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Texas Governor Proposes College Tuition Freeze

DALLAS  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for freezing tuition rates for incoming freshmen during their first four years at state universities.

“More and more young Texans of all backgrounds are thinking of college as this vital component of their success story. As state officials, we have to do everything that we can to remove roadblocks,” he said during a visit to Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas.

Perry also proposed tying 10 percent of an institution’s state funding to student outcomes instead of enrollment rates, and brought up a regular theme of his, options for an under-$10,000 bachelor’s degree, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.

Responding to Perry’s comments, Texas Senate Higher Education Committee Chairwoman Judith Zaffirini, a Laredo Democrat, said she was pleased the governor considers education a priority and said she hoped “we can relate tuition to appropriations.”

She added lawmakers can learn from colleges that lock in tuition rates, as the University of Texas at Dallas has done since 2007, and the University of Texas at San Antonio offers as an option, but noted tuition costs at the Dallas school remain out of reach for many prospective students.

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