More Texas Universities Could Charge Green Fees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Students at more public universities in Texas could vote to charge themselves a few bucks so the schools can go greener.

The proposed environmental friendly funds were approved by referendums this month at the University of Texas and Texas A&M.

Students at Texas-El Paso , the University of North Texas, and the University of Texas at San Antonio face similar votes in April.

Regents would have to approve the fees, $5 a semester at UT and $3 a semester at A&M, before the green funds could take effect. The fees could be added to 2011 tuition bills.

The money could be used for environmentally minded measures such as subsidizing internships at green-related jobs.

A 2009 state law allows allowing public colleges and universities in Texas to establish such fees if they are supported by the student body.

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