Texas Southmost College’s tuition and fees are now lower. This comes after a unanimous vote by the college’s board of trustees at a meeting June 27.
“We are excited to be able to lower tuition and fees for the second time in six years,” said TSC Board Chair Adela G. Garza. “The board of trustees has been working diligently with administration to continue to make a college education affordable for the communities we serve by staying true to our strategic plan and developing a tuition and fee structure to become the best value in the Rio Grande Valley.”
Mendez moves on
The meeting was also board Vice Chair Trey Mendez’s last as a trustee. Mendez now goes on to become the mayor of Brownsville after winning the mayoral runoff election June 22. Mendez bid farewell to his fellow trustees, as well as TSC students, faculty and staff.
“Trey Mendez has been a passionate advocate for higher education and Texas Southmost College, and we are grateful for his service to our students, the college, and the community,” said Garza. “Just as he served in the best interests of TSC students as a member of the board of trustees, we know that he will serve in the best interests of Brownsville’s citizens as mayor.”
During Mendez’s two board terms, he was instrumental in re-establishing TSC as an independent, comprehensive community college in 2013. This helped the college then earn separate accreditation in 2015. He also supported the reduction of the college’s tuition and fees to increase students’ access to college.
“This latest tuition and fees decrease just shows a renewed commitment by our board to continue to make education at Texas Southmost College accessible and affordable,” said Mendez. “It has been a pleasure to serve the students and the community in this capacity. It’s not a good bye, it’s a see you later. I’m going to keep the students and the community of Texas Southmost College foremost in my heart and thoughts as I continue my public service.”