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Tuition, Fees Not Increasing at TTU System Institutions

Texas Tech University does not raise tuition and fees two out of the last six years.

May 17, 2013 | Written by Dailey Fuller

Chancellor Kent Hance and Texas Tech University System officials announced today (May 17) that tuition and mandatory fees will not increase for the 2013-2014 academic year at each of its component institutions – Texas Tech University, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

“Keeping tuition affordable for our students and their families has been a top priority for the Texas Tech University System,” Hance said. “We set an example in 2008 by not raising tuition and fees at Texas Tech University. Not only are we freezing tuition and fees at Texas Tech University this time, but we also are holding the line at our other two component institutions – Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.”

The TTU System Board of Regents voted this morning to keep tuition and mandatory fees constant for in-state, undergraduate students enrolled in 15 semester credit hours at all three of its universities.

“The Board of Regents had a unique opportunity this year to give the families of our current and incoming students a financial break, and we are proud to do so,” said Mickey Long, chairman of the TTU System Board of Regents. “Our goal is to make the costs of achieving higher education more accessible and less burdensome.”

Additionally, the Board of Regents approved Texas Tech University and Angelo State University to begin developing a plan that will offer students a four-year, fixed rate for tuition and mandatory fees at each institution, respectively. A plan will be presented to the board at a meeting later this year with hopes of providing this option to students in the 2014-2015 academic year.

“We especially thank Gov. Perry and the Texas Legislature for their efforts to increase funding for higher education,” Hance said. “With the support of our state’s leaders, we will continue to achieve great things.”

Texas Tech University
Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year will not increase at Texas Tech University. In addition to no tuition hike, there also will be no increase in mandatory student fees for Texas Tech University students, including housing charges, parking rates and hospitality services board rates. 

“Keeping the rising student debt burden across the country in mind, we worked diligently to maintain our current tuition and mandatory fees and not pass on an increase to our students,” said Lawrence Schovanec, interim president of Texas Tech University. “I appreciate President Nellis’s support of this recommendation so that we can continue to offer one of the lowest-priced and highest-quality educational opportunities among state institutions and our peers across the country.”

This marks the second time Texas Tech University has not raised tuition and mandatory fees since Hance began as chancellor in December 2006, keeping rates constant for the 2008-2009 academic year during a time of rapid increases across the state and nation. Additionally, with the previous academic year’s less than 2 percent increase (2012-2013), this makes it one of the university’s lowest biennium increases in tuition and fees.

“I commend our administration for accomplishing this during a time when operating costs are rising across the board,” said M. Duane Nellis, the 16th president of Texas Tech University. “Our students are our top asset, and it is vital we do what we can to alleviate some of the worry and concern associated with the cost of higher education, while providing them the very best educational opportunity.”

Undergraduate resident tuition and mandatory fees at Texas Tech University for 24 credit hours will remain at $7,517.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
There will be no increase in resident tuition and fees at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for the 2013-2014 academic year. Additionally, incoming students at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso will no longer incur a $250 computer usage fee.

“Given the current economy and the challenges it presents to students seeking higher education in health-related fields, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has elected to maintain its current level of tuition and fees,” said Dr. Tedd Mitchell, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. “While recognizing the cost of medical education in the state of Texas is already one of the lowest in the nation, we nevertheless have foregone any increase in charges to our students for the upcoming year.”

Angelo State University
Angelo State University will not increase in-state tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate students enrolled in 15 semester credit hours for the 2013-2014 academic year. Undergraduate resident tuition and mandatory fees at Angelo State University for 30 credit hours will remain at $7,493.40.

“At Angelo State University, we take pride in keeping the cost of a quality education within reach of the typical Texas family,” said Angelo State University President Brian J. May. “By maintaining total costs for the next academic year at the same level as for the current academic year, we are reaffirming the university’s commitment to keeping higher education affordable for everyone.”

About the Texas Tech University System
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas, consisting of three component institutions and operating at 12 academic sites and centers. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System has an annual operating budget of $1.5 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach.

In 2012, total research expenditures approached $200 million and total enrollment exceeded 43,700 students for the first time in the TTU System’s history. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school, and medical school at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that anything is possible.

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