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​​University Tuition 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 Professions Building.

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 System.

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.

UTB’s additional 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 learning.

In its first year, Linked 2 Success helped contribute to an increase in passing rates for freshmen-level classes:

  • English 1301: 12 percent increase
  • History 1301: 18 percent increase
  • Mathematics 1314: No significant increase

The remaining $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 committee.

“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.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents is expected to act on the tuition proposal in May.​​


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