The UT System Board of Regents unanimously approved the establishment of a medical school at UT Health Science Center at Tyler on Thursday. The center has received an $80 million gift from and $95 million from the Permanent University Fund.
Historically Black public colleges and universities are funded $2,500 less per student than the most prominent institutions in Texas, according to a Center for Public Policy Priorities study of the 2019 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac.
The University of Texas at Tyler received an $80 million gift from the East Texas Medical Center Foundation on Wednesday for its medical school, which the UT System announced last week they will be establishing as the first medical school in East Texas.
UT-Rio Grande Valley has the least graduate debt of public institutions in the nation, while UT-Austin graduates have double the amount of debt UTRGV has, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings.
UT System academic institutions, including UT-Austin, will increase their undergraduate tuition by 2.6% per year for the next two academic years. The UT System Board of Regents announced the systemwide increase during its meeting Thursday.