Tarrant County College, one of the country’s most expensive public colleges, is on the brink of a massive tuition hike.
In its latest report, the nonprofit Education Week revealed that tuition will rise by up to $1,100 per year for students attending the county’s flagship university, the University of Texas at Austin.
The tuition hike will also affect students who attend TCC, which has about 7,000 full-time faculty and 2,200 graduate students, according to the report.
For students at TCC and other state-run colleges, it will mean higher tuition, as well as the prospect of losing access to financial aid and other benefits they’ve earned.
“The impact of this will be on students across Texas, especially those who have been working hard to graduate and who are currently in school,” TCC interim President David Burt told the Dallas Morning News.
In addition to the tuition hike, the Education Week report said that the state’s public universities will see the biggest cuts to their budgets over the next decade, with tuition hikes totaling $8 billion.
Texas’ colleges and universities are among the most expensive in the country.
In Texas, tuition at public institutions has increased from $5,000 per year to $10,700.
The average annual cost of a bachelor’s degree in the state is $40,872, according a University of Houston study released earlier this year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.