Senator Charles Schwertner, who represents Grimes County at the state level, recently filed legislation to make higher education more affordable in Texas.
Unlike previous legislation, which targeted tuition costs, Schwertner says this bill addresses student fees.
“It would freeze, actually, fees at public Texas universities for one year. And then, any future increases would be limited to no more than the rate of inflation,” he said recently on WTAW.
Schwertner, who currently has three children in college, says this doesn’t just impact college students and their families.
“I think everyone wants a vibrant economy. So, you have to have that workforce to meet the demands of the jobs and occupations of the future of Texas. So, it help everyone in that respect,” said Schwertner.
He says the legislation allows institutions to raise their fees above the rate of inflation, but only if approved by a majority vote of the student body.