Tuition in Texas keeps going up. So who’s to blame? In 2003, the state legislature delegated the power to set tuition rates to the boards of regents at the schools themselves. That way appointed bureaucrats would get the blame and elected officials could point the finger and get re-elected.
Jean Burk of College Prep Genius says it's become a political football. “Everybody wants the idea of lower tuition or even free college,” she notes. “But nobody wants to say, okay, who’s going to pay for this, or who’s going to be accountable?”
Burk says tuition is up 300 percent in about the past ten years. Between the state lawmakers and the college regents, she says it’s become a “blame game. And we even see this happening in the presidential race where candidates are proposing free college.” A federal plan for free tuition, she says, is “going to fall back on the taxpayers.”
Burk says Texans should know that dozens of schools in the state have programs for low-interest education loans or even free tuition based on various criteria, including test scores or income. Being aware of these programs, and acting on them, will take the politics out of the issue, she says. More information can be found at her Web site.