Tuition Hikes On the Way for UTPB Students

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Tuition hikes have been approved for colleges associated with the University of Texas System and that includes UTPB but you don't have brace yourself too hard.

According to the university president, students will only see an additional $78 dollars on their bill next year.

The state regents approved the hikes this week for eight system campuses excluding the main campus in Austin

But UTPB says with the tuition hike comes some good news.

They will be offering $10,000 degrees, compare that to the average college degree which runs around $35,000.

The degrees will be offered for majors that include chemistry, computer science, informational science, geology, and mathematics.

UTPB President David Watts explains why they're offering this deal.

"Those degrees are important for Texas' future. So we're letting people know this opportunity is available. It's one of a kind," Watts said.

UTPB is the only institution in Texas to offer the $10,000 degree program.

All you have to do is maintain 30 hours a year, maintain a certain GPA and complete the degree in four years.