Expanding Tuition Advantage program to $100,000


UTRGV Spring 2021 graduates celebrate their graduation day in May on the Edinburg Campus. UTRGV Archival Photo by Paul Chouy
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Texas Border Business

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced today an expansion to its already highly competitive Tuition Advantage program.

Beginning Fall 2022, the program will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students with a family income of $100,000 or less and with unmet financial need.

Tuition Advantage’s $100,000 family income threshold is the largest of any free-tuition program in the state and is believed to be the largest in the nation.

President Guy Bailey said this expansion is another example of UTRGV’s commitment to providing a high-quality education at an affordable price.

“As I’ve said many times before, at UTRGV, we want to ensure that our students can obtain a degree without having to mortgage their futures,” he said. “Providing this additional support is especially important right now, as many of our students and their families continue to struggle financially because of the pandemic.”

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UTRGV Tuition Advantage is open to all in-state undergraduate students (incoming freshmen and current, readmitted, and transfer students) who meet the program’s requirements. 

The program is particularly important to new students who join UTRGV during the Fall of 2022 because they could pay an increased fee if a student referendum passes this November. The referendum is seeking an $11.25 increase per credit hour (up to 12 hours only) to the Intercollegiate Athletics Fee to, over the next four years, expand spirit programs and establish marching bands in both Brownsville and Edinburg, a women’s swimming and diving program, and a football program. 

Currently, enrolled students continuing enrollment in their current level will not pay the proposed increase until Fall 2025 because of UTRGV’s Guaranteed Tuition plan. And for new students who will have to pay, Dr. Magdalena Hinojosa, senior vice president for Strategic Enrollment and Student Affairs, said the Tuition Advantage expansion will help to offset the increase for many.

“We are one of the most affordable institutions in Texas and in the country, and we are committed to keeping it that way,” Hinojosa said. “We truly believe the proposed referendum will greatly enhance the university’s campus experience and supplementing that with a bigger and better Tuition Advantage is the perfect combination.”

UTRGV, which last year was named the nation’s top public university for least student debt, always has been committed to keeping costs low for students. The university has one of the lowest average tuitions among the state’s public universities and offers:

  • Guaranteed Tuition: UTRGV’s tuition is guaranteed for all students for four years, meaning costs will not increase during this period.
  • 12-Hour Cap: UTRGV caps tuition charges at 12 hours, which means any additional courses a student enrolls in after 12 hours are free. For example, if a student enrolls in 15 hours, the extra class is free; 18 hours, the two extra classes are free.

And in the recent Washington Monthly college rankings, UTRGV is:

  • 1st in Texas and 2nd among national public universities for the lowest price of attendance.
  • 1st in Texas and 3rd among national public universities for the performance of Pell-eligible students.
  • 3rd in Texas and 55th among national public universities for social mobility of students.



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