Rejecting a request to raise tuition over the next two years, University of Texas System regents instead froze rates Thursday for most students at the flagship Austincampus and decided to give the school a short-term boost of cash from its multibillion-dollar endowment fund.
The vote comes at a time when the state's colleges and universities are under political pressure — led by Republican Gov. Rick Perry — to reduce costs and simultaneously improve graduation rates.
Each of the system's nine campuses asked for some sort of rate increase. Most were approved, although a few were at rates lower than requested.
The major exception was the University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest public schools in the country and the most prominent target of critics in the public debate over whether state universities are efficiently educating students.