Tuition Deregulation

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Some university administrators are standing by double-digit tuition increases in Texas.

Education leaders told a Texas Senate panel yesterday that admission applications are up.

Tuition and fees at public universities have increased 28 percent in the three years since lawmakers gave university officials the authority to set part of tuition rates.

Administrators from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and the University of Houston went before the Senate subcommittee on higher education.

The school officials say they needed higher tuition to compensate for state funding that hasn't kept up with inflation or enrollment growth.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board says public universities charged an average of $4,857 for this school year.

The national average was $5,491.