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Tuition reregulation passes the Senate

Off to the House.

The Texas Senate unanimously approved legislation today that would sharply restrict the ability of public university governing boards to raise tuition. The measure now goes to the House.

Lawmakers granted boards of regents virtually unfettered authority in 2003 to control tuition. Increases since then have prompted something of a legislative backlash.

Some lawmakers wanted to withdraw all tuition-setting power from regents. Others had proposed a temporary moratorium on increases.
Senate Bill 1443, whose primary author is Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, would allow governing boards to raise tuition, mandatory fees and course fees at the state’s 35 public universities, but it would strictly limit such increases.

As Floor Pass notes, SB1443 is also supposed to “encourage” the Lege to appropriate more money to higher ed to make up the shortfall, which will be a necessary ingredient to this. We’ll see what the House makes of it.

UPDATE: Here’s the Chron story on this.

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  1. Tuition deregulation is another example of failed trickle down economics. Tax breaks for the wealthiest among us trickled down as tuition hikes for the rest of us. Why anyone thought this was a good idea is beyond me.

  2. apmech says:

    After the ‘tuition-horse’ is out of the barn it’s a little late to close the door. Hopefully it may keep future skyrockets from happening, but my dollars have already gone to Austin, Denton ,Huntsville and even here in Harris County.

  3. Noel Freeman says:

    When I started my degree at Texas A&M, tuition was $88.50 per credit hour. By the time I graduated it was $133.00 per credit hour.