Amarillo College Freezes Fall Tuition

Students at Amarillo College can prepare their wallets this fall.

Texas Lawmakers are currently trying to find a way to freeze tuition at 4 year public universities. And Amarillo College has decided that sounds like a pretty good idea.

The local community college decided Thursday to put a hold on any increase in tuition for the summer and fall semesters.

"We just decided in these troubling economic times that the best thing we can do for our students and their families is to hold firm on what tuition is right now and not go up," said Amarillo College acting President Dr. Paul Matney.

The tuition rate will remain the same as it was for the 2008 school year.

"Our students are the most price sensitive of students in higher education and when gasoline goes up, when tuition goes up, it really presents a hardship,"  said Matney.

Working Amarillo College students who attend full time can prepare their bank accounts for about $880 for the semester.

"The money put back, I don't have to worry about stacking more because I know I have the amount to cover it," said Amarillo College student James Salicco.

That amount is about $34 per class and $24.75 per class for basic fees.

"I think the biggest thing is that it's going to keep money in my pocket and that's important," said Chris Newcomb, Amarillo College student.

This was news to all the students NewsChannel10 talked to, but they were happy to hear the surprise.

Acting president Matney says the Spring 2010 tuition is not included in this freeze and will be discussed at a later time.