The 63,000 students of the University of Houston System could be paying higher tuition as early as the fall semester, Chancellor Renu Khator told a Senate committee Monday.
Testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, Khator said that a tuition increase is one of a number of strategies she and her fellow administrators are considering as they grapple with a projected $81 million budget cut for the biennium.
“The item is open; let me put it this way,” she told lawmakers. She said the system’s board or regents would make a decision in April or May.
That would be in addition to whatever furloughs and pay cuts UH might need to impose as well. Though the story doesn’t suggest an amount, State Rep. Mike Villarreal suggests the increases would be in the $1000 per year range. The “Texas Century” sure is off to a roaring start.