UTB officials discuss possible tuition increase

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POSTED: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 9:37am

As UTB finally comes to a stand-alone institution for the 2014-2015 academic year, school officials and education counselors are pushing to raise the tuition.

School reps have proposed that the new tuition be set at approximately $3100 dollars instead of $2900.

Officials say the extra money will be used to enhance education programs like Link2Success and a scholarship program that can save students at least $1000 on tuition every semester.

But at a public meeting today about the possible increase, several students voiced their opposition and concern.

Even though UTB is proposing a tuition increase for the 2014 school year for various programs, some students are upset.

"I'm gonna struggle," said UTB student Maria de Los Angeles Ruiz. "And I'm not the only person that's gonna be struggling."

"The $200 that they're actually using for that, I could easily buy all my books for the whole semester and still have $200 left, so I think it's kind of unfair," said UTB student Guillermo Castillo.

And even though some students may actually need the programs, the majority of students don't.

"They have the look at the diversity here of everyone at the university, because not everyone's gonna be using the benefits they say they're gonna have," said Castillo. "Just some students, probably like 30%, which is the people that need it." 

But some say they would not be opposed to the increase if the university was more established or the merger with UTPA was actually complete.

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