AUSTIN – Tuition rates at five of the University of Texas System health institutions were approved today (March 18) by the UT System Board of Regents. The new rates are for the 2011-2012 academic year and will be effective in the fall.
"These cost increases reflect our efforts to improve student services focused on enhancing their educational experience as well as to offset rising costs for technology and supplies essential to health-related education,” UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.,said. “Even with these increases, tuition costs at UT System health institutions are still substantially lower than the national average among public academic health institutions. For example, tuition at UT System medical schools range from 47 percent to 62 percent of the average costs at public medical schools across the nation.”
The tuition rates were recommended by the respective institution presidents following an inclusive tuition review process involving students, faculty, staff and administrators.
“Based on numerous conversations with students from all health institutions within the UT System, I am confident that they understand Texas schools are high in quality and amongst the most affordable in the country. Students appreciate the great value they are receiving for their tuition, but they also understand this must be balanced with the financial resources necessary to retain and recruit high-quality faculty. These educators are the most important component in health education and are vital to ensuring that students' education and the reputation of their degrees are not diminished,” Student Regent Kyle Kalkwarf said. “I believe the proposed rates are reasonable and an appropriate step to help accomplish these goals." Kalkwarf is a fourth-year medical student at the UT Health Science Center – San Antonio.
The Board of Regents approved tuition rates for the 2010 and 2011 academic years for the academic universities and the 2010 academic year for health institutions last March. At that time, Chancellor Cigarroa and Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., were directed to work with the health presidents to bring back to the Board tuition recommendations for the 2011 academic year because the tuition rates continued to remain below the national average.
The majority of the approved tuition rates for 2011 are similar to those recommended to the Board last March, with the exception of the UT Health Science Center at Houston, whose tuition rates for the most part had not been increased for several years. The approved tuition rates and the Board’s action approving the rates are not primarily in response to recent or impending budget cuts.
The health institution campus tuition rates may be viewed online. (PDF)
The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $12.8 billion (FY 2011) including $2.3 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Preliminary student enrollment exceeded 202,000 in the 2009 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 84,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.