Public universities in Texas would have to offer students fixed four-year tuition prices under a bill that has cleared a key House vote.
Gov. Rick Perry has hammered public universities about making college more affordable. A proposal by Republican state Rep. Dan Branch would offer locked-in tuition plans that prohibit universities from charging a student more in their senior year than what they paid as a freshman.
The University of Texas system already offers fixed tuition at UT-El Paso and requires it at UT-Dallas. The UT System has also now instructed all campuses to offer fixed pricing.
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The offer is financially unpopular among some students because they pay more in an average rate in the short term.
The bill still needs final House approval.