Canyon, TX - Tuition rates and fees could increase at West Texas A&M University next year. School officials said enrollment numbers are at an all time high, which is putting stress on some of their transportation and advising services.
The proposed changes include a 5.6 percent tuition increase for incoming freshmen and about a 2.2 percent increase for current students. "So for a senior, it means they would pay an additional $35 in designated tuition per semester for the remainder of the time that they're here," said Dan Garcia, the vice president for enrollment management at WT. "For an incoming freshman, it's going to be about $88 more per semester, which is very manageable."
There would also be additional fees for transportation and advising services. Garcia said the extra money would go towards building a new parking lot, providing more shuttle buses around campus and adding more faculty for advising.
WT is also proposing a guaranteed tuition rate for undergraduates. "It means that when students come in and begin with us, they will have the same tuition rate for the entire four years that they're here," said Garcia.
"Education costs continue to rise. But at the same time, the cost of delivering that education and quality of education to students continues to increase for the university. And so we feel like this is the right amount," added Garcia.
Even with the tuition and fee increases, WT would still be the eighth least expensive public university in Texas.
The proposed changes will not be voted on until May. In the meantime, the university is asking for feedback. "We're going to have public hearings beginning this week to allow students, faculty, staff and anyone in the community who wants to give feedback to let us know what they think about these proposals."
The first public hearings are Tuesday, February 18 at 11:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on campus. Another hearing will be Monday, February 24 at 5 p.m. at the Amarillo Center.
Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10