Public Meetings Set for This Week
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –
MARCH 25, 2014 – The
University of Texas at Brownsville will have two information meetings this week regarding
tuition for the 2014-15 academic year.
The meetings are open
to the campus community and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday,
March 27 in the Student Union’s Gran Salon and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday,
March 28 in Room 1.222 at the Biomedical Research and Health
Students walk across a bridge in between classes on campus.
Paul Chouy / UT Brownsville
The Tuition Policy
Advisory Committee made of representatives from the Student Government
Association, the divisions of Academic Affairs, Business Affairs and Student
Affairs and students have proposed tuition at $3,161 for 15 semester credit
hours starting in fall 2014. This is an increase over the $2,964 per semester
tuition for the 2013-14 academic year, the lowest in The University of Texas
One of the committee’s
goals was to align tuition with the proposal from The University of Texas – Pan
American in Edinburg in
preparation for the unification and creation of The University of Texas Rio
Grande Valley in fall 2015.
The tuition rate for UT RGV will be determined at a later date.
revenue from proposed tuition increase is expected to be $2,355,642, according
to information from the Budget Office.
Of this funding,
$783,000 will be used to increase supplemental instruction, face-to-face and
online tutoring and the Student Employment Initiative along with UTB’s
innovating student success program Linked 2 Success.
The Linked 2 Success
initiative, which was expanded campus-wide in fall 2013, provides all students
with free structured tutoring for freshman courses that had traditionally low
pass rates. Highly trained peer tutors lead sessions either directly
before or after each class to promote critical thinking and active and strategic
In its first year,
Linked 2 Success helped contribute to an increase in passing rates for
- English 1301: 12 percent increase
- History 1301: 18 percent increase
- Mathematics 1314: No significant increase
$1,572,642 in tuition revenue will be used for a scholarship program for summer
2015 allowing students with at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average to
apply for a $1,000 scholarship to pay for six semester credit hours.
Juan Sanchez, 25, an
advisory committee member and a junior accounting and management information
systems major from Brownsville and Matamoros, Mexico, hopes he can be one of
the projected 1,572 students to take advantage of the summer scholarship.
Sanchez is an accounting technician in the Division of Business Affairs and
takes evening and online classes paid for with financial aid.
“I want to apply for
the scholarship,” said Sanchez, who is scheduled to graduate in 2016. “Hopefully
I can qualify for it and I’ll go for it.”
Irving Reyes, 23, of
Brownsville, has taken courses for two summers and will receive his
undergraduate accounting degree in May. Reyes is also a member of the advisory
“I retained more
during the summers, especially in Principles of Accounting II,” said Reyes. “I
think that class is what I learned the most in. We met every day and we are not
used to doing that during the spring and fall semesters. It helped me to retain
a lot more information.”
UTB will continue
existing programs that help students pay for their education, including
charging students a flat rate when taking at least 15 semester credit hours and
discounting tuition up to 25 percent for taking classes during off-peak hours.
University of Texas System Board of Regents is expected to act on the tuition
proposal in May.