Bill Text: TX HB29 | 2013-2014 | 83rd Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to requiring certain general academic teaching institutions to offer a fixed tuition price plan to undergraduate students.

Status: (Passed) 2013-06-14 - Effective immediately [HB29 Detail]

Download: Texas-2013-HB29-Enrolled.html
 
 
  H.B. No. 29
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to requiring certain general academic teaching
  institutions to offer a fixed tuition price plan to undergraduate
  students.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 54, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 54.017 to read as follows:
         Sec. 54.017.  FIXED TUITION PRICE PLAN FOR UNDERGRADUATE
  STUDENTS AT CERTAIN GENERAL ACADEMIC TEACHING INSTITUTIONS. (a)
  In this section, "general academic teaching institution" and
  "public state college" have the meanings assigned by Section
  61.003.
         (b)  This section applies only to a general academic teaching
  institution other than a public state college.
         (c)  The governing board of an institution to which this
  section applies shall offer entering undergraduate students,
  including undergraduate students who transfer to the institution,
  the opportunity to participate in a fixed tuition price plan under
  which the institution agrees not to increase tuition charges per
  semester credit hour for a participating student for at least the
  first 12 consecutive semesters that occur after the date of the
  student's initial enrollment at any public or private institution
  of higher education, regardless of whether the student enrolls at
  any institution in those semesters, and subject to any restrictions
  or qualifications adopted by the governing board. For purposes of
  this section, one or more summer terms occurring in the same summer
  is considered a semester.
         (d)  Unless the institution does not offer other tuition
  payment options, an institution to which this section applies may
  require an entering undergraduate student to accept or reject
  participation in the fixed tuition price plan offered under this
  section before the date of the student's initial enrollment at the
  institution.
         (e)  This section does not require an institution to which
  this section applies to offer a variable tuition price plan or other
  tuition payment options to undergraduate students enrolled in the
  institution.
         (f)  Fees charged by an institution to a student
  participating in a fixed tuition price plan under this section may
  not exceed the fees charged by the institution to a similarly
  situated student who elects not to participate in the plan, if the
  institution offers other tuition payment options. For purposes of
  this subsection, students are similarly situated if they share the
  same residency status, degree program, course load, course level,
  and other circumstances affecting the fees charged to the students.
         (g)  This section does not apply to the tuition charged by an
  institution to which this section applies to a student who enters
  the institution for the first time before the 2014 fall semester.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 29 was passed by the House on May 2,
  2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 148, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting; that the House refused to concur in Senate amendments to
  H.B. No. 29 on May 23, 2013, and requested the appointment of a
  conference committee to consider the differences between the two
  houses; and that the House adopted the conference committee report
  on H.B. No. 29 on May 26, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 147,
  Nays 0, 1 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 29 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 21, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays
  1; at the request of the House, the Senate appointed a conference
  committee to consider the differences between the two houses; and
  that the Senate adopted the conference committee report on H.B. No.
  29 on May 27, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor       
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