The University of North Texas at Dallas has introduced its fixed-rate tuition plan, which will offer incoming students who take a full course load a tuition rate that will last for five years.
For students enrolling in fall 2014, the tuition will be $7,650 a year, regardless of whether they opt into the plan. Whenever the tuition is increased in the future, though, those that opt into the plan will still pay $7,650 for their first five years.
“Our DNA here at UNT Dallas is accessibility, and this is certainly going to make UNT Dallas more affordable and more accessible,” UNT Dallas President Ron Brown said. “Many of our kids are the first generation to go to college, and this gives them access.”
The Texas Legislature passed a bill in 2013 requiring that public universities offer fixed tuition plans for freshmen and transfer students who are Texas residents.
For the plan at UNT Dallas, students have to enroll in at least 15 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters, or 12 each semester if the student takes six hours during the summer.
By offering the plan for five years, it enables students to complete their degrees in a timely fashion, Brown said.
UNT’s flagship campus in Denton introduced two options to meet the state requirement — the traditional tuition plan and the Eagle Express Plan.
The traditional plan has tuition starting at the designated rate for regular tuition, which is $10,094 a year. This increases 3.9 percent for the next three years.
The Eagle Express Plan starts higher this year, at $10,673, and stays at that rate for four years. If the student in the plan makes it to the final spring semester in four years, the student gets a $3,000 tuition credit that semester and the statewide on-time $1,000 tuition rebate.
Combined, this brings a student’s senior year costs down to $6,673.
The Texas Woman’s University fixed tuition plan mirrors UNT’s traditional plan — with tuition starting a bit higher in a student’s first year, then locking in for four years.
For the upcoming academic year, the plan settles on $9,088 a year for full-time students.
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