Finance (Budget/Tuition)

Texas Tech Raises $1 Billion in Quest for 'Tier One' Status

Mon, Mar 9, 2015 - 1:37pm

Texas Tech University has raised $1 billion in its quest to become the state's next Tier One school, an elite academic status the university says it's close to achieving.

The university has raised more money than any of its competitors-- the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, Texas State University and the University of Texas campuses in Arlington, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio-- and would be the state's fourth Tier One school, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journalreported.


Campus carry: A costly proposal for Texas?

Mon, Mar 2, 2015 - 9:43am

Allowing Texans to carry concealed handguns on college campuses has a hefty price tag.

Officials at public colleges say the plan, which is rapidly moving through the Legislature, could cost them nearly $50 million in coming years — an expense that could be passed to students.

The cost is high, they say, because additional officers, training, storage facilities and security technology would be needed if the proposal to allow “campus carry” becomes law.

“It will cost our schools and universities, ultimately our students and taxpayers, tens of millions of dollars,” said Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, who...

Report: Campus carry would cost Texas colleges millions

Thu, Feb 26, 2015 - 10:00am

Allowing concealed handgun license holders to tote pistols on college campuses could cost tens of millions of dollars, a burden that could be ultimately passed on to students or siphoned away from education and research programs at Texas universities.

According to fiscal analyses drawn up by Texas' higher education systems and obtained by the Houston Chronicle, so-called campus carry would cost the University of Texas and University of Houston systems nearly $47 million combined over six years to update security systems, build gun storage facilities and bolster campus police units.

The majority of the...

Advocates Help Dallas County High School Students Apply For Financial Aid

Thu, Feb 26, 2015 - 9:50am

Dallas County high school seniors missed out on $34 million in college grants last year. That’s according to Commit, a local nonprofit that says more than half of the students did not apply for financial aid. We find out what they and others are doing to change that.

Applying for financial aid before applying to college may sound like a chore, or even daunting. After all, there are all those questions you have to answer. There are the easy ones:

“What is the name of your high school? Bryan Adams High School.”

“What is the city of your high school located? Dallas.”

Alex Castillo, a senior, doesn’t mind...

UNT surveys steps taken

Fri, Feb 20, 2015 - 12:40am

While the Legislature hasn’t determined how much money the University of North Texas may have to repay the state, university officials reported continued progress in its financial management at the first Board of Regents meeting of the year.

Chancellor Lee Jackson told the board the state Legislature is still looking at potential repayment options, after officials uncovered that UNT had taken state money it wasn’t entitled to for employee benefits and salaries for several years. The State Auditor’s Office suggested the university repay the state $75.6 million over the next 10 years in September, and the Legislature will...