Proposed nearly 4 percent tuition hikes could save University of Texas programs and staff from cutbacks.
More suggestions are expected at a second public hearing Tuesday.
Students, administrators and faculty on Wednesday night, during a public forum in Austin, discussed proposed 3.95 percent tuition hikes in 2010-11 and again in 2011-12.
The Tuition Policy Advisory Committee wrote in December that UT would have to cut more than $31 million from its budget during those two time periods unless tuition and fees go up.
UT's chief financial officer, Kevin Hegarty, said a tuition increase is needed to maintain current administrators and faculty.
UT President William Powers Jr. by Jan. 31 is expected to submit his final tuition increase proposal to regents of the University of Texas system.
Regents are expected to vote in March.