Public higher education in Texas, and at UT, is still a great value. Our tuition is eighth among our 12-member national comparison group. The average amount of student debt is relatively low, and we continue to be listed as a good value by Kiplinger's and other publications.

—William Powers Jr.

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Tuition Policy Advisory Committee

The committee's recommendation is submitted in writing to the president. After receiving the report, the president shares it with the university community and holds at least one public forum to hear public comment. Then the president meets with the committee to discuss the public's response.

He or she takes the committee's recommendation and the public's response under consideration but retains the discretion to make changes to the proposal that he or she believes to be in the best interests of the university.

The president submits the final tuition proposal to the Board of Regents, and the recommendation of the committee accompanies the final proposal.

Annual Committee Briefing

Fall 2010 TPAC Meetings
  • Sept. 23 – General Meeting
  • Oct. 4Overview of the University Budget (PDF) and Budget Forecast (PDF)
  • Oct. 18Overview of the State Legislative Process (PDF) and Discussion of Possible Issues Affecting Students (PDF) (Gwen Grigsby)
  • Nov. 1 – Joint Meeting with SSBC to Discuss How to Improve Communication and Integration of TPAC/SSBC Activities
  • Nov. 15 – History of Tuition From Deregulation to Present and Discussion of Specific Fees (Mary Knight and Kevin Hegarty)
  • Nov. 29 – Overview and Discussion of Non-Resident Tuition (John Dollard and Victoria Rodriguez)
  • Dec. 13 - Discussions about Summer Enrollment Efforts and How to Improve TPAC Communications with Students (John Dollard/Student Leadership)
TPAC Recommends Two-Year Increases for 2010-11, 2011-12 President's Tuition Proposal to the Board of Regents for 2010-11, 2011-12

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Annually, the committee reviews a multi-year operating and capital budget forecast that is provided by the chief financial officer and the budget director. This update provides a comprehensive financial picture and focuses principally on significant changes to the previous year's forecast.

Each forecast incorporates revenue assumptions (tuition, Available University Fund, etc.) and includes as a separate item projections for tuition revenue.

In the off years when the committee does not make a recommendation, the tuition projection is based on the most recent tuition rates that have been approved by the Board of Regents. In the years that the committee does make a recommendation, the forecast may include additional tuition income based on the committee's recommended tuition rates.

The forecast also includes key recommended expense and policy assumptions, including salary programs, anticipated changes in student enrollment, number of faculty, repair, renovation and capital improvement needs.

2010-11 Membership

Voting Members

Non-Voting Advisory Members