President Gretchen M. Bataille wrote an op-ed on the tuition rollback for The Dallas Morning News. Read her op-ed.
The UNT System Board of Regents voted to cut $4 per semester credit hour from the $8 per semester credit hour board-designated tuition increase that was approved in February. The unanimous, 8-0, vote came at the June 29 board meeting.
At the February meeting, regents approved a 2008 fiscal year spending plan for UNT that anticipated an $8 per SCH increase. That amount was expected to generate $5.2 million per year for necessary university operations. But regents said they wanted to reduce the tuition increase by $1 per SCH for every $640,000 above preliminary expectations of legislative allocations to UNT for operations.
During the 2007 session, Texas lawmakers appropriated -- and Gov. Rick Perry signed into law -- an additional $2.56 million for UNT's general revenue budget.
"I am proud we seized this opportunity to cut the board-designated tuition increase in half," President Gretchen M. Bataille says. "Rolling back our 2007-08 tuition increase is one of many initiatives aimed at demonstrating UNT's commitment to standing out as a student-centered university that takes seriously its charge of protecting and providing accessible, affordable higher education. Our aim is to give our students every opportunity to seek the education they need to help improve their lives, their communities and our world."
Other recently instituted UNT programs to help students with tuition costs are:
- Emerald Eagle Scholars, a program that covers tuition and mandatory fees for about 400 incoming freshmen who will arrive in Fall 2007 from households with adjusted family incomes that do not exceed $40,000 per year.
- Three new graduate funding programs, which begin in Fall 2007 to provide some level of tuition support for all UNT graduate students who meet basic qualifications.
Under the newly approved tuition rate, beginning in Fall 2007, a full-time student at UNT will pay $3,136.10 for tuition and mandatory fees when registering for 15 hours. In fact, each additional hour beyond 12 hours (a flat rate based on the cost for 15 hours) will add only $50 more per hour, which is the tuition rate the state requires universities to charge per semester credit hour.
|Fall 2007 Tuition Increases at Texas Institutions
|* UT Austin sets different tuitions for its different colleges.
||Cost for 15 hours
|University of Texas at Arlington
|UT San Antonio
|University of Houston
|Texas A&M University
|Texas Tech University
|UT Austin (liberal arts program)*
"Keeping the board-designated tuition rate flat above 12 SCH is another way UNT is encouraging students to take more hours and graduate in four years while keeping costs down," says Phil Diebel, UNT's vice president for finance and business affairs. "Graduating in four years will cost students thousands of dollars less than graduating in six years."
UNT's 1.98 percent board-designated tuition increase compares favorably to 2007-08 increases announced at other Texas universities.
"UNT's tuition reduction is a positive step for our students and our future students," Bataille says. "We must continue to provide the high-quality education and support programs that students expect of us. But we also continually work hard to keep costs at levels that ensure that our university remains accessible."