TPAC Proposes 2.6 Percent Increases for In-State Undergraduates for Each of Next Two Academic Years

Nov. 28, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — The Tuition Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) at The University of Texas at Austin has recommended raising in-state student tuition by 2.6 percent for each of the next two years, a move supporting a priority by The University of Texas System Board of Regents to improve four-year graduation rates.

The TPAC, a panel of students, faculty members and administrators, delivered its 14-page report (PDF) to President Bill Powers on Monday, Nov. 28, with recommendations for the two-year period, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. Powers is expected to review the TPAC recommendations and submit his final tuition increase proposal to The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Dec. 15, 2011.

The report makes recommendations for three categories of students:

  • Texas resident undergraduate students would see a tuition increase of 2.6 percent each year. The weighted average per semester Total Academic Costs for a full-time student would rise by $127 to $5,023 in 2012-13 and by $131 to $5,154 in 2013-14.
  • Nonresident undergraduate students for 2012-13 and 2013-14 would see a tuition increase of 3.6 percent each year.
  • All graduate students for 2012-13 and 2013-14 would see a tuition increase of 3.6 percent each year. For the average resident graduate student taking nine semester credit hours (full time) tuition would increase $155 to $4,447 in 2012-13 and $160 to $4,607 in 2013-14.

The committee has held two public forums on campus this fall and has scheduled a final forum for Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. in ACES Avaya Auditorium to discus the recommendations and receive comments. The TPAC recommendations may be viewed online at the Tuition Dollars and Sense website.

If enacted, the recommended tuition increases would gross an additional $17.3 million in 2012-13 and $17.8 million in 2013-14.

After deductions for the state-mandated financial set-aside, these increases would provide the university about $15.1 million in 2012-13 and about $15.5 million in 2013-14 for education and general use in achieving the university’s academic mission. The committee determined that a modest tuition increase is justified and necessary to maintain the basic core services and make progress toward improving four-year graduation rates.

The TPAC report found that The University of Texas at Austin must be funded at a level competitive with its peers to remain a premier institution of higher education and move toward its goal of being one of the best public institutions in the nation, as well as toward the president’s goal of improving four-year graduation rates.

“If this is not achieved,” the report said, “the university will face a steady decline in educational quality due to its inability to recruit and retain talent.”

The committee concluded that such a decline is not acceptable to the students, faculty and staff of the university, nor is it in the best interest of the people of Texas.

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.

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8 Comments to "TPAC Proposes 2.6 Percent Increases for In-State Undergraduates for Each of Next Two Academic Years"

1.  Thomas J. Baker said on Nov. 28, 2011

Please do not do this. You are on the verge of putting higher education out of the reach of our future generations. This is not in the best interests of the University or this State.

2.  Cameron W said on Nov. 30, 2011

Why can't the school just take some of the profits from the sports department? "At the University of Texas, total football revenue in 2009-2010 was upwards of $90 million." With profits around $68 million. According the the Huffington Post. Where is all the money going?

3.  William Wilson said on Dec. 1, 2011

Why don't we cut back on President Powers' 600k+ salary?

4.  H. Martin said on Dec. 1, 2011

Instead of this, kindly reduce the salaries of some of the top university officials who take heafty paychecks. They are in a better situation to bear the burden than young undergraduate students who need education to shape their lives. They are the future of America and the world!!

5.  Hubert Reece said on Dec. 2, 2011

Advertising Graduate, '94. I just think the price of education is getting out of control. I understand that in time, costs goes up on everything. However, with all of the various grants and financial awards made available to the university, it just seems like it is making it harder on our kids to be able to afford college. Sad.

6.  John Doe said on Dec. 5, 2011

Stop complaining. We here in California pay 15000 tuition only for the UC System.

7.  S. Todd said on Dec. 7, 2011

I agree with Cameron. Why is UT's sports program bursting with revenue and the coaches getting paid real heavily? An education is worth more then a team's winning record. There are teachers' salary being cut, and many educators such as T.As being let go because of these budget and tuition reforms. Let's go back to our true principles of the university and dedicate towards an education.

8.  James S said on Dec. 7, 2011

Increasing tuition to increase 4-year grad rates? That makes no sense. If they want to increase 4-year grad rates they should reduce required irrelevant coursework and keep non-engineering degrees under 118 hours. This should be done without reducing the number of credit hours given for certain courses. In the past, the number of credit hours given for labs have been reduced while course load and time spent in lab continues to rise. This makes it difficult for students receiving financial aid to remain "full-time", 12 hours in natural science with 2 upper division labs is really more like 18 hours of coursework.