Texas families can lock in costs at Texas public colleges and universities at today’s prices, and avoid future increases in tuition and required fees.

The current annual enrollment period for the Texas Tuition Promise Fund ends Thursday, February 28th, 2013.

The Texas Tuition Promise Fund allows participants to lock in the cost of undergraduate tuition and required fees at Texas public colleges and universities based on current prices.

Families can prepay tuition and required fees for a four-year degree, two years, of community college, or a few semesters at Texas public colleges and universities by purchasing tuition units.

“Families can purchase a promise fund account and ease their concern about rising college costs,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. “The program also gives parents the flexibility of choosing how much prepaid tuition they want to buy and what payment options to use as they plan ahead for their children’s education.”

Thursday is the deadline to lock in 2012-13 prices, but the deadline extends to July 31st for children younger than one year.

The next annual enrollment period begins on September 1st, with new contract prices based on Texas public college costs for the 2013-14 academic year.

More information is available at www.texastuitionpromisefund.com, or by calling 800-445-GRAD, option 5.