Texas Tuition Changes

Texas community colleges are feeling the financial pinch and are asking state lawmakers for more money.

The cost of a four year university tuition continues to skyrocket and it is becoming less affordable for student's families. As a result, Texas community colleges are seeing growth, but their state funding is continuing to be cut.

The Amarillo College Vice President Paul Matney says he plans to join the 49 other Texas community colleges in a request for more funding.

"As far as sufficient base funding for community colleges. It'll probably be about an increase of 595 million dollars to what we're getting right now. But remember that is spread over 50 college districts and over 70 campuses," he says.

Amarillo College has postponed some construction projects and raising professor's salaries to keep costs down for students.

Matney says,"But you know, we're kind of getting to the point where we realize we've got to try to put the breaks on because we want to provide. We want to be able to be affordable to most students."

State Senator Kel Seliger says with a tighter budget this session, there are no guarantees community colleges will get that funding.

"We have to set priorities on things the legislature absolutely has to spend dollars on and things that are lesser priority by necessity."

If the funding does not come through community colleges may have to continue to increase tuition and fees.

Community college students now make up 75% of Texas College freshmen and sophomores.