Testimony On 4-Year Fixed Tuition Shares Good, Bad At U of Texas Campuses

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

University administrators who have experimented with four-year fixed tuition at their colleges testified Wednesday on the pros and cons of a statewide implementation.

The House Higher Education Committee heard testimony on a rewrite of a bill by Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, that would require universities to offer a guaranteed tuition option for undergraduates with the goal of providing parents and students some certainty that prices will not go up once they are enrolled. It would apply to both first-time freshmen and transfer students.

Branch said locking in tuition rates would be an incentive for students to graduate in four years. The other option would be a year-to-year rate.

But Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas – El Paso, said the plan isn’t one sized fits all and hasn’t been too successful at her university.

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