Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, Orange’s state representative, Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall and Lamar State College Orange President Thomas Johnson announced at a joint press conference today that new tuition parity funding passed in this year’s legislative session will further reduce the cost of tuition at the Lamar State Colleges, including Lamar State College Orange, by 11.2%.
The reduction will make tuition at Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) on par with other two-year schools in the state and will allow LSCO students to take additional classes at a lower cost, graduate more quickly, and finish school with less or no debt.
The new appropriation will bring tuition for a full-time course load of 12-semester credit hours at LSCO down to $1416.
The legislature also approved a funding request that would allow Lamar State College Orange to offer dual credit classes for a further reduced amount, as well as a $10 scholarship per semester credit hour that will be awarded to students who purchase access to their textbooks and other instructional materials through the College. With these reductions, a full 12-semester credit hour course load with textbook access would total $1596.
“This extraordinary action by Governor Abbott, Speaker Phelan, Senator Nichols, and the Texas State University System Board of Regents will allow students in the Orange area to achieve an education at a much lower cost. We couldn’t be more appreciative to this group of outstanding leaders for their foresight to continue making a bright Orange – and less expensive – future for our students,” said President Thomas Johnson.