Finance (Budget/Tuition)

Economics 101: Textbooks

Thu, Sep 4, 2014 - 12:42pm

It’s the second week of classes, and students have been buying textbooks for their new classes. According to the official Barnes and Noble website, Barnes and Noble College Booksellers LLC operates 700 college and university bookstores in the United States, including Rice University’s, as of May 3, 2014.

In Texas, Barnes and Noble also operates bookstores at other universities — such as Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of North Texas and Texas A&M University.

Some colleges use other providers, such as Abilene Christian University, which owns and operates its own bookstore; Austin College and...

As tuition soars, students left holding the bag — full of debt

Tue, Sep 2, 2014 - 1:30pm

Talib Abdullahi graduated in December with a degree in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin — and $40,000 in loans to pay back.

Raised by a single mother in Houston, he began working his first job when he was 9, helping a neighbor with his painting business. The decision to attend college was not the norm for a lot of his friends — many wound up in jail or victims of violence.

He was given financial aid at UT but also had to take on loans, all while working five jobs — and figuring out how to help his uninsured mother with health care bills.

“I like learning. I like school. But it really is...

UNT tuition plan may drive change

Thu, Aug 21, 2014 - 10:57am

A state mandate could change the culture of the University of North Texas, as more than half of the incoming students are enrolled in a new tuition plan that rewards students for graduating in four years.

All public universities were required to introduce a fixed-tuition plan this year by the Texas Legislature, and an unconventional plan at UNT has enrolled more students than officials anticipated.

The Eagle Express Tuition Plan has more than 4,700 students enrolled to date, including more than half of the freshman class. Students in the plan receive a $3,000 tuition credit their final semester if they graduate in...

Convention center nears final approval in Denton

Wed, Aug 6, 2014 - 11:43am

DENTON — It's one of the highest points in Denton. That's why it's called "The Hill."

It is feet from the football stadium at the University of North Texas, and not far from the convergence of Interstate highways 35W and 35E.

UNT owns the land, but if all goes as planned, the City of Denton will soon lease it and build a $25 million mid-sized convention center.

Private developers will build an adjoining $60 million hotel and restaurant complex.

"This is a prime location for the project," said Denton Assistant City Manager Jon Fortune.

Fortune said that property has been considered for years, but...

Stakes are high as Denton frack ban goes to City Council Tuesday

Tue, Jul 15, 2014 - 11:12am

The stakes are high as Denton’s City Council prepares to vote Tuesday night on Texas’ first fracking ban.

The controversy likely will test cities' ability to control zoning and drilling within their borders similar to what recently occurred in New York.

Faced with a petition from residents, the Denton City Council can either adopt the fracking ban or, the more likely...