This past Sunday, Gov. Rick Perry signed into law House Bill 3015, known as the Tuition Deregulation Bill, which moves responsibility for setting tuition from the Legislature to the boards of state universities and senior colleges.
Despite statewide fears that the change would price higher education out of reach for some students, Texas A&M International University administrators say the impact at TAMIU will be very slight.
"There are some planned new fees that will go into affect this Fall, but these are anticipated fees that were voted on by students last year. An overall increase in fees for a 12-hour full-time load this Fall will be to $1,379.00, up $177.50 from last Fall's $1,201.50. These fees will support expanded services," said Dr. Tom Corti, dean of Student Services.
Dr. Corti said that higher education in general has been among the hardest hit by spending cuts mandated by the State in response to the $9.9 billion budget shortfall.
"It's been tough and hard decisions have been made, but we have tried not to reduce services to our students. The summer reduction to a four-day, 10-hour a day workweek has also been implemented to help cut costs. I must stipulate that the passage of tuition deregulation will in no way effect our student services at this time. Tuition at TAMIU remains among the lowest of state universities in Texas," he said.
"Our University is committed to keeping student costs down and is aggressively seeking external funding for needed initiatives to help ensure students have increased access to scholarships and program support," Corti noted.
Additional questions about Fall 2003 costs can be directed to the TAMIU Office of the Registrar by calling 326.2250, visiting offices in Killam Library 168 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
With State budget cuts, the University is observing a four-day, 10-hour a day schedule this summer with office hours from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Offices are closed Fridays.