As we were planning to open our doors and offer our first classes in 2009, we decided affordability and access would be a priority at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMU-SA). As we have grown, this commitment to providing the highest-quality education at the lowest cost possible has not been lost. Today, our students pay the lowest tuition of any of the 15 four-year higher education institutions in San Antonio at around $4,000 per semester for in-state students taking 15 credit hours.

But tuition represents only one aspect of overall college costs. The costs of textbooks have risen–and continue to rise–exponentially over...

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About the Author:

Dr. Tracy Hurley is the Dean of the College of Business at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She has been with the institution since 2000, and has held many leadership positions, including the interim associate Vice President/Provost for Academic Affairs. She holds a B.A., MBA and Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Houston.