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State Rep. Confident that Tuition Freeze Bill Could Pass

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

State Representative Abel Herrero has been trying since 2005 to get fellow lawmakers to pass a tuition freeze.

He filed his bill once again this session, and this time, he's optimistic that a tuition freeze bill of some kind will get passed.

Along with Herrero's bill, the chairman of the Higher Education Committee has his own tuition freeze bill before lawmakers.

Herrero said that House Bill 1834 would lock in tuition rates, as long as the students continued to make good grades and keep on track to graduate on time.

He pointed out that, since 2003 when lawmakers deregulated tuition rates, the costs have skyrocketed. A 15-course load has gone up by 90-percent. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has seen a 63-percent increase in rates over that time period.

So, Herrero is urging everyone to lobby lawmakers to pass his bill or another similar bill that has been filed in the house.

"If you're an individual that is listening or watching, and believes that we do have to keep college within reach of working families, reach out to your state senator," Herrero said. "Reach out to your state rep. Call the governor. Call the lieutenant governor. Let them know that this is something that is important."

The other bill is House Bill 29. Dan Branch, the chairman of the Higher Education Committee, wrote the bill, which also calls for a freeze; plus, it would keep colleges from being able to raise student fees to make up for the loss in revenue as students take advantage of the locked in rates.

Herrero said the governor supports a tuition freeze, and this time around, things look good for some kind of action to control the costs of getting a college education.