion shortfall.
UTEP next week will be among the state institutions that will submit plans to their governing boards asking for permission to raise tuition by up to 2.6 percent for undergraduates and 3.6 percent for out-of-state and graduate students for each of the next two years.
The university plans to propose a hike that would cost an undergraduate student taking 15 hours a semester an additional $90 in 2012-13, pushing tuition and fees from $3,478 to $3,568, and about $92 in 2013-14 that would raise costs to about $3,660. The increase for graduate and non-resident students would be $125.30 in 2012-13 and $129.75 the following year.