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Regents Approve Tuition Hike and Flat Rate

By: Lindsay Liepman
By: Lindsay Liepman

Texas A&M students lined up to sound off on a proposed flat rate tuition and increase in tuition.

Regents heard every side of the debate, and have made their decision.

"I apologize for my emotions, but I love this university," said one Texas A&M student as she spoke to regents Thursday.

Emotions ran high at a public forum on Texas A&M's proposal to increase tuition and implement a flat rate.

"If a flat rate tuition was implemented before I came here, I wouldn't have come at all," said the student.

In spite of persuasive arguments, the board of regents approved a flat rate tuition policy and raised the cost per credit hour by at least 19 dollars, depending on how much money the university gets from the state.

Flat rate means a full-time student taking 12 hours will pay as much as a student taking 15 hours.

"There are clearly some merits, because the overwhelming majority of major universities in the United States have adopted this policy in the last twenty years and it's hard to believe they just did it on a wing and a prayer," said TAMU President Robert Gates.

The point is getting students to graduate on time and rewarding those who do so.

"I just see over and over again, things not working out for students like myself," said another Texas A&M student.

Some student protestors say the flip side, is punishing Aggies who have to work and go to school.

"It's going to hurt working students the most," says Protest Organizer Mark McCaig.

The student body president supports the new policy.

"I think we can all agree as students we don't want to see anything increase but it will get students to take more hours at a lesser cost," says Jackson Hildebrand.

The upside for students are several incentives built into the plan.

There will be an appeal process if students feel they have extenuating circumstances.

And if a student takes 12 hours each semester but enough summer school to equal 30 hours in a year, they can get all their money back for summer school.


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