A previously announced tuition hike of 2.6 percent at the University of Texas at Brownsville has been decreased to a .2 percent raise for the fall semester 2013 tuition, according to a press release by the University of Texas System.
The 2.6 percent increase was approved in May 2012 by the UT Board of Regents, UT spokeswoman Jenny LaCoste Caputo said. Even though the tuition hikes were approved, the board asked the universities in the system to try and cut corners with their budgets to avoid the increase in tuition costs for students.
The mitigated hikes are possible because the Board of Regents has allocated $16 million from the Available University Fund to its other eight institutions, the release states.
Constitutionally, UT Austin is the only university in the system that is allowed to receive money from the fund, but the UT System can use Available University Fund resources in certain circumstances.
“Using this approach, UT System worked with academic institutions to utilize the AUF in a way that would alleviate or eliminate tuition and fee increases at all the eight other academic institutions for fall 2013,” the release states.
Because of this, Rosemary Martinez, vice president for business affairs at UTB, said UTB will be able to roll back tuition and fees for the fall semester.
According to Martinez, the current tuition for a year at UTB is $6,153.
Because of the money from the AUF, she said, UTB students will save $350 during the 2013-2014 year on tuition.
“This was made possible by funding provided by the UT Board of Regents last year to offset increases in tuition,” Martinez said in an email.
The UT System also announced tuition rollbacks at the UT-Pan American in Edinburg, UT-El Paso and UT-San Antonio.