FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/26/2013
Tuition Freeze Legislation Filed
House Bill 1834 Provides Relief from Spiraling Cost of Higher Education
Austin, Texas- Today, State Representative Abel Herrero (Robstown) filed House Bill 1834, which allows students in public universities and colleges, and their families, to efficiently budget for rising higher education costs.
House Bill 1834 will let students and their families avoid future tuition increases by locking in tuition rates to help students realize their educational goals at the lowest possible expense. Specifically, HB 1834 will provide a Texas college student an opportunity to receive a fixed tuition rate from the time of enrollment through graduation, if completed on time.
"A tuition freeze will allow Texas to reinvest in its commitment to provide a high quality, affordable education for all students. If passed, this law will make attaining a higher education degree more affordable and accessible, as well as encourage students to complete their degree plans timely," said Rep. Herrero.
Rep. Herrero has filed tuition freeze legislation since 2005 to address escalating higher education costs. In his most recent State of the State address, Governor Rick Perry continued to reaffirm his support for a tuition freeze to address higher education costs after deregulation. In support of a tuition freeze, Governor Perry has in the past said such legislation would encourage students to complete their degree in a timely fashion and with financial certainty.
"While I do not always agree with Governor Perry, this is an issue in which we do agree. It is time we use our legislative ability to give students and their families peace of mind in the college planning process by helping them fend off the spiraling costs of annual tuition increases," added Rep. Herrero.
The Texas Legislature deregulated tuition rates for institutions of higher education in 2003. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas public universities have raised the statewide average total academic charges for a student taking 15 student credit hours by 90 percent since deregulation passed. Locally, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, for example, has seen a 63 percent increase in tuition since deregulation occurred.
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Angeline Lasanta (512) 463-0462
Now serving his fourth term, Representative Herrero's District 34 includes Robstown, Bishop, Banquete, Petronila, Agua Dulce, Driscoll and parts of Corpus Christi.