Buff Promise: Thanks to West Texas A&M President Walter Wendler for an informal discussion this week on the WT campus with many of us here at Amarillo Globe-News. Among the topics discussed was the ever-rising cost of college tuition. (By the way, 56 percent of 2015 graduates in the state of Texas had student loan debt — with an average of $27,324.) Here is what many in the Texas Panhandle (and elsewhere for that matter) may not be aware of — WT has the “Buff Promise.” What is the promise? The promise of a free education at WT. The promise started in 2008, but it is debatable how many know about it. There are a number of requirements for Buff Promise, including a family income of $40,000 or less and full-time course load of 15 hours per semester. Obviously, grades are also a consideration. More should know about how to get a free education at WT.