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Affordability Comes in Many Forms at UTB


J.P. LlonguerasBROWNSVILLE, TEXAS-JANUARY 28, 2013-As families of high school seniors across the nation are making preparations for college, the cost of attending college is a major consideration in deciding where to attend. The University of Texas at Brownsville continues to be a wise economical choice. 

J. P. Llongueras was among the students in the first class of The University of Texas at Brownsville Math and Science Academy, from which he earned his high school diploma and 60 hours of college credit in two years. He continued his studies at UT Brownsville where he worked alongside his professors conducting research in the Department of Biology, graduating in May 2011.


For the past two years, Llongueras has been studying calcium formations and breast cancer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. 

Llongueras and many students like him have received their degrees at UT Brownsville at no cost. His first two years were tuition-free through dual enrollment at the Math and Science Academy and his following two years were covered completely by scholarships.


“A low-cost or cost-free university education is a very real possibility at UT Brownsville,” said Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, UTB President. “Programs such as the Math and Science Academy and others like the Brownsville Early College High School are ideal for engaged students to propel their educations through high school and into university level classes, graduating with both a  high school diploma and college credit. .” 

Five years ago, the Texas Legislature established a Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at UT Brownsville. It is only the second program of its kind in the state, the first TAMS being located at the University of North Texas.


This program is designed for high performing motivated 11th and 12th graders who are ready to get a head start on their education – students like Llongueras.

MSA Class of 2009 
The Math and Sciience Academy Graduating Class of 2009

Further cost-cutting measures are often at students’ fingertips through myriad scholarships, grants and waivers. The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to ensuring every student receives all the information necessary to apply for the many opportunities available to students. Last year 80% of our students received some type of financial assistance including $21.4 million in grants, $.9 million through work study and student employment programs, and $4.5 million through scholarships.


Throughout its 20-year history, UTB has offered its students an exemplary education at a reasonable cost. UTB Brownsville’s tuition is the sixth lowest in Texas and second lowest in The University of Texas System, coming in recently at only a few dollars more than UT Pan American in Edinburg. 

Like Llongueras, 140 students have graduated from TAMS over the last five years, funded only by the average daily attendance allotment from the school foundation fund. 

UTB is submitting a request to the Texas Legislature for a special item appropriation to grow the academy and establish a residential program, like the one in North Texas, where students live on campus.

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