The price of higher education is a topic being discussed across the country, and today, Tarleton State University will address its tuition and fee plans for the 2014-15 academic year during two public hearings regarding possible changes.

The first hearing will take place from 12-1 p.m. in room 111 in the science building and the second hearing will be held from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in room 180 of the business building.

"I don't have all of the particulars, but what we are going to is a guaranteed fixed tuition rate," said Rusty Jergins, vice president of student life. "There will be an increase but that's a four-year, fixed process."

Vice President for Finance and Administration Tye Minckler would not comment Monday on exact figures.

"This fixed tuition rate has not been approved yet," Jergins said. "We have to propose this to the board of regents at their May meeting and according to the statute we have to have a public hearing on the matter."

According to Tarleton's website, the university ranks as one of the most affordable public universities in Texas based on tuition and fees.

Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year was $153.97 per credit hour, or $2,309.55 for a student taking a 15-hour course load. Fees ranged from $1,100-$1,300 per student, per semester.