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The pursuit of higher education in Texas has never been more daunting, and as tuition and fees at our public universities continue to climb, the dream of attaining a college degree is becoming a nightmare for more and more Texas students.

Students now pay public colleges and universities more than states do, a new study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found.

Tuition at Texas universities has more than doubled in the 12 years since state lawmakers authorized colleges to set their own rates.

Tuition rates at public universities in Texas are too high. Since the Texas Legislature deregulated tuition in 2003, the average tuition rate more than doubled in just 10 years from $1,934 to $3,951 per semester. This cost hit students hard, with the average student borrower in Texas now graduating with over $24,000 in debt, while over 40 percent of recent graduates make $25,000 a year or less.

In a continued effort to prioritize higher education in this year’s legislative session, a group of six legislators are working to provide a tax exemption on certain textbooks.

The pursuit of a higher education in Texas has never been more daunting, and as tuition and fees at public universities continue to climb, the dream of attaining a college degree is becoming a nightmare for more and more Texas students.

Tuition at many Texas universities has skyrocketed over the last decade, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want the state to re-regulate how much schools charge to attend.

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