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UTEP keeping tuition, fees at the same level through Spring 2025

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- UTEP is choosing to keep its tuition and mandatory fees the same for the next two academic years.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents just approved the measure for all UT institutions.

UTEP last raised its tuition rate in 2021. This new announcement will keep the rate the same through Spring of 2025. Full-time, in-state undergraduate students pay $9,744.

“With the cost of living going up for other things, we want to keep UTEP affordable. That starts with keeping the cost of tuition low for families,” said UTEP President Heather Wilson. “We are grateful for the support from the Regents, our donors and the Texas State Legislature for making this possible.”

The university says 68% of its undergraduate students receive grants and/or scholarships, making the average out-of-pocket tuition $800 for those students.

Classes start August 28, 2023.

ABC-7 spoke to some UTEP students who said they feel this is a great decision.

"It's think it’s really cool that they're not going to be raising the tuition rates, especially like with, you know, everything going on right now, like gas prices going up. You know, people are struggling to like even pay for like food with like food that are going up as well. So I just think it's really cool that they're UTEP is like keeping it so that it's not raising any other tuition rates. I think it's pretty nice," said UTEP student Daniel Adame.

Another student who is originally from Mexico said this will benefit many students.

"It’s great to know that we have the backup of UTEp to keep on doing our studies here and with that help we can continue studying."

April Flores said tuition was a big factor for her when it came time to decide on colleges.

"It was very important to me because, you know, some students don't have the parents that make the money. So when the tuition stays the same, it's like it's very easy on me and my parents me," she said.

President Wilson said Thursday's decision helps many students continue higher education and thrive in the real world.

"So it's a it's great for our students, especially with the price of things going up, the price of food and housing and gas to put in their cars. If we can keep tuition and fees low, that's really good for our students," she said.

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