Across the country, states continue to struggle with budget concerns and education is often a primary target. Texas is no exception. State lawmakers have approved a budget that calls for about four billion dollars in education spending cuts. It is a tremendous loss of support for our public schools.
After having taken a loss of state funding of almost $1 million last year, the Law Center will now have to weather the loss of nearly $2 million in state funding over the next two years. Despite tough budget times, we will not pass the downsizing of state support onto our students. We will hold a tuition increase this fall to below 5% with annual costs for tuition and fees under $27,000.
A quick comparison of tuition and fees at comparable law schools makes it easy to see the value that UH Law Center provides Texas residents. In contrast to UH, UT law jumped to tuition and fees totaling about $32,000, 15% more than UH. This fall, law students will pay about $42,000 in tuition and fees to attend SMU, more than $44,000 at Baylor, $31,000 at Colorado, $38,000 at Illinois, and more than $43,000 at UCLA. With these rates, the University of Houston Law Center ranks among the best value law schools nationally in terms of being able to offer an affordable high quality legal education. I know that the number seems huge to many of us, myself included, but we are doing the best we can to retain a relatively affordable cost profile while providing a first tier legal education.
One of the reasons we have been able to keep tuition increases to a minimum this year is through the generous support of our alumni. I am grateful to each and every one of you who has contributed to and who has volunteered in our annual fundraising appeals. If you haven’t given yet, please help the Law Center today. The online giving site is https://giving.uh.edu/law/. Please designate your contribution to the Law Fund.
Your support is needed now more than ever.