Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Board Of Regents Approve Increase In Designated Tuition For A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - April 12, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Designated tuition will flatten for those taking more than 12 hours

The Board of Regents for The Texas A&M University System recently approved a request by Texas A&M University-Kingsville for an increase in the designated tuition effective in the fall up to $14 per semester credit hour, depending on the state’s allocation to the university. University officials will determine the actual amount once state funding is known.

In addition, students taking 12 or more semester credit hours will pay a flat rate, based on the amount for 14 semester credit hours, beginning with the 12th hour. For example, the current amount for 14 credit hours is $728. A student taking 12 hours or more will continue to pay the $728 even if they take 15 or 16 hours. The idea to flatten designated tuition at the 14-hour rate came as a recommendation from the Time-to-Degree Task Force, a group of faculty, staff and students. The task force studied time-to-degree concepts from various sources and recommended the flat tuition rate to encourage students to take more hours and complete their degrees sooner. Students will save money each semester they take more than 14 hours and will save even more by completing their degrees a semester or two sooner. The flat rate has been used at successfully at other universities.

Only the designated tuition rate will flatten. The tuition set by the state and all other student fees will continue to increase incrementally as the number of the semester credit hours goes up.

Any increase in tuition will be used for faculty and staff salary raises, merit-based scholarships, targeted recruitment and retention programs, increased utility costs and System Office assessments.

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