Tuition Rates Up for Discussion at A&M, Austin

The great tuition rate debate is underway, both in Austin and College Station. Thursday, the Texas A&M System Board of Regents began hearing needs from all its campuses.

Votes on any rate changes will come Friday.

A&M officials in College Station have said an increase of upwards of 13 percent could be needed to cover costs for the coming year. But as the legislative session winds down in Austin, there is still discussion of capping state school's tuition hikes at five percent.

System officials say Regents are taking the potential legislation into account during this week's meetings.

Meanwhile, the Texas House is currently debating the so-called Top Ten rule, which forces state colleges to admit any student in the top ten percent of their high school class. A bill is on the table to alter the requirement.

While about half of freshman admitted into A&M last fall were top ten-ers, the biggest effect could likely be for UT-Austin, where more than 80 percent of freshman admitted last fall fell in that category.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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