Enrollment is open for the Texas prepaid college tuition program.

Open enrollment began this month for the Texas Tuition Promise Fund and runs through February 28th, 2014.

Families in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund purchase prepaid “tuition units” that can later be used toward undergraduate tuition and required fees at schools ranging from Texas public community colleges to four-year, in-state universities.

Prices are based on 2013-14 academic year costs for the state’s public colleges.

Under the plan, 100 units equal roughly one academic year consisting of 30 semester hours of tuition and required fees at the Texas public school that most closely matches the pricing base.

Type I units, priced for tuition and required fees for the most expensive public four-year school in Texas, cost $118.06 per unit.

Type II units, based on the weighted average cost of tuition and required fees across all Texas public four-year schools, cost $85.10 per unit.

Type III units, priced at the weighted average cost of tuition and required fees across all Texas public two-year schools, cost $21.71 each.

Families can prepay for up to six years, which is 600 Type I units or the equivalent amount of Type II and III units.

Payment options include lump sum payments, installment payments that include eight percent interest, or a pay-as-you-go plan that allows parents to gradually add more units when their budget allows.

“Saving for college is a very important part of family budgets,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. “The Texas Tuition Promise Fund offers parents the chance to prepay for their child’s education at Texas public colleges and universities at today’s prices.”

For more information, call 1-800-445-GRAD (4723), option 5, or visit www.TexasTuitionPromiseFund.com.