Gov. Perry: Higher Education Improves Texans' Opportunities for Success
Gov. Rick Perry today touted the importance of accessibility to a quality higher education for all Texans at the rollout of Texas A&M University San Antonio (TAMUSA).
"Getting a quality education means that these students are improving their family's chances for success, increasing their average salary for the rest of their life, and enhancing the competitiveness of our state's workforce," Gov. Perry said. "I fully expect the students, teachers and administrators of this school to forge their own strong traditions and begin a legacy of contributions to our economy, our society and our state."
TAMUSA was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in January 2000 to meet the higher education needs of historically underserved South San Antonio by offering junior and senior level courses. TAMU-Kingsville was pegged to help create the center, with the city of San Antonio providing $15 million for infrastructure development. Additionally, under Gov. Perry's leadership, the 79th Legislature authorized $40 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds for the university's first building, utilizing land donated by the Verano Group.
To increase affordability for higher education, Gov. Perry has called on the 81st Legislature to freeze college tuition for four years at the rate a student pays as an entering freshman. He has also recommended increasing student financial aid with $110 million for the TEXAS Grant program this session.