December 4, 2017
Dear UT Community,
Today, I sent a proposal to the UT System Board of Regents, recommending a 2 percent tuition increase for most degree programs at The University of Texas at Austin in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years.
If the proposal is approved by the Board of Regents, resident undergraduate tuition — which is currently about $5,200 per semester — would increase by $104 per semester in 2018-19 and $106 per semester in 2019-20. The changes in tuition for most graduate programs will be similar with the exception of larger increases for professional graduate programs in business and pharmacy.
This proposal for undergraduate and most graduate programs was developed with a committee of student leaders, faculty members and senior administrators who analyzed financial data and consulted with community members to understand individual perspectives and concerns.
Maintaining value, affordability and accessibility is crucial to our mission as the flagship university in Texas. UT is powered by students and families of all socioeconomic backgrounds from throughout Texas and beyond. An increase in tuition — of any amount — impacts the lives of all Longhorns.
This decision was made because it is a necessary investment in the quality of our university.
For many years, UT has fallen behind in three critical areas. The first is keeping up with inflation, which continually increases costs. The second is salary competitiveness for faculty and staff members. To recruit and retain exemplary educators and researchers, we must offer compensation that is on a par with that of peer institutions. The third is needed maintenance for our facilities, classrooms and laboratories that has been deferred for too long. The requested tuition increases will help UT address these key areas.
With these tuition increases and further investment in financial aid — as I announced earlier this year — we dedicate ourselves to providing the very best educational experience while honoring our commitment to access and affordability.
Gregory L. Fenves