The word spread like wildfire. "I have heard a lot of things," said Tech undergraduate Tracey Barnett.
A substantial tuition hike is most likely coming to Texas Tech. "I have heard about the tuition hike," said graduate student Janee Thomas.
A double digit jump of 19%. Administration officials blame state budget cuts as the root of the problem, prompting an average increase of $400 per semester. "I think it's devastating for the students," said Thomas.
On campus with her Labrador Retriever, she lamented about the rising costs. "It was $1,300 (as an undergrad)," she said, "And now just as a grad student taking a couple of classes its $1,800. So, I think it's ridiculous," she said.
"Yeah, it's come up a lot, like even in certain classes and stuff," said Barnett. Her normal class discussions today were partially replaced with talk of finances. "Everybody's pretty angry about it, but then again there's not much we can do,"
It was a commonly shared sentiment of frustrated resignation. The predominant solution?
"I guess more loan money, pay it back when I'm older," said undergraduate Jessica Ingram.