On Thursday the Texas A&M Regents are considering the approval of the most substantial tuition increases and reforms in a decade. There are only 12 hours left to comment on the tuition proposals.
So far over 550 Aggies have submitted testimony to the Board of Regents speaking out against the tuition increase. I hope you will submit testimony to make your voice heard and to make sure your fellow Ags are heard louder as well.
I've made it easy for you to take action. Just click the link above, enter your contact information, modify the message to include your story (if you want), and hit send. The testimony will then be faxed to the Board of Regents and considered before they vote to increase tuition. Testimony must be submitted by 8:30 am Wednesday morning.
I've prepared the graphs below to help you understand how the proposed tuition increases will impact you. The first three show how much the increases will raise your cost of attending college. If you are on student loans or take extra semesters to graduate, the impact of the tuition increases will be even greater. The last graph shows the cost of the tuition increase per semester. I hope these help you.
As a personal favor to me, please take a few moments to speak out against the increases. As you can see from the graphs, it will be time well spent.
As a student who works to put myself through school (in fact I just got off of an eight hour shift), I personally understand the impact these increases will have on thousands of Aggies. If approved, the tuition reform will force me to take fewer than 8 hours per semester, further increasing my time in college. I'm sure lots of students have similar stories to tell. I'm very interested to hear how this increase will impact you, too. Please consider sharing your story in your testimony to the Board of Regents.
If you already submitted testimony, please share the link and this information with your friends and parents, encouraging them to also submit testimony. If we all stand up, we will be heard, and we will make a difference. Let's keep A&M great for generations to come. Have a good evening.
Marc Pitts '13