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UT Tyler students ask for tuition increase


POSTED: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 5:34pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 16, 2014 - 6:48pm

University of Texas at Tyler students could see an increase in tuition this fall. According to administration, it was the student's request. "If we didn't have the students request there it wouldn't have been meaningful for us to have a tuition increase, but we're trying to help the students get the best education that they're asking for," said Jesse Acosta, VP of Business of Affairs at UT Tyler. He told KETK students requested more academic advisors, tutoring availability, and online summer classes.

The Student Government Association presented it to Acosta and other administrators, who decided to take it to the University of Texas system. On Tuesday, S.G.A. president Michael Suarez, and UT Tyler president Dr. Rodney Mabry presented it to the board, and the out of state tuition increase was approved. The board will determine in state tuition prices next week. Suarez said he hopes to see this go through because, "as we expand and as we grow as a campus, it kind of makes it very difficult, to continue and thrive, and provide the same kind of excellence."

While some students push for an increase, others students like Robert Finney, worry about how they'll come up with the extra cash. "When a new financial burden comes on anyone, the first thing you think about inherently is how does it affect my life, how does this effect my finances," said Finney.

He and his wife work hard to pay for his schooling, and they say it will be a big adjustment. "I think in very practical terms of how how it affects my wife and... She works really hard." He said while he sees benefits this has the long run, it could hurt his family's bank account in the mean time. "How much more time is this going to take of her life, how many more jobs does she need to do in order to compensate for the tuition hike," said Finney.

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