The rising cost of Texas tuition
TYLER — Back in 2003, Texas deregulated tuition at state colleges and universities...allowing them to essentially name their own price.
According to research done by the Dallas Morning News, since that time, students are now paying 55% more than they were then.
And the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board tells KETK if you don't factor in inflation, students are paying 90% more!
Apparently the costs to operate colleges have risen far more than the rate of inflation...and that's not just in Texas, that's nationally.
"That's one of the reasons we've been really stressing cost efficiency and more cost effectiveness to try and bend their costs," said Dominic Chavez, a spokesperson for the board.
So what is being done about it?
"We're gonna be recommending not only for adequate funding levels but also policy changes and how that money is distributed to students so that we can stretch those dollars to as many students as we can," Chavez said.
Last year, Governor Perry proposed a $10,000 bachelors degree...the board tells KETK the idea is something they're trying to pursue...
Connor Thomas is a UT Tyler student...his family helps him with his tuition...and he doesn't take that for granted.
He just wishes it wasn't so expensive for them...
"I think it's ridiculous but it's allowed me to appreciate my education more and I'm definitely putting a lot more focus into school," Thomas said.