Finance (Budget/Tuition)

Regents expected to vote today on budget, capital projects plan

By Jenna Duncan

FORT WORTH — The University of North Texas Board of Regents is expected to vote today on the university budget and a capital projects plan, after briefings Thursday.

The board will also meet in an executive session today at the UNT Health Science Center to discuss its ongoing financial issues, “evaluation and compensation” for System Chancellor Lee Jackson and leasing property in Frisco for offices and classrooms.

This year, UNT’s proposed budget accounts for $675.8 million in revenues and $642.9 million in expenses.

Major changes include allocating $5.5 million for merit raises for...

UNT not obliged to repay $83M

The University of North Texas is not obligated to repay an estimated $83 million in excess funding revealed in a state audit in 2014, officials have confirmed.The university already has paid $4.7 million to the state, but the remaining balance in excess fees does not have to be repaid because of legislative action this past session.The $83,461,691 originally reported was for excess funding estimated in a state audit examining the university’s finances from 2004 through 2012. In response to the audit’s findings, then-Gov. Rick Perry instructed all...

Crownover plans ‘to exit on top’

State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, announced Monday that she will not run for re-election in 2016, giving potential successors plenty of time to decide whether to file for the office and mount a campaign next year.

Crownover, first elected in 2000, said it’s time to close this chapter of her life and see what’s next. Fellow Republican Read King has been the only contender to formally announce his candidacy, though more are expected from both Republicans and Democrats.

Crownover touted her success at this past legislative session as part of her decision not to seek re-election.

“I had such a good session. We...

UNT to announce stipends

Fri, Jul 24, 2015 - 1:49pm

North Texas soon will find out where it falls in the new order of college athletics following the institution of cost-of-attendance scholarships for athletes.

Schools across the country have announced over the past few months the figures for stipends they will provide. Those payments are part of new scholarships designed to cover more than the bare necessities that traditional scholarships provide, including traveling back and forth from home and spending money.

UNT will announce its figure in the next few weeks, a school spokesman said Thursday after school officials returned from Conference USA media day in...

Scuttled loan program forces college student to seek aid elsewhere

Wed, Jul 8, 2015 - 9:10am

Repeal of a no-interest college loan program will have hundreds of incoming students looking for other ways to pay for higher education this year.

Lexi Clark, an incoming freshman at the University of North Texas this fall, was second on a waiting list of more than 400 incoming UNT students hoping to receive the loan that covers $4,000 in tuition each semester.





Financial advisers assured Clark she would get it, but just months before the first day of school, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that ended the program.

“The whole situation...