AUSTIN - A Georgetown senator has filed a bill that targets the rising tuition rates at public universities in Texas.
In Senate Bill 250, State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, wants to cap tuition at its current level as of January 1, 2015 for one year. After that, the bill proposes that increases in tuition and fees not exceed the rate of inflation based on the consumer price index.
The bill, which was filed Monday, takes aim at the Texas tuition hikes that have more than doubled the average cost of tuition and fees since 2003, Schwertner said. Since 2003, "the portion of tuition set by universities has increased 222 percent, far exceeding the 27 percent rate of inflation over the same time period."
That rising cost of tuition, Schwertner said, is "pricing more and more Texas students out of higher education and causing many to increasingly depend on student loans to pay for college."
KVUE's news partners at the Austin American-Statesman reports that Schwertner filed a nearly identical bill in 2015.
Read the full bill below:
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