The cost of college in Texas is back at center stage, following speculation over the last week that University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers' job was in jeopardy over his public disappointment with University of Texas System leaders for their decision to freeze tuition at the flagship campus.
Both Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell and UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa have denied that Powers' statement about the tuition decision — that it will "affect our ability to teach our students and make new discoveries" — has threatened his job security. But they flatly disagree with his assessment, contending that tuition hikes are not sustainable for students or their parents.
While the average cost for a single year of public higher education in Texas is currently about $7,000, the actual sticker price varies dramatically throughout the state. According to the most recent data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, for a full academic year of higher ed, students pay anywhere from $4,946 at Texas A&M University-Texarkana to $11,168 at the University of Texas at Dallas.