A&M Tuition May Rise if State Doesn't Enact Freeze

The price of education at Texas A&M could spike dramatically.

While the final numbers will be determined based on the latest legislative session, tuition and mandatory fees could rise by as much as $535 for a full time Aggie student, this according to the university, which unveiled the numbers Wednesday.

The range of possibilities was determined by the university leadership along with the school's Tuition Policy Advisory Council.

Click on the link below to check out the university's presentation on tuition.

On the low end would be no tuition increase, but a mandatory fee hike of a little less than $50.

The state might mandate no tuition rise. Governor Rick Perry has called for a temporary stop to hikes and has garnered support from a number of leaders, including Representative Lois Kolkhorst.

The Brenham native says studies have shown college tuition and fees have increased at triple the rate of family income from the early 1980s to today.

"The balancing act of not damaging the university and getting it behind nationally, but making sure they're not raising tuition and fees just because they can," Kolkhorst said. "Market forces enter in except when you're almost a monopoly in the market. We only have two flagships in the State of Texas, and most people desire to get a degree from one of those two."

Kolkhorst has served as the chair of the Texas House's Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, and says the universities need to look long and hard at their budgets to ensure they've done all they can to make the education affordable.

"Students are being hurt by this, and they're coming out of universities with tremendous debt," the Republican said. "Even though they have the education, that sets them back financially for some time. My interest is in trying to reign in those tuition increases, and we can do that in a number of ways."

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