Perry Calls For Tuition Freeze For Incoming Freshmen

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Monday called for a four-year tuition freeze for incoming freshmen and renewed his call for $10,000 bachelor degree programs.

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DALLAS (October 1, 2012)--Gov. Rick Perry Monday formally pitched a proposal for a four-year tuition freeze for incoming college freshmen and renewed his call for bachelor's degrees that cost as little as $10,000.

Perry outlined proposals for the upcoming legislative session Monday at a high school in Dallas.

He also proposed tying 10 percent of an institution's state funding to the number of graduates.

The governor's office says less than 30 percent of students at four-year schools graduate in four years.

The governor also renewed his call for more transparency so families will know the full cost of a delayed graduation.

“More and more young Texans of all backgrounds are thinking of college as a vital component of their personal success and they’re taking active steps to get themselves there,” Perry said.

“Implementing these measures will meet the growing demand for higher education in a way that provides encouragement for students to complete their degree in a timely fashion and with financial certainty,” he said.

Perry's call for a four-year tuition freeze has the support of educational leaders, including University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers.

The governor's office says nine institutions have implemented the $10,000 degree program.


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