Jennifer Fox, president from the Student Congress and senior accounting major, was told the University of Texas at Arlington would propose a tuition freeze for the 2012-13 academic year by university president James Spaniolo, writes Beckie Supiano in the Chronicle better Education.
\”My initial reaction was shock,\” she says.
Student leaders had assumed tuition would go up especially in light of state budget cuts and as it has almost everywhere else in the country. According to a?report by The Associated Press, the national average for in-state tuition and costs at a four-year public university rose just by over 8 percent, compared to last year.
\”I think there is a little bit of surprise,\” Mr. Spaniolo said after presenting the program to the Tuition Review Committee, which includes students representing each of the university\’s colleges, as well as faculty and alumni, and it is chaired by Ms. Fox.
Nationally, a full credit load has transpired $8,000 each year, an all-time high, and year, total outstanding student loan debt passed $1 trillion, a lot more than Americans owe in credit debt.
Under the plan, UT-Arlington would not raise undergraduate or graduate tuition and costs, or the cost of room and board, for the coming year. Currently, undergraduate tuition and costs average $9,292 for full-time students, depending on which university students are in, and room and board costs $7,554.
The concept of freezing tuition was the consensus of top administrators, Mr. Spaniolo says.
\”We want to make a statement that we are concerned about affordability for our students,\” he states.
A recent student poll found that around 70 percent of UT-Arlington students work, Ms. Fox. says, and many hold several job. And one of the key explanations why the administration decided a tuition freeze was feasible is UT-Arlington\’s recent enrollment growth.
Over the last five years the University saw an increase of more than 30 percent. And this expected to continue, though, realistically, in a much slower pace.
Also, funding was key. Mr. Spaniolo says, as the university lost some state support, the cut was not as deep as expected.
The university\’s proposal is for a one-year freeze, despite the fact that tuition for campuses from the University of Texas product is usually set every other year, indicating that they\’re giving themselves room to move on the issue. People in the tuition committee will gather feedback in the groups they represent. The panel will come across again on November 29 to determine whether to support the proposal,? which Ms. Fox expects it will endorse.
And because of law passed by Texas where universities were given the authority?to set tuition in 2003, the administration doesn\’t need the committee\’s approval to accept next step: passing the proposal on to the system\’s Board of Regents.