UTPA has lowest undergraduate academic costs in the UT System
Posted: 03/09/2010
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The University of Texas-Pan American's total resident undergraduate academic costs will remain the lowest in The University of Texas System's nine academic institutions following approval of tuition and fee rates increases for the next two years at those institutions approved by The UT System Board of Regents March 3.

The total academic costs, which include tuition, mandatory student fees, and an average of course fees, for a student enrolled in 15 semester credit hours will be $2,904 for fall 2010, an increase of 5.07 percent or $140.

In fall 2011, the academic costs at UTPA will go to $3,044, an increase of 4.82 percent.

The Board of Regents also approved tuition and fee rates for the five health institutions for the 2010-2011 academic year only.

The rates were approved following a review of tuition and fee proposals submitted to the Regents by the campuses earlier this year. A Cost of Education Committee at UTPA (, made up of 30 students, faculty, staff and community members, provided on online forum in October 2009 and held two community forums on campus in November 2009 to obtain input on the designated tuition and fees increase.

Regents' Chair James R. Huffines said in a UT System press release that board members believe the increases allow the striking of a delicate balance between efforts to keep student costs affordable and providing UT System institutions with the essential resources needed to keep them competitive with their peers while continuing to advance excellence.

"We believe these increases to be appropriate. And, we know that our financial aid programs will ensure that our students from low- and middle-income families will be buffered from these increases," Huffines said.

UT System Chancellor Franciso G. Cigarroa, M.D. said while the UT System and its institutions will continue to identify additional cost saving initiatives during the difficult economic climate, the proposed increases were necessary to continue to provide the highest quality education needed for the state to strengthen the workforce and economy.

"It is imperative that we enhance excellence so that our graduates and Texas can move forward and we can continue to build an institution of the first class," Cigarroa said.

The approved rates for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years at all nine academic institutions can be viewed at