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Perry Calls for 4-Year Tuition Freeze for Freshmen

Governor renews call for $10,000 bachelor's degree

Monday, Oct 1, 2012  |  Updated 11:39 PM CDT
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University of North Texas students responded favorably to Gov. Rick Perry's plan to make college more affordable.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

University of North Texas students responded favorably to Gov. Rick Perry's plan to make college more affordable.

Gov. Rick Perry has formally pitched a four-year tuition freeze for incoming college freshmen and renewed his call for bachelor's degrees costing as little as $10,000.

Perry offered his latest input on skyrocketing tuition costs in Texas at a Dallas high school Monday.

Perry also proposed tying 10 percent of an institution's state funding to the number of graduates. The governor's office says less than 30 percent of students at four-year schools graduate in four years.

"That is why I am calling for a tuition freeze for incoming freshman for a four-year period of time, so that there is stability and predictability in that young persons outlay of cash from that university," said Perry. "Not only will that give the students cost certainty heading into their education, it will also be a powerful incentive to get in and get out in that four-year period of time."

The governor also renewed his call for more transparency so families will know the full cost of a delayed graduation.

Perry's call for a four-year tuition freeze has drawn support from educational leaders, including University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers.

The governor's office says nine institutions have implemented the $10,000 degree.

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