Texas students are paying 55 percent more for tuition and fees at state universities a decade after lawmakers lifted restrictions on costs, putting some of Texas’ premier universities out of reach for many families, an analysis by The Dallas Morning Newsshows.
Tuition is up 3 percent this school year from 2010-11, the last before the Legislature’s major budget cuts of 2011. The average cost for a typical semester for a state resident is an estimated $7,533 this year.
Dominic Chavez, spokesman for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, said the problem is twofold: lack of state funding and bloated institutions.
“Higher education has to do everything more effectively and efficiently with less dollars,” Chavez said. “We have to invest at strong levels plus help control the cost of the institutions.”