Finance (Budget/Tuition)

Texas university cuts tuition for neighboring Oklahomans

Tue, Jan 27, 2015 - 10:08am

Starting in Fall 2015, Oklahoma residents pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Texas will no longer pay the out-of-state tuition rate.

The new Oklahoma Tuition Rate is roughly half the cost of nonresident (out-of-state) tuition at UNT – $5,602.70 for 15 semester credit hours in 2014-15. The nonresident rate, currently paid by Oklahoma residents, is $10,282.70 for 15 semester credit hours. More information can be found at ...

University of North Texas looks to lure Oklahoma students

Tue, Jan 27, 2015 - 10:04am

Officials at the University of North Texas hope to lure students from Oklahoma to the Denton campus by cutting their out-of-state tuition in half.


Starting in the fall of 2015, Oklahoma residents pursuing a bachelor’s degree at UNT will pay the new Oklahoma tuition rate, which is much closer to the rate Texans pay, UNT President Neal Smatresk said Monday.

“We’re very interested in recruiting bright students from Oklahoma,” said Smatresk, adding it’s time to correct the “unfavorable balance of trade.”

He said 74 undergraduate students from Oklahoma currently attend UNT, located 37 miles south of the...

Oil May Not Mess With Texas

Wed, Jan 14, 2015 - 10:47am

I grew up in Texas and many friends and family members still living there.  So I’ll always feel an allegiance to the Lone Star State. That’s one reason I’m worried that the recent plunge in oil prices will devastate the Texas economy, in a replay of the 1980s.

The other reason is that the “Texas Miracle” has been one of the big drivers of the U.S. recovery: until recently, Texas was responsible for all of the net job growth in the country since the start of the...

Abbott says Texas needs more research universities, though plan to get there fuzzy

Tue, Dec 9, 2014 - 10:41am


Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says he’s bothered by Texas’ absence from lists of top public universities — and wants to do something about it.

While Abbott has proposed a 25-percent increase in the state’s support of a fund that helps Texas schools attract outside research grants, that move alone only would spread $40 million over the next two years among 10 campuses.

Abbott, though, sounds as if he has even bigger ambitions.

“One of the areas that disturbs me is the fact that five of the top 10 public universities in the country are from California, with none being from Texas,” he said at a Monday news...

Hotel stays for home games the norm in college football

Mon, Dec 8, 2014 - 11:22am

The accommodations before the Longhorns’ home opener were fit for a high-rolling Texas ex.

A custom buffet for $79. And if the all-you-can-eat spread wasn’t enough, there was a $20 snack later that night. Around midnight, when the hunger pangs struck again, the hotel came through with a $24 “late snack.”

The next morning, for $36, the eggs came every way. That was followed by a pregame lunch for $29.

But these weren’t fans at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark the night before Texas opened its season against North Texas. It was the 120 or so Texas football players.

The total bill for a stay a little...