Bill Text: TX HB654 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to the elimination of certain formula funding and dropped course restrictions for returning adult students at public institutions of higher education and to the tuition rate that may be charged to those students for certain excessive undergraduate hours.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-05-22 - Referred to Higher Education [HB654 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB654-Comm_Sub.html
  85R4278 KSD-F
 
  By: Clardy, et al. H.B. No. 654
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the elimination of certain formula funding and dropped
  course restrictions for returning adult students at public
  institutions of higher education and to the tuition rate that may be
  charged to those students for certain excessive undergraduate
  hours.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 51.907, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (e-1) to read as follows:
         (e-1)  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board shall
  adopt rules under which an institution of higher education shall
  permit a student to drop one additional course under circumstances
  described by Subsection (b) than the number of courses permitted to
  be dropped under Subsection (c) or under a policy adopted under
  Subsection (d) if the student:
               (1)  has reenrolled at the institution following a
  break in enrollment covering the 24-month period preceding the
  first class day of the initial semester or other academic term of
  the student's reenrollment; and 
               (2)  successfully completed at least 50 semester credit
  hours of course work at the institution before that break in
  enrollment.
         SECTION 2.  Section 54.014, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (b-1) to read as follows:
         (b-1)  Notwithstanding Subsection (a), an institution of
  higher education may not charge tuition to a resident undergraduate
  student at a higher rate under that subsection for semester credit
  hours for courses taken by the student that are required to be
  included by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in the
  formulas established under Section 61.059 by application of Section
  61.0595(f-1). 
         SECTION 3.  Section 61.0595, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (f-1) to read as follows:
         (f-1)  In the formulas established under Section 61.059, the
  board shall include without consideration of Subsection (a) or (e)
  funding for the first 15 additional semester credit hours earned by
  a student who: 
               (1)  has reenrolled at the institution following a
  break in enrollment covering the 24-month period preceding the
  first class day of the initial semester or other academic term of
  the student's reenrollment; and 
               (2)  successfully completed at least 50 semester credit
  hours of course work at the institution before that break in
  enrollment.
         SECTION 4.  Section 51.907, Education Code, as amended by
  this Act, applies beginning with the 2017 fall semester.
         SECTION 5.  The changes in law made by this Act to Section
  61.0595, Education Code, apply beginning with funding
  recommendations made under Section 61.059, Education Code, for the
  state fiscal biennium beginning September 1, 2019.
         SECTION 6.  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, 2017.
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