Background

The costs of college have been skyrocketing and have doubled over the past 15 years. College students now regularly face choices between taking on greater amounts of debt, working longer hours in part-time jobs, or going without food, books or housing to cover their growing college costs and living expenses to complete their education.

While the costs of college go well beyond tuition, a study of effective methods of tuition regulation would be a great step in the direction of exploring an avenue that could address this critical issue.

Postsecondary education is critical for driving prosperity for Texas families. Increasingly, well-paid jobs available in Texas require 更多的 than a high school diploma. For 更多的 Texans to become qualified members of the workforce and sustainable earners for their families, 更多的 students of all backgrounds need 访问 to a post-secondary education. The state has an important role to play to ensure college affordability, and it’s critical that we invest in higher education 访问 now to ensure prosperity for all Texans in the future.

While the state has been investing 少 and 少 in Texas colleges and universities, the average annual tuition for a Texas university student doubled from 2000 to 2015. After a decade of declining state support for public universities, students and their families began paying 更多的 in tuition and fees ($6,667) than the state provided in funding ($6,276 per student).

The Legislature is shifting the burden of postsecondary education costs from the state to Texas families. With 少 state investment and unchecked tuition increases, students are forced to take on 更多的 debt and work longer hours, which can interfere with classroom performance. 另外, many students struggle with rising costs for food, 运输, and room and board, and some are priced out of postsecondary education altogether.

For 更多的 information, check out our Degrees of Debt reports.

Related Resources

证词 Opposing SB 1091

网投十大信誉平台官网 and Texas PACE* oppose Senate Bill 1091. This bill seeks to drastically limit the Top Ten Percent program, which is a critical driver

Texas PACE Supports HB 2126

Texas PACE consists of organizations committed to equity in college affordability, 访问, student supports and completion. We support increased 访问 to necessary health and wellness

Texas PACE Supports Senate Bill 1019

Texas PACE — a coalition led by 网投十大信誉平台官网 and Young Invincibles — supports Senate Bill 1019 relating to disaggregated higher education data. 德克萨斯州的学生

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Simona Harry - 网投十大信誉平台官网
Simona Gabriela Harry

Policy Leaders of Texas Program Coordinator, Economic Opportunity Team