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EDUCATIONCODE
TITLE3.HIGHEREDUCATION
SUBTITLEA.HIGHEREDUCATIONINGENERAL
CHAPTER54.TUITIONANDFEES
SUBCHAPTERA.GENERALPROVISIONS
Sec.54.001.DEFINITIONS.Inthischapter:
(1)"Institutionofhighereducation"hasthesamemeaning
asisassignedtoitbySection61.003ofthiscode.
(2)"Governingboard"hasthesamemeaningasisassignedto
itbySection61.003ofthiscode.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.
Sec.54.0015.ADOPTIONOFCERTAINDEFINITIONSBYRULE.In
consultationwithrepresentativesofinstitutionsofhighereducation,
theTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardbyruleshalladopt
definitionsrelatedtotheresidentstatusofstudentsforpurposesof
thistitleandtotuitionandfeeexemptionsandwaiversforstudents
underthischapterasnecessarytoensureconsistencyinthe
applicationofthischapterandotherrelatedstatelawsandpolicies.
AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.1,eff.
September1,2005.
Sec.54.002.APPLICABILITYOFCHAPTER.Theprovisionsofthis
chapterapplytoallinstitutionsofhighereducation,exceptthatas
tojuniorcollegesthischapterappliesonlytotheextentprovidedby
Section130.003(b)ofthiscode.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.

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Sec.54.003.TUITIONANDCHARGESTOBEAUTHORIZEDBYLAW.No
institutionofhighereducationmaycollectfromstudentsattending
theinstitutionanytuition,fee,orchargeofanykindexceptas
permittedbylaw,andnostudentmayberefusedadmissiontoor
dischargedfromanyinstitutionforthenonpaymentofanytuition,
fee,orchargeexceptaspermittedbylaw.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.
Sec.54.004.RETENTIONANDUSEOFFUNDS.Alltuition,local
funds,andfeescollectedbyaninstitutionofhighereducationshall
beretainedandexpendedbytheinstitutionandaccountedforannually
asprovidedinthegeneralappropriationsact.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.
Sec.54.005.RIGHTTOCOLLECTSPECIALFEES.Theprovisionsof
thissubchapterrequiringthegoverningboardofeachinstitutionof
highereducationtocollecttuitionfeesdonotdeprivetheboardof
therighttocollectspecialfeesauthorizedbylaw.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.
Sec.54.006.REFUNDORADJUSTMENTOFTUITIONANDMANDATORYFEES
FORDROPPEDCOURSESANDSTUDENTWITHDRAWALS.(a)Ageneralacademic
teachinginstitutionormedicalanddentalunit,assoonas
practicable,shallrefundtheamountoftuitionandmandatoryfees
collectedforcoursesfromwhichstudentsdropwithinthefirst12
daysofafallorspringsemesterorasummertermof10weeksor
longer,withinthefirstfourdaysofatermorsessionofmorethan
fiveweeksbutlessthan10weeks,orwithintheperiodspecifiedby
theinstitutionforthatpurposeforatermorsessionoffiveweeks
orlessthatissubstantiallyproportionaltotheperiodspecifiedby
thissubsectionforalongertermorsession.Theinstitutionor
medicalanddentalunitmaynotdelayarefundunderthissubsection
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onthegroundsthatthestudentmaywithdrawfromtheinstitutionor
unitlaterinthesemesterorterm.
(a1)Aninstitutionmayassessanonrefundable$15
matriculationfeeifthestudentwithdrawsfromtheinstitutionbefore
thefirstdayofclasses.
(b)ExceptasprovidedbySubsections(b1)and(b2),ageneral
academicteachinginstitutionormedicalanddentalunitshallrefund
fromtheamountpaidbyastudentwithdrawingfromtheinstitutionor
unitanamountequaltotheproductoftheamountoftuitionand
mandatoryfeeschargedforeachcourseinwhichthestudentis
enrolledonthedatethestudentwithdrawsmultipliedbythe
applicablepercentagederivedfromthefollowingtables:
(1)ifthestudentwithdrawsduringafallorspring
semesterorasummertermof10weeksorlonger:
(A)priortothefirstclassday

100
percent

(B)duringthefirstfiveclassdays

80
percent
70

(C)duringthesecondfiveclassdays

percent
(D)duringthethirdfiveclassdays

50
percent

(E)duringthefourthfiveclassdays

25
percent
None

(F)afterthefourthfiveclassdays

(2)ifthestudentwithdrawsduringatermorsessionof
morethanfiveweeksbutlessthan10weeks:
(A)priortothefirstclassday

100
percent

(B)duringthefirst,second,orthirdclass
day

80
percent
(C)duringthefourth,fifth,orsixthclass

day

50
percent
(D)seventhdayofclassand

Noneand

thereafter
(3)ifthestudentwithdrawsfromatermorsessionoffive
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weeksorless:
(A)priortothefirstclassday
(B)duringthefirstclassday
(C)duringthesecondclassday

100
percent
80
percent
50
percent

(D)duringthethirdclassday
andthereafter

None.

(b1)Ifastudenthasnotpaidthetotalamountofthetuition
andmandatoryfeeschargedtothestudentbytheinstitutionorunit
forthecoursesinwhichthestudentisenrolledbythedatethe
studentwithdrawsfromtheinstitutionorunit,insteadofissuingthe
studentarefundintheamountrequiredunderSubsection(b),the
institutionorunitmaycredittheamounttoberefundedtowardthe
paymentoftheoutstandingtuitionandmandatoryfeesowedbythe
student.Theinstitutionorunitshallissuearefundtothestudent
ifanyportionoftheamounttoberefundedremainsafterthe
outstandingtuitionandmandatoryfeeshavebeenpaid.
(b2)Ageneralacademicteachinginstitutionormedicaland
dentalunitmayprovidetoastudentwithdrawingfromtheinstitution
orunitarefundofaportionofthetuitionandmandatoryfees
chargedtothestudentbytheinstitutionorunitforthecoursesin
whichthestudentisenrolledonthedatethestudentwithdrawsinan
amountgreaterthantheamountrequiredbySubsection(b).The
institutionorunitmayapplytheportionoftherefundauthorizedby
thissubsectiontowardthepaymentofanyoutstandingtuitionandfees
asprovidedbySubsection(b1),andmayrefundtheremainderofthat
portionintheformof,astheinstitutionorunitconsiders
appropriate:
(1)apaymentmadedirectlytothestudentor
(2)credittowardpaymentoftuitionandmandatoryfeesfor
asubsequentsemesterorotheracademictermattheinstitutionor
unit.
(c)Separatewithdrawalrefundschedulesmaybeestablishedfor
optionalfees.
(d)Ageneralacademicteachinginstitutionormedicaland
dentalunitshallrefundtuitionandfeespaidbyasponsor,donor,or
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scholarshiptothesourceratherthandirectlytothestudentwhohas
withdrawnifthefundsweremadeavailablethroughtheinstitution.
(e)Ageneralacademicteachinginstitutionormedicaland
dentalunitmayterminateastudent'sstudentservicesandprivileges,
includinghealthservices,libraryprivileges,facilitiesand
technologyusage,andathleticandculturalentertainmenttickets,
whenthestudentwithdrawsfromtheinstitution.
(f)Beginningwiththesummersemesterof1990,ifastudent
withdrawsfromaninstitutionofhighereducationbecausethestudent
iscalledtoactivemilitaryservice,theinstitution,atthe
student'soption,shall:
(1)refundthetuitionandfeespaidbythestudentforthe
semesterinwhichthestudentwithdraws
(2)grantastudent,whoiseligibleundertheinstitution's
guidelines,anincompletegradeinallcoursesbydesignating
"withdrawnmilitary"onthestudent'stranscriptor
(3)asdeterminedbytheinstructor,assignanappropriate
finalgradeorcredittoastudentwhohassatisfactorilycompleteda
substantialamountofcourseworkandwhohasdemonstratedsufficient
masteryofthecoursematerial.
(g)RepealedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.546,Sec.4,
eff.June16,2007.
AddedbyActs1977,65thLeg.,p.220,ch.106,Sec.1,eff.Aug.29,
1977.AmendedbyActs1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.1,eff.Aug.31,
1987Acts1991,72ndLeg.,ch.15,Sec.1,eff.April5,1991Acts
1993,73rdLeg.,ch.253,Sec.1,eff.Aug.30,1993.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.546(S.B.1231),Sec.2,eff.
June16,2007.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.546(S.B.1231),Sec.3,eff.
June16,2007.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.546(S.B.1231),Sec.4,eff.
June16,2007.
Sec.54.0065.TUITIONREBATEFORCERTAINUNDERGRADUATES.(a)A
qualifiedstudentiseligibleforarebateofaportionofthe
undergraduatetuitionthestudenthaspaidifthestudent:
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(1)isawardedabaccalaureatedegreefromageneral
academicteachinginstitutionwithintheperiodprescribedbySection
56.462(1)(A)or(B),asapplicable,toqualifyforforgivenessofa
TexasBOntimeloanand
(2)hasattemptednomorethanthreehoursinexcessofthe
minimumnumberofsemestercredithoursrequiredtocompletethe
degreeprogram:
(A)including:
(i)transfercreditsand
(ii)coursecreditearnedexclusivelyby
examination,exceptthat,forpurposesofthissubsection,onlythe
numberofsemestercredithoursearnedexclusivelybyexaminationin
excessofninesemestercredithoursistreatedashoursattempted
and
(B)excluding:
(i)coursecreditthatisearnedtosatisfy
requirementsforaReserveOfficers'TrainingCorps(ROTC)programbut
thatisnotrequiredtocompletethedegreeprogramand
(ii)coursecredit,otherthancoursecreditearned
exclusivelybyexamination,thatisearnedbeforegraduatingfromhigh
school.
(b)Theamountoftuitiontoberebatedtoastudentunderthis
sectionis$1,000,unlessthetotalamountofundergraduatetuition
paidbythestudenttotheinstitutionofhighereducationawarding
thedegreewaslessthan$1,000,inwhicheventtheamountoftuition
toberebatedisanamountequaltotheamountofundergraduate
tuitionpaidbythestudenttotheinstitution.However,astudent
whopaidtheinstitutionawardingthedegreeanamountof
undergraduatetuitionlessthan$1,000mayqualifyforanincreasein
theamountoftherebate,nottoexceedatotalrebateof$1,000,for
anyamountofundergraduatetuitionthestudentpaidtoother
institutionsofhighereducationbyprovidingtheinstitutionwith
proofofthetotalamountofthattuitionpaidtootherinstitutions
ofhighereducation.
(c)Astudentwhohastransferredfromanotherinstitutionof
highereducationshallprovidetheinstitutionawardingthedegreean
officialtranscriptfromeachinstitutionattendedbythestudentin
orderthattheperiodduringwhichthestudenthasbeenenrolledina
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generalacademicteachinginstitutionandthetotalnumberofhours
attemptedbythestudentcanbeverified.
(d)Toqualifyforarebateunderthissection,thestudentmust
havebeenaresidentofthisstateandentitledtopaytuitionatthe
rateprovidedbythischapterforaresidentstudentatalltimes
whilepursuingthedegree.
(e)Allinstitutionsofhighereducationshallnotifyeach
firsttimefreshmanstudentofthetuitionrebateprogram.
(f)Theinstitutionawardingthedegreeshallpaytherebate
underthissectionfromlocalfunds.
(g)Ifastudententitledtoarebateunderthissectionhasan
outstandingstudentloan,includinganemergencyloan,owedor
guaranteedbythisstate,includingtheTexasGuaranteedStudentLoan
Corporation,theinstitutionshallapplytheamountoftherebateto
thestudent'sloan.Ifastudenthasmorethanoneoutstandingloan,
theinstitutionshallapplytheamountoftherebatetotheloansas
directedbythestudentor,ifthestudentfailstoprovidetimely
instructionsontheapplicationoftheamount,theinstitutionshall
applytheamountoftherebatetotheloansaccordingtopriorities
establishedbythecoordinatingboard.Iftheamountoftherebate
exceedstheamountoftheloanindebtedness,theinstitutionshallpay
thestudenttheexcessamount.
(h)ThelegislatureshallaccountintheGeneralAppropriations
Actfortherebatesauthorizedbythissectioninawaythatprovides
acorrespondingincreaseinthegeneralrevenuefundsappropriatedto
theinstitution.Itistheintentofthelegislaturethatrebates
authorizedbythissectionshallbefinancedbysavingstothestate
resultingfromreductionsinthenumberofcoursestakenby
undergraduatestudents.
(i)Thecoordinatingboard,inconsultationwiththe
institutionsofhighereducation,shalladoptrulesforthe
administrationofthissection,includingaruletoallowanotherwise
eligiblestudenttoreceivearebateunderthissectionifthestudent
isnotawardedabaccalaureatedegreewithintheperiodrequiredby
Subsection(a)(1)solelyasaresultofahardshiporothergood
cause.Theperformanceofactivedutymilitaryservicebyastudent
shallberecognizedas"goodcause"forpurposesofthissection.
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AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.1073,Sec.1.09,eff.Aug.1,1997.
AmendedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.611,Sec.1,eff.June20,2003.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.292(S.B.34),Sec.3,eff.June17,
2005.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.270(H.B.86),Sec.1,eff.June
15,2007.
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.593(S.B.176),Sec.1,eff.June
17,2011.
Sec.54.007.OPTIONTOPAYTUITIONBYINSTALLMENT.(a)The
governingboardofeachinstitutionofhighereducationshallprovide
forthepaymentoftuitionandmandatoryfeesforasemesterorterm
of10weeksorlongerthroughoneofthefollowingalternatives:
(1)fullpaymentoftuitionandmandatoryfeesnotlater
thanthedateestablishedbytheinstitutionforpurposesofthis
subdivisionor
(2)paymentininstallmentsunderoneormorepaymentplan
optionsthatrequirethefirstpaymenttobemadenotlaterthanthe
dateestablishedbytheinstitutionforpurposesofthissubdivision.
(a1)Inprovidingforthepaymentoftuitionandmandatoryfees
byinstallmentunderSubsection(a)(2),aninstitutionofhigher
educationmustalsoestablishsubsequentdatesatperiodicintervals
withintheapplicablesemesterortermbywhichsubsequentinstallment
paymentsaredue.
(b)Foratermoflessthan10weeks,thegoverningboardof
eachinstitutionofhighereducation:
(1)shallprovideforthepaymentoftuitionandmandatory
feesbyrequiringfullpaymentoftuitionandmandatoryfeesnotlater
thanthedateestablishedbytheinstitutionforpurposesofthis
subdivisionand
(2)mayprovideforthepaymentoftuitionandmandatory
feesbyrequiringpaymentininstallmentsunderoneormorepayment
planoptionsthatrequirethefirstpaymenttobemadenotlaterthan
thedateestablishedbytheinstitutionforpurposesofthis
subdivision.
(b1)Adateestablishedbyaninstitutionofhighereducation
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forpurposesofSubsection(a)(1),(a)(2),(b)(1),or(b)(2)maynot
belaterthanthedateestablishedbytheTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoardforcertifyingstudentenrollmentforthesemester
ortermforpurposesofformulafunding.
(b2)Aninstitutionofhighereducationmaycollectonadue
datesubsequenttoaduedateestablishedunderSubsection(a)or(b):
(1)unpaidtuitionandmandatoryfeebalancesresultingfrom
anadjustmenttoastudent'senrollmentstatusoranadministrative
actionor
(2)unpaidresidualbalancesoftuitionandmandatoryfees
constitutinglessthanfivepercentofthetotalamountoftuitionand
mandatoryfeeschargedtothestudentbytheinstitutionforthat
semesterorterm.
(c)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
mayassessandcollectincidentalfeesforstudentsutilizingthe
paymentalternativeauthorizedbySubsection(a)(2)or(b)(2)andfor
studentsdelinquentinpayments.Thefeesmustreasonablyreflectthe
costtotheinstitutionofhandlingthosepayments.
(d)Astudentwhofailstomakeafullpaymentoftherequired
amountoftuitionandmandatoryfees,includinganyincidentalfees,
bytheapplicableduedateunderthissectionmaybeprohibitedfrom
registeringforclassesuntilfullpaymentismade.Astudentwho
failstomakefullpaymentpriortotheendofthesemesterorterm
maybedeniedcreditfortheworkdonethatsemesterorterm.The
governingboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationmaynotimpose
onastudentanysanctionauthorizedbythissubsectionunlessthe
governingboardincludesinanywrittenorelectronicagreement
authorizedbythestudentthefollowingstatementprintedinbold
facedtypeorincapitalletters:"ASTUDENTWHOFAILSTOMAKEFULL
PAYMENTOFTUITIONANDMANDATORYFEES,INCLUDINGANYINCIDENTALFEES,
BYTHEDUEDATEMAYBEPROHIBITEDFROMREGISTERINGFORCLASSESUNTIL
FULLPAYMENTISMADE.ASTUDENTWHOFAILSTOMAKEFULLPAYMENTPRIOR
TOTHEENDOFTHESEMESTERORTERMMAYBEDENIEDCREDITFORTHEWORK
DONETHATSEMESTERORTERM."Thegoverningboardshallnotifya
studentofanydelinquenttuitionorfeepaymentassoonas
practicable.Theinstitution'srecordsmaybeadjustedtoreflectthe
student'sfailuretohaveproperlyenrolledforthatsemesterorterm.
(e)Inadditiontootherpaymentalternativesprovidedbythis
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section,thegoverningboardofamedicalanddentalunitorofa
generalacademicteachinginstitutionwithadepartmentorcollegeof
veterinarymedicinemayprovideforthepaymentoftuitionand
mandatoryfeesattheunitoratthedepartmentorcollegeof
veterinarymedicineduringanyacademicyearthroughaonefourth
paymentoftuitionandmandatoryfeesinadvanceofthebeginningof
theyearandsubsequentonefourthpaymentsoftuitionandmandatory
feestobemadeatperiodsdesignatedbythegoverningboard.
Subsection(b)appliestotuitionandmandatoryfeepaymentsunder
thissubsection.Inthissubsection,"generalacademicteaching
institution"and"medicalanddentalunit"havethemeaningsassigned
bySection61.003.
(f)Astudentmayelecttopaythetuitionandmandatoryfeesof
aninstitutionofhighereducationbyinstallmentunderthissection
regardlessofwhetherthestudentintendstoapplyafinancialaid
awardadministeredbytheinstitutiontowardthetuitionandmandatory
fees,exceptthatastudentwhosefinancialaidawardorawardsare
availabletocoverthetotalamountoftuitionandmandatoryfeesmay
notpaybyinstallmentunderthissection.Onreceiptofnoticeofa
student'selectiontopaytuitionandmandatoryfeesbyinstallment,
thegoverningboardoftheinstitutionshallapplyanyfinancialaid
awardadministeredforthestudenttowardtheamountoftuitionand
mandatoryfeesdueforthatsemesterortermuntilthetuitionand
mandatoryfeesarepaidinfullandshallimmediatelyreleaseany
remainingamountoftheawardtothestudent,exceptthatthe
institutionisnotrequiredtoapplytheawardorawardstowardthe
totalamountoftuitionandmandatoryfeesinexigentcircumstancesas
determinedbytheinstitution.
(g)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
shallrequireastudentwhoelectstopaytuitionandmandatoryfees
byinstallmentunderthissectiontoenterintoawrittenor
electronicagreementreflectingthetermsandconditionsrequiredby
thissectionfortheinstallmentplanprovidedforthestudentbythe
governingboard.
(h)Inthissection,"publicjuniorcollege,""publictechnical
institute,"and"publicstatecollege"havethemeaningsassignedby
Section61.003.
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AddedbyActs1985,69thLeg.,ch.708,Sec.10,eff.Aug.26,1985.
AmendedbyActs1989,71stLeg.,ch.805,Sec.1,eff.Aug.28,1989
Acts1990,71stLeg.,6thC.S.,ch.14,Sec.1,eff.June14,1990
Acts1997,75thLeg.,ch.1115,Sec.1,eff.June19,1997Acts
2001,77thLeg.,ch.32,Sec.1,eff.May3,2001.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.536(H.B.993),Sec.1,eff.June17,
2005.
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.5,eff.September
1,2005.
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.1181(S.B.1227),Sec.10,eff.
September1,2005.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.921(H.B.3167),Sec.17.001(16),
eff.September1,2007.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.987(S.B.1232),Sec.1,eff.
June15,2007.
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.264(H.B.1341),Sec.1,eff.
June17,2011.
Sec.54.0071.AUTHORITYOFINSTITUTIONTOPROVIDEPAYMENT
OPTIONSFORSTUDENTWITHDELAYEDFINANCIALAID.(a)Thegoverning
boardofaninstitutionofhighereducationmaypostponetheduedate
forthepaymentofallorpartofthetuitionandmandatoryfeesfora
studentforasemesterorterminwhichthestudentwillreceiveone
ormoredelayedfinancialaidawardsif:
(1)thestudenthasnotreceivedtheawardsbytheregular
duedateforpaymentofthetuitionandmandatoryfeesand
(2)thestudentagreestoassigntotheinstitutiona
portionoftheawardsequaltotheamountoftuitionandmandatory
feesforwhichtheduedateispostponed.
(b)ApostponedduedateunderSubsection(a)appliesonlyto
theportionoftuitionandmandatoryfeestobecoveredbythe
student'sdelayedfinancialaidawards.Whenthefinancialaidawards
becomeavailable,agoverningboardthatpostponesaduedateunder
thissectionshallapplytheawardstowardtheamountoftuitionand
mandatoryfeesdueandimmediatelyreleaseanyremainingamountofthe
awardstothestudent.
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(c)Ifaftertheduedateforastudent'stuitionandmandatory
feesispostponedunderthissectionthestudentbecomesineligibleto
receiveoneormoreofthedelayedfinancialaidawards,ortheamount
awardedislessthantheamountoftuitionandmandatoryfeesdue,the
governingboardshallprovidethestudentareasonableperiod,notto
exceed30days,topaytheunpaidamountoftuitionandmandatory
fees.Theboardmaydenyastudentcreditforworkdoneinthe
semesterortermifthestudentfailstopaythetuitionandmandatory
feesbytheendofthatperiod.
(d)TheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardshall
prescribeproceduresfortheadministrationofthissection.
(e)Ifastudentwithdelayedfinancialaidawardshaselected
topaytuitionandmandatoryfeesbyinstallmentaspermittedby
Section54.007andifthegoverningboardelectstopostponethedue
dateforthestudent'stuitionandmandatoryfeesasauthorizedby
thissection,thegoverningboardinthemannerprovidedbythis
sectionshallpostponetheduedateforeachinstallmentpaymentthat
becomesduebeforethestudentreceivestheawards.
AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.1181(S.B.1227),Sec.11,eff.
September1,2005.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.264(H.B.1341),Sec.2,eff.
June17,2011.
Sec.54.008.TUITIONRATESETBYGOVERNINGBOARD.(a)The
tuitionratesprovidedbySubchapterBofthischapterareminimum
rates.ExceptasprovidedbySubsections(e),(f),and(g),the
governingboardofeachinstitutionofhighereducationshallset
tuitionforgraduateprogramsforthatinstitutionataratethatis
atleastequaltothatprescribedbySubchapterB,butthatisnot
morethantwicetherateprescribedbySubchapterB.Betweenthe
maximumandminimumrates,theboardmaysetthedifferentialtuition
amongprogramsofferedbyaninstitutionofhighereducation.
(b)Thegoverningboardofauniversitysystemisnotrequired
tosetuniformtuitionratesforgraduateprogramsamongthecomponent
institutionsofthesystem.
(c)ThelimitontuitionratesprovidedbySubsection(a)of
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thissectiondoesnotapplytotuitionatapublicjuniorcollege.
(d)Thedifferencebetweentheminimumrateprescribedby
SubchapterBofthischapterandthatsetbythegoverningboardofan
institutionofhighereducationforaninstitutionshallnotbe
accountedforinanappropriationsactinsuchawayastoreducethe
generalrevenueappropriationstothatinstitution.
(e)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
shallsettuitionforanoptometryprogramattheinstitutionata
ratethatisatleastequaltotherateprescribedbySubchapterBof
thischapterbutnotmorethanfourtimestherateprescribedby
SubchapterBofthischapter.
(f)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
shallsettuitionforanundergraduatepharmacyprogramatthe
institutionataratethatisatleastequaltotherateprescribedby
SubchapterBbutnotmorethantwicetherateprescribedbySubchapter
B.Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationshallset
tuitionforagraduateorprofessionalpharmacyprogramatthe
institutionataratethatisatleastequaltotherateprescribedby
SubchapterBbutnotmorethanthreetimestherateprescribedby
SubchapterB.
(g)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
shallsettuitionforalawschoolattheinstitutionataratethat
isatleastequaltotherateprescribedbySubchapterBbutnotmore
thanthreetimestherateprescribedbySubchapterB.
AddedbyActs1987,70thLeg.,ch.823,Sec.1.10,eff.June20,1987.
AmendedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.451,Sec.1,eff.Aug.28,1995
Acts1999,76thLeg.,ch.89,Sec.1,eff.May14,1999Acts2001,
77thLeg.,ch.655,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,2001Acts2001,77thLeg,
ch.773,Sec.1,eff.June13,2001.
Sec.54.009.INCREASEINTUITIONRATEORFEES.Aninstitution
ofhighereducationthatsetsthetuitionratesandfeesfora
semesterorsummertermandpermitsastudenttoregisterforthat
semesterorsummertermmaynotincreasethetuitionrateorfees
chargedthatstudentforthatsemesterorsummertermafterthe
studentregistersregardlessofwhetherthatstudenthaspaidthe
tuitionandfeesforthatsemesterorsummerterm.
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AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.711,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Sec.54.010.REDUCTIONINTUITION.(a)Thegoverningboardof
aninstitutionofhighereducationmayreducetheamountoftuition
chargedtoastudentunderthischaptertoanamountlessthanthe
amountotherwiserequiredbythischapteriftheboard:
(1)offersthetuitionreductiontothestudentaspartof
aninstitutionalpolicyadoptedbytheboardto:
(A)increasetheaveragesemestercredithourcourse
loadofstudentsenrolledattheinstitutionor
(B)improvetheretentionandgraduationrateof
studentsenrolledattheinstitutionand
(2)determinesthatthestudentis:
(A)enrolledin,andmakingsatisfactoryprogresstoward
completionof,adegreeprogramofferedattheinstitutionand
(B)enrolledinatleast15semestercredithoursatthe
institutionduringthesemesterortermforwhichthereductionis
offered.
(b)Thegoverningboardmayofferatuitionreductionunderthis
sectioninafixeddollaramount,apercentageamount,oranyother
mannerthattheboardconsidersappropriate.
(c)Theamountoftuitionreductionofferedtoastudentunder
thissectionforasemesterortermmaynotexceedtheamountof
tuitionthatwouldhavebeenchargedtothestudentunderthischapter
forenrollmentinthreesemestercredithoursduringthatsemesteror
term.
(d)Foratuitionreductionofferedtoastudentunderthis
section,thegoverningboardmayproratetheamountofthereduction
basedon:
(1)thenumberofsemestercredithoursinwhichthestudent
isenrolledor
(2)thelengthofthesemesterortermforwhichthestudent
isenrolled.
(e)Thegoverningboardisnotrequiredtoofferatuition
reductionunderthissectiontoallinstitutionsofhighereducation
underitsgovernanceortoalldegreeprogramsofferedatan
institutionofhighereducationunderitsgovernance.
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AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1053,Sec.1,eff.June18,1999.
Sec.54.011.TUITIONLIMITINCASESOFCONCURRENTENROLLMENT.
Whenastudentregistersatmorethanonepublicinstitutionofhigher
educationatthesametime,thestudent'stuitionchargesshallbe
determinedinthefollowingmanner:
(1)Thestudentshallpaythefulltuitionchargetothe
firstinstitutionatwhichthestudentisregisteredandinanyevent
thestudentshallpayanamountatleastequaltotheminimumtuition
specifiedinthiscode.
(2)Iftheminimumtuitionspecifiedinthiscodeforthe
firstinstitutionatwhichthestudentisregisteredisequaltoor
greaterthantheminimumtuitionspecifiedinthiscodeforthesecond
institutionatwhichthestudentisregisteredconcurrently,the
studentshallnotberequiredtopaythespecifiedminimumtuition
chargetothesecondinstitutioninadditiontothetuitioncharge
paidtothefirstinstitution,butshallpayonlythehourlyrates,as
providedinthiscode,tothesecondinstitution.
(3)Iftheminimumtuitionspecifiedinthiscodeforthe
firstinstitutionatwhichthestudentisregisteredislessthanthe
specifiedminimumtuitionchargeatthesecondinstitution(thatis,
ifthesecondinstitutionhasahigherminimumtuitioncharge
specifiedinthiscode),thenthestudentshallfirstregisteratthe
institutionhavingthelowerminimumtuitionandshallpaytothe
secondinstitutiononlytheamountequaltothedifferencebetweenthe
student'stotaltuitionchargeatthesecondinstitutionandthe
student'stotaltuitionchargeatthefirstinstitution,butinno
caseshallthestudentpaytothesecondinstitutionlessthanthe
hourlyratesasprovidedinthiscode.
(4)IfastudentisconsideredtobeaTexasresidentand
thereforequalifiedtopayTexasresidenttuitionratesbyone
institutionatwhichthestudentisregistered,thestudentshallbe
consideredaTexasresidentateachoftheinstitutionsatwhichthe
studentisconcurrentlyregisteredforthepurposesofdeterminingthe
propertuitioncharges.Nothinginthissubdivisionshallbeso
construedastoallowanonresidenttopayresidenttuitionexceptat
institutionscoveredbySection54.231.
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AddedbyActs1977,65thLeg.,p.21,ch.7,Sec.1,eff.March3,
1977.
TransferredfromEducationCode,Section54.062byActs2005,79th
Leg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.8,eff.September1,2005.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.3,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.012.TUITIONRATESFORCERTAINDOCTORALSTUDENTS.The
governingboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationmaychargea
residentdoctoralstudentwhohasmoresemestercredithoursof
doctoralworkthanallowedforpurposesofstatefundingforthe
currentstatefiscalbienniumunderSection61.059(l)tuitionatthe
ratechargednonresidentdoctoralstudents.Tuitionchargedatthe
rateprovidedbythissectionshallbeaccountedforasifcollected
underSection54.008.
AddedbyActs1993,73rdLeg.,ch.27,Sec.5,eff.April13,1993.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.690,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1997.
TransferredfromEducationCode,Section54.066byActs2005,79th
Leg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.8,eff.September1,2005.
Sec.54.014.TUITIONFORREPEATEDOREXCESSIVEUNDERGRADUATE
HOURS.(a)Aninstitutionofhighereducationmaychargearesident
undergraduatestudenttuitionatahigherratethantheratecharged
tootherresidentundergraduatestudents,nottoexceedtherate
chargedtononresidentundergraduatestudents,ifbeforethesemester
orotheracademicsessionbeginsthestudenthaspreviouslyattempted
anumberofsemestercredithoursforcoursestakenatanyinstitution
ofhighereducationwhileclassifiedasaresidentstudentfortuition
purposesthatexceedsbyatleast30hoursthenumberofsemester
credithoursrequiredforcompletionofthedegreeprograminwhich
thestudentisenrolled.Forpurposesofthissubsection,an
undergraduatestudentwhoisnotenrolledinadegreeprogramis
consideredtobeenrolledinadegreeprogramorprogramsrequiringa
minimumof120semestercredithours,includingminorsanddouble
majors,andforcompletionofanycertificateorotherspecialprogram
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inwhichthestudentisalsoenrolled,includingaprogramwitha
studyabroadcomponent.Aninstitutionofhighereducationthat
chargesstudentstuitionatahigherrateunderthissubsectionmay
adoptapolicyunderwhichtheinstitutionexemptsfromthepaymentof
thathigherrateastudentthatissubjecttothepaymentofthe
higherratesolelyasaresultofhardshipasdeterminedbythe
institutionunderthepolicy.
(b)SemestercredithoursorothercreditlistedinSection
61.0595(d)isnotcountedindeterminingthenumberofsemestercredit
hourspreviouslyattemptedbyastudentforpurposesofSubsection
(a).
(c)Subsection(a)appliesonlytothetuitionchargedtoa
studentwhoinitiallyenrolledasanundergraduatestudentinan
institutionofhighereducationduringorafterthe1999fall
semester,exceptthattheinstitutionofhighereducationmaynot
requireastudentwhoinitiallyenrollsasanundergraduatestudentin
aninstitutionofhighereducationbeforethe2006fallsemesterto
payhighertuitionaspermittedbySubsection(a)untilthenumberof
semestercredithourspreviouslyattemptedbythestudentasdescribed
bythatsubsectionexceedsthenumberofsemestercredithours
requiredforthestudent'sdegreeprogrambyatleast45hours.
(d)Initsappropriationstoinstitutionsofhighereducation,
thelegislatureshallcomputethelocalfundsavailabletoeach
institutionasifthetuitioncollectedunderSubsections(a)and(f)
werenotcollected.
(e)Eachinstitutionofhighereducationshallinformeachnew
undergraduatestudentenrollingattheinstitutioninwritingofthe
limitationprovidedbythissectiononthenumberofhoursortypeof
coursesthataTexasresidentisentitledtocompletewhilepaying
tuitionattherateprovidedforTexasresidents.
(f)Aninstitutionofhighereducationmaychargearesident
undergraduatestudenttuitionatahigherratethantheratecharged
tootherresidentundergraduatestudents,nottoexceedtherate
chargedtononresidentundergraduatestudents,foranycourseinwhich
thestudentenrollsthatisthesameasorsubstantivelyidenticalto
acourseforwhichthestudentpreviouslycompleted.TheTexasHigher
EducationCoordinatingBoardshalladoptarulethatexemptsa
residentundergraduatestudentfromthissubsectionifthestudent
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enrollsinacoursethatisthesameasorsubstantiallysimilartoa
coursethatthestudentpreviouslycompleted,solelyasaresultofa
hardshiporothergoodcause.
AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.1073,Sec.1.08,eff.Aug.1,1997.
AmendedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.6,Sec.2,eff.April8,1999.
TransferredfromEducationCode,Section54.068byActs2005,79th
Leg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.8,eff.September1,2005.
Sec.54.015.BILLINGANDNOTIFICATIONFORTUITION.Forbilling
andcataloguepurposes,eachgoverningboardshallaccumulateallthe
tuitionthatitchargesunderthischapterintoonetuitioncharge.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.655,Sec.5,eff.Sept.1,2001.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.54.069byActs2003,78thLeg.,
ch.1275,Sec.2(32),eff.Sept.1,2003.
TransferredfromEducationCode,Section54.071byActs2005,79th
Leg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.8,eff.September1,2005.
Sec.54.016.FIXEDTUITIONRATEPROGRAMFORCERTAINTRANSFER
STUDENTSATGENERALACADEMICTEACHINGINSTITUTIONS.(a)Inthis
section:
(1)"Coordinatingboard"meanstheTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoard.
(2)"Generalacademicteachinginstitution"hasthemeaning
assignedbySection61.003.
(3)"Lowerdivisioninstitutionofhighereducation"meansa
publicjuniorcollege,publicstatecollege,orpublictechnical
institute.
(b)Ageneralacademicteachinginstitutionmaydevelopafixed
tuitionrateprogramforqualifiedstudentswhoagreetotransferto
theinstitutionwithin12monthsaftersuccessfullyearningan
associatedegreeatalowerdivisioninstitutionofhighereducation.
Underaprogramdevelopedunderthissection,ageneralacademic
teachinginstitutionmust:
(1)guaranteetoaparticipatingstudentenrolledinan
associatedegreeprogramatalowerdivisioninstitutionofhigher
education,onsuccessfulcompletionoftheassociatedegreeprogram,
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transferadmissiontothegeneralacademicteachinginstitutionwithin
theperiodprescribedaboveand
(2)notwithstandinganyotherprovisionofthischapter,
chargetuitiontoaparticipatingstudentforanysemesterorother
academictermduringaperiodofatleast24monthsfollowingthe
student'sinitialenrollmentintheinstitutionatthesameratethe
generalacademicteachinginstitutionwouldhavechargedtothe
studentduringthelaterof:
(A)thefallsemesterofthestudent'sfreshmanyearat
anotherinstitutionofhighereducationhadthestudententeredthe
generalacademicteachinginstitutionasafreshmanstudentor
(B)thefallsemesterofthesecondacademicyear
precedingtheacademicyearofthestudent'sinitialenrollmentinthe
generalacademicteachinginstitution.
(c)Ageneralacademicteachinginstitutionthatdevelopsa
fixedtuitionrateprogramunderthissectionshallprescribe
eligibilityrequirementsforparticipationintheprogramandnotify
applicantsfortransferadmissionfromlowerdivisioninstitutionsof
highereducationregardingtheprogram.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1036(H.B.2999),Sec.1,
eff.June17,2011.
Sec.54.017.FIXEDTUITIONPRICEPLANFORUNDERGRADUATESTUDENTS
ATCERTAINGENERALACADEMICTEACHINGINSTITUTIONS.(a)Inthis
section,"generalacademicteachinginstitution"and"publicstate
college"havethemeaningsassignedbySection61.003.
(b)Thissectionappliesonlytoageneralacademicteaching
institutionotherthanapublicstatecollege.
(c)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutiontowhichthissection
appliesshallofferenteringundergraduatestudents,including
undergraduatestudentswhotransfertotheinstitution,the
opportunitytoparticipateinafixedtuitionpriceplanunderwhich
theinstitutionagreesnottoincreasetuitionchargespersemester
credithourforaparticipatingstudentforatleastthefirst12
consecutivesemestersthatoccurafterthedateofthestudent's
initialenrollmentatanypublicorprivateinstitutionofhigher
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institutioninthosesemesters,andsubjecttoanyrestrictionsor
qualificationsadoptedbythegoverningboard.Forpurposesofthis
section,oneormoresummertermsoccurringinthesamesummeris
consideredasemester.
(d)Unlesstheinstitutiondoesnotofferothertuitionpayment
options,aninstitutiontowhichthissectionappliesmayrequirean
enteringundergraduatestudenttoacceptorrejectparticipationin
thefixedtuitionpriceplanofferedunderthissectionbeforethe
dateofthestudent'sinitialenrollmentattheinstitution.
(e)Thissectiondoesnotrequireaninstitutiontowhichthis
sectionappliestoofferavariabletuitionpriceplanorother
tuitionpaymentoptionstoundergraduatestudentsenrolledinthe
institution.
(f)Feeschargedbyaninstitutiontoastudentparticipatingin
afixedtuitionpriceplanunderthissectionmaynotexceedthefees
chargedbytheinstitutiontoasimilarlysituatedstudentwhoelects
nottoparticipateintheplan,iftheinstitutionoffersother
tuitionpaymentoptions.Forpurposesofthissubsection,students
aresimilarlysituatediftheysharethesameresidencystatus,degree
program,courseload,courselevel,andothercircumstancesaffecting
thefeeschargedtothestudents.
(g)Thissectiondoesnotapplytothetuitionchargedbyan
institutiontowhichthissectionappliestoastudentwhoentersthe
institutionforthefirsttimebeforethe2014fallsemester.
AddedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1129(H.B.29),Sec.1,eff.
June14,2013.
SUBCHAPTERB.TUITIONRATES
Sec.54.0501.DEFINITIONS.Inthissubchapter:
(1)"Censusdate"meansthedateinanacademictermon
whichaninstitutionofhighereducationisrequiredtocertifya
student'senrollmenttothecoordinatingboardforpurposesof
determiningformulafundingfortheinstitution.
(2)"Dependent"meansapersonwho:
(A)islessthan18yearsofageandhasnotbeen
emancipatedbymarriageorcourtorderor
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(B)asprovidedbycoordinatingboardrule,iseligible
tobeclaimedasadependentofaparentofthepersonforpurposesof
determiningtheparent'sincometaxliabilityundertheInternal
RevenueCodeof1986.
(3)"Domicile"meansaperson'sprincipal,permanent
residencetowhichthepersonintendstoreturnafteranytemporary
absence.
(4)"Nonresidenttuition"meanstheamountoftuitionpaid
byapersonwhoisnotaresidentofthisstateandwhoisnot
entitledorpermittedtopayresidenttuitionunderthissubchapter.
(5)"Parent"meansanaturaloradoptiveparent,managingor
possessoryconservator,orlegalguardianofaperson.
(6)"Residence"meansaperson'shomeorotherdwelling
place.
(7)"Residenttuition"meanstheamountoftuitionpaidbya
personwhoisaresidentofthisstate.
AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.2,eff.
September1,2005.
Sec.54.051.TUITIONRATES.(a)Inthissection:
(1)"Coordinatingboard"meanstheTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoard.
(2)"Generalacademicteachinginstitution"hasthemeaning
assignedbySection61.003(3)ofthiscode.
(3)"Medicalanddentalunit"hasthemeaningassignedby
Section61.003ofthiscode.
(4)"Publicjuniorcollege"hasthemeaningassignedby
Section61.003(2)ofthiscode.
(b)Thegoverningboardofeachinstitutionofhighereducation
andoftheTexasStateTechnicalCollegeSystemshallcausetobe
collectedfromstudentsregisteringattheinstitutiontuitionor
registrationfeesattheratesprescribedinthissection.
(c)Unlessadifferentrateisspecifiedbythissection,
tuitionforaresidentstudentatageneralacademicteaching
institutionis$50persemestercredithour.
(d)Unlessadifferentrateisspecifiedbythissection,
tuitionforanonresidentstudentatageneralacademicteaching
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institutionormedicalanddentalunitisanamountpersemester
credithourequaltotheaverageofthenonresidentundergraduate
tuitionchargedtoaresidentofthisstateatapublicstate
universityineachofthefivemostpopulousstatesotherthanthis
state,ascomputedbythecoordinatingboardunderthissubsection.
Thecoordinatingboardshallsetthetuitionrateprovidedbythis
subsectionforeachacademicyearandreportthatratetoeach
appropriateinstitutionnotlaterthanJanuary1ofthecalendaryear
inwhichtheacademicyearbegins,orassoonafterthatJanuary1as
practicable.Incomputingthetuitionrate,thecoordinatingboard
shallusethenonresidenttuitionratesfortheotherstatesineffect
fortheacademicyearinprogresswhentheboardmakesthe
computation.
(e)Tuitionforaresidentstudentregisteredonlyforthesisor
dissertationcreditthatisthefinalcredithourrequirementforthe
degreeinprogressisdeterminedbythegoverningboardofthe
institutioninwhichthestudentisenrolled.
(f)Tuitionforaresidentstudentenrolledinaprogramleading
toanM.D.orD.O.degreeis$6,550peracademicyear.Tuitionfora
nonresidentstudentenrolledinaprogramleadingtoanM.D.orD.O.
degreeisanamountperyearequaltothreetimestheratethata
residentstudentenrolledinaprogramleadingtoanM.D.orD.O.
degreewouldpayduringthecorrespondingacademicyear.
(g)Tuitionforaresidentstudentenrolledinaprogramleading
toaD.D.S.degreeis$5,400peracademicyear.Tuitionfora
nonresidentstudentenrolledinprogramleadingtoaD.D.S.degreeis
anamountperyearequaltothreetimestheratethataresident
studentenrolledinaprogramleadingtoaD.D.S.degreewouldpay
duringthecorrespondingacademicyear.
(h)Tuitionforaresidentstudentenrolledinaprogramleading
toaD.V.M.degreeis$5,400peracademicyear.Tuitionfora
nonresidentstudentenrolledinaprogramleadingtoaD.V.M.degree
isanamountperyearequaltothreetimestheratethataresident
studentenrolledinaprogramleadingtoaD.V.M.degreewouldpay
duringthecorrespondingacademicyear.
(i)Tuitionforaresidentstudentregisteredatalawschoolis
$80persemestercredithour.Tuitionforanonresidentstudent
registeredatalawschoolistheamountthatcanbechargeda
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nonresidentgraduatestudentunderSubsection(d)andSection54.008.
(j)Tuitionforastudentregisteredinaprogramleadingtoa
degreeinnursingorinanalliedhealthprofessionisthesameasfor
studentswiththesameresidencyregisteredatageneralacademic
teachinginstitution.
(k)TuitionforaresidentstudentregisteredattheTexasState
TechnicalCollegeSystemisthegreaterof$50oranamountsetbythe
governingboardofthesystematnotlessthan$16persemestercredit
hour.TuitionforanonresidentstudentregisteredattheTexasState
TechnicalCollegeSystemisanamountsetbythegoverningboardof
thesystematnotlessthan$80persemestercredithour.
(l)Residentstudentsornonresidentstudentsregisteredfora
courseorcoursesinart,architecture,drama,speech,ormusic,where
individualcoachingorinstructionistheusualmethodofinstruction,
shallpayafee,inadditiontotheregulartuition,setbythe
governingboardoftheinstitution.
(m)Unlessthestudentestablishesresidencyorisentitledor
permittedtopayresidenttuitionasprovidedbythissubchapter,
tuitionforastudentwhoisacitizenofanycountryotherthanthe
UnitedStatesofAmericaisthesameasthetuitionrequiredofother
nonresidentstudents.
(n)Tuitionforaresidentstudentregisteredinapublicjunior
collegeisdeterminedbythegoverningboardofeachinstitution,but
thetuitionmaynotbelessthan$8foreachsemestercredithourand
maynottotallessthan$25forasemester.Tuitionforanonresident
studentisdeterminedbythegoverningboardofeachinstitutionbut
thetuitionmaynotbelessthan$200foreachsemester.
(o)RenumberedasV.T.C.A.,EducationCodeSec.54.063and
amendedbyActs1985,69thLeg.,ch.708,Sec.8,eff.Aug.26,1985.
(p)RenumberedasV.T.C.A.,EducationCodeSec.54.064and
amendedbyActs1985,69thLeg.,ch.708,Sec.9,eff.Aug.26,1985.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.AmendedbyActs1971,62ndLeg.,p.3352,ch.1024,art.2,
Sec.29,eff.Sept.1,1971Acts1973,63rdLeg.,p.88,ch.51,
Sec.8,eff.Aug.27,1973Acts1975,64thLeg.,p.1358,ch.515,
Sec.1,2,eff.June19,1975Acts1975,64thLeg.,p.2326,ch.
720,Sec.2,eff.Sept.1,1975Acts1979,66thLeg.,p.1382,ch.
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617,Sec.1,eff.Aug.27,1979Acts1984,68thLeg.,2ndC.S.,ch.
31,art.10,Sec.1Acts1985,69thLeg.,ch.708,Sec.1,8,9,
eff.Aug.26,1985Acts1991,72ndLeg.,ch.287,Sec.26,eff.
Sept.1,1991Acts1991,72ndLeg.,1stC.S.,ch.5,Sec.6.01,eff.
Sept.1,1992Acts1995,74thLeg.,ch.451,Sec.2,eff.Aug.28,
1995Acts1997,75thLeg.,ch.1073,Sec.1.02,eff.Aug.1,1997
Acts2001,77thLeg.,ch.655,Sec.2,eff.Sept.1,2001Acts2001,
77thLeg.,ch.1392,Sec.1,eff.June16,2001.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.6,eff.September
1,2005.
Sec.54.0513.DESIGNATEDTUITION.(a)Inadditiontoamounts
thatagoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationis
authorizedtochargeastuitionundertheotherprovisionsofthis
chapter,thegoverningboard,underthetermsthegoverningboard
considersappropriate,maychargeanystudentanamountdesignatedas
tuitionthatthegoverningboardconsidersnecessaryfortheeffective
operationoftheinstitution.
(b)Agoverningboardmaysetadifferenttuitionrateforeach
programandcourselevelofferedbyeachinstitutionofhigher
education.Agoverningboardmaysetadifferenttuitionrateasthe
governingboardconsidersappropriatetoincreasegraduationrates,
encourageefficientuseoffacilities,orenhanceemployee
performance.
(c)Amountscollectedbyaninstitutionofhighereducation
underthissectionareinstitutionalfundsasdefinedbySection
51.009ofthiscodeandshallbeaccountedforasdesignatedfunds.
Thesefundsshallnotbeaccountedforinageneralappropriationsact
insuchawayastoreducethegeneralrevenueappropriationtoa
particularinstitution.
(d)RepealedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359,Sec.16(1),
eff.January1,2012.
(e)Section56.033ofthiscoderequiringcertainpercentage
amountsoftuitiontobesetasideforgrantsandscholarshipsdoes
notapplytotuitioncollectedunderthissection.
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continuetochargeastuitionunderthissectiontheamountthatit
chargedasthebuildingusefeeatthatinstitutioninthe19961997
academicyearwithoutholdingapublichearing,butmaynotincrease
tuitionunderthissectionabovethatamountwithoutholdingapublic
hearing.
AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.1073,Sec.1.01,eff.Aug.1,1997.
AmendedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.655,Sec.4,eff.Sept.1,2001
Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.1321,Sec.1,2,eff.Sept.1,2003.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.16(1),eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.0515.LEGISLATIVEOVERSIGHTCOMMITTEEONHIGHER
EDUCATION.(a)Inthissection,"committee"meansthelegislative
oversightcommitteeonhighereducation.
(b)Thelegislativeoversightcommitteeonhighereducationis
composedof12membersasfollows:
(1)sixmembersofthesenateappointedbythelieutenant
governorand
(2)sixmembersofthehouseofrepresentativesappointedby
thespeakerofthehouseofrepresentatives.
(c)Thelieutenantgovernorshalldesignateoneofthecommittee
membersappointedbythelieutenantgovernorascommitteecochairand
thespeakershalldesignateoneofthecommitteemembersappointedby
thespeakerascommitteecochair.
(d)Anappointedmemberofthecommitteeservesatthepleasure
oftheappointingofficial.Inmakingappointmentstothecommittee,
theappointingofficialsshallattempttoappointpersonswho
representthegendercomposition,minoritypopulations,andgeographic
regionsofthestate.
(e)Itisthelegislature'sintentthateachinstitutionof
highereducation,asaconditiontotuitionderegulationunderSection
54.0513,reasonablyimplementthefollowing:
(1)eachinstitutionshallmakesatisfactoryprogress
towardsthegoalsprovidedinitsmasterplanforhighereducationand
in"ClosingtheGaps,"thestate'smasterplanforhighereducation
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(2)eachinstitutionshallmeetacceptableperformance
criteria,includingmeasuressuchasgraduationrates,retention
rates,enrollmentgrowth,educationalquality,effortstoenhance
minorityparticipation,opportunitiesforfinancialaid,and
affordability.
(f)Thecommitteeshall:
(1)meetatthecallofeitherchair
(2)monitorandregularlyreporttothelegislatureoneach
institutionofhighereducation'scompliancewiththerequirementsof
Subsection(e)and
(3)receiveandreviewinformationconcerningthe
affordabilityandaccessibilityofhighereducation,includingthe
impactoftuitionderegulation.
(g)Thecommitteemayrequestreportsandotherinformationfrom
institutionsofhighereducationandtheTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoardasnecessarytocarryoutthissection.
(h)Thecommitteeshallmakerecommendationsforanylegislative
actionthecommitteeconsidersnecessarytomeetthecriteriaprovided
bySubsection(e),andsuchothercriteriaasthelegislaturemay
establish,andtoimprovehighereducationaffordabilityandaccess.
(i)Thissectiondoesnotcreateacauseofaction.
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.1321,Sec.3,eff.Sept.1,2003.
Sec.54.052.DETERMINATIONOFRESIDENTSTATUS.(a)Subjectto
theotherapplicableprovisionsofthissubchaptergoverningthe
determinationofresidentstatus,thefollowingpersonsareconsidered
residentsofthisstateforpurposesofthistitle:
(1)apersonwho:
(A)establishedadomicileinthisstatenotlaterthan
oneyearbeforethecensusdateoftheacademicterminwhichthe
personisenrolledinaninstitutionofhighereducationand
(B)maintainedthatdomicilecontinuouslyfortheyear
precedingthatcensusdate
(2)adependentwhoseparent:
(A)establishedadomicileinthisstatenotlaterthan
oneyearbeforethecensusdateoftheacademicterminwhichthe
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(B)maintainedthatdomicilecontinuouslyfortheyear
precedingthatcensusdateand
(3)apersonwho:
(A)graduatedfromapublicorprivatehighschoolin
thisstateorreceivedtheequivalentofahighschooldiplomainthis
stateand
(B)maintainedaresidencecontinuouslyinthisstate
for:
(i)thethreeyearsprecedingthedateof
graduationorreceiptofthediplomaequivalent,asapplicableand
(ii)theyearprecedingthecensusdateofthe
academicterminwhichthepersonisenrolledinaninstitutionof
highereducation.
(b)Forpurposesofthissection,thedomicileofadependent's
parentispresumedtobethedomicileofthedependentunlessthe
personestablisheseligibilityforresidentstatusunderSubsection
(a)(3).
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.AmendedbyActs1979,66thLeg.,p.1065,ch.496,Sec.1,eff.
Aug.27,1979Acts1981,67thLeg.,p.1813,ch.402,Sec.1,eff.
June11,1981Acts1989,71stLeg.,ch.620,Sec.2,eff.Aug.28,
1989Acts1993,73rdLeg.,ch.425,Sec.1,eff.Aug.30,1993
Acts2001,77thLeg.,ch.1392,Sec.2,eff.June16,2001.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.3,eff.September
1,2005.
Sec.54.053.INFORMATIONREQUIREDTOESTABLISHRESIDENTSTATUS.
Apersonshallsubmitthefollowinginformationtoaninstitutionof
highereducationtoestablishresidentstatusunderthissubchapter:
(1)ifthepersonappliesforresidentstatusunderSection
54.052(a)(1):
(A)astatementofthedatesandlengthoftimethe
personhasresidedinthisstate,asrelevanttoestablishresident
statusunderthissubchapterand
(B)astatementbythepersonthattheperson'spresence
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maintainingadomicile
(2)ifthepersonappliesforresidentstatusunderSection
54.052(a)(2):
(A)astatementofthedatesandlengthoftimeany
parentofthepersonhasresidedinthisstate,asrelevantto
establishresidentstatusunderthissubchapterand
(B)astatementbytheparentor,iftheparentis
unableorunwillingtoprovidethestatement,astatementbythe
personthattheparent'spresenceinthisstateforthatperiodwas
forapurposeofestablishingandmaintainingadomicileor
(3)ifthepersonappliesforresidentstatusunderSection
54.052(a)(3):
(A)astatementofthedatesandlengthoftimethe
personhasresidedinthisstate,asrelevanttoestablishresident
statusunderthissubchapterand
(B)ifthepersonisnotacitizenorpermanentresident
oftheUnitedStates,anaffidavitstatingthatthepersonwillapply
tobecomeapermanentresidentoftheUnitedStatesassoonasthe
personbecomeseligibletoapply.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.3,eff.September
1,2005.
Sec.54.054.CONTINUINGRESIDENTSTATUS.(a)Exceptas
otherwiseprovidedbySubsection(c)ofthissectionorbySection
54.055or54.056,apersonclassifiedbyaninstitutionofhigher
educationasaresidentofthisstateunderthissubchapteris
entitled,withoutsubmittingtheinformationrequiredbySection
54.053,tobeclassifiedasaresidentbythatinstitutionineach
subsequentacademicterminwhichthepersonenrolls.
(b)ExceptasotherwiseprovidedbySubsection(c)ofthis
sectionorbySection54.055or54.056,apersonclassifiedbyan
institutionofhighereducationasaresidentisentitled,without
submittingtheinformationrequiredbySection54.053tothe
subsequentinstitution,tobeclassifiedasaresidentbyanother
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institutionofhighereducationinwhichthepersonsubsequently
enrolls.
(c)Subsections(a)and(b)donotapplytoapersonwhoenrolls
inaninstitutionofhighereducationaftertwoormoreconsecutive
regularsemestersduringwhichthepersonisnotenrolledinan
institutionofhighereducation.Tobeclassifiedasaresidenton
thatenrollment,thepersonmustsubmittheinformationrequiredby
Section54.053andsatisfyallapplicablerequirementstoestablish
residentstatus.Ifthepersonisclassifiedasaresidentonthat
enrollment,Subsections(a)and(b)applytothepersonina
subsequentacademicterm.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.AmendedbyActs1971,62ndLeg.,p.3353,ch.1024,art.2,
Sec.29,eff.Sept.1,1971.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.3,eff.September
1,2005.
Sec.54.055.RECLASSIFICATIONBASEDONADDITIONALORCHANGED
INFORMATION.(a)Onthebasisofadditionalorchangedinformation,
aninstitutionofhighereducationmayreclassifyasaresidentor
nonresidentofthisstateunderthissubchapterapersonwhohas
previouslybeenclassifiedasaresidentornonresidentunderthis
subchapter.
(b)Areclassificationdoesnotapplytoanacademictermifthe
reclassificationismadeonorafterthecensusdateofthatterm.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.AmendedbyActs1971,62ndLeg.,p.3354,ch.1024,art.2,
Sec.29,eff.Sept.1,1971Acts1979,66thLeg.,p.1066,ch.496,
Sec.2,eff.Aug.27,1979.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.3,eff.September
1,2005.
Sec.54.056.ERRORSINCLASSIFICATION.(a)Ifaninstitution
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thisstateandthepersonisnotentitledorpermittedtopayresident
tuitionunderthissubchapter,theinstitutionofhighereducation
shallchargenonresidenttuitiontothepersonbeginningwiththe
firstacademictermthatbeginsafterthedatetheinstitution
discoverstheerror.Notearlierthanthefirstdayofthatterm,
regardlessofwhetherthepersonisstillenrolledattheinstitution,
theinstitutionmayrequestthepersontopaythedifferencebetween
residentandnonresidenttuitionforanearliertermaspermittedby
Section54.057.Fornonpaymentoftheamountowed,theinstitution
mayimposesanctionsonlyasprovidedbythatsection.The
institutionmaynotrequirepaymentasaconditionforanysubsequent
enrollmentbythepersonintheinstitution.
(b)Regardlessofthereasonfortheerror,ifaninstitutionof
highereducationerroneouslyclassifiesapersonasanonresidentof
thisstate,theinstitutionshallchargeresidenttuitiontothe
personbeginningwiththeacademicterminwhichtheinstitution
discoverstheerror.Theinstitutionimmediatelyshallrefundtothe
persontheamountoftuitionthepersonpaidinexcessofresident
tuition.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.AmendedbyActs1985,69thLeg.,ch.708,Sec.5,eff.Aug.26,
1985.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.3,eff.September
1,2005.
Sec.54.057.LIABILITYFORUNPAIDNONRESIDENTTUITION.(a)The
followingpersonsareliableforthedifferencebetweenresidentand
nonresidenttuitionforeachacademicterminwhichthepersonpays
residenttuitionastheresultofanerroneousclassificationunder
thissubchapter:
(1)apersonwho,inatimelymanneraftertheinformation
becomesavailableoronrequestbytheinstitutionofhigher
education,failstoprovidetotheinstitutioninformationthatthe
personreasonablyshouldknowwouldberelevanttoanaccurate
classificationbytheinstitutionunderthissubchapteror
(2)apersonwhoprovidesfalseinformationtothe
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institutionthatthepersonreasonablyshouldknowcouldleadtoan
erroneousclassificationbytheinstitutionunderthissubchapter.
(b)Thepersonshallpaytheapplicableamounttothe
institutionnotlaterthanthe30thdayafterthedatethepersonis
notifiedoftheperson'sliabilityfortheamountowed.After
receivingthenoticeanduntiltheamountispaidinfull,theperson
isnotentitledtoreceivefromtheinstitutionacertificateor
diploma,ifnotyetawardedonthedateofthenotice,orofficial
transcriptthatisbasedatleastpartiallyonorincludescreditfor
coursestakenwhilethepersonwaserroneouslyclassifiedasa
residentofthisstate.
(c)Apersonwhoiserroneouslyclassifiedasaresidentofthis
stateunderthissubchapterbutwhoisentitledorpermittedtopay
residenttuitionunderthissubchapterisnotliableforthe
differencebetweenresidentandnonresidenttuitionunderthis
section.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.AmendedbyActs1971,62ndLeg.,p.3354,ch.1024,art.2,
Sec.29,eff.Sept.1,1971Acts1989,71stLeg.,ch.620,Sec.1,
eff.Aug.28,1989Acts2001,77thLeg.,ch.1392,Sec.4,eff.June
16,2001.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.3,eff.September
1,2005.
Sec.54.0601.NONRESIDENTTUITIONRATESATCERTAININSTITUTIONS.
Onthewrittenrequestofthegoverningboardofageneralacademic
teachinginstitutionlocatednotmorethan100milesfromtheboundary
ofthisstatewithanotherstate,theTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoardmaysetanonresidenttuitionratethatislower
thanthenonresidenttuitionrateotherwiseprovidedbythischapter
ifthecoordinatingboarddeterminesthatthelowerrateisinthe
bestinterestoftheinstitutionandwillnotcauseunreasonableharm
toanyotherinstitutionofhighereducation.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.451,Sec.5,eff.Aug.28,1995.

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Sec.54.061.REDUCEDDESIGNATEDTUITIONRATESFORCOURSES
PROVIDEDDURINGOFFPEAKHOURSATCERTAININSTITUTIONS.(a)This
sectionappliesonlytoacourseofferedbyaninstitutionofhigher
education:
(1)beginningat6p.m.orlaterduringaweekday
(2)onweekendsor
(3)atothertimeswhentheinstitution'sinstructional
facilitieswouldotherwisebeunderutilized,asdeterminedbythe
governingboardoftheinstitution.
(b)Inaccordancewithcoordinatingboardrulesandforthe
purposesstatedinSection61.0592,thegoverningboardofan
institutionofhighereducationtowhichSection61.0592appliesmay
establishtuitionratesunderSection54.0513foracoursedescribed
bySubsection(a)thatarenotmorethan25percentlowerthanthe
ratesthatwouldotherwiseapplytothecourseunderthatsection.
(c)Thissectionappliesonlyifthelegislaturespecifically
appropriatesmoneytoinstitutionstowhichSection61.0592applies
forthestatefiscalbienniumendingAugust31,2009,tocoverthe
tuitionrevenuelosttotheinstitutionsbytheapplicationofthis
section.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.598(H.B.120),Sec.2,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.075.COORDINATINGBOARDRULESSUPPLEMENTATIONOFRULES
BYINSTITUTIONSLIMITED.(a)Thecoordinatingboardshalladopt
rulestocarryoutthepurposesofthissubchapter.
(b)Aninstitutionofhighereducationmaynotrequireaperson
toprovideevidenceofresidentstatusthatisnotrequiredby
coordinatingboardrule.
AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.4,eff.
September1,2005.
SUBCHAPTERD.WAIVERS,EXEMPTIONS,ANDOTHERTUITIONANDFEEBENEFITS
Sec.54.2001.CONTINUEDRECEIPTOFEXEMPTIONSORWAIVERS
CONDITIONAL.(a)Notwithstandinganyotherlawbutsubjectto
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Subsection(f),afterinitiallyqualifyingunderthissubchapterfora
mandatoryordiscretionaryexemptionorwaiverfromthepaymentofall
orpartofthetuitionorotherfeesforenrollmentduringasemester
ortermataninstitutionofhighereducation,apersonmaycontinue
toreceivetheexemptionorwaiverforasubsequentsemesterorterm
onlyiftheperson:
(1)asagraduateorundergraduatestudent,maintainsa
gradepointaveragethatsatisfiestheinstitution'sgradepoint
averagerequirementformakingsatisfactoryacademicprogresstowarda
degreeorcertificateinaccordancewiththeinstitution'spolicy
regardingeligibilityforfinancialaidand
(2)asanundergraduatestudent,hasnotcompletedasofthe
beginningofthesemesterortermanumberofsemestercredithours
thatisconsideredtobeexcessiveunderSection54.014,unless
permittedtocompletethosehoursbytheinstitutiononashowingof
goodcause.
(b)Indeterminingwhetherapersonhascompletedanumberof
semestercredithoursthatisconsideredtobeexcessiveforpurposes
ofSubsection(a)(2),semestercredithourscompletedincludetransfer
credithoursthatcounttowardtheperson'sundergraduatedegreeor
certificateprogramcourserequirementsbutexclude:
(1)hoursearnedexclusivelybyexamination
(2)hoursearnedforacourseforwhichthepersonreceived
credittowardtheperson'shighschoolacademicrequirementsand
(3)hoursearnedfordevelopmentalcourseworkthatan
institutionofhighereducationrequiredthepersontotakeunder
Section51.3062orundertheformerprovisionsofSection51.306.
(c)Ifonthecompletionofanysemesterortermapersonfails
tomeetanyrequirementofSubsection(a),forthenextsemesteror
terminwhichthepersonenrollsthepersonmaynotreceivethe
exemptionorwaiverdescribedbySubsection(a).Apersonmaybecome
eligibletoreceiveanexemptionorwaiverinasubsequentsemesteror
termiftheperson:
(1)completesasemesterortermduringwhichthepersonis
noteligibleforanexemptionorwaiverand
(2)meetseachrequirementofSubsection(a),asapplicable.
(d)Eachinstitutionofhighereducationshalladoptapolicyto
allowastudentwhofailstomaintainagradepointaverageas
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requiredbySubsection(a)(1)toreceiveanexemptionorwaiverinany
semesterortermonashowingofhardshiporothergoodcause,
including:
(1)ashowingofasevereillnessorotherdebilitating
conditionthatcouldaffectthestudent'sacademicperformance
(2)anindicationthatthestudentisresponsibleforthe
careofasick,injured,orneedypersonandthatthestudent's
provisionofcarecouldaffectthestudent'sacademicperformance
(3)thestudent'sactivedutyorotherserviceintheUnited
Statesarmedforcesorthestudent'sactivedutyintheTexasNational
Guardor
(4)anyothercauseconsideredacceptablebythe
institution.
(e)Aninstitutionofhighereducationshallmaintain
documentationofeachexceptiongrantedtoastudentunderSubsection
(d).
(f)Ifarequirementimposedbythissectionforthecontinued
receiptofaspecificexemptionorwaiverconflictswithanother
requirementimposedbystatuteforthatexemptionorwaiver,the
stricterrequirementprevails.
(g)Thissectiondoesnotapplyto:
(1)thewaiverprovidedbySection54.216oranyother
reductionintuitionprovidedtoahighschoolstudentforenrollment
inadualcreditcourseorothercourseforwhichthestudentmayearn
jointhighschoolandcollegecredit
(2)theexemptionprovidedbySection54.341(a2)(1)(A),
(B),(C),or(D)or(b)(1)(A),(B),(C),or(D)
(3)theexemptionprovidedbySection54.342or54.366or
(4)anyprovisionofthiscodethatauthorizesorrequires
thepaymentoftuitionorfeesattheratesprovidedforresidentsof
thisstatebyapersonwhoisnotaresidentofthisstatefor
purposesofSubchapterB.
AddedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1196(S.B.1210),Sec.1,
eff.June14,2013.
Sec.54.2002.EXEMPTIONSANDWAIVERSFORSTATEFUNDEDCOURSES
ONLY.Notwithstandinganyotherlaw,amandatoryordiscretionary
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exemptionorwaiverfromthepaymentoftuitionorotherfeesunder
thissubchapteroranotherprovisionofthiscodeappliesonlyto
coursesforwhichaninstitutionofhighereducationreceivesformula
funding.
AddedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1196(S.B.1210),Sec.1,
eff.June14,2013.
Sec.54.2031.DEPENDENTCHILDRENOFRESIDENTSWHOAREMEMBERSOF
ARMEDFORCESDEPLOYEDONCOMBATDUTY.(a)Inthissection:
(1)"Child"includesastepchildoradoptedchild.
(2)"Dependent"meansapersonwho:
(A)isclaimedasadependentonafederalincometax
returnfiledfortheprecedingyearor
(B)willbeclaimedasadependentonafederalincome
taxreturnfiledforthecurrentyear.
(b)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
shallexemptfromthepaymentoftuitionattheinstitutiona
dependentchildofamemberofthearmedforcesoftheUnitedStates
whoisaresidentofthisstateorisentitledtopayresidenttuition
underthischapter,foranysemesterorotheracademictermduring
whichthememberofthearmedforcesisdeployedonactivedutyfor
thepurposeofengaginginacombativemilitaryoperationoutsidethe
UnitedStates.
(c)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
grantinganexemptionunderthissectionshallrequireeachapplicant
claimingtheexemptiontosubmitsatisfactoryevidencethatthe
applicantqualifiesfortheexemption.
(d)Apersonmaynotreceiveanexemptionprovidedforbythis
sectionformorethanacumulativetotalof150semestercredithours.
(e)Apersonmaynotreceiveanexemptionunderthissectionif
thepersonisindefaultonaloanmadeorguaranteedforeducational
purposesbytheStateofTexas.
(f)Indeterminingwhethertoadmitapersontoanycertificate
programoranybaccalaureate,graduate,postgraduate,orprofessional
degreeprogram,aninstitutionofhighereducationmaynotconsider
thefactthatthepersoniseligibleforanexemptionunderthis
section.
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(g)Initsappropriationstoinstitutionsofhighereducation,
thelegislatureshall,basedonavailability,providesufficientmoney
tocoverthefullcostsoftheexemptionsprovidedforbythis
section.
(h)Ifsufficientmoneyisnotavailabletocoverthefullcosts
totheinstitutionsofhighereducationoftheexemptionsprovidedfor
bythissection,theTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardshall
proratetheavailablefundingtoeachinstitutionforpurposesofthis
sectioninproportiontothetotalamounttheinstitutionwould
otherwisebeentitledtoreceiveforpurposesofthissection.An
institutionisrequiredtograntanexemptionfromthepaymentof
tuitionunderthissectiononlytotheextentmoneyisavailablefor
thatpurpose.
(i)TheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardmayadopt
rulesnecessarytoadministerthissection.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.404(S.B.639),Sec.2,eff.
June17,2011.
Sec.54.206.FOREIGNSERVICEOFFICERS.Aforeignservice
officeremployedbytheUnitedStatesDepartmentofStateandenrolled
inaninstitutionofhighereducationisentitledtopaythetuition
andfeesattheratesprovidedforTexasresidentsifthepersonis
assignedtoanofficeofthedepartmentofstatethatislocatedina
foreignnationthatbordersonthisstate.
TransferredandredesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.070by
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.211.FACULTYANDDEPENDENTS.Ateacherorprofessorof
aninstitutionofhighereducation,andthespouseandchildrenof
suchateacherorprofessor,areentitledtoregisterinan
institutionofhighereducationbypayingthetuitionfeeandother
feesorchargesrequiredforTexasresidentswithoutregardtothe
lengthoftimetheteacherorprofessorhasresidedinTexas.A
teacherorprofessorofaninstitutionofhighereducationandthe
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sectioniftheteacherorprofessorisemployedatleastonehalftime
onaregularmonthlysalarybasisbyaninstitutionofhigher
education.
TransferredandredesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.059by
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.212.TEACHINGORRESEARCHASSISTANT.Ateaching
assistantorresearchassistantofanyinstitutionofhighereducation
andthespouseandchildrenofsuchateachingassistantorresearch
assistantareentitledtoregisterinastateinstitutionofhigher
educationbypayingthetuitionfeesandotherfeesorcharges
requiredforTexasresidentsunderSection54.051ofthiscode,
withoutregardtothelengthoftimetheassistanthasresidedin
Texas,iftheassistantisemployedatleastonehalftimeina
teachingorresearchassistantpositionwhichrelatestothe
assistant'sdegreeprogramunderrulesandregulationsestablishedby
theemployerinstitution.
TransferredandredesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.063by
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.213.SCHOLARSHIPSTUDENT.(a)Aninstitutionofhigher
educationmaychargeanonresidentstudentwhoholdsacompetitive
scholarshipofatleast$1,000fortheacademicyearorsummerterm
forwhichthestudentisenrolledresidenttuitionandfeeswithout
regardtothelengthoftimethestudenthasresidedinTexas.The
studentmustcompetewithotherstudents,includingTexasresidents,
forthescholarshipandthescholarshipmustbeawardedbya
scholarshipcommitteeofficiallyrecognizedbytheadministrationand
beapprovedbytheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardunder
criteriadevelopedbythecoordinatingboard.
(b)Thetotalnumberofstudentsataninstitutionpaying
residenttuitionunderthissectionforaparticularsemestermaynot
exceedfivepercentofthetotalnumberofstudentsregisteredatthe
institutionforthesamesemesteroftheprecedingacademicyear.
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(c)Astudentwhowouldbeentitledtopayresidenttuitionin
the20092010academicyearunderthissectionasthissectionexisted
onJanuary1,2009,becausethestudentisawardedacompetitive
scholarshipforthatacademicyearintheamountprescribedby
Subsection(a)beforethebeginningofthe2009fallsemesteris
entitledtocontinuetopayresidenttuitionunderthissectionas
thissectionexistedonJanuary1,2009,ineachsemesterorother
terminwhichthestudentisawardedsuchascholarship,aslongas
thestudentremainsenrolledinthesamecertificateordegree
program.ThissubsectionexpiresAugust1,2014.
(d)Thedifferencebetweentuitionchargedtothestudentunder
thissectionandthetuitionthestudentwouldbechargedifthis
sectiondidnotapplytothestudentshallnotbeaccountedforin
suchawayastoreducethegeneralrevenueappropriationtoan
institutionofhighereducationthatchargesanonresidentstudent
residenttuitionandfeesunderthissection.
TransferredandredesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.064by
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.214.BIOMEDICALRESEARCHPROGRAMSCHOLARSHIPSTUDENT.
AstudentisentitledtopaythefeesandchargesrequiredofTexas
residentswithoutregardtothelengthoftimethestudenthasresided
inTexasifthestudent:
(1)holdsacompetitiveacademicscholarshiporstipend
(2)isacceptedinaclinicalandbiomedicalresearch
trainingprogramdesignedtoleadtobothdoctorofmedicineand
doctorofphilosophydegreesand
(3)iseitheranonresidentoracitizenofacountryother
thantheUnitedStatesofAmerica.
TransferredandredesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.065by
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.216.STUDENTSENROLLEDINCOURSEFORCONCURRENTHIGH
SCHOOLANDCOLLEGELEVELCREDITOPTIONALWAIVER.Thegoverningboard
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ofaninstitutionofhighereducationmaywaiveallorpartofthe
tuitionandfeeschargedbytheinstitutionforastudentenrolledin
acourseforwhichthestudentisentitledtosimultaneouslyreceive
both:
(1)coursecredittowardthestudent'shighschoolacademic
requirementsand
(2)coursecredittowardadegreeofferedbythe
institution.
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.812,Sec.1,eff.June20,2003.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.217.STUDENTSENROLLEDINFULLYFUNDEDCOURSESOPTIONAL
WAIVER.Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationmay
waivetuitionandfeesforstudentsattendingcoursesthatarefully
fundedbyfederalorothersources.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.327,Sec.1,eff.June8,1995.
RenumberedfromSec.54.212byActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.62,Sec.
19.01(11),eff.Sept.1,1999.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.218.DISTANCELEARNINGOROFFCAMPUSCOURSESOPTIONAL
WAIVER.Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationmay
waiveafeeitisauthorizedtochargeiftheboarddeterminesthat:
(1)astudentisenrolledonlyindistancelearningcourses
orotheroffcampuscoursesoftheinstitution
(2)thestudentcannotreasonablybeexpectedtousethe
activities,services,orfacilitiesonwhichthefeeisbasedand
(3)thewaiverofthefeewillnotmateriallyimpairthe
abilityoftheinstitutioneithertoserviceanydebtonwhichthefee
isbasedortoofferoroperatetheparticularactivity,service,or
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AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.1073,Sec.1.03,eff.Aug.1,1997.
RenumberedfromSec.54.214byActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.62,Sec.
19.01(12),eff.Sept.1,1999.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.221.THEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASSYSTEMSCIENCEAND
TECHNOLOGYDEVELOPMENT,MANAGEMENT,ANDTRANSFER.Totheextent
providedforinanagreementauthorizedbySection65.45,aperson
employedbytheentitywithwhomthesystementersintosuchan
agreement,ortheperson'sspouseorchild,maypaythetuitionand
feeschargedtoresidentsofthisstatewhenenrolledinan
institutionofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.222.ECONOMICDEVELOPMENTANDDIVERSIFICATION.(a)A
personwhoregistersataninstitutionofhighereducationwithout
havingestablishedresidentstatusinthisstateunderSection54.052
isentitledtopaytuitionandrequiredfeesattherateprovidedfor
residentsofthisstateif:
(1)thepersonor,asdeterminedbycoordinatingboardrule,
anadultmemberoftheperson'sfamilywhoresidesintheperson's
householdandisaprimarycaretakerofthepersonestablishesbythe
institution'senrollmentdatearesidenceinthisstateasaresultof
theperson'sorcaretaker'semploymentbyabusinessororganization
that,notearlierthanfiveyearsbeforetheenrollmentdate,became
establishedinthisstateaspartoftheprogramofstateeconomic
developmentanddiversificationauthorizedbythelawofthisstate
and
(2)thepersonfileswiththatinstitutionofhigher
educationaletterofintenttoestablishresidencyinthisstate.
(b)TheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoard,in
consultationwiththeTexasEconomicDevelopmentandTourismOffice,
shallestablishprocedurestodetermine:
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requirementsofthissectionand
(2)thedateonwhichthebusinessororganizationbecame
establishedinthisstateaspartoftheprogramofstateeconomic
developmentanddiversification.
TransferredandredesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.066by
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.223.TUITIONRATESFOROLYMPICATHLETES.(a)Aperson
enrolledinTheUniversityofTexasatBrownsvilleandTexasSouthmost
Collegeisentitledtopaytuitionandfeesattheratesprovidedfor
Texasresidentsiftheperson:
(1)isinresidenceandintrainingasaparticipating
athleteinaCommunityOlympicDevelopmentProgramorataUnited
StatesOlympictrainingcenterlocatedinthisstate
(2)isresidingpermanentlyortemporarilyinthisstate
whileintrainingasaparticipatingathlete:
(A)inaCommunityOlympicDevelopmentProgramlocated
inthisstateor
(B)ataUnitedStatesOlympictrainingcenterlocated
inthisstateinaprogramapprovedbythegoverningbodyforthe
athlete'sOlympicsportor
(3)isresidingpermanentlyortemporarilyinthisstate
whileintrainingasaparticipatingathleteatafacilityinthis
stateapprovedbythegoverningbodyfortheathlete'sOlympicsport,
inaprogramapprovedbythatbody.
(b)Notwithstandinganyotherlaw,apersonwhoisentitledto
payresidenttuitionandfeesonlyaspermittedbythissectionisnot
consideredaTexasresidentunderthissubchapterforpurposesofa
financialaidprogramofferedbythisstate.
TransferredandredesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.073by
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.225.STUDENTSENROLLEDINNONSEMESTERLENGTH
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institutionofhighereducationmayexemptfromthepaymentoftuition
authorizedbythischapterastudentwhoisparticipatinginan
approvednonsemesterlengthdevelopmentaleducationintervention
(includingcoursebased,noncoursebased,alternativeentry/exit,and
otherintensivedevelopmentaleducationactivities).
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.965(H.B.1244),Sec.2,eff.
June17,2011.
Sec.54.231.RESIDENTOFBORDERINGSTATEORNATIONOR
PARTICIPANTINSTUDENTEXCHANGEPROGRAM:TUITION.(a)The
nonresidenttuitionfeeprescribedbythischapterdoesnotapplytoa
nonresidentstudentwhoisaresidentofArkansas,Louisiana,New
Mexico,orOklahomaandwhoregistersinTexasA&MUniversity
Texarkana,LamarStateCollegeOrange,LamarStateCollegePort
Arthur,aTexaspublicjuniorcollege,orapublictechnical
institute,iftheinstitutionissituatedinacountyimmediately
adjacenttothestateinwhichthenonresidentstudentresides.The
nonresidenttuitionfeeprescribedbythischapterdoesnotapplytoa
nonresidentstudentwhoisaresidentofNewMexicoorOklahomaand
whoregistersinapublictechnicalinstitutethatissituatedina
countythatiswithin100milesofthestateinwhichthenonresident
studentresidesandwhoisadmittedforthepurposeofutilizing
availableinstructionalfacilities.Thenonresidentstudentdescribed
inthissubsectionshallpayanamountequivalenttotheamount
chargedaTexasstudentregisteredatasimilarschoolinthestatein
whichthenonresidentstudentresides.
(b)Theforeignstudenttuitionfeeprescribedinthischapter
doesnotapplytoaforeignstudentwhoisaresidentofanation
situatedadjacenttoTexas,demonstratesfinancialneedasprovidedby
Subsection(c),andregistersin:
(1)anygeneralacademicteachinginstitutionorcomponent
oftheTexasStateTechnicalCollegeSystemlocatedinacounty
immediatelyadjacenttothenationinwhichtheforeignstudent
resides
(2)lowerdivisioncoursesatacommunityorjuniorcollege
havingapartnershipagreementpursuanttoSubchapterN,Chapter51,
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thecountyimmediatelyadjacenttothenationinwhichtheforeign
studentresides
(3)TexasA&MUniversityKingsville,TexasA&MUniversity
CorpusChristi,orTheUniversityofTexasatSanAntonioor
(4)coursesthatarepartofagraduatedegreeprogramin
publichealthandareconductedinacountyimmediatelyadjacentto
thenationinwhichtheforeignstudentresides.
(c)AforeignstudenttowhomSubsection(b)appliesshallpay
tuitionequaltothatchargedTexasresidentsunderSection54.051.
Thecoordinatingboardshalladoptrulesgoverningthedetermination
offinancialneedofstudentstowhomSubsection(b)appliesandrules
governingapilotprojecttobeestablishedatgeneralacademic
teachinginstitutionsandatcomponentsoftheTexasStateTechnical
CollegeSystemincountiesthatarenotimmediatelyadjacenttothe
nationinwhichtheforeignstudentresides.
(d)Thecoordinatingboardbyruleshallestablishaprogram
withtheUnitedMexicanStatesandwithCanadafortheexchangeof
studentsandshallestablishprogramswithothernationsforthe
exchangeofstudentstotheextentpracticable.Theforeignstudent
tuitionfeeprescribedinthischapterdoesnotapplytoaforeign
studentparticipatinginanexchangeprogramestablishedunderthis
section.
(e)Thecoordinatingboardshalladoptrulestodeterminethe
numberofstudentswhomayparticipateintheprogramsprovidedby
Subsections(b)and(d)andthestudentswhomaytransferfromany
generalacademicteachinginstitutionorcomponentoftheTexasState
TechnicalCollegeSysteminacountyimmediatelyadjacenttothe
nationinwhichtheforeignstudentresidestoattendanothergeneral
academicteachinginstitutionorcomponentoftheTexasState
TechnicalCollegeSystemtocompleteadegree,certificate,ordiploma
orattendgraduateschool.
(f)ThepaymentofresidenttuitionatTexasA&MUniversity
Texarkana,LamarStateCollegeOrange,LamarStateCollegePort
Arthur,orapublictechnicalinstituteasauthorizedbySubsection
(a)orataninstitutionofhighereducationasauthorizedby
Subsection(g)doesnotaffecttheconstitutionallydedicatedfunding
towhichinstitutionsofhighereducationareentitledunderSection
17,ArticleVII,TexasConstitution.
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(g)Thenonresidenttuitionfeeprescribedbythischapterdoes
notapplytoanonresidentstudentwhoisaresidentofacountyor
parishofArkansas,Louisiana,NewMexico,orOklahomathatis
adjacenttothisstateandwhoregistersinaninstitutionofhigher
education,thegoverningboardofwhichhasagreedtoadmitthe
studentattheresidenttuitionfeeprescribedbythischapter.The
stateinwhichthestudentresidesmustallowaresidentofacounty
ofthisstatethatisadjacenttothatstatetoregisterinapublic
institutionofhighereducationinthatstateatthetuitionfee
chargedresidentsofthatstate.Thestudentshallpaytuitionequal
tothatchargedresidentsofthisstateattheinstitution.
(h)Inthissection:
(1)"Coordinatingboard"meanstheTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoard.
(2)"Generalacademicteachinginstitution"and"public
technicalinstitute"havethemeaningsassignedbySection61.003.
Transferred,redesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section
54.060byActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.232.NATOAGREEMENT.Anonimmigrantalienwhoresides
inthisstateinaccordancewiththeAgreementbetweenthePartiesto
theNorthAtlanticTreatyRegardingtheStatusofTheirForces(4
U.S.T.1792)andthespouseorchildrenofthatalienareconsidered
toberesidentsfortuitionandfeepurposesunderthistitle.
TransferredandredesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.074by
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.233.ACADEMICCOMMONMARKET.Thegoverningboardofan
institutionofhighereducationshallchargenonresidentstudents
participatingintheAcademicCommonMarketandenrolledinprograms
designatedunderSection160.07thesameamountchargedresident
studentsinsuchprograms.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.
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January1,2012.
Sec.54.241.MILITARYPERSONNELANDDEPENDENTS.(a)Military
personnelareclassifiedasprovidedbythissection.
(b)Apersonwhoisanofficer,enlistedperson,selectee,or
drafteeoftheArmy,ArmyReserve,ArmyNationalGuard,AirNational
Guard,AirForce,AirForceReserve,Navy,NavyReserve,MarineCorps,
MarineCorpsReserve,CoastGuard,orCoastGuardReserveofthe
UnitedStates,whoisassignedtodutyinTexas,andthespouseand
childrenofsuchanofficer,enlistedperson,selectee,ordraftee,
areentitledtoregisterinastateinstitutionofhighereducationby
payingthetuitionfeeandotherfeesorchargesrequiredofTexas
residents,withoutregardtothelengthoftimetheofficer,enlisted
person,selectee,ordrafteehasbeenassignedtodutyorresidedin
thestate.However,outofstateArmyNationalGuardorAirNational
GuardmembersattendingtrainingwithTexasArmyorAirNationalGuard
unitsunderNationalGuardBureauregulationsmaynotbeexemptedfrom
nonresidenttuitionbyvirtueofthattrainingstatusnormayoutof
stateArmy,AirForce,Navy,MarineCorps,orCoastGuardReserves
trainingwithunitsinTexasundersimilarregulationsbeexempted
fromnonresidenttuitionbyvirtueofthattrainingstatus.Itisthe
intentofthelegislaturethatonlythosemembersoftheArmyorAir
NationalGuardorotherreserveforcesmentionedabovebeexempted
fromthenonresidenttuitionfeeandotherfeesandchargesonlywhen
theybecomemembersofTexasunitsofthemilitaryorganizations
mentionedabove.
(c)ThespouseorchildofamemberoftheArmedForcesofthe
UnitedStateswhohasbeenassignedtodutyelsewhereimmediately
followingassignmenttodutyinTexasisentitledtopaythetuition
feesandotherfeesorchargesprovidedforTexasresidentsaslongas
thespouseorchildresidescontinuouslyinTexas.
(d)AspouseordependentchildofamemberoftheArmedForces
oftheUnitedStates,whoisnotassignedtodutyinTexasbutwhohas
previouslyresidedinTexasforasixmonthperiod,isentitledtopay
thetuitionfeesandotherfeesorchargesprovidedforTexas
residentsforatermorsemesterataninstitutionofhighereducation
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(1)atleastoneyearprecedingthefirstdayofthetermor
semesterexecutedadocumentwiththeapplicablemilitaryservicethat
isineffectonthefirstdayofthetermorsemesterandthat:
(A)indicatesthatthemember'spermanentresidence
addressisinTexasand
(B)designatesTexasasthemember'splaceoflegal
residenceforincometaxpurposes
(2)hasbeenregisteredtovoteinTexasfortheentireyear
precedingthefirstdayofthetermorsemesterand
(3)satisfiesatleastoneofthefollowingrequirements:
(A)fortheentireyearprecedingthefirstdayofthe
termorsemesterhasownedrealpropertyinTexasandinthattimehas
notbeendelinquentinthepaymentofanytaxesontheproperty
(B)hashadanautomobileregisteredinTexasforthe
entireyearprecedingthefirstdayofthetermorsemesteror
(C)atleastoneyearprecedingthefirstdayofthe
termorsemesterexecutedawillthathasnotbeenrevokedor
supersededindicatingthatthememberisaresidentofthisstateand
depositedthewillwiththecountyclerkofthecountyofthemember's
residenceunderSection71,TexasProbateCode.
(e)ATexasinstitutionofhighereducationmaychargetothe
UnitedStatesgovernmentthenonresidenttuitionfeeforaveteran
enrolledundertheprovisionsofafederallaworregulation
authorizingeducationalortrainingbenefitsforveterans.
(f)ThespouseorchildofamemberoftheArmedForcesofthe
UnitedStateswhodiesoriskilledisentitledtopaytheresident
tuitionfeeifthespouseorchildbecomesaresidentofTexaswithin
60daysofthedateofdeath.
(g)IfamemberoftheArmedForcesoftheUnitedStatesis
stationedoutsideTexasandthemember'sspouseorchildestablishes
residenceinTexasbyresidinginTexasandbyfilingwiththeTexas
institutionofhighereducationatwhichthespouseorchildplansto
registeraletterofintenttoestablishresidenceinTexas,the
institutionofhighereducationshallpermitthespouseorchildto
paythetuition,fees,andotherchargesprovidedforTexasresidents
withoutregardtolengthoftimethatthespouseorchildhasresided
inTexas.
(h)ThegoverningboardofMidwesternStateUniversitymayset
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theresidentandnonresidenttuitionratesforUnitedStatesmilitary
personnelenrolledinthebachelorofscienceormasterofscience
degreeprograminradiologicalsciencesatMidwesternStateUniversity
attheratesthegoverningboardconsidersappropriate,
notwithstandinganyotherprovisionofthissubchapter,andmayexempt
thosemilitarypersonnelfromallorpartofrequiredfeesandcharges
whileenrolledinoneofthoseprograms.Thetotalamountoftuition
andrequiredfeeschargedtoaresidentmemberofthearmedforces
underthissubsectionmaynotbelessthanthetotalamountoftuition
andrequiredfeeschargedtootherresidentstudentsinthesame
program.UnitedStatesmilitarypersonnelenrolledinoneofthose
programsbyinstructionaltelecommunicationareentitledtopay
tuitionfeesandotherfeesorchargesprovidedbytheboardfor
UnitedStatesmilitarypersonnelresidinginTexasiftheybeganthe
programwhilestationedatamilitarybaseorotherinstallationin
TexasasamemberoftheUnitedStatesArmedForces.Inthis
subsection,"instructionaltelecommunication"meansinstruction
deliveredprimarilybytelecommunicationtechnology,includingopen
channeltelevision,cabletelevision,closedcircuittelevision,low
powertelevision,communicationand/ordirectbroadcastsatellite,
satellitemasterantennasystem,microwave,videotape,videodisc,
computersoftware,computernetworks,andtelephonelines.
(i)AformermemberoftheArmedForcesoftheUnitedStatesor
theformermember'sspouseordependentchildisentitledtopaythe
tuitionfeesandotherfeesorchargesprovidedforTexasresidents
foranytermorsemesteratastateinstitutionofhighereducation
thatbeginsbeforethefirstanniversaryofthemember'sseparation
fromtheArmedForcesiftheformermember:
(1)hasretiredorbeenhonorablydischargedfromtheArmed
Forcesand
(2)hascompliedwiththerequirementsofSubsection(d).
(j)AmemberoftheArmedForcesoftheUnitedStatesorthe
childorspouseofamemberoftheArmedForcesoftheUnitedStates
whoisentitledtopaytuitionandfeesattherateprovidedforTexas
residentsunderanotherprovisionofthissectionwhileenrolledina
degreeorcertificateprogramisentitledtopaytuitionandfeesat
therateprovidedforTexasresidentsinanysubsequenttermor
semesterwhilethepersoniscontinuouslyenrolledinthesamedegree
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orcertificateprogram.Forpurposesofthissubsection,apersonis
notrequiredtoenrollinasummertermtoremaincontinuously
enrolledinadegreeorcertificateprogram.Theperson'seligibility
topaytuitionandfeesattherateprovidedforTexasresidentsunder
thissubsectiondoesnotterminatebecausethepersonisnolongera
memberoftheArmedForcesoftheUnitedStatesorthechildorspouse
ofamemberoftheArmedForcesoftheUnitedStates.
(k)Apersonisentitledtopaytuitionandfeesatan
institutionofhighereducationattheratesprovidedforTexas
residentswithoutregardtothelengthoftimethepersonhasresided
inthisstateifthepersonfileswiththeinstitutionatwhichthe
personintendstoregisteraletterofintenttoestablishresidence
inthisstateandresidesinthisstatewhileenrolledinthe
institutionandtheperson:
(1)iseligibleforbenefitsunderthefederalPost9/11
VeteransEducationalAssistanceActof2008(38U.S.C.Section3301et
seq.)oranyotherfederallawauthorizingeducationalbenefitsfor
veterans
(2)isthespouseofapersondescribedbySubdivision(1)
or
(3)isachildofapersondescribedbySubdivision(1)who
is25yearsofageoryoungeronthefirstdayofthesemesteror
otheracademictermforwhichthepersonisregistering,exceptthat
theTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardbyruleshallprescribe
proceduresbywhichapersonwhosufferedfromasevereillnessor
otherdebilitatingconditionthataffectedtheperson'sabilitytouse
thebenefitprovidedbythissubsectionbeforereachingthatagemay
begrantedadditionaltimetousethebenefitcorrespondingtothe
timethepersonwasunabletousethebenefitbecauseoftheillness
orcondition.
(l)Inthissection,"child"includesastepchild.
TransferredandredesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.058by
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.251.REGISTEREDNURSESINPOSTGRADUATENURSINGDEGREE
PROGRAMSOPTIONALWAIVER.Aninstitutionofhighereducationmay
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permitaregisterednurseauthorizedtopracticeprofessionalnursing
inTexastoregisterbypayingthetuitionfeesandotherfeesor
chargesrequiredforTexasresidentsunderSection54.051,without
regardtothelengthoftimetheregisterednursehasresidedin
Texas,iftheregisterednurse:
(1)isenrolledinaprogramdesignedtoleadtoamaster's
degreeorotherhigherdegreeinnursingand
(2)intendstoteachinaprograminTexasdesignedto
preparestudentsforlicensureasregisterednurses.
Transferred,redesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section
54.069byActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.261.DESIGNATEDTUITIONHARDSHIPOPTIONALWAIVER.A
governingboardmaywaiveallorpartofthetuitionchargedtoa
studentunderSection54.0513ifitfindsthatthepaymentofsuch
tuitionwouldcauseanundueeconomichardshiponthestudent.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.262.STUDENTSERVICESFEESOPTIONALWAIVER.The
governingboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationmaywaiveallor
partofanycompulsoryfeeorfeesauthorizedbySection54.503inthe
caseofanystudentforwhomthepaymentofthefeewouldcausean
unduefinancialhardship,providedthenumberofthestudentstowhom
thewaiverisgrantedforasemesterortermdoesnotexceed10
percentoftheinstitution'stotalenrollmentforthatsemesteror
term.Theboardmaylimitaccordinglytheparticipationofastudent
intheactivitiesfinancedbythefeesowaived.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.263.STUDENTS55YEARSOFAGEOROLDEROPTIONALWAIVER.
(a)Aninstitutionofhighereducationmaychargeastudent55years
ofageoroldertuitionandfeesatratesthatarelowerthanthe
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ratesotherwiseprovidedbythischapter,undertheconditionthata
studentunder55yearsofagewillnotbeprecludedfromenrollingin
acourseforcredittowardadegreeorcertificate.Theinstitution
maysetadditionalqualificationsthatastudentmustmeettoqualify
fortuitionandfeesatratessetunderthissectionandmayset
differentratesfordifferentprograms,campuses,orcourses.The
institutionmaysetratesunderthissectionforresidentstudents,
nonresidentstudents,orboth,andmaysetdifferentratesfor
residentstudentsandnonresidentstudents.
(b)Atuitionorfeeratesetunderthissectionmustapply
uniformlytoeachstudentthatmeetstheapplicablequalificationsset
bytheinstitutiontopaytuitionorfeesatthatrate.
(c)Thelegislatureinanappropriationsactshallaccountfor
theratesauthorizedbySubsection(a)inawaythatdoesnotincrease
thegeneralrevenueappropriationstothatinstitution.
Transferred,redesignated,andamendedfromEducationCode,Section
54.013byActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.301.HIGHESTRANKINGHIGHSCHOOLGRADUATESOPTIONAL
EXEMPTION.Thegoverningboardofeachinstitutionofhigher
educationmayissuescholarshipseachyeartothehighestranking
graduateofeachaccreditedhighschoolofthisstate,exemptingthe
graduatesfromthepaymentoftuitionduringbothsemestersofthe
firstregularsessionimmediatelyfollowingtheirgraduation.This
exemptionmaybegrantedforanyoneofthefirstfourregular
sessionsfollowingtheindividual'sgraduationfromhighschoolwhen
intheopinionoftheinstitution'spresidentthecircumstancesofan
individualcase,includingmilitaryservice,merittheaction.
RedesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section54.201byActs
2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.331.STUDENTSFROMOTHERNATIONSOFTHEAMERICAN
HEMISPHERE.(a)Thegoverningboardsoftheinstitutionsofhigher
educationmayannuallyexemptfromthepaymentoftuitionfeesthe
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followingstudents:
(1)200nativebornstudentsfromtheothernationsofthe
Americanhemisphereand
(2)35nativebornstudentsfromaLatinAmericancountry
designatedbytheUnitedStatesDepartmentofState.
(b)Tenstudentsfromeachnation,asauthorizedinSubsection
(a)(1),shallbeexemptasprovidedinthissubsection.Intheevent
anynationfailstohave10studentsavailableandqualifiedfor
exemption,additionalstudentsfromtheothernationsmaybeexempted,
subjecttotheapprovaloftheTexasHigherEducationCoordinating
Boardandallocationbythecoordinatingboard.However,notmore
than235studentsfromallthenationsshallbeexempteachyear.In
theeventthenationdesignatedinSubsection(a)(2)ofthissection
failstohave35studentsavailableandqualifiedforexemptionwithin
areasonabletime,additionalstudentsfromothernationsmaybe
exempt,subjecttotheapprovalofthecoordinatingboard.
(c)Everyapplicantdesiringtheexemptionshallfurnish
satisfactoryevidence,certifiedbytheproperauthorityofthe
applicant'snativecountry,thattheapplicantisabonafidenative
borncitizenandresidentofthecountrythatcertifiesthe
applicationandthattheapplicantisscholasticallyqualifiedfor
admission.
(d)Thecoordinatingboard,afterconsultationwith
representativesofthegoverningboardsoftheinstitutionsofhigher
education,shallformulateandprescribeaplangoverningthe
admissionanddistributionofallapplicantsdesiringtoqualifyunder
theprovisionsofthissection.
(e)Nostudentshallbeexemptedunderthissectionwhoisnota
nativeborncitizenofthecountrycertifyingthestudent's
qualificationsandwhohasnotlivedinoneofthenationsofthis
hemisphereforaperiodofatleastfiveyears.Nomemberofthe
CommunistPartyandnostudentfromCubashallbeeligiblefor
benefitsunderthissection.
RedesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section54.207byActs
2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
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Sec.54.341.VETERANSANDOTHERMILITARYPERSONNELDEPENDENTS.
(a)Thegoverningboardofeachinstitutionofhighereducationshall
exemptthefollowingpersonsfromthepaymentoftuition,dues,fees,
andotherrequiredcharges,includingfeesforcorrespondencecourses
butexcludinggeneraldepositfees,studentservicesfees,andany
feesorchargesforlodging,board,orclothing,providedtheperson
seekingtheexemptioncurrentlyresidesinthisstateandenteredthe
serviceatalocationinthisstate,declaredthisstateasthe
person'shomeofrecordinthemannerprovidedbytheapplicable
militaryorotherservice,orwouldhavebeendeterminedtobea
residentofthisstateforpurposesofSubchapterBatthetimethe
personenteredtheservice:
(1)allnursesandhonorablydischargedmembersofthearmed
forcesoftheUnitedStateswhoservedduringtheSpanishAmericanWar
orduringWorldWarI
(2)allnurses,membersoftheWomen'sArmyAuxiliaryCorps,
membersoftheWomen'sAuxiliaryVolunteerEmergencyService,andall
honorablydischargedmembersofthearmedforcesoftheUnitedStates
whoservedduringWorldWarIIexceptthosewhoweredischargedfrom
servicebecausetheywereovertheageof38orbecauseofapersonal
requestonthepartofthepersonthatthepersonbedischargedfrom
service
(3)allhonorablydischargedmenandwomenofthearmed
forcesoftheUnitedStateswhoservedduringthenationalemergency
whichbeganonJune27,1950,andwhichisreferredtoastheKorean
Warand
(4)allpersonswhowerehonorablydischargedfromthearmed
forcesoftheUnitedStatesafterservingonactivemilitaryduty,
excludingtraining,formorethan180daysandwhoservedaportionof
theiractivedutyduring:
(A)theColdWarwhichbeganonthedateofthe
terminationofthenationalemergencycitedinSubdivision(3)
(B)theVietnamerawhichbeganonDecember21,1961,
andendedonMay7,1975
(C)theGrenadaandLebanonerawhichbeganonAugust
24,1982,andendedonJuly31,1984
(D)thePanamaerawhichbeganonDecember20,1989,and
endedonJanuary21,1990
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(E)thePersianGulfWarwhichbeganonAugust2,1990,
andendsonthedatethereafterprescribedbyPresidential
proclamationorSeptember1,1997,whicheveroccursfirst
(F)thenationalemergencybyreasonofcertain
terroristattacksthatbeganonSeptember11,2001or
(G)anyfuturenationalemergencydeclaredinaccordance
withfederallaw.
(a1)Apersonwhobeforethe20092010academicyearreceived
anexemptionprovidedbySubsection(a)continuestobeeligiblefor
theexemptionprovidedbythatsubsectionasthatsubsectionexisted
onJanuary1,2009,subjecttotheotherprovisionsofthissection
otherthantherequirementofSubsection(a)thatthepersonmusthave
enteredtheserviceatalocationinthisstate,declaredthisstate
astheperson'shomeofrecord,orwouldhavebeendeterminedtobea
residentofthisstateforpurposesofSubchapterBatthetimethe
personenteredtheservice.
(a2)TheexemptionsprovidedforinSubsection(a)alsoapply
tothespouseof:
(1)amemberofthearmedforcesoftheUnitedStates:
(A)whowaskilledinaction
(B)whodiedwhileinservice
(C)whoismissinginaction
(D)whosedeathisdocumentedtobedirectlycausedby
illnessorinjuryconnectedwithserviceinthearmedforcesofthe
UnitedStatesor
(E)whobecametotallyandpermanentlydisabledormeets
theeligibilityrequirementsforindividualunemployabilityaccording
tothedisabilityratingsoftheDepartmentofVeteransAffairsasa
resultofaservicerelatedinjuryor
(2)amemberoftheTexasNationalGuardortheTexasAir
NationalGuardwho:
(A)waskilledsinceJanuary1,1946,whileonactive
dutyeitherintheserviceofthisstateortheUnitedStatesor
(B)istotallyandpermanentlydisabledormeetsthe
eligibilityrequirementsforindividualunemployabilityaccordingto
thedisabilityratingsoftheDepartmentofVeteransAffairs,
regardlessofwhetherthememberiseligibletoreceivedisability
benefitsfromthedepartment,asaresultofaservicerelatedinjury
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sufferedsinceJanuary1,1946,whileonactivedutyeitherinthe
serviceofthisstateortheUnitedStates.
(a3)Apersonwhobeforethe20112012academicyearreceived
anexemptionprovidedbySubsection(a)continuestobeeligiblefor
theexemptionprovidedbythatsubsectionasthatsubsectionexisted
onJanuary1,2011,subjecttotheotherprovisionsofthissection
otherthantherequirementofSubsection(a)thatthepersonmust
currentlyresideinthisstate.
(a4)Apersonwhobeforethe20142015academicyearreceived
anexemptionunderthissectioncontinuestobeeligibleforthe
exemptionprovidedbythissectionasthissectionexistedonJanuary
1,2013.
(b)TheexemptionsprovidedforinSubsection(a)alsoapplyto:
(1)thechildrenofmembersofthearmedforcesofthe
UnitedStates:
(A)whoareorwerekilledinaction
(B)whodieordiedwhileinservice
(C)whoaremissinginaction
(D)whosedeathisdocumentedtobedirectlycausedby
illnessorinjuryconnectedwithserviceinthearmedforcesofthe
UnitedStatesor
(E)whobecametotallyandpermanentlydisabledormeet
theeligibilityrequirementsforindividualunemployabilityaccording
tothedisabilityratingsoftheDepartmentofVeteransAffairsasa
resultofaservicerelatedinjuryand
(2)thechildrenofmembersoftheTexasNationalGuardand
theTexasAirNationalGuardwho:
(A)werekilledsinceJanuary1,1946,whileonactive
dutyeitherintheserviceoftheirstateortheUnitedStatesor
(B)aretotallyandpermanentlydisabledormeetthe
eligibilityrequirementsforindividualunemployabilityaccordingto
thedisabilityratingsoftheDepartmentofVeteransAffairs,
regardlessofwhetherthemembersareeligibletoreceivedisability
benefitsfromthedepartment,asaresultofaservicerelatedinjury
sufferedsinceJanuary1,1946,whileonactivedutyeitherinthe
serviceofthisstateortheUnitedStates.
(b1)ToqualifyforanexemptionunderSubsection(a2)or(b),
thespouseorchildmustbeclassifiedasaresidentunderSubchapter
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Bonthedateofthespouse'sorchild'sregistration.
(b2)RepealedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.161,Sec.
4.009,eff.September1,2013.
(c)Apersonmaynotreceiveexemptionsprovidedforbythis
sectionformorethanacumulativetotalof150credithours.
(d)Thegoverningboardofeachinstitutionofhighereducation
grantinganexemptionunderthissectionshallrequireeachapplicant
claimingtheexemptiontosubmittotheinstitution,intheformand
mannerprescribedbytheTexasVeteransCommissionforpurposesof
thissectionunderSection434.0079(b),GovernmentCode,an
applicationfortheexemptionandnecessaryevidencethatthe
applicantqualifiesfortheexemptionnotlaterthanthelastclass
dateofthesemesterortermtowhichtheexemptionapplies,except
thatthegoverningboardmayencouragethesubmissionofan
applicationandevidencebytheofficialdayofrecordforthe
semesterortermtowhichtheexemptionappliesonwhichthe
institutionmustdeterminetheenrollmentthatisreportedtothe
TexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoard.
(e)Theexemptionfromtuition,fees,andotherchargesprovided
forbythissectiondoesnotapplytoapersonwhoatthetimeof
registrationisentitledtoreceiveeducationalbenefitsunderfederal
legislationthatmaybeusedonlyforthepaymentoftuitionandfees
ifthevalueofthosebenefitsreceivedinasemesterorothertermis
equaltoorexceedsthevalueoftheexemptionforthesamesemester
orotherterm.Ifthevalueoffederalbenefitsthatmaybeusedonly
forthepaymentoftuitionandfeesandarereceivedinasemesteror
othertermdoesnotequalorexceedthevalueoftheexemptionforthe
samesemesterorotherterm,thepersonisentitledtoreceiveboth
thosefederalbenefitsandtheexemptioninthesamesemesterorother
term.Thecombinedamountofthefederalbenefitthatmaybeused
onlyforthepaymentoftuitionandfeesplustheamountofthe
exemptionreceivedinasemesterorothertermmaynotexceedthecost
oftuitionandfeesforthatsemesterorotherterm.
(e1)Apersonmaynotreceiveanexemptionunderthissection
ifthepersonisindefaultonaloanmadeorguaranteedfor
educationalpurposesbytheStateofTexas.
(f)Thegoverningboardofeachinstitutionofhighereducation
mayenterintocontractswiththeUnitedStatesgovernment,oranyof
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itsagencies,tofurnishinstructiontoexservicemenandexservice
womenatatuitionratewhichcoverstheestimatedcostofthe
instructionor,inthealternative,atatuitionrateof$100a
semester,asmaybedeterminedbythegoverningboard.Iftherates
specifiedareprohibitedbyfederallawforanyparticularclassof
exservicemenorexservicewomen,thetuitionrateshallbesetby
thegoverningboard,butshallnotbelessthantheestablishedrate
forcivilianstudents.Iffederallawprovidesastoanyclassof
veteransthatthetuitionpaymentsaretobedeductedfromsubsequent
benefitstowhichtheveteranmaybeentitled,theinstitutionshall
refundtoanyveteranwhoisaresidentofTexaswithinthemeaningof
thissectiontheamountbywhichanyadjustedcompensationpaymentis
actuallyreducedbecauseoftuitionpaymentsmadetotheinstitution
bythefederalgovernmentfortheveteran.
(g)Thegoverningboardofapublicjuniorcollege,public
technicalinstitute,orpublicstatecollege,asthosetermsare
definedbySection61.003,mayestablishafeeforextraordinarycosts
associatedwithaspecificcourseorprogramandmayprovidethatthe
exemptionsprovidedbythissectiondonotapplytothisfee.
(h)Thegoverningboardofeachinstitutionofhighereducation
shallelectronicallyreporttotheTexasVeteransCommissionthe
informationrequiredbySection434.00791,GovernmentCode,relating
toeachindividualreceivinganexemptionfromfeesandchargesunder
Subsection(a),(a2),(b),or(k).Theinstitutionshallreportthe
informationnotlaterthanJanuary31ofeachyearforthefall
semester,June30ofeachyearforthespringsemester,andSeptember
30ofeachyearforthesummersession.
(i)TheTexasVeteransCommissionmayadoptrulestoprovidefor
theefficientanduniformapplicationofthissection.Indeveloping
rulesunderthissubsection,thecommissionshallconsultwiththe
TexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardandinstitutionsofhigher
education.
(j)Indeterminingwhethertoadmitapersontoanycertificate
programoranybaccalaureate,graduate,postgraduate,orprofessional
degreeprogram,aninstitutionofhighereducationmaynotconsider
thefactthatthepersoniseligibleforanexemptionunderthis
section.
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procedurestoallow:
(1)apersonwhobecomeseligibleforanexemptionprovided
bySubsection(a)towaivetheperson'srighttoanyunusedportionof
thenumberofcumulativecredithoursforwhichthepersoncould
receivetheexemptionandassigntheexemptionfortheunusedportion
ofthosecredithourstoachildofthepersonand
(2)followingthedeathofapersonwhobecomeseligiblefor
anexemptionprovidedbySubsection(a),theassignmentofthe
exemptionfortheunusedportionofthecredithourstoachildofthe
person,tobemadebytheperson'sspouseorbytheconservator,
guardian,custodian,orotherlegallydesignatedcaretakerofthe
child,ifthechilddoesnototherwisequalifyforanexemptionunder
Subsection(b).
(k1)TheproceduresunderSubsection(k)mustprovide:
(1)themannerinwhichapersonmaywaivetheexemption
(2)themannerinwhichachildmaybedesignatedtoreceive
theexemption
(3)aprocedurepermittingthedesignationofadifferent
childtoreceivetheexemptionifthechildpreviouslydesignatedto
receivetheexemptiondidnotusetheexemptionunderthissectionfor
alloftheassignedportionofcredithours
(4)amethodofdocumentationtoenableinstitutionsof
highereducationtodeterminetheeligibilityofthedesignatedchild
toreceivetheexemptionand
(5)aprocedurepermittingapersonwhowaivedtheexemption
anddesignatedachildtoreceivetheexemptiontorevokethat
designationastoanyunusedportionoftheassignedcredithours.
(l)TobeeligibletoreceiveanexemptionunderSubsection(k),
thechildmust:
(1)beastudentwhoisclassifiedasaresidentunder
SubchapterBwhenthechildenrollsinaninstitutionofhigher
education
(2)asagraduateorundergraduatestudent,maintainagrade
pointaveragethatsatisfiesthegradepointaveragerequirementfor
makingsatisfactoryacademicprogressinadegree,certificate,or
continuingeducationprogramasdeterminedbytheinstitutionatwhich
thechildisenrolledinaccordancewiththeinstitution'spolicy
regardingeligibilityforfinancialaidand
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(3)be25yearsofageoryoungeronthefirstdayofthe
semesterorotheracademictermforwhichtheexemptionisclaimed.
(m)Forpurposesofthissection,apersonisthechildof
anotherpersonif:
(1)thepersonisthestepchildorthebiologicaloradopted
childoftheotherpersonor
(2)theotherpersonclaimedthepersonasadependentona
federalincometaxreturnfiledfortheprecedingyearorwillclaim
thepersonasadependentonafederalincometaxreturnforthe
currentyear.
(n)TheTexasVeteransCommissionbyruleshallprescribe
proceduresbywhichachildassignedanexemptionunderSubsection(k)
whosufferedfromasevereillnessorotherdebilitatingcondition
thataffectedthechild'sabilitytousetheexemptionbeforereaching
theagedescribedbySubsection(l)(3)maybegrantedadditionaltime
tousetheexemptioncorrespondingtothetimethechildwasunableto
usetheexemptionbecauseoftheillnessorcondition.
(o)TheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardandtheTexas
VeteransCommissionshallcoordinatetoprovideeachrespectiveagency
withanyinformationrequiredtoensuretheproperadministrationof
thissectionandtheproperexecutionofeachagency'sstatutory
responsibilitiesconcerningthissection.
Reenacted,redesignatedandamendedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.
359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,2012.
Amendedby:
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.161(S.B.1093),Sec.4.009,eff.
September1,2013.
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1193(S.B.1158),Sec.1,eff.
June14,2013.
TextofsectionasaddedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1193(S.B.
1158),Sec.2
FortextofsectionasaddedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1194
(S.B.1159),Sec.3,seeotherSec.54.3411.
Sec.54.3411.PERMANENTFUNDSUPPORTINGMILITARYANDVETERANS
EXEMPTIONS.(a)Inthissection,"trustcompany"meanstheTexas
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TreasurySafekeepingTrustCompany.
(b)Thepermanentfundsupportingmilitaryandveterans
exemptionsisaspecialfundinthetreasuryoutsidethegeneral
revenuefund.Thefundiscomposedof:
(1)moneytransferredorappropriatedtothefundbythe
legislature
(2)giftsandgrantscontributedtothefundand
(3)thereturnsreceivedfrominvestmentofmoneyinthe
fund.
(c)Thetrustcompanyshalladministerthefund.Thetrust
companyshalldeterminetheamountavailablefordistributionfromthe
fund,determinedinaccordancewithadistributionpolicythatis
adoptedbythecomptrolleranddesignedtopreservethepurchasing
powerofthefund'sassetsandtoprovideastableandpredictable
streamofannualdistributions.Expensesofmanagingthefund's
assetsshallbepaidfromthefund.Exceptasprovidedbythis
section,moneyinthefundmaynotbeusedforanypurpose.Sections
403.095and404.071,GovernmentCode,donotapplytothefund.
(d)Inmanagingtheassetsofthefund,throughproceduresand
subjecttorestrictionsthetrustcompanyconsidersappropriate,the
trustcompanymayacquire,exchange,sell,supervise,manage,or
retainanykindofinvestmentthataprudentinvestor,exercising
reasonablecare,skill,andcaution,wouldacquireorretaininlight
ofthepurposes,terms,distributionrequirements,andother
circumstancesofthefundthenprevailing,takingintoconsideration
theinvestmentofalltheassetsofthefundratherthanasingle
investment.
(e)Theamountavailablefordistributionfromthefundmaybe
appropriatedonlytooffsetthecosttoinstitutionsofhigher
educationoftheexemptionsrequiredbySection54.341(k).Theamount
appropriatedshallbedistributedtoeligibleinstitutionsin
proportiontoeachinstitution'srespectiveshareoftheaggregate
costtoallinstitutionsoftheexemptionsrequiredbySection
54.341(k),asdeterminedbytheLegislativeBudgetBoard.Theamount
appropriatedshallbedistributedannuallytoeacheligible
institutionofhighereducation.
(f)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
entitledtoreceivemoneyunderthissectionmaysolicitandaccept
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giftsandgrantstothefund.Agiftorgranttothefundmustbe
distributedandappropriatedforthepurposesofthefund,subjectto
anylimitationorrequirementplacedonthegiftorgrantbythedonor
orgrantingentity.
AddedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1193(S.B.1158),Sec.2,
eff.June14,2013.
TextofsectionasaddedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1194(S.B.
1159),Sec.3
FortextofsectionasaddedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1193
(S.B.1158),Sec.2,seeotherSec.54.3411.
Forexpirationofthissection,seeSubsection(d).
Sec.54.3411.STUDYREGARDINGTUITIONANDFEEEXEMPTIONSFOR
CERTAINMILITARYPERSONNELANDDEPENDENTS.(a)TheLegislative
BudgetBoard,inconsultationwiththeTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoardandtheTexasVeteransCommission,shallstudyand
evaluatefederaleducationbenefitsandthetuitionandfeeexemptions
providedunderSection54.341.Inthestudy,theLegislativeBudget
Boardshallconsideranyavailablehistoricaldataandtheprojected
dataregardingrecipientsoftheexemptionsprovidedunderSection
54.341,disaggregatedbyveteran,dependent,spouse,andlegacy
recipient,foreachofthefollowingcategoriesofinformation:
(1)thetotalnumberofrecipients,disaggregatedbygender,
raceandethnicity,institution,andsocioeconomicbackgroundas
indicatedintheFreeApplicationforFederalStudentAid(FAFSA)
(2)thenumberofundergraduate,graduate,anddoctoral
credithoursattemptedandearnedbysemester
(3)thenumberofdegreesattemptedandearned,andthe
associatedsemestercredithoursrequiredforthosedegrees,per
recipient
(4)thegradepointaverageofrecipientsaftercompleting
thefirst,second,third,andfourthacademicyears,andsubsequent
academicyears,asapplicable,andtotheextentallowedunderthe
FamilyEducationalRightsandPrivacyActof1974(20U.S.C.Section
1232g)
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(5)theaveragetimetograduation
(6)thefouryearandsixyeargraduationrates,retention
rates,andnoncompletionrates
(7)thenumberofsemestercredithoursofdevelopmental
educationcoursesattemptedandearnedbyrecipients
(8)theproportionoffederaleducationbenefits,including
veteranandnonveteranbenefits,andoftheexemptionprovidedunder
Section54.341,usedforundergraduate,graduate,anddoctoral
semestercredithoursattemptedandearnedbyrecipientsand
(9)theaveragecostoftuitionandmandatoryfeesforan
undergraduate,graduate,anddoctoralrecipientenrolledinafull
courseloadataninstitutionofhighereducationcomparedtothe
averagecostforanonrecipientstudentenrolledinafullcourseload
atthesameinstitutionforthesamedegreelevel.
(b)Tothegreatestextentpossible:
(1)theLegislativeBudgetBoardshall:
(A)includeinitsstudyareviewofallfederal
educationbenefitsforveteransinordertocomprehensivelyreviewthe
sustainabilityofstateandfederalbenefitsforveteransand
(B)useapplicabledatafromthe20082009academicyear
oramorerecentacademicyearasabaselineinthestudyand
(2)institutionsofhighereducationshallcooperatewith
theLegislativeBudgetBoardbyprovidinganyrequesteddataand
ensuringthereliabilityandvalidityofthedatacollectedand
submittedforthepurposeofthestudy.
(c)NotlaterthanDecember1,2014,theLegislativeBudget
BoardshallsubmittotheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoard,
theTexasVeteransCommission,thegovernor,thelieutenantgovernor,
andthespeakerofthehouseofrepresentativesawrittenreportof
theresultsofthestudyconductedunderthissection,togetherwith
anyrecommendationsforlegislativeoradministrativeaction,
includinganychangestoeligibilitycriteriaorotherchanges
necessarytopromotesustainability,fiscalefficiency,and
effectivenessintheuseoftheexemptionprovidedunderSection
54.341.Arecommendationincludedinthereportmustincludean
explanationofthebasisforthatrecommendation.
(d)ThissectionexpiresJanuary31,2015.
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AddedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1194(S.B.1159),Sec.3,
eff.June14,2013.
Sec.54.342.PRISONERSOFWAR.(a)Inthissection,"tuition
andrequiredfees"includestuition,servicefees,labfees,building
usefees,andallotherrequiredfeesexceptroom,board,orclothing
feesordepositsinthenatureofsecurityforthereturnorproper
careofproperty.
(b)Foreachsemesterorsummersessionandforatotalnumber
ofsemestercredithoursnottoexceed120,thegoverningbodyofeach
institutionofhighereducationshallexemptfromthepaymentof
tuitionandrequiredfeesanypersonwho:
(1)isaresidentofTexasandwasaresidentofTexasat
thetimeoftheperson'soriginalentryintotheUnitedStatesarmed
forces
(2)wasfirstclassifiedasaprisonerofwarbytheUnited
StatesDepartmentofDefenseonorafterJanuary1,1999and
(3)isenrolledforatleast12semestercredithours.
(c)Foreachsemesterorsessioninwhichapersonreceivesan
exemptionfromtuitionandrequiredfeesunderSubsection(b),the
governingbodyoftheinstitutionthepersonattendsshallexemptthe
personfromthepaymentoffeesandchargesforlodgingandboardif
thepersonresidesonthecampusoftheinstitution.Iftheperson
doesnotresideonthecampusoftheinstitution,theinstitution
shallprovidetothepersonareasonablestipendtocoverthecostsof
theperson'slodgingandboard.
(d)Foreachsemesterorsessioninwhichapersonreceivesan
exemptionfromtuitionandrequiredfeesunderSubsection(b),the
governingbodyoftheinstitutionthepersonattendsshallawardto
thepersonascholarshiptocoverthecostsofbooksandsimilar
educationalmaterialsrequiredforcourseworkattheinstitution.
(e)Aninstitutionmayuseanyavailablerevenue,including
legislativeappropriations,andshallsolicitandacceptgifts,
grants,anddonationsforthepurposesofthissection.The
institutionshallusegifts,grants,anddonationsreceivedforthe
purposesofthissectionbeforeusinganyotherrevenue.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1590,Sec.11(b),eff.June19,
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1999.
RedesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.219byActs2011,82nd
Leg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,2012.
Sec.54.343.CHILDRENOFPRISONERSOFWARORPERSONSMISSINGIN
ACTION.(a)Inthissection:
(1)"Dependentchild"meansapersonunder21yearsofage,
orapersonunder25yearsofagewhoreceivesthemajorityofhis
supportfromhisparentorparents.
(2)"Tuitionandfees"includestuition,servicefees,lab
fees,buildingusefees,andallotherfeesexceptroom,board,or
clothingfees,ordepositsinthenatureofsecurityforthereturnor
propercareofproperty.
(b)Thegoverningbodyofeachinstitutionofhighereducation,
onpresentationofsatisfactoryevidence,shallexemptfromthe
paymentoftuitionandfeesthedependentchildofanypersonwhoisa
domiciliaryofTexasonactivedutyasamemberofthearmedforcesof
theUnitedStates,andwhoatthetimeoftheregistrationis
classifiedbytheDepartmentofDefenseasaprisonerofwaroras
missinginaction.
AddedbyActs1971,62ndLeg.,p.3356,ch.1024,art.2,Sec.33,
eff.Sept.1,1971.
RedesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.209byActs2011,82nd
Leg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,2012.
Sec.54.344.PARTICIPANTSINMILITARYFUNERALS.Thegoverning
boardofeachinstitutionofhighereducationshallprovidea$25
exemptionfromtuitionandrequiredfeesunderthischaptertoa
studentinexchangeforavoucherissuedtothestudentunderSection
434.0072,GovernmentCode,thatispresentedbythestudenttothe
institution.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.660(H.B.1187),Sec.3,eff.
June15,2007.
RedesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.215byActs2011,82nd
Leg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,2012.

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Sec.54.345.ASSISTANCEFORTUITIONANDFEESFORMEMBERSOF
STATEMILITARYFORCES.(a)Foreachsemester,theadjutantgeneral
ofthestatemilitaryforcesshallcertifytoinstitutionsofhigher
educationasdescribedbySection437.226,GovernmentCode,
informationidentifyingthepersonstowhomtheadjutantgeneralhas
awardedassistancefortuitionandmandatoryfeesunderthatsection.
(b)Aninstitutionofhighereducationshallexemptaperson
certifiedbytheadjutantgeneralasdescribedbySubsection(a)from
thepaymentoftuitionforthesemestercredithoursforwhichthe
personenrolls,nottoexceed12semestercredithours.Iftheperson
isnotchargedtuitionattherateprovidedforotherTexasresidents,
theamountoftheexemptionmaynotexceedtheamountoftuitionthe
personwouldbechargedasaTexasresidentforthenumberofsemester
credithoursforwhichthepersonenrolls,nottoexceed12semester
credithours.
(c)Aninstitutionofhighereducationshallexemptapersonwho
receivesanexemptionfromtuitionunderSubsection(b)fromthe
paymentofallmandatoryfeesforanysemesterinwhichtheperson
receivesthetuitionexemption.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1206,Sec.2,eff.Jan.1,2000.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.1181(S.B.1227),Sec.14,eff.
September1,2005.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.519(S.B.685),Sec.3,eff.June
16,2007.
RedesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.2155byActs2011,82nd
Leg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,2012.
Amendedby:
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1217(S.B.1536),Sec.3.02,eff.
September1,2013.
Sec.54.351.CHILDRENOFDISABLEDFIREFIGHTERSANDLAW
ENFORCEMENTOFFICERS.(a)Inthissection:
(1)"Eligiblefirefighterorlawenforcementofficer"means:
(A)afullpaidorvolunteerfirefighter
(B)afullpaidorvolunteermunicipal,county,orstate
peaceofficer,includingagamewardenor
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(C)acustodialofficeroftheTexasDepartmentof
CriminalJustice.
(2)"Disability"meansinabilitytoengageinany
substantialgainfulactivitybyreasonofamedicallydeterminable
physicalormentalimpairmentthatcanbeexpectedtoresultindeath
ortobeoflongcontinuedandindefiniteduration.Apersonisnot
consideredtobeunderadisabilityunlessthepersonprovidesany
proofoftheexistenceofthedisabilityasmayberequired.
(b)Thegoverningboardofeachinstitutionofhighereducation
shallexemptfromthepaymentofalldues,fees,andchargesany
personwhoseparentisaneligiblefirefighterorlawenforcement
officerwhohassufferedaninjury,resultingindeathordisability,
sustainedinthelineofdutyaccordingtotheregulationsand
criteriathenineffectgoverningthedepartmentoragencyinwhich
theeligiblefirefighterorlawenforcementofficervolunteeredorwas
employed.Theexemptiondoesnotapplytogeneraldepositsortofees
orchargesforlodging,board,orclothing.
(c)Apersonisnotentitledtotheexemptioniftheperson:
(1)doesnotapplyinitiallyfortheexemptionbeforethe
datetheperson:
(A)becomes21yearsofage,ifthepersonisnot
coveredbyParagraph(B)or
(B)becomes22yearsofage,ifthepersoniseligible
toparticipateinaschooldistrict'sspecialeducationprogramunder
Section29.003
(2)doesnotmeetallentrancerequirementsofthe
institutionor
(3)doesnotmaintainascholasticaveragesufficientto
remainingoodstanding.
(d)SubjecttoSubsection(e),apersonmayreceiveanexemption
onlyforthefirst120undergraduatesemestercredithoursforwhich
thepersonregisters.
(e)Apersonisnotentitledtoanexemptionforanytermor
semesterthepersonbeginsafterthedatethepersonbecomes26years
ofage.
(f)Apersonentitledtoanexemptionundertheprovisionsof
thissectionshall,whentransferringfromapublicjuniorcollegeto
apublicseniorcollegeoruniversity,meetthestandardentrance
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requirementsrequiredbytheseniorcollegeoruniversityofan
applicantforadmissionnotcoveredbytheprovisionsofthissection.
(g)Aneligiblefirefighterorlawenforcementofficerwhose
injuryresultsinadisabilityshallsubmittoaphysicalexamination
byaphysiciandesignatedbytheUnitedStatesSocialSecurity
Administrationtoconductphysicalexaminationsandtomakedisability
reportstotheSocialSecurityAdministration.Ifthephysician
decidestheinjuryreceivedhasresultedinadisability,the
physicianshallcertifythatfacttotheheadofthedepartmentin
whichtheeligiblefirefighterorlawenforcementofficervolunteers
orisemployed.
(h)Theheadofthedepartmentinwhichtheeligiblefirefighter
orlawenforcementofficervolunteeredorwasemployedatthetimethe
firefighterorlawenforcementofficersustainedtheinjuryshallfile
acertificatewiththeTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardona
formpreparedbytheboardforthepurpose.Theheadofthe
departmentshallattachthecertificateoftheexaminingphysicianif
anexaminationisrequiredbySubsection(g).Acopyofthe
certificateonfilewiththecoordinatingboardissufficientevidence
fortheinstitutiontogranttheexemption.
RedesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section54.204byActs
2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.352.DISABLEDPEACEOFFICERSOPTIONALEXEMPTION.(a)
Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationmayexempta
studentfromthepaymentoftuitionandrequiredfeesauthorizedby
thischapterforacourseforwhichspaceisavailableifthestudent:
(1)isaresidentofthisstateandhasresidedinthis
stateforthe12monthsimmediatelyprecedingthebeginningofthe
semesterorsessionforwhichanexemptionissought
(2)ispermanentlydisabledasaresultofaninjury
sufferedduringtheperformanceofadutyasapeaceofficerofthis
stateorapoliticalsubdivisionofthisstateand
(3)isunabletocontinueemploymentasapeaceofficer
becauseofthedisability.
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morethan12semestersorsessionswhilethepersonisenrolledinan
undergraduateprogramorwhilethepersonisattendingonly
undergraduatecourses.
(c)Apersonmaynotreceiveanexemptionunderthissectionif
thepersonisenrolledinamaster'sdegreeprogramorisattending
postgraduatecoursestomeettherequirementsofamaster'sdegree
programandthepersonhaspreviouslyreceivedamaster'sdegreeand
receivedanexemptionunderthissectionforasemesterorsession
whileattendingapostgraduatecoursetomeettherequirementsofthe
master'sdegreeprogram.
(d)Apersonmaynotreceiveanexemptionunderthissectionif
thepersonisenrolledinadoctoraldegreeprogramorisattending
postgraduatecoursestomeettherequirementsofadoctoraldegree
programandthepersonhaspreviouslyreceivedadoctoraldegreeand
receivedanexemptionunderthissectionforasemesterorsession
whileattendingapostgraduatecoursetomeettherequirementsofthe
doctoraldegreeprogram.
(e)Apersonmustapplyforanexemptioninthemannerprovided
bythegoverningboardoftheinstitution.Thegoverningboardshall
requireanapplicantforanexemptiontosubmitsatisfactoryevidence
thattheapplicantiseligiblefortheexemption.
(f)Thelegislature,inanappropriationsact,shallaccountfor
theratesoftuitionandfeesauthorizedbySubsection(a)inaway
thatdoesnotincreasethegeneralrevenueappropriationstothat
institution.
(g)Inthissection,"injurysufferedduringtheperformanceof
adutyasapeaceofficer"meansaninjuryoccurringasaresultof
thepeaceofficer'sperformanceofanyofthefollowinglaw
enforcementduties:
(1)trafficenforcementortrafficcontrolduties,including
enforcementoftrafficlaws,investigationofvehicleaccidents,or
directingtraffic
(2)pursuit,arrest,orsearchofapersonreasonably
believedtohaveviolatedalaw
(3)investigation,includingundercoverinvestigation,ofa
criminalact
(4)patrolduties,includingautomobile,bicycle,foot,air,
orhorsepatrol
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(5)dutiesrelatedtothetransferofprisonersor
(6)trainingduties,includingparticipationinanytraining
requiredbytheofficer'semployerorsupervisororbytheTexas
CommissiononLawEnforcement.
(h)Forthepurposeofthissection,apeaceofficeris
consideredpermanentlydisabledonlyifthechiefadministrative
officerofthelawenforcementagencyorotherentitythatemployed
theofficeratthetimeoftheinjurydeterminestheofficeris
permanentlydisabledandsatisfiesanyrequirementofaninstitution
underSubsection(e).
RedesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section54.2041byActs
2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Amendedby:
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.93(S.B.686),Sec.2.14,eff.
May18,2013.
Sec.54.353.FIREFIGHTERSENROLLEDINFIRESCIENCECOURSES.(a)
Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationshallexempt
fromthepaymentoftuitionandlaboratoryfeesanystudentenrolled
inoneormorecoursesofferedaspartofafiresciencecurriculum
who:
(1)isemployedasafirefighterbyapoliticalsubdivision
ofthisstateor
(2)iscurrently,andhasbeenforatleastoneyear,an
activememberofanorganizedvolunteerfiredepartmentparticipating
intheTexasEmergencyServicesRetirementSystemoraretirement
systemestablishedundertheTexasLocalFireFightersRetirementAct
(Article6243e,Vernon'sTexasCivilStatutes)andwhoholds:
(A)anAccreditedAdvancedlevelofcertification,oran
equivalentsuccessorcertification,undertheStateFiremen'sandFire
Marshals'AssociationofTexasvolunteercertificationprogramor
(B)PhaseV(FirefighterII)certification,oran
equivalentsuccessorcertification,undertheTexasCommissiononFire
Protection'svoluntarycertificationprogramunderSection419.071,
GovernmentCode.
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depositsthatmayberequiredinthenatureofsecurityforthereturn
orpropercareofpropertyloanedfortheuseofstudents.
(c)NotwithstandingSubsection(a),astudentwhoforasemester
ortermataninstitutionofhighereducationreceivesanexemption
underthissectionmaycontinuetoreceivetheexemptionfora
subsequentsemesterortermatanyinstitutiononlyifthestudent
makessatisfactoryacademicprogresstowardadegreeorcertificateat
thatinstitutionasdeterminedbytheinstitutionforpurposesof
financialaid.
(d)NotwithstandingSubsection(a),theexemptionprovidedunder
thissectiondoesnotapplytoanyamountofadditionaltuitionthe
institutionelectstochargearesidentundergraduatestudentunder
Section54.014(a)or(f).
(e)NotwithstandingSubsection(a),theexemptionprovidedunder
thissectiondoesnotapplytoanyamountoftuitiontheinstitution
chargesagraduatestudentinexcessoftheamountoftuitioncharged
tosimilarlysituatedgraduatestudentsbecausethestudenthasa
numberofsemestercredithoursofdoctoralworkinexcessofthe
applicablenumberprovidedbySection61.059(l)(1)or(2).
(f)TheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardshalladopt:
(1)rulesgoverningthegrantingordenialofanexemption
underthissection,includingrulesrelatingtothedeterminationofa
student'seligibilityforanexemptionand
(2)auniformlistingofdegreeprogramscoveredbythe
exemptionunderthissection.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.17(b),
eff.January1,2012.
ReenactedandamendedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1316(S.B.
220),Sec.3.01(a),eff.June14,2013.
Sec.54.3531.PEACEOFFICERSENROLLEDINCERTAINCOURSES.(a)
Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationshallexempt
fromthepaymentoftuitionandlaboratoryfeeschargedbythe
institutionforacriminaljusticeorlawenforcementcourseor
coursesanundergraduatestudentwho:
(1)isemployedasapeaceofficerbythisstateorbya
politicalsubdivisionofthisstate
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(2)isenrolledinacriminaljusticeorlawenforcement
relateddegreeprogramattheinstitution
(3)ismakingsatisfactoryacademicprogresstowardthe
student'sdegreeasdeterminedbytheinstitutionand
(4)appliesfortheexemptionatleastoneweekbeforethe
lastdateoftheinstitution'sregularregistrationperiodforthe
applicablesemesterorotherterm.
(b)NotwithstandingSubsection(a),astudentmaynotreceivean
exemptionunderthissectionforanycourseifthestudenthas
previouslyattemptedanumberofsemestercredithoursforcourses
takenatanyinstitutionofhighereducationwhileclassifiedasa
residentstudentfortuitionpurposesinexcessofthemaximumnumber
ofthosehoursspecifiedbySection61.0595(a)aseligibleforfunding
undertheformulasestablishedunderSection61.059.
(c)NotwithstandingSubsection(a),thegoverningboardofan
institutionofhighereducationmaynotprovideexemptionsunderthis
sectiontostudentsenrolledinaspecificclassinanumberthat
exceeds20percentofthemaximumstudentenrollmentdesignatedbythe
institutionforthatclass.
(d)Anexemptionprovidedunderthissectiondoesnotapplyto
depositsthatmayberequiredinthenatureofsecurityforthereturn
orpropercareofpropertyloanedfortheuseofstudents.
(e)TheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardshalladopt:
(1)rulesgoverningthegrantingordenialofanexemption
underthissection,includingrulesrelatingtothedeterminationofa
student'seligibilityforanexemptionand
(2)auniformlistingofdegreeprogramscoveredbythe
exemptionunderthissection.
(f)Ifthelegislaturedoesnotspecificallyappropriatefunds
toaninstitutionofhighereducationinanamountsufficienttopay
theinstitution'scostsincomplyingwiththissectionforasemester,
thegoverningboardoftheinstitutionofhighereducationshall
reporttotheSenateFinanceCommitteeandtheHouseAppropriations
Committeethecosttotheinstitutionofcomplyingwiththissection
forthatsemester.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.17(b),
eff.January1,2012.
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ReenactedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1316(S.B.220),Sec.
3.01(a),eff.June14,2013.
Sec.54.354.EDUCATIONBENEFITSFORCERTAINSURVIVORS.(a)A
personiseligibletoreceiveeducationbenefitsunderthissectionif
thepersonis:
(1)asurvivingspouseor
(2)asurvivingminorchildasdefinedbySection615.001,
GovernmentCode.
(b)Aneligiblepersonwhoenrollsasafulltimestudentatan
institutionofhighereducationasdefinedbySection61.003isexempt
fromtuitionandfeesatthatinstitutionofhighereducationuntil
thestudentreceivesabachelor'sdegreeor200hoursofcourse
credit,whicheveroccursfirst.
(c)Ifthestudentelectstoresideinhousingprovidedbythe
institutionofhighereducationandqualifiestoresideinthat
housing,theinstitutionshallpayfromthegeneralrevenue
appropriatedtotheinstitutionthecostofthestudent'scontractfor
foodandhousinguntilthestudentreceivesabachelor'sdegreeor200
hoursofcoursecredit,whicheveroccursfirst.Ifthereisnospace
availableintheinstitution'shousing,theinstitutionshall,from
thegeneralrevenueappropriatedtotheinstitution,paytothe
studenteachmonththeequivalentamountthattheinstitutionwould
haveexpendedhadthestudentlivedintheinstitution'shousing.The
institutionisnotrequiredtopaythestudentthemonthlypaymentif
thestudentwouldnotqualifytoliveintheinstitution'shousing.
(d)Theinstitutionofhighereducationshall,fromthegeneral
revenueappropriatedtotheinstitution,paytothestudentthecost
ofthestudent'stextbooksuntilthestudentreceivesabachelor's
degreeor200hoursofcoursecredit,whicheveroccursfirst.
(e)Apaymentunderthissectionisinadditiontoanypayment
madeunderSection615.022,GovernmentCode.
Transferred,redesignatedandamendedfromGovernmentCode,Section
615.0225byActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,
eff.January1,2012.
Sec.54.355.CHILDRENOFPROFESSIONALNURSINGPROGRAMFACULTY.
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(a)Inthissection:
(1)"Child"meansachild25yearsofageoryoungerand
includesanadoptedchild.
(2)"Graduateprofessionalnursingprogram"meansan
educationalprogramofapublicorprivateinstitutionofhigher
educationthatpreparesstudentsforamaster'sordoctoraldegreein
nursing.
(3)"Undergraduateprofessionalnursingprogram"meansa
publicorprivateeducationalprogramforpreparingstudentsfor
initiallicensureasregisterednurses.
(b)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
shallexemptfromthepaymentoftuitionaresidentofthisstate
enrolledasanundergraduatestudentattheinstitutionwhoisachild
ofapersonwho,atthebeginningofthesemesterorotheracademic
termforwhichanexemptionissought,holdsamaster'sordoctoral
degreeinnursing,ifnotemployedorundercontractasateaching
assistantunderSubdivision(1)or(2),orabaccalaureatedegreein
nursing,ifemployedorundercontractasateachingassistantunder
Subdivision(1)or(2),and:
(1)isemployedbyanundergraduateorgraduateprofessional
nursingprograminthisstateasafulltimememberofitsfacultyor
staffwithdutiesthatincludeteaching,servingasateaching
assistant,performingresearch,servingasanadministrator,or
performingotherprofessionalservicesor
(2)hascontractedwithanundergraduateorgraduate
professionalnursingprograminthisstatetoserveasafulltime
memberofitsfacultyorstafftoperformdutiesdescribedby
Subdivision(1)duringallorpartofthesemesterorotheracademic
termforwhichanexemptionissoughtor,ifthechildisenrolledfor
asummersession,duringallorpartofthatsessionorforthenext
academicyear.
(c)Achildwhowouldqualifyforanexemptionunderthis
sectionbutforthefactthatthechild'sparentisnotemployedfull
timeiseligibleforanexemptiononaproratabasisequaltothe
percentageoffulltimeemploymenttheparentisemployed,exceptthat
aparentemployedforlessthan25percentoffulltimeemploymentis
consideredtobeemployedfor25percentoffulltimeemployment.
(d)Apersonisnoteligibleforanexemptionunderthissection
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iftheperson:
(1)haspreviouslyreceivedanexemptionunderthissection
for10semestersorsummersessionsatanyinstitutionorinstitutions
ofhighereducationor
(2)hasreceivedabaccalaureatedegree.
(e)ForpurposesofSubsection(d),asummersessionthatis
lessthannineweeksindurationisconsideredonehalfofasummer
session.
(f)Thetuitionexemptionprovidedbythissectionappliesonly
toenrollmentofachildattheinstitutionatwhichthechild's
parentisemployedorisundercontract.
(g)TheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardshalladopt:
(1)rulesgoverningthegrantingordenialofanexemption
underthissection,includingrulesrelatingtothedeterminationof
eligibilityforanexemptionand
(2)auniformapplicationformforanexemptionunderthis
section.
AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.674(S.B.132),Sec.2,eff.June
17,2005.
RedesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.221byActs2011,82nd
Leg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,2012.
Sec.54.356.PRECEPTORSFORPROFESSIONALNURSINGEDUCATION
PROGRAMS.(a)Inthissection,"child"and"undergraduate
professionalnursingprogram"havethemeaningsassignedbySection
54.355.
(b)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
shallexemptfromthepaymentof$500ofthetotalamountoftuitiona
residentofthisstateenrolledasastudentattheinstitutionwho:
(1)isaregisterednurseand
(2)servesunderawrittenpreceptoragreementwithan
undergraduateprofessionalnursingprogramasaclinicalpreceptorfor
studentsenrolledintheprogram.
(b1)ApersonisentitledtoanexemptionunderSubsection(b)
foronesemesterorotheracademictermforeachsemesterorother
academictermduringwhichthepersonservesasaclinicalpreceptor
asdescribedbySubsection(b).Thepersonmayclaimtheexemption
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in:
(1)thesemesterorotheracademicterminwhichtheperson
servesasaclinicalpreceptoror
(2)adifferentsemesterorotheracademictermthatbegins
beforethefirstanniversaryofthelastdayofasemesterorother
academictermdescribedbySubdivision(1),ifthepersondoesnot
claimtheexemptioninthesemesterorothertermduringwhichthe
personservesasaclinicalpreceptor.
(c)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
shallexemptfromthepaymentof$500ofthetotalamountoftuitiona
residentofthisstateenrolledasanundergraduatestudentatthe
institutionwhoisachildofapersonwhomeetstherequirementsof
Subsection(b).Thechildisentitledtoanexemptionforone
semesterorotheracademictermforeachsemesterorotheracademic
termduringwhichtheparentservesasaclinicalpreceptor.The
childmayclaimtheexemptioninanysemesterorotheracademicterm
duringwhichtheparentcouldhaveclaimedanexemptionunder
Subsection(b).Thechild'seligibilityforanexemptionisnot
affectedbywhethertheparentalsoreceivedanexemptionunder
Subsection(b)forthesamequalifyingserviceasaclinical
preceptor.
(d)NotwithstandingSubsections(b)and(c),ifaperson
eligibleforanexemptionunderthissectionoweslessthan$500in
tuition,thegoverningboardoftheinstitutionofhighereducationin
whichthepersonisenrolledshallexemptthepersonfromthepayment
ofonlytheamountoftuitionthepersonowes.
(e)ApersonisnoteligibleforanexemptionunderSubsection
(c)iftheperson:
(1)haspreviouslyreceivedanexemptionunderthissection
for10semestersorsummersessionsatanyinstitutionorinstitutions
ofhighereducationor
(2)hasreceivedabaccalaureatedegree.
(f)ForpurposesofSubsection(e),asummersessionthatis
lessthannineweeksindurationisconsideredonehalfofasummer
session.
(g)TheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardshalladopt:
(1)rulesgoverningthegrantingordenialofanexemption
underthissection,includingrulesrelatingtothedeterminationof
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eligibilityforanexemptionand
(2)auniformapplicationformforanexemptionunderthis
section.
RedesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section54.222byActs
2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.361.ONEYEAREXEMPTIONFORCERTAINTANFSTUDENTS.A
studentisexemptfromthepaymentoftuitionandfeesauthorizedby
thischapterforthefirstacademicyearinwhichthestudentenrolls
ataninstitutionofhighereducationifthestudent:
(1)graduatedfromapublichighschoolinthisstate
(2)successfullycompletedtheattendancerequirementsunder
Section25.085
(3)duringthestudent'slastyearofpublichighschoolin
thisstate,wasadependentchildreceivingfinancialassistanceunder
Chapter31,HumanResourcesCode,fornotlessthansixmonths
(4)isyoungerthan22yearsofageonthedateof
enrollment
(5)enrollsattheinstitutionasanundergraduatestudent
notlaterthanthesecondanniversaryofthedateofgraduationfroma
publichighschoolinthisstate
(6)hasmettheentranceexaminationrequirementsofthe
institutionbeforethedateofenrollmentand
(7)isclassifiedasaresidentunderSubchapterB.
RedesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section54.212byActs
2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.362.FUNDINGOFEXEMPTIONS.(a)Aninstitutionof
highereducationmayfundtuitionexemptionsunderSection54.361or
54.363fromlocalfundsorfromfundsappropriatedtotheinstitution.
Aninstitutionofhighereducationisnotrequiredtoprovidetuition
exemptionsbeyondthosefundedthroughappropriationsspecifically
designatedforthispurpose.
(b)TheTexasEducationAgencyshallacceptandmakeavailable
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toprovidetuitionexemptionsunderSection54.363gifts,grants,and
donationsmadetotheagencyforthatpurpose.Thecommissionerof
educationshalltransferthosefundstotheTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoardtodistributetoinstitutionsofhighereducation
thatprovideexemptionsunderthatsection.
RedesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section54.213byActs
2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1186(H.B.3708),Sec.2,eff.
June17,2011.
Sec.54.363.EDUCATIONALAIDES.(a)Inthissection,
"coordinatingboard"meanstheTexasHigherEducationCoordinating
Board.
(b)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
shallexemptaneligibleeducationalaidefromthepaymentoftuition
andfees,otherthanclassorlaboratoryfees.
(c)Tobeeligibleforanexemptionunderthissection,aperson
must:
(1)bearesidentofthisstate
(2)beaschoolemployeeservinginanycapacity
(3)fortheinitialtermorsemesterforwhichtheperson
receivesanexemptionunderthissection,haveworkedasan
educationalaideforatleastoneschoolyearduringthefiveyears
precedingthattermorsemester
(4)establishfinancialneedasdeterminedbycoordinating
boardrule
(5)beenrolledattheinstitutionofhighereducation
grantingtheexemptionincoursesrequiredforteachercertification
inoneormoresubjectareasdeterminedbytheTexasEducationAgency
tobeexperiencingacriticalshortageofteachersatthepublic
schoolsinthisstate
(6)maintainanacceptablegradepointaverageasdetermined
bycoordinatingboardruleand
(7)complywithanyotherrequirementsadoptedbythe
coordinatingboardunderthissection.
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(c1)NotwithstandingSubsection(c)(5),apersonwhopreviously
receivedatuitionexemptionunderthissectionremainseligiblefor
anexemptioniftheperson:
(1)isenrolledataninstitutionofhighereducation
grantingtheexemptionincoursesrequiredforteachercertification
and
(2)meetstheeligibilityrequirementsinSubsection(c)
otherthanSubsection(c)(5).
(d)Theinstitutionofhighereducationatwhichaperson
seekinganexemptionunderthissectionisenrolledmustcertifythe
person'seligibilitytoreceivetheexemption.Assoonaspracticable
afterreceivinganapplicationforcertification,theinstitution
shallmakethedeterminationofeligibilityandgivenoticeofits
determinationtotheapplicantandtotheschooldistrictemploying
theapplicantasaneducationalaide.
(e)Thecoordinatingboardshalladoptrulesconsistentwith
thissectionasnecessarytoimplementthissection.Thecoordinating
boardshalldistributeacopyoftherulesadoptedunderthissection
toeachschooldistrictandinstitutionofhighereducationinthis
state.
(f)Theboardoftrusteesofaschooldistrictshallestablisha
plantoencouragethehiringofeducationalaideswhoshowa
willingnesstobecomecertifiedteachers.
(g)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
thatofferscoursesrequiredforteachercertificationshallestablish
aplantomakethosecoursesmoreaccessibletothosewhoseekteacher
certification.Theboardshallconsideraspartofitsplantomake
thosecoursesmoreaccessibleforteachercertification,evening
classes,Internetclasses,orothermeansapprovedbytheTexasHigher
EducationCoordinatingBoard.
AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.524,Sec.3,eff.Sept.1,1997.
AmendedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.74,Sec.1,eff.May14,2001.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.1181(S.B.1227),Sec.13,eff.
September1,2005.
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.830(S.B.1798),Sec.1,eff.
June19,2009.
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Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1299(H.B.2347),Sec.2,eff.
June19,2009.
RedesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.214byActs2011,82nd
Leg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,2012.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,1stC.S.,Ch.4(S.B.1),Sec.50.01,eff.
September28,2011.
Sec.54.364.BLIND,DEAFSTUDENTS.(a)Inthissection:
(1)"Resident"hasthesamemeaningasisassigneditin
SubchapterBofthischapter.
(2)"Blindperson"meansapersonwhoisa"blinddisabled
individual"asdefinedinSection91.051(5),HumanResourcesCode.
(3)"Deafperson"meansapersonwhosesenseofhearingis
nonfunctional,afterallnecessarymedicaltreatment,surgery,anduse
ofhearingaids,forunderstandingnormalconversation.
(4)"Tuitionfees"includesalldues,fees,andenrollment
chargeswhatsoeverforwhichexemptionsmaybelawfullymade,
includingfeesforcorrespondencecourses,generaldepositfees,and
studentservicesfees,butdoesnotincludefeesorchargesfor
lodging,board,orclothing.
(5)"Institutionofhighereducation"hasthemeaning
assignedbySection61.003,exceptthatthetermincludesthe
SouthwestCollegiateInstitutefortheDeaf.
(b)Adeaforblindpersonwhoisaresidentisentitledto
exemptionfromthepaymentoftuitionfeesatanyinstitutionof
highereducationutilizingpublicfundsifthepersonpresents:
(1)certificationthatthepersonisa"blindperson"ora
"deafperson"asdefinedinSubsection(a)bytheDepartmentof
AssistiveandRehabilitativeServicesinawrittenstatement,which
certificationisconsideredconclusive
(2)awrittenstatementofpurposefromthepersonthat
indicatesthecertificateordegreeprogramtobepursuedorthe
professionalenhancementfromthecourseofstudyforthatcertificate
ordegreeprogram
(3)ahighschooldiplomaoritsequivalent
(4)aletterofrecommendationfromtheprincipalofthe
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highschoolattendedbythedeaforblindindividual,apublic
official,orsomeotherresponsiblepersonwhoknowsthedeaforblind
individualandiswillingtoserveasareferenceand
(5)proofthatthepersonmeetsallotherentrance
requirementsoftheinstitution.
(c)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionmayestablishspecial
entrancerequirementstofitthecircumstancesofdeafandblind
persons.TheDepartmentofAssistiveandRehabilitativeServicesand
theTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoardmaydevelopanyrules
andproceduresthattheseagenciesdeterminenecessaryforthe
efficientimplementationofthissection.
(d)Forthepurposesofthissection,apersonisrequiredto
presentcertificationthatthepersonisa"blindperson"ora"deaf
person"asrequiredunderSubsection(b)(1)atthetimetheperson
initiallyenrollsataninstitutionofhighereducationinthecourse
ofstudydesignatedbythepersonunderSubsection(b)(2).The
certificationisvalidforeachsemesterthatthepersonenrollsat
thatinstitutioninthedesignatedcourseofstudy.
(e)Apersonwhoqualifiesforanexemptionunderthissection
isentitledtotheexemptionforeachcourseinwhichtheperson
enrollsataninstitutionofhighereducation.
RedesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section54.205byActs
2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.365.SENIORCITIZENSOPTIONALBENEFIT.(a)Inthis
section,"seniorcitizen"meansaperson65yearsofageorolder.
(b)Thegoverningboardofastatesupportedinstitutionof
highereducationmayallowaseniorcitizentoauditanycourse
offeredbytheinstitutionwithoutthepaymentofafeeifspaceis
available.
(c)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
mayallowaseniorcitizentoenrollforcreditinuptosixhoursof
coursesofferedbytheinstitutioneachsemesterorsummerterm
withoutpaymentoftuitionifspaceisavailable.
RedesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section54.210byActs
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2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
Sec.54.366.EXEMPTIONSFORSTUDENTSUNDERCONSERVATORSHIPOF
DEPARTMENTOFFAMILYANDPROTECTIVESERVICES.(a)Astudentis
exemptfromthepaymentoftuitionandfeesauthorizedinthis
chapter,includingtuitionandfeeschargedbyaninstitutionof
highereducationforadualcreditcourseorothercourseforwhicha
highschoolstudentmayearnjointhighschoolandcollegecredit,if
thestudent:
(1)wasundertheconservatorshipoftheDepartmentof
FamilyandProtectiveServices:
(A)onthedayprecedingthestudent's18thbirthday
(B)onorafterthedayofthestudent's14thbirthday,
ifthestudentwasalsoeligibleforadoptiononorafterthatday
(C)onthedaythestudentgraduatedfromhighschoolor
receivedtheequivalentofahighschooldiploma
(D)onthedaypreceding:
(i)thedatethestudentisadopted,ifthatdate
isonorafterSeptember1,2009or
(ii)thedatepermanentmanagingconservatorshipof
thestudentisawardedtoapersonotherthanthestudent'sparent,if
thatdateisonorafterSeptember1,2009or
(E)duringanacademicterminwhichthestudentwas
enrolledinadualcreditcourseorothercourseforwhichahigh
schoolstudentmayearnjointhighschoolandcollegecreditand
(2)enrollsinaninstitutionofhighereducationasan
undergraduatestudentorinadualcreditcourseorothercoursefor
whichahighschoolstudentmayearnjointhighschoolandcollege
creditnotlaterthanthestudent's25thbirthday.
(b)TheTexasEducationAgencyandtheTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoardshalldevelopoutreachprogramstoensurethat
studentsintheconservatorshipoftheDepartmentofFamilyand
ProtectiveServicesandingrades912areawareoftheavailability
oftheexemptionfromthepaymentoftuitionandfeesprovidedbythis
section.
ReenactedandamendedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.91(S.B.
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1303),Sec.7.014,eff.September1,2011.
Reenacted,redesignatedandamendedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.
359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,2012.
Sec.54.367.EXEMPTIONSFORADOPTEDSTUDENTSFORMERLYINFOSTER
OROTHERRESIDENTIALCARE.(a)Astudentisexemptfromthepayment
oftuitionandfeesauthorizedbythischapterifthestudent:
(1)wasadoptedand
(2)wasthesubjectofanadoptionassistanceagreement
underSubchapterD,Chapter162,FamilyCode,that:
(A)providedmonthlypaymentsandmedicalassistance
benefitsand
(B)wasnotlimitedtoprovidingonlyforthe
reimbursementofnonrecurringexpenses,includingreasonableand
necessaryadoptionfees,courtcosts,attorney'sfees,andother
expensesdirectlyrelatedtothelegaladoptionofthechild.
(b)TheTexasEducationAgencyandtheTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoardshalldevelopoutreachprogramstoensurethat
adoptedstudentsingrades912formerlyinfosterorother
residentialcareareawareoftheavailabilityoftheexemptionfrom
thepaymentoftuitionandfeesprovidedbythissection.
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.1266,Sec.1.10,eff.June20,
2003.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.268(S.B.6),Sec.1.02,eff.September
1,2005.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.267(H.B.2702),Sec.1,eff.
June13,2007.
RedesignatedfromEducationCode,Section54.2111byActs2011,82nd
Leg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,2012.
Sec.54.368.INTERINSTITUTIONALACADEMICPROGRAMSOPTIONAL
EXEMPTION.(a)Inthissection:
(1)"Interinstitutionalacademicprogram"meansaprogram
underwhichastudentmay,inaccordancewithawrittenagreement
betweenaninstitutionofhighereducationandoneormoreother
institutionsofhighereducationorprivateorindependent
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institutionsofhighereducation,takecoursesateachinstitution
thatisapartytotheagreementasnecessarytofulfilltheprogram's
degreeorcertificaterequirements.
(2)"Privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation"
hasthemeaningassignedbySection61.003.
(b)Notwithstandinganyotherprovisionofthischapter,the
governingboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationmayexemptfrom
thepaymentoftuitionandrequiredfeesauthorizedbythischaptera
studentwhoistakingacourse,includinganinterdisciplinarycourse,
attheinstitutionunderaninterinstitutionalacademicprogram
agreementbutwhoisenrolledprimarilyatanotherinstitutionof
highereducationorataprivateorindependentinstitutionofhigher
educationthatisapartytotheagreementandtowhichthestudentis
responsibleforthepaymentoftuitionandfees.
RedesignatedandamendedfromEducationCode,Section54.224byActs
2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.1,eff.January1,
2012.
SUBCHAPTERE.OTHERFEESANDDEPOSITS
Sec.54.501.LABORATORYFEES.(a)Aninstitutionofhigher
educationshallsetandcollectalaboratoryfeeinanamount
sufficienttocoverthegeneralcostoflaboratorymaterialsand
suppliesusedbyastudent.Aninstitutionotherthanapublicjunior
collegemaychargealaboratoryfeeinanamountthatisnotlessthan
$2normorethan$30foranyonesemesterorsummertermforastudent
inanyonelaboratorycourse,exceptthattheamountofthelaboratory
feemaynotexceedthecostofactualmaterialsandsuppliesusedby
thestudent.Apublicjuniorcollegemaychargealaboratoryfeein
anamountthatdoesnotexceedthelesserof$24persemestercredit
houroflaboratorycoursecreditforwhichthestudentisenrolledor
thecostofactualmaterialsandsuppliesusedbythestudent.
(b)Laboratoryfeescollectedbyaninstitutionunderthis
sectionshallbeaccountedforaseducationalandgeneralfunds.
(c)Thegoverningboardofapublicjuniorcollegemaysetand
collectafeepercontacthour,nottoexceed$4,foreachperson
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feeisrequiredtooffsetthatportionofthecostofthecourse,
includingthecostofequipmentandofprofessionalinstructionor
tutoring,thatisnotcoveredbystatefundingorbythefeein
Subsection(a).
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.AmendedbyActs1985,69thLeg.,ch.497,Sec.1,eff.June12,
1985Acts1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.2,eff.Aug.31,1987
Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.1238,Sec.1,eff.June20,2003.
Sec.54.5011.CHARGESANDFEESFORCERTAINPAYMENTS.(a)This
sectionappliestoapaymentoftuition,afee,oranotherchargeto
aninstitutionofhighereducationthatismadeorauthorizedperson,
bymail,bytelephonecall,orthroughtheInternetbymeansof:
(1)anelectronicfundstransferor
(2)acreditcard.
(b)Aninstitutionofhighereducationmaychargeafeeorother
amountinconnectionwithapaymenttowhichthissectionapplies,in
additiontotheamountofthetuition,fee,orotherchargebeing
paid,including:
(1)adiscount,convenience,orservicechargeforthe
transactionor
(2)aservicechargeinconnectionwithapayment
transactionthatisdishonoredorrefusedforlackoffundsor
insufficientfunds.
(c)Afeeorotherchargeunderthissectionmustbeinan
amountreasonableandnecessarytoreimbursetheinstitutionforthe
expenseincurredbytheinstitutioninprocessingandhandlingthe
paymentorpaymenttransaction.
(d)Beforeacceptingapaymentbycreditcard,theinstitution
shallnotifythestudentofanyfeetobechargedunderthissection.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.118,Sec.6.01,eff.Sept.1,2001.
AmendedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.1266,Sec.1.11,eff.June20,
2003.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.980(H.B.1829),Sec.2,eff.June18,
2005.
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Sec.54.502.GENERALDEPOSITS.(a)Aninstitutionofhigher
educationmaycollectareasonabledepositinanamountnottoexceed
$100fromeachstudenttoinsuretheinstitutionagainstanylosses,
damages,andbreakageforwhichthestudentisresponsibleandto
coveranyotheramountsowedbythestudenttotheinstitution.The
institutionshallreturntothestudentthedeposit,lessanysuch
amountsowedtotheinstitutionbythestudent.Thedepositmustbe
returnedwithinareasonableperiodafterthedateofthestudent's
withdrawalorgraduationfromtheinstitution,nottoexceed180days,
thatprovidestheinstitutionwithsufficienttimetoidentifyall
amountsowedandtodeterminethatthestudentdoesnotintendto
enrollattheinstitutioninthesemesterorsummersession
immediatelyfollowingthestudent'swithdrawalorgraduationor,if
thestudentwithdrawsorgraduatesinthespringsemester,inthenext
fallsemester.
(b)Themedical,dental,andalliedhealthunitsofThe
UniversityofTexasSystem,theUniversityofNorthTexasHealth
ScienceCenteratFortWorth,theTexasTechUniversityHealth
SciencesCenter,andTheTexasA&MUniversityCollegeofMedicinemay
collectabreakageorlossdepositnogreaterthan$30.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.AmendedbyActs1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.3,eff.Aug.31,
1987Acts1989,71stLeg.,ch.910,Sec.6Acts1993,73rdLeg.,
ch.408,Sec.5,eff.Aug.30,1993Acts2001,77thLeg.,ch.1416,
Sec.1,eff.June16,2001.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1318(S.B.1233),Sec.4,eff.
June15,2007.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1318(S.B.1233),Sec.5,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.5021.STUDENTDEPOSITFUNDCOMPOSITIONANDUSES.(a)
Thestudentdepositfundconsistsoftheincomefromtheinvestmentor
timedepositsofgeneraldepositsandofforfeitedgeneraldeposits.
Anygeneraldepositwhichremainswithoutcallforrefundforaperiod
offouryearsfromthedateoflastattendanceofthestudentmaking
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thedepositshallbeforfeitedandbecomeapartofthestudent
depositfund.Thissectiondoesnotprohibitrefundofanybalance
remaininginageneraldepositwhenmadeonproperdemandandwithin
thefouryearlimitationperiod.Thegoverningboardofthe
institutionmayrequirethatnostudentwithdrawthestudent'sdeposit
untilthestudenthasgraduatedorhasapparentlywithdrawnfrom
school.
(b)Thestudentdepositfundofaninstitutionofhigher
educationshallbeused,atthediscretionoftheinstitution's
governingboard,formakingscholarshipawardstoneedyanddeserving
studentsoftheinstitutionandmakinggrantsunderSubchapterC,
Chapter56,toresidentstudentsoftheinstitution.Thegoverning
boardshalladministerthescholarshipawardsfortheinstitution,
includingtheselectionofrecipientsandtheamountsandconditions
oftheawards.Therecipientsofthescholarshipsmustberesidents
ofthestateasdefinedfortuitionpurposes.
(c)NotlaterthanAugust31ofeachfiscalyear,each
institutionofhighereducationthathasanunobligatedandunexpended
balanceinitsstudentdepositfundthatexceeds150percentofthe
totaldepositstothatfundduringthatyearshallremittotheTexas
HigherEducationCoordinatingBoardtheamountofthatexcess.The
coordinatingboardshallallocateonanequitablebasisamounts
receivedunderthissubsectiontoinstitutionsofhighereducation
thatdonothaveanexcessdescribedbythissubsectionfordepositin
theirstudentdepositfund.Theamountallocatedunderthis
subsectionmaybeusedonlyformakinggrantsunderSubchapterM,
Chapter56.
RenumberedfromEducationCode,Sec.51.052,byActs1987,70thLeg.,
ch.901,Sec.4,eff.Aug.31,1987.AmendedbyActs1993,73rdLeg.,
ch.595,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1993Acts1999,76thLeg.,ch.1590,
Sec.2,eff.June19,1999.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.1181(S.B.1227),Sec.15,eff.
September1,2005.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1318(S.B.1233),Sec.6,eff.
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Sec.54.5022.INVESTMENTOFGENERALDEPOSITS.Thegoverning
boardofeachinstitutionofhighereducationmayinvestthefunds
receivedasgeneraldepositsauthorizedbySection54.502inthe
mannerprovidedundereitherSection51.003or51.0031.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.51.051byActs1987,70thLeg.,
ch.901,Sec.5,eff.Aug.31,1987.AmendedbyActs1989,71stLeg.,
ch.628,Sec.3,eff.Aug.28,1989.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1318(S.B.1233),Sec.7,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.5025.PRORATIONOFFEES.Basedonthelengthofthe
semesterortermforwhichastudentisenrolled,thegoverningboard
ofaninstitutionofhighereducationmayproratetheamountofany
feechargedtothestudentunderthischapter.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1053,Sec.2,eff.June18,1999.
Sec.54.503.STUDENTSERVICESFEES.(a)Forthepurposesof
thissection:
(1)"Studentservices"meansactivitieswhichareseparate
andapartfromtheregularlyscheduledacademicfunctionsofthe
institutionanddirectlyinvolveorbenefitstudents,including
textbookrentals,recreationalactivities,healthandhospital
services,medicalservices,intramuralandintercollegiateathletics,
artistsandlectureseries,culturalentertainmentseries,debating
andoratoricalactivities,studentpublications,studentgovernment,
thestudentfeeadvisorycommittee,studenttransportationservices
otherthanservicesunderSections54.504,54.511,54.512,and54.513
ofthiscode,andanyotherstudentactivitiesandservices
specificallyauthorizedandapprovedbythegoverningboardofthe
institutionofhighereducation.Thetermdoesnotincludeservices
forwhichafeeischargedunderanothersectionofthiscode.
(2)"Compulsoryfee"meansafeethatischargedtoall
studentsenrolledattheinstitution.
(3)"Voluntaryfee"meansafeethatischargedonlyto
thosestudentswhomakeuseofthestudentserviceforwhichthefee
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isestablished.
(b)Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducation
maychargeandcollectfromstudentsregisteredattheinstitution
feestocoverthecostofstudentservices.Thefeeorfeesmaybe
eithervoluntaryorcompulsoryasdeterminedbythegoverningboard.
Thetotalofallcompulsorystudentservicesfeescollectedfroma
studentataninstitutionofhighereducationotherthanThe
UniversityofTexasatAustinoracomponentinstitutionofthe
UniversityofHoustonSystemforanyonesemesterorsummersession
shallnotexceed$250.Allcompulsorystudentservicesfeescharged
andcollectedunderthissectionbythegoverningboardofan
institutionofhighereducation,otherthanapublicjuniorcollege,
shallbeassessedinproportiontothenumberofsemestercredithours
forwhichastudentregisters.Noportionofthecompulsoryfees
collectedmaybeexpendedforparkingfacilitiesorservices,except
asrelatedtoprovidingshuttlebusservices.
(c)Theprovisionsofthissectiondonotaffectthebuilding
usefeesorotherspecialfeesauthorizedbythelegislatureforany
institutionforthepurposeoffinancingrevenuebondissues.
(d)Allmoneycollectedasstudentservicesfeesshallbe
reservedandaccountedforinanaccountoraccountskeptseparateand
apartfromeducationalandgeneralfundsoftheinstitutionandshall
beusedonlyforthesupportofstudentservices.Allthemoneyshall
beplacedinadepositorybankorbanksdesignatedbythegoverning
boardandshallbesecuredasrequiredbylaw.Eachyearthe
governingboardshallapprovefortheinstitutionaseparatebudget
forstudentactivitiesandservicesfinancedbyfeesauthorizedin
thissection.Thebudgetshallshowthefeestobeassessed,the
purposeorfunctionstobefinanced,theestimatedincometobe
derived,andtheproposedexpenditurestobemade.Copiesofthe
budgetsshallbefiledannuallywiththecoordinatingboard,the
governor,thelegislativebudgetboard,andthestatelibrary.
(e)RepealedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359,Sec.16(2),
eff.January1,2012.
(f)Ifthetotalcompulsoryfeechargedunderthissectionis
morethan$150,theincreasedoesnottakeeffectunlesstheincrease
isapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsvotinginanelection
heldforthatpurposeorbyamajorityvoteofthestudentgovernment
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attheinstitution.Insubsequentyears,anelectionauthorizinga
feeincreasemustbeheldbeforethefeecanbeincreasedbymorethan
10percentofthefeeapprovedatthelaststudentelection.
(g)Ifastudentregistersatmorethanoneinstitutionof
highereducationwithinacollegeoruniversitysystemunder
concurrentenrollmentprovisionsofjointorcooperativeprograms
betweeninstitutions,thestudentshallpayallcompulsorystudent
servicesfeestotheinstitutiondesignatedasthehomeinstitution
underthejointorcooperativeprogram.Thegoverningboardofthe
collegeoruniversitysystemmaywaivethepaymentofallcompulsory
studentservicesfeesattheotherinstitutionorinstitutions.
(h)ExceptforSubsection(g)ofthissection,thissectiondoes
notapplytoTheUniversityofTexasatAustinoracomponent
institutionoftheUniversityofHoustonSystem.
(i)Generalrevenueappropriations,othereducationaland
generalincome,andfundsappropriatedunderArticleVII,Section17
or18,oftheTexasConstitutionmaybeexpendedonaproportionaluse
basistosupporttheservices,activities,andfacilitiesprovidedfor
inthissectiontotheextentthattheuseofsuchfundsisnot
otherwiserestrictedbytheTexasConstitutionorgenerallaw.
Acts1971,62ndLeg.,p.3072,ch.1024,art.1,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1971.AmendedbyActs1973,63rdLeg.,p.1759,ch.641,Sec.2,eff.
Aug.27,1973Acts1979,66thLeg.,p.1872,ch.756,Sec.1,2,
eff.Sept.1,1979Acts1983,68thLeg.,p.2060,ch.378,Sec.2
Acts1983,68thLeg.,p.2062,ch.379,Sec.1,eff.Aug.29,1983
Acts1987,70thLeg.,ch.410,Sec.1,eff.Aug.31,1987Acts1987,
70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.6,eff.Aug.31,1987Acts1989,71stLeg.,
ch.584,Sec.99,eff.Sept.1,1989Acts1991,72ndLeg.,ch.844,
Sec.1,eff.Aug.26,1991Acts1991,72ndLeg.,ch.848,Sec.1,
eff.Aug.26,1991Acts1999,76thLeg.,ch.288,Sec.1,eff.May
29,1999Acts2001,77thLeg.,ch.879,Sec.1,eff.June14,2001.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.16(2),eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.5031.STUDENTFEEADVISORYCOMMITTEE.(a)Astudent
feeadvisorycommitteeisestablishedateachinstitutionofhigher
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educationexceptTheUniversityofTexasatAustinandthe
institutionsofTheTexasA&MUniversitySystemtoadvisethe
governingboardandadministrationoftheinstitutiononthetype,
amount,andexpenditureofcompulsoryfeesforstudentservicesunder
Section54.503ofthiscode.
(b)Eachcommitteeiscomposedofthefollowingninemembers:
(1)fivestudentmemberswhoareenrolledfornotlessthan
sixsemestercredithoursattheinstitutionandwhoare
representativeofallstudentsenrolledattheinstitution,selected
underSubsection(c)ofthissectionand
(2)fourmemberswhoarerepresentativeoftheentire
institution,appointedbythepresidentoftheinstitution.
(c)Iftheinstitutionhasastudentgovernment,thestudent
governmentshallappointthreestudentstoservetwoyeartermsonthe
committeeandtwostudentstoserveoneyeartermsonthecommittee.
Iftheinstitutiondoesnothaveastudentgovernment,thestudents
enrolledattheinstitutionshallelectthreestudentstoservetwo
yeartermsonthecommitteeandtwostudentstoserveoneyearterms
onthecommittee.Acandidateforapositiononthecommitteemust
designatewhetherthepositionisforaoneyearortwoyearterm.
(d)Astudentmemberofthecommitteewhowithdrawsfromthe
institutionmustresignfromthecommittee.
(e)Avacancyinanappointivepositiononthecommitteeshall
befilledfortheunexpiredportionoftheterminthesamemanneras
theoriginalappointment.Avacancyinanelectivepositiononthe
committeeshallbefilledfortheunexpiredportionofthetermby
appointmentbythepresidentoftheinstitution.
(f)Thecommitteeshall:
(1)studythetype,amount,andexpenditureofacompulsory
feeunderSection54.503ofthiscodeand
(2)meetwithappropriateadministratorsoftheinstitution,
submitawrittenreportonthestudyunderSubdivision(1)ofthis
subsection,andrecommendthetype,amount,andexpenditureofa
compulsoryfeetobechargedforthenextacademicyear.
(g)Beforerecommendingthestudentfeebudgettothegoverning
boardoftheinstitution,thepresidentoftheinstitutionshall
considerthereportandrecommendationsofthecommittee.Ifthe
president'srecommendationstothegoverningboardaresubstantially
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differentfromthecommittee'srecommendationstothepresident,the
administrationoftheinstitutionshallnotifythecommitteenotlater
thanthelastdateonwhichthecommitteemayrequestanappearanceat
theboardmeeting.Onrequestofamemberofthecommittee,the
administrationoftheinstitutionshallprovidethememberwitha
writtenreportofthepresident'srecommendationstotheboard.
AddedbyActs1991,72ndLeg.,ch.844,Sec.2,eff.Aug.26,1991.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1419(H.B.3114),Sec.1,eff.
June15,2007.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1425(S.B.1495),Sec.1,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.5032.STUDENTFEEADVISORYCOMMITTEETHETEXASA&M
UNIVERSITYSYSTEM.(a)Astudentfeeadvisorycommitteeis
establishedateachcomponentinstitutionofTheTexasA&MUniversity
Systemtoadvisetheboardofregentsandtheadministrationofthe
institutiononthetype,amount,andexpenditureofcompulsoryfees
forstudentservicesunderSection54.503,forstudenthealthand
medicalservicesunderSection54.507,forstudentcenterfacilities
underSection54.521,andforrecreationalsportsunderSection
54.539.
(b)Eachcommitteeiscomposedofthefollowingninemembers:
(1)fivestudentmemberswhoareenrolledfornotlessthan
sixsemestercredithoursattheinstitutionandwhoare
representativeofallstudentsenrolledattheinstitution,selected
underSubsection(c)and
(2)fourmemberswhoarerepresentativeoftheentire
institution,appointedbythepresidentoftheinstitution.
(c)Iftheinstitutionhasastudentgovernment,thestudent
governmentshallappointthreestudentstoservetwoyeartermsonthe
committeeandtwostudentstoserveoneyeartermsonthecommittee.
Iftheinstitutiondoesnothaveastudentgovernment,thestudents
enrolledattheinstitutionshallelectthreestudentstoservetwo
yeartermsonthecommitteeandtwostudentstoserveoneyearterms
onthecommittee.Acandidateforapositiononthecommitteemust
designatewhetherthepositionisforaoneyearortwoyearterm.
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(c1)Expired.
(d)Astudentmemberofthecommitteewhowithdrawsfromthe
institutionmustresignfromthecommittee.
(e)Avacancyinanappointivepositiononthecommitteeshall
befilledfortheunexpiredportionoftheterminthesamemanneras
theoriginalappointment.Avacancyinanelectivepositiononthe
committeeshallbefilledfortheunexpiredportionofthetermby
appointmentbythepresidentoftheinstitution.
(f)Thecommitteeshall:
(1)studythetype,amount,andexpenditureofthe
compulsoryfeesimposedunderSections54.503,54.507,54.521,and
54.539and
(2)meetwithappropriateadministratorsoftheinstitution,
submitawrittenreportonthestudyunderSubdivision(1),and
recommendthetype,amount,andexpenditureofthecompulsoryfeesto
bechargedforthenextacademicyear.
(g)Beforerecommendingthestudentfeebudgettotheboardof
regentseachyear,thepresidentoftheinstitutionshallconsiderthe
reportandrecommendationsofthecommittee.Ifthepresident's
recommendationstotheboardofregentsaresubstantiallydifferent
fromthecommittee'srecommendationstothepresident,thepresident
oftheinstitutionshallnotifythecommitteenotlaterthanthelast
dateonwhichthecommitteemayrequestanappearanceatthemeeting
oftheboardofregentsatwhichthestudentfeebudgetwillbe
considered.Onrequestofamemberofthecommittee,thepresidentof
theinstitutionshallprovidethememberwithawrittenreportofthe
president'srecommendationstotheboardofregents.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1419(H.B.3114),Sec.2,
eff.June15,2007.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1425(S.B.1495),Sec.2,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.5033.STUDENTFEEADVISORYCOMMITTEEMEETINGSOPENTO
PUBLIC.(a)Astudentfeeadvisorycommitteeestablishedunderthis
chaptershallconductmeetingsatwhichaquorumispresentina
mannerthatisopentothepublicandinaccordancewithprocedures
prescribedbythepresidentoftheinstitution.
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(b)Theproceduresprescribedbythepresidentmust:
(1)providefornoticeofthedate,hour,place,andsubject
ofthemeetingatleast72hoursbeforethemeetingisconvenedand
(2)requirethatthenoticebe:
(A)postedontheInternetand
(B)publishedinastudentnewspaperoftheinstitution,
ifanissueofthenewspaperispublishedbetweenthetimeofthe
Internetpostingandthetimeofthemeeting.
(c)Thefinalrecommendationsmadebyastudentfeeadvisory
committeemustberecordedandmadepublic.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1049(S.B.5),Sec.7.01,
eff.June17,2011.
Sec.54.5035.WAIVEROFFEES.(a)Exceptasprovidedby
Subsection(c),thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhigher
educationmaywaiveamandatoryordiscretionaryfeeforastudentif
theboarddeterminesthatthestudentisnotreasonablyableto
participateinorusetheactivity,service,orfacilityforwhichthe
feeischarged.
(b)ExceptasprovidedbySubsection(c),thegoverningboardof
aninstitutionofhighereducationmaywaiveamandatoryor
discretionaryfeeforaspecificcategoryofstudentsiftheboard
determinesthatthewaiverisinthebestinterestoftheinstitution
oriscriticaltotheviabilityofanacademicinitiative.
(c)Thegoverningboardmustensurethatawaiverunderthis
sectiondoesnotresultintheinstitution'sinabilitytoservicea
debttowhichrevenuefromthefeeisobligatedortosupportan
activity,service,orfacilityforwhichthefeeischarged.
(d)Thissectiondoesnotpermitthegoverningboardtowaive
paymentoftuitionorlaboratoryfees.
(e)Thegoverningboardmaylimitorprohibitastudent's
participationinoruseofanactivity,service,orfacilitysupported
byafeethatiswaivedforthestudentunderthissection.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.367,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1999.
Sec.54.504.INCIDENTALFEES.(a)Thegoverningboardofan
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institutionofhighereducationmayfixtherateofincidentalfeesto
bepaidtoaninstitutionunderitsgovernancebystudentsand
prospectivestudentsandmaymakerulesforthecollectionofthefees
andforthedistributionofthefunds,suchfundstobeaccountedfor
asotherdesignatedfunds.Therateofanincidentalfeemust
reasonablyreflecttheactualcosttotheuniversityofthematerials
orservicesforwhichthefeeiscollected.Infixingsuchrate,the
governingboardmayconsultwithastudentfeeadvisorycommittee
whichthegoverningboardmayestablishifsuchstudentcommitteedoes
notpresentlyexist.
(b)Theboardshallpublishinthegeneralcatalogofthe
universityadescriptionoftheamountofeachfeetobecharged.
(c)Inthissection,"incidentalfees"includes,without
limitation,suchfeesaslateregistrationfees,libraryfines,
microfilmingfees,thesisordoctoralmanuscriptreproductionor
filingfees,badcheckcharges,applicationprocessingfees,and
laboratorybreakagecharges,butdoesnotincludeafeeforwhicha
governingboardmakesachargeundertheauthorityofanyother
provisionoflaw.
AddedbyActs1985,69thLeg.,ch.292,Sec.1,eff.Aug.26,1985.
Sec.54.5041.ENVIRONMENTALSERVICEFEE.(a)Thegoverning
boardofaninstitutionofhighereducationmaychargeeachstudent
enrolledattheinstitutionanenvironmentalservicefee,ifthefee
hasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsenrolledatthe
institutionwhoparticipateinageneralstudentelectioncalledfor
thatpurpose.
(b)UnlessincreasedinaccordancewithSubsection(d),the
amountofthefeemaynotexceed:
(1)$5foreachregularsemesterorsummertermofmorethan
sixweeksor
(2)$2.50foreachsummersessionofsixweeksorless.
(c)Thefeemaybeusedonlyto:
(1)provideenvironmentalimprovementsattheinstitution
throughservicesrelatedtorecycling,energyefficiencyandrenewable
energy,transportation,employment,productpurchasing,planningand
maintenance,orirrigationor
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(2)providematchingfundsforgrantstoobtain
environmentalimprovementsdescribedbySubdivision(1).
(d)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedunlessthe
increasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsenrolled
attheinstitutionwhoparticipateinageneralstudentelection
calledforthatpurpose.Thefeemaynotbeincreasedunderthis
subsectioniftheincreasewouldresultinafeeunderthissectionin
anamountthatexceeds:
(1)$10foreachregularsemesterorsummertermofmore
thansixweeksor
(2)$5foreachsummersessionofsixweeksorless.
(e)Aninstitutionthatimposestheenvironmentalservicefee
maynotusetherevenuegeneratedbythefeetoreduceorreplace
othermoneyallocatedbytheinstitutionforenvironmentalprojects.
(f)Anyfeerevenuethatexceedstheamountnecessarytocover
currentoperatingexpensesforenvironmentalservicesandanyinterest
generatedfromthatrevenuemaybeusedonlyforpurposesprovided
underSubsection(c).
(g)Thefeeisnotconsideredindeterminingthemaximumamount
ofstudentservicesfeesthataninstitutionofhighereducationmay
charge.
(h)Thefeemaynotbechargedafterthefifthacademicyearin
whichthefeeisfirstchargedunless,beforetheendofthatacademic
year,theinstitutionhasissuedbondspayableinwholeorinpart
fromthefee,inwhicheventthefeemaynotbechargedafterthe
academicyearinwhichallsuchbonds,includingrefundingbondsfor
thosebonds,havebeenfullypaid.
AddedbyActs2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1325(H.B.3353),Sec.1,
eff.June19,2009.
AddedbyActs2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1395(S.B.2182),Sec.1,
eff.September1,2009.
Sec.54.505.VEHICLEREGISTRATIONFEESANDOTHERFEESRELATEDTO
PARKINGANDTRAFFIC.(a)Thegoverningboardofeachinstitutionof
highereducationmaychargeareasonablefeetostudents,faculty,and
staffforregistrationofavehicleunderSection51.202ofthiscode.
(b)Thegoverningboardmayfixandcollectareasonablefeeor
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feesfortheprovisionoffacilitiesandtheenforcementand
administrationofparkingandtrafficregulationsapprovedbythe
boardforaninstitutionprovided,however,thatnosuchfeemaybe
chargedtoastudentunlessthestudentdesirestousethefacilities.
AddedbyActs1979,66thLeg.,p.146,ch.78,Sec.1,eff.April26,
1979.AmendedbyActs1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.7,eff.Aug.31,
1987.
Sec.54.506.FEESANDCHARGESFORSERVICESTOTHEPUBLICTHE
UNIVERSITYOFHOUSTONSYSTEM.Ascheduleofminimumfeesandcharges
shallbeestablishedbytheboardofregentsoftheUniversityof
HoustonSystemforservicesperformedbyanydepartmentofacomponent
institutionforstudentsandthepublic.Thescheduleshallconform
tothefeesandchargescustomarilymadeforlikeservicesinthe
community.Bywayofexample,butnotasalimitation,areservices
ofthehearingclinic,optometryclinic,readingclinic,anddata
processingandcomputingcenter.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.111.40andamendedbyActs1987,
70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.8,eff.Aug.31,1987.AmendedbyActs1995,
74thLeg.,ch.823,Sec.6,eff.Aug.28,1995.
Sec.54.5061.STUDENTSERVICESFEESTHEUNIVERSITYOFHOUSTON
SYSTEM.(a)Inthissection:
(1)"Studentservices"includestextbookrentals
recreationalactivitieshealth,hospital,andothermedical
servicesgrouphospitalizationintramuralandintercollegiate
athleticsartistsandlectureseriesandothercultural
entertainmentdebatingandoratoricalactivitiesstudent
publicationsstudentgovernmentstudentfeesadvisorycommittees
studenttransportationservicesandanyotherstudentactivitiesand
servicesspecificallyauthorizedandapprovedbytheboardprovided,
however,thatnothinghereinshallaffectthesettingandcollection
ofanyotherfeewhichmaybechargedunderthespecificauthorityof
anyothersectionofthiscode.
(2)"Compulsoryfee"meansafeethatischargedtoall
studentsenrolledatthecomponentinstitution.
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(3)"Voluntaryfee"meansafeethatischargedonlyto
thosestudentswhomakeuseofthestudentserviceforwhichthefee
isestablished.
(b)SubjecttoSection54.5062ofthiscodeandSubsections(h)
and(i)ofthissection,theBoardofRegentsoftheUniversityof
HoustonSystemmaychargeandcollectfromstudentsregisteredateach
componentinstitutionoftheUniversityofHoustonSystemfeesto
coverthecostofstudentservicesthattheboardconsidersnecessary
ordesirableincarryingouttheeducationalfunctionsofeach
university.Thegoverningboardofthesystemisnotrequiredtoset
uniformfeesorratesforcomponentinstitutions.
(c)Theboardmaymakefeesforaparticularstudentservice
voluntaryorcompulsory.
(d)Anycompulsoryfeesforstudentserviceschargedunderthis
sectionshallbeassessedinproportiontothenumberofsemester
credithoursforwhichastudentregistersunlesstherateofsuchfee
isspecificallyestablishedbylaworauthorityandapprovalofthe
boardtobeaminimumamounttobechargedtoeachstudentforany
semesterorsummerterm.
(e)Moneycollectedasfeesforstudentservicesshallbe:
(1)reservedandaccountedforinanaccountkeptseparate
fromeducationalandgeneralfundsoftheuniversity
(2)usedonlyforthesupportofstudentservices
(3)usedonlyafterthecompulsoryfeestobeincludedin
thestudentservicesfeesbudgethavebeenconsideredasprovidedin
thissubchapterand
(4)placedinadepositorybankdesignatedbytheboardand
securedasprovidedbylaw.
(f)Eachyeartheboardshallapproveforeachuniversitya
separatebudgetforstudentactivitiesandservicesfinancedbyfees
authorizedbythissection.Thebudgetshallshowthefeestobe
assessed,thepurposeforwhichthefeeswillbeusedorthefunctions
tobefinanced,theestimatedincometobederived,andtheproposed
expenditurestobemade.Copiesofthebudgetshallbefiledannually
withthecoordinatingboard,thegovernor,theLegislativeBudget
Board,andthestatelibrary.
(g)Ifpaymentofanycompulsoryfeesauthorizedbythissection
wouldcauseanunduefinancialhardshiponastudent,theboardmay
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waiveallorpartofthecompulsoryfeesforthatstudent.Thenumber
ofstudentsgrantedawaiverunderthissubsectionmaynotexceed10
percentofthetotalenrollmentoftheuniversity.Theboardmay
limittheparticipationofastudentintheactivitiesfinancedbythe
feeswaivedinproportiontotheextentofthewaiver.
(h)If,inanacademicyear,thetotalcompulsoryfeescharged
underthissectionaremorethan10percenthigherthantheprevious
year'scompulsoryfees,theincreaseisnoteffectiveunlessapproved
byamajorityvoteofthestudentsvotinginanelectioncalledfor
thatpurposeorbyamajorityvoteofthedulyelectedstudent
government.
(i)Thetotalofallcompulsoryfeeschargedunderthissection
tostudentsforanysemesterorsummersessionmaynotexceed$150,
unlesspriorapprovalhasbeengrantedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsvotinginanelectioncalledforthatpurposeorbya
majorityvoteofthedulyelectedstudentgovernment.
(j)Generalrevenueappropriations,othereducationaland
generalincome,andfundsappropriatedunderArticleVII,Section17,
oftheTexasConstitution,maybeexpendedonaproportionalusebasis
tosupporttheservices,activities,andfacilitiesprovidedforin
thissectiontotheextentthattheuseofsuchfundsisnototherwise
restrictedbytheconstitutionorgenerallaw.
(k)Thissectiondoesnotaffectanyspecialfees,including
generalusefees,thatthelegislaturehasauthorizedtofinance
revenuebondissuesoranyotherfeesauthorizedbylaw.
AddedbyActs1991,72ndLeg.,ch.848,Sec.2,eff.Aug.26,1991.
Sec.54.5062.STUDENTFEESADVISORYCOMMITTEETHEUNIVERSITY
OFHOUSTONSYSTEM.(a)Astudentfeesadvisorycommitteeis
establishedateachcomponentinstitutionoftheUniversityofHouston
Systemtoadvisetheboardofregents,presidents,andadministration
oftheUniversityofHoustonSystemonthetype,level,and
expenditureofcompulsoryfeesforstudentservicescollectedateach
componentinstitutionofthesystemunderSection54.5061ofthis
code.Eachcommitteeiscomposedofninemembers.
(b)Fiveofthemembersofeachstudentfeesadvisorycommittee
shallbestudentmembers.Thestudentmembersshallbegenerally
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representativeofthestudentbodyandbeenrolledinnotlessthan
sixsemesterhoursattheuniversity.Ifastudentgovernmentexists,
thestudentmembersshallbeselectedbythestudentgovernmentofthe
university.Thestudentmembersshallbeselectedanddesignatedas
appropriatesothatthreemembersofthecommitteeareservingterms
oftwoyears,andtwomembersareservingtermsofoneyear.Ifa
studentgovernmentdoesnotexist,thestudentsshallbeelectedby
thestudentsenrolledintheuniversity.Ateachelection,the
appropriatenumberofstudentsshallbeelectedfortermsof
appropriatelengthsothatthreeareservingtermsoftwoyears,and
twoareservingtermsofoneyear.Candidatesshallfileforeithera
oneyearoratwoyearposition.
(c)Thefourremainingmembersofthestudentfeesadvisory
committeeshallbeappointedbythepresidentoftheuniversityand
shallbegenerallyrepresentativeofthetotaluniversitycommunity.
Eachmemberappointedbythepresidentservesforatermofoneyear
butmaybereappointed.
(d)Astudentmemberwhoceasestobeastudentmaynotcontinue
toholdastudentmembershipposition.Ifastudentvacancyoccurs,
thestudentgovernmentshallappointanewmembertoserveforthe
remainderoftheunexpiredterm.Intheabsenceofstudentgovernment
orifthevacancyisinapositionappointedbythepresident,the
presidentoftheuniversityshallappointanewmembertoservefor
theremainderoftheterm.
(e)Thecommitteeshallconductappropriateinquiryintothe
type,level,andexpenditureofanycompulsoryfeestobecharged
underSection54.5061ofthiscodeandintotheexpenditureofmoney
generatedfromthosefees.Thecommitteeshallthenmeetwith
appropriatemembersoftheuniversityadministrationtosubmita
reportrecommendingthetype,level,andexpenditureofcompulsory
feestobechargedtostudentsintheacademicyearbeginningwiththe
followingfallsemester.
(f)Thepresidentshalldulyconsidertherecommendationsofthe
studentfeesadvisorycommitteeduringtheannualbudgetaryprocess.
Ifthepresident'srecommendationstotheboardofregentsare
substantiallydifferentfromthoseofthestudentfeesadvisory
committee,theadministrationshallsonotifythestudentfees
advisorycommittee.Suchnotificationshallbeinsufficienttimefor
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thecommitteetorequestanappearanceattheboardofregentsmeeting
duringwhichthepresident'srecommendationswillbeconsidered.The
administrationshallprovidetoastudentmemberdesignatedbythe
studentmembersofthecommittee,onthatstudentmember'srequest,
themostrecentandcompleterecommendationsofthepresidenttothe
board.
AddedbyActs1991,72ndLeg.,ch.848,Sec.3,eff.Aug.26,1991.
Sec.54.507.GROUPHOSPITALANDMEDICALSERVICESFEESTEXAS
A&MUNIVERSITYSYSTEM.(a)TheBoardofRegentsofTheTexasA&M
UniversitySystemmaylevyandcollectfromeachstudentatany
institutionofhighereducationwhichisapartofTheTexasA&M
UniversitySystemacompulsorygrouphospitalandmedicalservicesfee
nottoexceed$75foreachregularsemesterandnottoexceed$25for
eachtermofeachsummersession.Thecompulsorygrouphospitaland
medicalservicesfeemaynotbeleviedunlessthelevyofthefeehas
beenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthosestudentsattheaffected
institutionparticipatinginageneralstudentelectioncalledfor
thatpurpose.
(b)InadditiontothefeeauthorizedunderSubsection(a)of
thissection,theBoardofRegentsofTheTexasA&MUniversitySystem
maylevyandcollectfromeachstudentregisteredatPrairieViewA&M
Universityasupplementalgrouphospitalandmedicalservicesfeenot
toexceed$30foreachregularsemesterandnottoexceed$12.50for
eachtermofthesummersession.Thesupplementalgrouphospitaland
medicalservicesfeemaynotbeleviedunlessthelevyofthefeehas
beenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsregisteredatPrairie
ViewA&MUniversityparticipatinginageneralelectioncalledfor
thatpurpose.
(c)Afeeleviedunderthissectionatacomponentinstitution
ofTheTexasA&MUniversitySystemmaybeusedonlytoprovide
hospitalorothermedicalservicestostudentsregisteredatthat
componentinstitution.
(d)If,inanacademicyear,thetotalcompulsoryfeecharged
underthissectionismorethan10percenthigherthanthecompulsory
feechargedunderthissectionforthepreviousacademicyear,the
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majorityvoteofthestudentsvotinginanelectionheldforthat
purpose.
(e)If,inanacademicyear,thetotalcompulsoryfeecharged
underthissectionisproposedtobeincreasedbyanamountlessthan
10percentoverthatchargedinthepreviousacademicyear,theBoard
ofRegentsofTheTexasA&MUniversitySystemmay,inlieuofan
election,holdapublicmeetingontheincreasepriortoitstaking
effectinwhichstudentshavetheopportunitytocomment.
(f)Anelectionunderthissectionmustalsopermitthestudents
tovoteonwhetherhospitalandmedicalservicesshouldbeprovidedto
studentsattheinstitutionbytheinstitutionorbyaprivateentity.
Thevotebythestudentsontheresponsibilityforprovisionof
hospitalandmedicalservicestostudentsattheinstitutionisnot
bindingontheinstitution.
AddedbyActs1973,63rdLeg.,p.546,ch.232,Sec.1,eff.Aug.27,
1973.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.86.24andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.9,eff.Aug.31,1987.AmendedbyActs
1989,71stLeg.,ch.914,Sec.1,eff.June14,1989Acts1993,73rd
Leg.,ch.990,Sec.1,eff.June19,1993Acts1995,74thLeg.,ch.
757,Sec.1,eff.June16,1995.
Sec.54.508.MEDICALSERVICESFEETEXASTECHUNIVERSITYSYSTEM
COMPONENTS.(a)TheboardofregentsoftheTexasTechUniversity
Systemmaychargeeachstudentregisteredatacomponentinstitution
oftheTexasTechUniversitySystemamedicalservicesfeenotto
exceed$100foreachsemesteroftheregulartermor12weeksummer
sessionandnottoexceed$50foreachsixweekorshortertermofthe
summersession.
(b)Beforechargingamedicalservicesfee,theboardmustgive
studentsandadministratorsanopportunitytoofferrecommendationsto
theboardastothetypeandscopeofmedicalservicesthatshouldbe
provided.
(c)Amedicalservicesfeechargedunderthissectionmaybe
usedonlytoprovidemedicalservicestostudentsenrolledata
componentinstitutionoftheTexasTechUniversitySystem.
(d)Amedicalservicesfeechargedunderthissectionisin
additiontoanyotherfeetheboardisauthorizedbylawtocharge.
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(e)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthemedical
servicesfeechargedatacomponentinstitutionoftheTexasTech
UniversitySystembymorethan10percentfromoneacademicyearto
thenextunlesstheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityofthestudents
oftheinstitutionvotinginageneralstudentelectionheldforthat
purpose.
AddedbyActs1983,68thLeg.,p.3860,ch.608,Sec.1,eff.June19,
1983.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.109.52andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.10,eff.Aug.31,1987.Amendedby
Acts1991,72ndLeg.,ch.166,Sec.1,eff.Aug.26,1991Acts2001,
77thLeg.,ch.100,Sec.1,eff.May11,2001.
Sec.54.5081.MEDICALSERVICESFEEUNIVERSITYOFNORTHTEXAS
SYSTEMINSTITUTIONS.(a)TheboardofregentsoftheUniversityof
NorthTexasSystemmaychargeeachstudentregisteredatacomponent
institutionoftheUniversityofNorthTexasSystemamedicalservices
feenottoexceed$75foreachsemesteroftheregulartermor12week
summersessionandnottoexceed$37.50foreachsixweekorshorter
termofthesummersession.
(b)Beforechargingamedicalservicesfeeatacomponent
institution,theboardmustgivestudentsandadministratorsan
opportunitytoofferrecommendationstotheboardastothetypeand
scopeofmedicalservicesthatshouldbeprovided.
(c)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthemedical
servicesfeechargedatacomponentinstitutionbymorethan10
percentfromoneacademicyeartothenextunlesstheamountofthe
increaseisapprovedbyamajorityofthestudentsattheinstitution
votinginageneralelectionheldattheinstitutionforthatpurpose.
(d)Amedicalservicesfeechargedatacomponentinstitutionof
theUniversityofNorthTexasSystemunderthissectionmaybeused
onlytoprovidemedicalservicestostudentsregisteredatthat
componentinstitution.
(e)Thefeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumstudentservicesfeethatmaybecharged
studentsenrolledatacomponentinstitutionoftheUniversityof
NorthTexasSystemunderSection54.503(b).
(f)Expired.
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AddedbyActs1991,72ndLeg.,ch.856,Sec.1,eff.Aug.26,1991.
AmendedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.383,Sec.1,eff.May28,2001.
Sec.54.5082.MEDICALSERVICESFEEMIDWESTERNSTATE
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofMidwesternStateUniversity
maychargeeachstudentregisteredattheuniversityamedical
servicesfeenottoexceed$30foreachsemesteroftheregularterm
or12weeksummersessionandnottoexceed$15foreachsixweekor
shortertermofthesummersession.
(b)Theboardmaynotimposeafeeunderthissectionor
increasetheamountofthefeebymorethan10percentinanyacademic
yearunlesstheimpositionorincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsattheinstitutionparticipatinginanelection
calledforthatpurpose.
(c)Revenuefromafeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeused
onlytoprovidemedicalservicestostudentsattheuniversity.
(d)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feetheboardisauthorizedbylawtoimpose.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.99,Sec.1,eff.May17,1999.
Sec.54.5085.MEDICALSERVICESFEETEXASWOMAN'SUNIVERSITY.
(a)TheboardofregentsofTexasWoman'sUniversitymaychargeeach
studentregisteredattheuniversityamedicalservicesfeenotto
exceed$55foreachsemesteroftheregulartermor12weeksummer
sessionandnottoexceed$25foreachsixweekorshortertermofthe
summersession.
(b)Beforetheboardimposesorincreasesafeeunderthis
section,theboardshallconsidertherecommendationsofastudentfee
advisorycommitteeestablishedbythepresidentoftheuniversity.A
majorityofthemembersoftheadvisorycommitteemustbestudents
appointedbythepresidingofficerofthestudentgoverningbodyand
theremainderofthemembersmustbeappointedbythepresidentofthe
university.Theboardmayincreasetheamountofthefeebyanamount
thatismorethan10percentoftheamountimposedinthepreceding
academicyearonlyifthatincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvoteof
thosestudentsoftheuniversityparticipatinginageneralelection
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calledforthatpurpose.
(c)Amedicalservicesfeechargedunderthissectionmaybe
usedonlytoprovidemedicalservicestostudentsregisteredatthe
university.
(d)Amedicalservicesfeechargedunderthissectionisin
additiontoanyotherfeetheboardisauthorizedbylawtocharge.
AddedbyActs1991,72ndLeg.,ch.844,Sec.3,eff.Aug.26,1991.
AmendedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.384,Sec.1,eff.May28,2001.
Sec.54.5089.MEDICALSERVICESFEETEXASSTATEUNIVERSITY
SYSTEMCOMPONENTS.(a)TheboardofregentsoftheTexasState
UniversitySystemmaychargeeachstudentregisteredatacomponent
institutionoftheTexasStateUniversitySystemamedicalservices
feenottoexceed$100foreachsemesteroftheregulartermorsummer
sessionof12weeksorlongerandnottoexceed$50foreachsummer
sessionoflessthan12weeks.
(b)Beforechargingamedicalservicesfee,theboardmustgive
studentsandadministratorsanopportunitytoofferrecommendationsto
theboardastothetypeandscopeofmedicalservicesthatshouldbe
provided.
(c)Amedicalservicesfeechargedatacomponentinstitutionof
theTexasStateUniversitySystemmaybeusedonlytoprovidemedical
servicestostudentsregisteredatthatcomponentinstitution.
(d)Amedicalservicesfeechargedunderthissectionisin
additiontoanyotherfeetheboardisauthorizedbylawtochargeand
maynotbeconsideredindeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfee
thatmaybechargedstudentsenrolledatacomponentinstitutionof
theTexasStateUniversitySystemunderSection54.503(b)ofthis
code.
(e)Notmorethanonceinanacademicyear,theboardmay
increasethefeeauthorizedbythissection.Anyincreaseinthefee
ofmorethan10percentmustbeapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsparticipatinginageneralstudentelectioncalledforthat
purpose.
AddedbyActs1993,73rdLeg.,ch.990,Sec.2,eff.June19,1993.
AmendedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.598,Sec.1,eff.June20,2003.
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Sec.54.50891.MEDICALSERVICESFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXAS
SYSTEMCOMPONENTS.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityof
TexasSystemmaychargeeachstudentregisteredatacomponent
institutionofTheUniversityofTexasSystemamedicalservicesfee
nottoexceed$55foreachsemesterorterm.Ifapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthosestudentsparticipatinginageneralelection
heldattheinstitutionforthatpurpose,themaximumamountofthe
medicalservicesfeethatmaybechargedatacomponentinstitutionis
increasedtotheamountstatedontheballotproposition,notto
exceed$75foreachsemesterorterm.Approvalattheelectionofan
increaseinthemaximumamountofthefeethatmaybechargedata
componentinstitutiondoesnotaffecttheapplicationofSubsection
(e)toanincreaseintheamountofthefeeactuallychargedatthat
institutionfromoneacademicyeartothenext.
(b)Beforechargingamedicalservicesfee,theboardmustgive
studentsandadministratorsanopportunitytoofferrecommendationsto
theboardastothetypeandscopeofmedicalservicesthatshouldbe
provided.Beforeincreasingtheamountofthemedicalservicesfeeat
TheUniversityofTexasatAustin,amedicalservicesfeecommittee,a
majorityofthemembersofwhichmustbestudentsoftheuniversity,
mustapprovethefeeincrease.
(c)Amedicalservicesfeechargedatacomponentinstitutionof
TheUniversityofTexasSystemmaybeusedonlytoprovidemedical
servicestostudentsregisteredatthatcomponentinstitution.
(d)Amedicalservicesfeechargedunderthissectionisin
additiontoanyotherfeetheboardisauthorizedbylawtochargeand
maynotbeconsideredindeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfee
thatmaybechargedstudentsenrolledatacomponentinstitutionof
TheUniversityofTexasSystem.
(e)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthefeechargedat
acomponentinstitutionofTheUniversityofTexasSystembymorethan
10percentfromoneacademicyeartothenextunlesstheincreaseis
approvedbyamajorityofthestudentsoftheinstitutionvotingina
generalelectionheldattheinstitutionforthatpurpose.
(f)Theboardshallproratetheamountofafeechargedtoa
studentunderthissectionbasedonthelengthofthesemesterorterm
forwhichthestudentisenrolled.
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AddedbyActs1993,73rdLeg.,ch.990,Sec.3,eff.June19,1993.
AmendedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1558,Sec.2,eff.June19,1999.
Sec.54.509.STUDENTRECREATIONFEETEXASTECHUNIVERSITY
SYSTEMCOMPONENTS.(a)Ifapprovedbystudentvote,theboardof
regentsoftheTexasTechUniversitySystemmaychargeeachstudent
enrolledatacomponentinstitutionoftheTexasTechUniversity
Systemarecreationfeenottoexceed$100persemesteror$50per
sixweeksummertermtobeusedtopurchaseequipmentforandto
operateandmaintainthestudentrecreationfacilitiesandprogramsat
theinstitution.
(b)Thefeemaynotbeincreasedbymorethan10percentfrom
oneacademicyeartothenextunlesstheincreaseisapprovedbya
majorityofstudentsvotingontheissueinageneralstudentelection
calledforthatpurpose.
(c)Theuniversityshallcollectthestudentrecreationfeeand
shalldepositthemoneycollectedinanaccountknownastheStudent
RecreationAccount.
(d)Thestudentrecreationfeeisnotcountedindeterminingthe
maximumstudentservicesfeewhichmaybechargedunderSection
54.503.
AddedbyActs1979,66thLeg.,p.235,ch.122,Sec.1,eff.Aug.27,
1979.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.109.51andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.11,eff.Aug.31,1987.Amendedby
Acts2001,77thLeg.,ch.100,Sec.1,eff.May11,2001.
Sec.54.5091.STUDENTRECREATIONALFACILITYFEEUNIVERSITYOF
NORTHTEXAS.(a)Ifapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthosestudents
participatinginageneralelectionheldattheuniversityforthat
purpose,theboardofregentsoftheUniversityofNorthTexasmay
imposearecreationalfacilityfeeoneachstudentenrolledinthe
universityinanamountnottoexceed$75perstudentforeach
semesteroftheregulartermor12weeksummersessionandnotto
exceed$37.50perstudentforeachsixweekorshortertermofthe
summersession.Thefeemaybeusedonlyforconstructing,operating,
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programattheuniversity.
(b)Revenuefromafeeimposedunderthissectionshallbe
depositedtothecreditofanaccountknownasthe"Universityof
NorthTexasrecreationalfacilityfeeaccount"underthecontrolof
thestudentfeeadvisorycommitteeestablishedunderSection54.5031.
(c)Thestudentfeeadvisorycommitteeannuallyshallsubmitto
theboardofregentsacompleteanditemizedbudgetforthe
recreationalfacilitywithacompletereportofallrecreational
facilityactivitiesconductedduringthepastyearandall
expendituresmadeinconnectionwiththoseactivities.Theboardmay
makechangesinthebudgetthattheboarddeterminesarenecessary.
Afterapprovingthebudget,theboard,inaccordancewiththis
section,mayimposetherecreationalfacilityfeesforthatyearin
amountssufficienttomeetthebudgetaryneedsoftherecreational
facility.Ifthebudgetapprovedbytheboardcontainsanexpenditure
fortheconstructionofafacility,theboardmaycontractforthe
constructionofthefacility.
(d)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountoftherecreational
facilityfeebymorethan10percentinanyacademicyearunlessthe
amountoftheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityofthestudents
participatinginageneralelectionheldattheuniversityforthat
purpose.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
useorservicefeeauthorizedtobeimposed.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposed
underSection54.503(b).
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.382,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,2001.
Sec.54.510.STUDENTRECREATIONALSPORTSFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATAUSTIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
SystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledinTheUniversityofTexasat
Austinarecreationalsportsfeenottoexceed$20asemesteror12
weeksummersessionor$10asixweeksummersession.Thefeemaybe
usedonlyforfinancing,constructing,operating,maintaining,and
improvingrecreationalsportsfacilitiesandprogramsatthe
university.
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(b)Afeemaynotbeimposedunderthissectionuntilthe
semesterinwhichacampusrecreationalsportsfacilitywillbe
availableforuse.
(c)Theuniversityshallcollectanystudentrecreationalsports
feeimposedunderthissectionandshalldepositthemoneycollected
inanaccounttobeknownasthestudentrecreationalsportsaccount.
Arecreationalsportsfeemaynotbecollectedafterthe20th
anniversaryofthedateitisfirstcollected,orafterallbonded
indebtednessforanycampusrecreationalsportsfacilityforwhichthe
feereceiptsarepledgedispaid,whicheverislater.
(d)Astudentrecreationalsportsfeeimposedunderthissection
isnotcountedindeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfeewhich
maybechargedunderSection54.513ofthissubchapter.
AddedbyActs1985,69thLeg.,ch.239,Sec.85,eff.Sept.1,1985.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.67.213andamendedbyActs1987,
70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.12,eff.Aug.31,1987.
Sec.54.511.STUDENTFEESFORBUSSERVICETEXASSTATE
UNIVERSITYSYSTEM.(a)TheboardofregentsoftheTexasState
UniversitySystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatTexasState
Universityafeeinitiallysetat$10persemesteror$5persixweek
summertermtobeusedtofinancebusserviceforstudentsattending
theinstitution.
(b)Notmorethanonceinanacademicyear,theboardmay
increasethefeeauthorizedinSubsection(a)ofthissectionforthe
purposeofcoveringincreasedoperatingcostsofthebusservice.Any
increaseinthefeemustbeapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsparticipatinginageneralelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
However,thetotalfeemaynotexceed$100persemesteror$50per
summertermofsixweeksorless.
(c)Thefeeforstudentbusserviceshallnotbecountedin
determiningthemaximumstudentservicefeeswhichmaybecharged
pursuanttotheprovisionsofSection54.503ofthiscode.
(d)Theuniversityshallholdinreserveanyfeerevenuethat
exceedstheamountnecessarytomeettheoperatingexpensesofthebus
serviceandshallapplythatrevenueonlytofutureoperatingexpenses
ofthebusservice.
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AddedbyActs1975,64thLeg.,p.1233,ch.458,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,
1975.AmendedbyActs1981,67thLeg.,p.82,ch.43,Sec.1.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.96.42andamendedbyActs1987,
70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.13,eff.Aug.31,1987.AmendedbyActs
1991,72ndLeg.,ch.289,Sec.1,eff.Aug.26,1991Acts1999,76th
Leg.,ch.625,Sec.1,eff.June18,1999Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.
386,Sec.3,4,eff.Sept.1,2003Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.598,
Sec.2,3,eff.June20,2003.
Amendedby:
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.30(S.B.974),Sec.3,eff.
September1,2013.
Sec.54.5111.ENVIRONMENTALSERVICEFEESOUTHWESTTEXASSTATE
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsoftheTexasStateUniversity
SystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatSouthwestTexasState
Universityanenvironmentalservicefeeinaninitialamountnotto
exceed$1persemesteroftheregulartermortermofthesummer
session.Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsattheuniversityvotinginanelectionheldfor
thatpurposeatthesametimeandusingthesameballotasastudent
governmentelection.
(b)Notmorethanonceinanacademicyear,theboardofregents
mayincreasetheamountofthefeeauthorizedbythissectiontocover
increasedoperatingcostsofenvironmentalservicesfundedfrom
revenuefromthefee.Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthe
feeunlesstheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudents
attheuniversityvotinginanelectionheldforthatpurposeinwhich
atleast1,000studentsattheuniversitycastballotsandthatis
heldatthesametimeandusingthesameballotasastudent
governmentelection.Thetotalamountoftheincreasedfeemaynot
exceed:
(1)$6perstudentforeachregularsemesterorforeach
termofthesummersessionnotcoveredbySubdivision(2)or
(2)$3perstudentforeachsixweekorshortertermofthe
summersession.
(c)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedonlytoprovide
environmentalimprovementsattheuniversitythroughservicessuchas
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recycling,transportation,employment,productpurchasing,matching
fundsforgrants,planningandmaintenance,andirrigation.
(d)Theuniversitymaynotuserevenuefromthefeeimposed
underthissectiontoreduceorreplaceothermoneyallocatedbythe
universityforenvironmentalprojects.
(e)Theuniversityshallretainanyfeerevenuethatexceedsthe
amountnecessarytocovercurrentoperatingexpensesforenvironmental
servicesandanyinterestgeneratedfromthatrevenue.Theuniversity
mayusetheexcessrevenueandinterestgeneratedfromthatrevenue
onlyforthepurposesprovidedbySubsection(c).
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.1305,Sec.1,eff.June21,2003.
Sec.54.512.SHUTTLEBUSFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASAT
ARLINGTON.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
Systemmaylevyashuttlebusfeenottoexceed$10perstudentfor
eachregularsemesterandnottoexceed$5perstudentforeachterm
ofthesummersession,forthesolepurposeoffinancingshuttlebus
serviceforstudentsattendingTheUniversityofTexasatArlington.
Thefeeshereinauthorizedtobeleviedareinadditiontoanyusefee
orservicefeenoworhereafterauthorizedtobelevied.However,no
feemaybeleviedunlessthefeeisapprovedbyamajorityvoteof
thosestudentsparticipatinginageneralelectioncalledforthat
purpose.
(b)Suchfeesshallbedepositedtoanaccountknownas"The
UniversityofTexasatArlingtonShuttleBusFeeAccount"andshallbe
expendedinaccordancewithabudgetsubmittedtoandapprovedbythe
boardofregents.Theboardofregentsshallmakesuchchangesinthe
budgetasitdeemsnecessarybeforeapprovingthebudget,andshall
thenlevythefees,withinthelimitshereinfixed,insuchamountsas
willbesufficienttomeetthebudgetasapproved.
AddedbyActs1977,65thLeg.,p.833,ch.309,Sec.2,eff.Aug.29,
1977.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.68.05andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.14,eff.Aug.31,1987.
Sec.54.5121.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATARLINGTON.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityof
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TexasSystemmayimposeamandatoryintercollegiateathleticsfeeat
TheUniversityofTexasatArlington.Theamountofthefeemaynot
exceed$7.75persemestercredithourforeachregularsemester,
unlessincreasedasprovidedbySubsection(b).Thefeemaynotbe
imposedunlessapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudents
participatinginageneralstudentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(b)Theamountofthefeepersemestercredithourmaybe
increasedfromoneacademicyeartothenextonlyifapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electionheldforthatpurposeor,iftheamountoftheincreasedoes
notexceedfivepercent,bythelegislativebodyofthestudent
governmentoftheuniversity.
(c)Theboardofregentsmayproratetheamountofthefeefora
summersession.
(d)Thefeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposed
underSection54.503.
(e)Expired.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.525,Sec.1,eff.June18,1999.
Sec.54.5122.RECREATIONALFACILITYFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATARLINGTON.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityof
TexasSystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityof
TexasatArlingtonarecreationalfacilityfeetofinance,construct,
renovate,improve,equip,ormaintainrecreationalfacilitiesorto
operaterecreationalprogramsattheuniversity.
(b)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessthefeeisapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electioncalledforthatpurpose.
(c)Theinitialamountofafeeimposedunderthissectionmay
notexceed:
(1)$9perstudentforaregularsemester
(2)$6perstudentforasummersessionof10weeksormore
(3)$4perstudentforasummersessionofeightweeksor
morebutlessthan10weeksand
(4)$3perstudentforasummersessionoflessthaneight
weeks.
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(d)SubjecttoSubsection(e),theboardofregentsmayincrease
theamountofafeeimposedunderthissectionfromoneacademicyear
tothenextwiththeapprovalofthelegislativebodyofthestudent
governmentofTheUniversityofTexasatArlington,exceptthatan
increaseintheamountofafeefromoneacademicyeartothenextof
morethan10percentmustbeapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsvotinginageneralstudentelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(e)Theamountofafeeimposedunderthissectionmaynot
exceed:
(1)$75perstudentforaregularsemester
(2)$50perstudentforasummersessionof10weeksor
more
(3)$35perstudentforasummersessionofeightweeksor
morebutlessthan10weeks
(4)$25perstudentforasummersessionoflessthaneight
weeksand
(5)$10perstudentforasummersessionoflessthanthree
weeksforastudentwhowasnotenrolledattheuniversityforthe
precedingregularsemester.
(f)Afterapprovaloftheimpositionofafeeunderthissection
atastudentelectionunderSubsection(b),thepresidentofThe
UniversityofTexasatArlingtonshallappointarecreationalfacility
studentadvisorycommittee.Thecommitteeshalladvisethepresident
regardingtheadministrationandallocationoftherevenuefromthe
feetosupportrecreationalfacilitiesontheuniversitycampus.
(g)Theboardofregentsshalldeposittherevenuefromafee
imposedunderthissectioninanaccountknownastherecreational
facilityfeeaccount.
(h)Theboardofregentsmaypledgerevenuefromafeeimposed
underthissectiontopayanobligationissuedundertherevenue
financingsystemofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
(i)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisnotconsideredin
determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
chargedatTheUniversityofTexasatArlingtonunderSection54.503.
(j)Theboardofregentsmaypermitapersonwhoisnotenrolled
atTheUniversityofTexasatArlingtontouseafacilityfinanced
withrevenuefromafeeimposedunderthissectionif:
(1)theperson'suseofthefacilitywillnotmaterially
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interferewiththeuseofthefacilitybystudentsoftheuniversity
(2)thepersonischargedafeeforusingthefacilitythat
isnotlessthanthestudentfeeandthatisnotlessthanthedirect
andindirectcosttotheuniversityofprovidingfortheperson'suse
and
(3)theperson'susewillnotmateriallyincreasethe
potentialliabilityoftheuniversity.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.181,Sec.1,eff.May18,2001.
Sec.54.513.STUDENTSERVICEFEESTHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASAT
AUSTIN.(a)Inthissection:
(1)"studentservices"includestextbookrentals
recreationalactivitieshealth,hospital,andothermedical
servicesgrouphospitalizationautomobileparkingprivileges
intramuralandintercollegiateathleticsartistsandlectureseries
andotherculturalentertainmentdebatingandoratoricalactivities
studentpublicationsstudentgovernmentstudentfeesadvisory
committeestudenttransportationservicesandanyotherstudent
activitiesandservicesspecificallyauthorizedandapprovedbythe
boardthetermdoesnotincludeservicesforwhichafeemaybe
chargedunderthespecificauthorityofanyothersectionofthis
code
(2)"compulsoryfee"meansafeethatischargedtoall
studentsenrolledintheuniversityand
(3)"voluntaryfee"meansafeethatischargedonlyto
thosestudentswhomakeuseofthestudentserviceforwhichthefee
isestablished.
(b)SubjecttoSection54.514ofthissubchapterandsubsections
(j)and(k)ofthissection,theboardofregentsofTheUniversityof
TexasSystemmaychargeandcollectfromstudentsregisteredatThe
UniversityofTexasatAustinfeestocoverthecostofstudent
servicesthattheboardconsidersnecessaryordesirableincarrying
outtheeducationalfunctionsoftheuniversity.
(c)Theboardmaymakefeesforaparticularstudentservice
voluntaryorcompulsory.
(d)Exceptforfeesallocatedforhospitalandhealthservices,
anycompulsoryfeesforstudentserviceschargedunderthissection
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shallbeassessedinproportiontothenumberofsemestercredithours
forwhichastudentregisters.
(e)Noportionofthecompulsoryfeescollectedmaybeexpended
forparkingservicesorfacilitiesexceptasrelatedtoproviding
shuttlebusservices.
(f)Moneycollectedasfeesforstudentservicesshallbe:
(1)reservedandaccountedforinanaccountkeptseparate
fromeducationalandgeneralfundsoftheuniversity
(2)usedonlyforthesupportofstudentservices
(3)usedonlyafterthecompulsoryfeestobeincludedin
thestudentservicefeesbudgethavebeenconsideredasprovidedby
Section54.514ofthissubchapterand
(4)placedinadepositorybankdesignatedbytheboardand
securedasprovidedbylaw.
(g)Eachyeartheboardshallapprovefortheuniversitya
separatebudgetforstudentactivitiesandservicesfinancedbyfees
authorizedbythissection.Thebudgetmustshowthefeestobe
assessed,thepurposeforwhichthefeeswillbeusedorthefunctions
tobefinanced,theestimatedincometobederived,andtheproposed
expenditurestobemade.Copiesofthebudgetshallbefiledannually
withthecoordinatingboard,thegovernor,theLegislativeBudget
Board,andthestatelibrary.
(h)Ifpaymentofanycompulsoryfeesauthorizedbythissection
wouldcauseanunduefinancialhardshiponastudent,theboardmay
waiveallorpartofthecompulsoryfeesforthatstudent.Thenumber
ofstudentsgrantedawaiverunderthissubsectionmaynotexceed10
percentofthetotalenrollmentoftheuniversity.Theboardmay
limittheparticipationofastudentintheactivitiesfinancedbythe
feeswaivedinproportiontotheextentofthewaiver.
(i)Ifthetotalcompulsoryfeechargedunderthissectionis
morethan$150,theincreasedoesnottakeeffectunlesstheincrease
isapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsvotinginanelection
heldforthatpurposeorbyamajorityvoteofthedulyelected
studentgovernment.Insubsequentyears,anelectionauthorizinga
feeincreasemustbeheldbeforethefeecanbeincreasedbymorethan
10percentofthefeeapprovedatthelaststudentelection.
(j)Thetotalofallcompulsoryfeeschargedunderthissection
tostudentsforanysemesterorsummersessionmaynotexceed$250.
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(k)Generalrevenuefundsappropriatedfortheelementofcost
"physicalplantoperationormaintenance"maybeusedtosupportthe
servicesandactivitiesprovidedforinthissection:
(1)iftheserviceoractivitysupportedfromthefeesis
notintercollegiateathleticsorisnotalsoappropriatelyclassified
asanyotherauxiliaryenterprisethatchargesafeedirectlyrelated
tothecostoftheserviceunderthecriteriaoutlinedinCollegeand
UniversityBusinessAdministration,FourthEdition(1982),published
bytheNationalAssociationofCollegeandUniversityBusiness
Officersor
(2)whentheserviceoractivitytakesplaceinorona
facilitythesubstantialuseofwhichhasbeendedicatedbytheboard
foreducationalandgeneralactivities.
(l)Thissectiondoesnotaffectanyspecialfees,including
buildingusefees,thatthelegislaturehasauthorizedtofinance
revenuebondissuesoranyotherfeesspecificallyauthorizedbylaw.
AddedbyActs1983,68thLeg.,p.2055,ch.378,Sec.1.Renumbered
fromEducationCodeSec.67.211andamendedbyActs1987,70thLeg.,
ch.901,Sec.15,eff.Aug.31,1987.AmendedbyActs1989,71st
Leg.,ch.584,Sec.107,eff.Sept.1,1989Acts1989,71stLeg.,
ch.910,Sec.7Acts2001,77thLeg.,ch.879,Sec.2,eff.June14,
2001.
Sec.54.5131.INTERNATIONALEDUCATIONFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATAUSTIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
SystemmaychargeandcollectfromstudentsregisteredatThe
UniversityofTexasatAustinafeeof$2ifapprovedbythestudents
inastudentreferendumforanysemesterorsummersession.Thefee
maybeincreasedtoanamountnottoexceed$4ifapprovedbythe
studentsinastudentreferendum.Thefeemaybeusedonlyfor
fundinganinternationaleducationprogramtobeusedtoassist
studentsparticipatingininternationalstudentexchangeorstudy
programs.
(b)Thefundshallbeusedinaccordancewithguidelinesjointly
developedbyTheUniversityofTexasatAustinStudentAssociationand
theadministrationofTheUniversityofTexasatAustin.
(c)Theinternationaleducationfinancialaidfeeimposedunder
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thissectionshallnotcountindeterminingthemaximumstudent
servicesfeewhichmaybechargedthestudentsofTheUniversityof
TexasatAustinunderthischapter.
AddedbyActs1989,71stLeg.,ch.910,Sec.9.AmendedbyActs1997,
75thLeg.,ch.1073,Sec.1.10,eff.Aug.1,1997.
Sec.54.5132.INTERNATIONALEDUCATIONFEE.(a)Thegoverning
boardofaninstitutionofhighereducation,otherthanTheUniversity
ofTexasatAustin,maychargeandcollectfromstudentsregisteredat
theinstitutionafeeinanamountnotlessthan$1andnotmorethan
$4foreachsemesterorsummersession.Theamountofthefeemaybe
increasedonlyiftheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsattheinstitutionparticipatinginanelectioncalledfor
thatpurpose.
(b)Feescollectedunderthissectionshallbedepositedinthe
institution'sinternationaleducationfinancialaidfund,afund
outsidethestatetreasury.Moneyinthefundmaybeusedonlyto
assiststudentsparticipatingininternationalstudentexchangeor
studyprograms.
(c)Theinternationaleducationfinancialaidfundshallbeused
inaccordancewithguidelinesjointlydevelopedbythestudent
governingbodyoftheinstitutionandtheadministrationofthe
institution.Ifaninstitutiondoesnothaveastudentgoverning
body,thepresidentmayappointacommitteeofstudentstoassistwith
thedevelopmentoftheguidelines.
(d)Thefeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumstudentservicesfeethatmaybecharged
studentsenrolledattheinstitutionunderSection54.503(b)ofthis
code.
AddedbyActs1991,72ndLeg.,ch.844,Sec.4,eff.Aug.26,1991.
AmendedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1086,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.5133.MARTINLUTHERKING,JR.,STATUEFEETHE
UNIVERSITYOFTEXASATAUSTIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofThe
UniversityofTexasSystemmaychargeandcollectfromstudents
registeredatTheUniversityofTexasatAustinafeeof$1forany
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semesterorsummersession.Thefeeshallbeusedforfundingthe
constructionofaMartinLutherKing,Jr.,statueonthecampusofThe
UniversityofTexasatAustinandtoestablishMartinLutherKing,
Jr.,studentscholarships.
(b)Anyfundsraisedinexcessofthecostoftheconstruction
oftheMartinLutherKing,Jr.,statueshallbeusedtoestablish
MartinLutherKing,Jr.,studentscholarships.
(c)ThefeescollectedshallbedepositedintotheMartinLuther
King,Jr.,statuefeeaccountforthepurposesoutlinedinSubsections
(a)and(b).
(d)AfeemaynotbechargedunderthissectionafterAugust31,
1999.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.757,Sec.2,eff.June16,1995.
Sec.54.5134.WASHINGTON,D.C.,INTERNSHIPEDUCATIONFEE.(a)
Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationmaycharge
andcollectfromeachstudentregisteredattheinstitutionafeein
anamountnottoexceed$1foreachsemesterorsummersessionif
impositionofthefeeisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudents
oftheinstitutionparticipatinginageneralstudentelectionheld
forthatpurpose.
(b)Theamountofthefeeimposedataninstitutionmaybe
increasedfromoneacademicyeartothenextbymorethan10percent
onlyifapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsoftheinstitution
participatinginageneralstudentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(c)Revenuefromafeeimposedunderthissectionshallbe
depositedinafundestablishedbytheinstitutionoutsidethestate
treasuryandidentifiedastheinstitution'sWashington,D.C.,
internshipfinancialaidfund.Moneyinthefundmaybeusedonlyto
assistastudentparticipatinginaWashington,D.C.,internship
programadministered,sponsored,orapprovedbytheinstitution.
(d)Thefundshallbeusedinaccordancewithguidelinesjointly
developedbythestudentgoverningbodyoftheinstitutionandthe
administrationoftheinstitution.Iftheinstitutiondoesnothavea
studentgoverningbody,thepresidentmayappointacommitteeof
studentstoassistwiththedevelopmentoftheguidelines.
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determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
chargedastudentenrolledattheinstitutionunderSection54.503(b).
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1504,Sec.1,eff.Aug.30,1999.
Sec.54.5135.BARBARAJORDANANDCESARCHAVEZSTATUESFEETHE
UNIVERSITYOFTEXASATAUSTIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofThe
UniversityofTexasSystemmaychargeandcollectfromstudents
registeredatTheUniversityofTexasatAustinafeeof$2forany
semesterorsummersession.Thefeeshallbeusedforfundingthe
constructionofaBarbaraJordanstatueandaCesarChavezstatueon
thecampusofTheUniversityofTexasatAustinandtoestablish
BarbaraJordanandCesarChavezstudentscholarships.
(b)Theboardshalldepositonehalfoftherevenuecollected
fromthefeeintotheBarbaraJordanstatuefeeaccountforthe
purposesofconstructingtheBarbaraJordanstatueand,iffunds
permit,establishingBarbaraJordanstudentscholarships.Anyfunds
depositedintheaccountinexcessofthecostoftheconstructionof
thestatueshallbeusedtoestablishthestudentscholarships.
(c)Theboardshalldeposittheremainingrevenuecollectedfrom
thefeeintotheCesarChavezstatuefeeaccountforthepurposesof
constructingtheCesarChavezstatueand,iffundspermit,
establishingCesarChavezstudentscholarships.Anyfundsdeposited
intheaccountinexcessofthecostoftheconstructionofthestatue
shallbeusedtoestablishthestudentscholarships.
(d)AfeemaynotbechargedunderthissectionafterAugust31,
2007.
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.1065,Sec.1,eff.June20,2003.
Sec.54.514.STUDENTFEESADVISORYCOMMITTEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATAUSTIN.(a)Thestudentfeesadvisorycommitteeis
establishedtoadvisetheadministrationofTheUniversityofTexasat
Austinonthetype,level,andexpenditureofcompulsoryfeesfor
studentservicescollectedattheuniversityunderSection54.513of
thissubchapter.Theadministrationmayalsoaskthestudentfees
advisorycommitteetoadvisetheadministrationoftheuniversityon
thetype,level,andexpenditureofvoluntaryfeesforstudent
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servicescollectedattheuniversityunderSection54.513ofthis
subchapter.Thecommitteeiscomposedofninemembers.
(b)Fiveofthemembersofthestudentfeesadvisorycommittee
mustbestudentmembers.Thestudentmembersmustbestudentswhoare
enrolledinnotlessthansixsemesterhoursattheuniversityandwho
aregenerallyrepresentativeofthestudentbody.Ifastudent
governmentexists,thestudentmembersshallbeselectedbythe
studentgovernmentoftheuniversity.Thestudentmembersshallbe
selectedanddesignatedasappropriatesothatthreestudentmembers
onthecommitteeareservingtermsoftwoyears,andtwostudent
membersareservingtermsofoneyear.Ifastudentgovernmentdoes
notexist,thestudentsshallbeelectedbythestudentsenrolledin
theuniversityvotinginanelectionheldforthatpurpose.Ateach
election,theappropriatenumberofstudentsshallbeelectedfor
termsofappropriatelengthsothatthreestudentmembersonthe
committeeareservingtermsoftwoyears,andtwostudentmembersare
servingtermsofoneyear.Atanelectionatwhichthreestudentsare
beingelectedfortermsoftwoyearsandtwostudentsarebeing
electedfortermsofoneyear,eachcandidatemustfileforaoneyear
ortwoyearposition.
(c)Thefourremainingmembersofthestudentfeesadvisory
committeeshallbeappointedbythepresidentoftheuniversityand
shallbegenerallyrepresentativeofthetotaluniversitycommunity.
Eachnonstudentmemberofthecommitteeservesforatermofoneyear
butmaybereappointed.
(d)Astudentmemberwhoceasestobeastudentmaynotcontinue
toholdastudentmembershipposition.Ifastudentvacancyoccurs,
thestudentgovernmentshallappointanewmembertoserveforthe
remainderoftheunexpiredterm.Intheabsenceofstudentgovernment
orifthevacancyisinanonstudentposition,thepresidentofthe
universityshallappointanewmembertoservefortheremainderof
theunexpiredterm.
(e)Thecommitteeshallconductappropriateinquiryintothe
type,level,andexpenditureofanycompulsoryfeestobecharged
underSection54.513ofthissubchapterandontheexpenditureof
moneygeneratedfromthosefees.Followingthecommittee'sinquiries,
thecommitteeandtheappropriatemembersoftheuniversity
administrationshallmeet,andatthemeetingthecommitteeshall
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submittotheadministrationastatementrecommendingthetype,level,
andexpenditureofcompulsoryfeestobechargedtostudentsinthe
academicyearbeginningwiththefollowingfallsemester.
(f)Thepresidentshalldulyconsidertherecommendationsofthe
studentfeesadvisorycommitteeinhisrecommendationstotheboardof
regentsofTheUniversityofTexasSystemwhichrecommendationsshall
besubmittedtotheboardduringtheannualbudgetaryprocess.Ifthe
president'srecommendationstobemadetotheboardaresubstantially
differentfromthoseofthestudentfeesadvisorycommitteetothe
administration,theadministrationshallsonotifythestudentfees
advisorycommitteeinsufficienttimeforthecommitteetorequest
timeforanappearanceontheregents'agendaforthemeetingatwhich
theboardwillconsiderthepresident'srecommendations.The
administrationshallprovidetoastudentmemberdesignatedbythe
studentmembersofthecommittee,uponthatstudentmember'srequest,
themostrecentandcompleterecommendationsofthepresidenttothe
board.
(g)Inadditiontoselectingthestudentmembersofthestudent
feesadvisorycommittee,thestudentgovernment,ifoneexists,is
entitledtoselectthestudentmembersoftheuniversityparkingand
trafficpoliciescommitteeestablishedbythepresidentofthe
university.Theuniversityparkingandtrafficpoliciescommittee
shallprovidecopiesofanyrecommendationsitmakesconcerningthe
settingofstudentparkingfeestothestudentfeesadvisory
committee.Thestudentfeesadvisorycommitteemaymakesuchcomments
andrecommendationstotheadministrationontherecommendationsof
theuniversityparkingandtrafficpoliciescommitteeasitmaywish.
AddedbyActs1983,68thLeg.,p.2055,ch.378,Sec.1.Renumbered
fromEducationCodeSec.67.212andamendedbyActs1987,70thLeg.,
ch.901,Sec.16,eff.Aug.31,1987.
Sec.54.515.STUDENTUNIONFEE.(a)Thegoverningboardof
eachinstitutionofhighereducationmaychargeeachstudent
registeredattheinstitutionastudentunionfeenottoexceed$20
foreachregularsemesterandnottoexceed$10foreachtermofthe
summersessionforthesolepurposeoffinancing,constructing,
operating,maintaining,andimprovingastudentunionbuilding.The
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feemaynotbeimposed,andmaynotbeincreasedabove$10foreach
regularsemesterand$5foreachtermofthesummersession,unless
theimpositionorincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsparticipatinginageneralelection.Thefeesauthorizedby
thissectionareinadditiontoanyotheruseorservicefee
authorizedbylawtobechargedandcollectedbytheinstitution.
(b)ThefeescollectedunderSubsection(a)ofthissection
shallbedepositedinadesignatedaccountandshallbeplacedunder
thecontrolofandsubjecttotheorderofastudentadvisory
committee.Thestudentadvisorycommitteeannuallyshallsubmitto
thegoverningboardoftheinstitutionacompleteanditemizedbudget
tobeaccompaniedbyafullandcompletereportofallactivities
conductedduringthepreviousfiscalyearandallrelatedexpenditures
madeduringthatyear.Thegoverningboardshallmakeanychangesin
thebudgetasitconsidersnecessarybeforeapprovingthebudgetand
shallchargeandcollectthefeesasprovidedbythissectionin
amountssufficienttomeetthebudgetaryneedsofthestudentunion
buildingandwithinthelimitsauthorizedbythissection.
AddedbyActs1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.17,eff.Aug.31,1987.
Sec.54.518.UNIVERSITYCENTERFEEMIDWESTERNSTATE
UNIVERSITY.(a)Totheextentapprovedbythestudentsunder
Subsection(b),theBoardofRegentsofMidwesternStateUniversityis
herebyauthorizedtolevyaregular,fixedstudentfeenottoexceed,
exceptasauthorizedunderSubsection(d),$15perstudentforeach
semesterofthelongsessionandnottoexceed$7.50perstudentfor
allorpartofeachtermofthesummersessionforthepurposeof
operating,maintaining,improving,equipping,andfinancingthe
universitycenterandacquiringorconstructingadditionstothe
center.Theamountofthefeemaybechangedatanytimewithinthe
limitsspecifiedbythissubsectioninordertoprovidesufficient
fundstosupporttheuniversitycenter.Thefeesauthorizedinthis
sectionsupplementanyotheruseorservicefeeauthorizedbylaw.
(b)Thedecisiontolevysuchafee,theamountoftheinitial
fee,andanyincreaseinthefeewithinthelimitsspecifiedby
Subsection(a)mustbeapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthosestudents
participatinginageneralelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
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(c)Thechieffiscalofficeroftheuniversityshallcollectthe
feesprovidedforinthissectionandshallcreditthemoneyreceived
fromthefeestoanaccountknownastheUniversityCenter
AdministrationandProgramFund.
(d)Theboardmayincreasetheamountofthefeeforasemester
orsummersessioninexcessoftheapplicableamountprovidedby
Subsection(a)iftheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsparticipatinginageneralelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
Theincreasedamountunderthissubsectionmaynotbechargedafter
thefifthacademicyearinwhichtheincreasedamountisfirstcharged
unless,beforetheendofthatacademicyear,theinstitutionhas
issuedbondspayablefromthefee,inwhicheventtheincreasedamount
maynotbechargedaftertheacademicyearinwhichallsuchbonds,
includingrefundingbondsforthosebonds,havebeenfullypaid.
AddedbyActs1979,66thLeg.,p.793,ch.354,Sec.1,eff.June6,
1979.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.103.11andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.20,eff.Aug.31,1987.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.200(S.B.1121),Sec.1,eff.May
28,2011.
Sec.54.519.STUDENTUNIONFEENORTHTEXASSTATEUNIVERSITY.
(a)TheboardofregentsofNorthTexasStateUniversitymaylevya
regular,fixedstudentfeeagainsteachstudentenrolledinthat
institution,asmayintheirdiscretionbejustandnecessaryforthe
purposeofoperating,maintaining,improving,andequippingthe
studentunionandacquiringorconstructingadditionsthereto
provided,however,thatthestudentbodymustapproveeachincreaseof
saidfeeinexcessof$3perstudentforeachfiscalyear,atan
electioncalledforthatpurposebytheboard.Noticeofanelection
shallbegivenbypublicationofasubstantialcopyoftheresolution
ororderoftheboardcallingtheelectionandshowingtheamountof
theincreasedfeeandthepurposeforwhichitistobeused.The
noticeshallbepublishedinTheNorthTexasDailyorinanyother
studentnewspaperhavinggeneralcirculationamongthestudentbody
forthreeconsecutivedaysoftheweekimmediatelyprecedingthedate
setfortheelection.Theboardshallcanvassthereturnsanddeclare
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theresultsoftheelection,andifamajorityofthestudentsvoting
intheelectionvoteinfavoroftheincrease,thentheboardmaylevy
thefeeinanamountnotinexcessoftheamountauthorizedatthe
election.
(b)Theactivitiesofthestudentunionfinancedinwholeorin
partbythestudentunionfeeshallbelimitedtothoseactivitiesin
whichtheentirestudentbodyiseligibletoparticipateandinno
eventmayanyoftheactivitiessofinancedbeheldoutsideofthe
territoriallimitsofthecampusoftheUniversityofNorthTexas.
(c)ThefiscalofficeroftheUniversityofNorthTexasshall
collectthefeesprovidedforinSubsection(a)ofthissectionand
shallcreditthemoneyreceivedfromthosefeestoanaccountknownas
thestudentunionfeeaccount.
(d)Themoneythuscollectedandplacedinthestudentunionfee
accountshallbeusedforthepurposeofoperatingandmaintainingand
improvingthestudentunionandshallbeplacedunderthecontrolof
andsubjecttotheorderoftheboardofdirectorsofthestudent
union,whichboardofdirectorsshallannuallysubmitacompleteand
itemizedbudgettobeaccompaniedbyafullandcompletereportofall
activitiesconductedduringthepastyearandallexpendituresmade
incidentthereto.Theboardofregentsshallmakesuchchangesinthe
budgetasitdeemsnecessarybeforeapprovingit,andshallthenlevy
thestudentfeesundertheprovisionsofSubsection(a)ofthis
sectioninsuchamountsaswillbesufficienttomeetthebudgetary
needsofthestudentunion,withinthestatutorylimitsfixedinthis
section.
AddedbyActs1971,62ndLeg.,p.3336,ch.1024,art.2,Sec.3,eff.
Sept.1,1971.AmendedbyActs1985,69thLeg.,ch.790,Sec.1,eff.
Sept.1,1985Acts1987,70thLeg.,ch.1070,Sec.9,eff.May15,
1988.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.105.43andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.21,eff.Aug.31,1987.
Sec.54.5191.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEEUNIVERSITYOFNORTH
TEXAS.(a)TheboardofregentsoftheUniversityofNorthTexas
SystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledattheUniversityofNorth
Texasanintercollegiateathleticsfeeinanamountnottoexceed$10
persemestercredithourforeachsemesterorsummersession.
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(b)Astudentenrolledinmorethan15semestercredithours
shallpaythefeeinanamountequaltotheamountimposedona
studentenrolledin15semestercredithoursduringthesamesemester
orsession.
(c)Thefeemaynotbechargedbeforethefirstsemesteranew
footballstadiumisavailableforuseattheuniversity.
(d)Ifcompulsorystudentservicesfeesarechargedtostudents
enrolledattheuniversityunderSection54.503,thetotalamountof
thosefeeschargedtoastudentshallbereducedby$3persemester
credithourforthefirstsemesterinwhichanintercollegiate
athleticsfeeischargedunderthissection.
(e)Revenuefromthefeechargedunderthissectionmaybeused
onlyforfinancing,constructing,operating,maintaining,orimproving
anathleticfacilityorforoperatinganintercollegiateathletics
programattheuniversity.
(f)Thefeemaynotbechargedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateina
generalstudentelectionheldforthatpurpose.Theballotforthe
electiontoapprovethefeemuststateamaximumamountofthefee
thatmaybechargedpersemestercredithour,nottoexceedthe
maximumamountprescribedbySubsection(a).
(g)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedtoanamountthat
exceedsby10percentormoretheamountofthefeeaslastapproved
byastudentvoteunderSubsection(f)orthissubsectionunlessthe
increasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsenrolled
attheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneralstudentelectionheld
forthatpurpose.
(h)Thechieffiscalofficeroftheuniversityshallcollectthe
feeandshalldeposittherevenuefromthefeeinanaccounttobe
knownastheintercollegiateathleticsfeeaccount.
(i)Afeechargedunderthissectionisnotconsideredin
determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
chargedeachstudentenrolledattheuniversityunderSection54.503.
(j)Thefeemaynotbechargedafterthefifthacademicyearin
whichthefeeisfirstchargedunless,beforetheendofthatacademic
year,theuniversityhasissuedbondspayablefromthefee,inwhich
eventthefeemaynotbechargedaftertheacademicyearinwhichall
suchbonds,includingrefundingbondsforthosebonds,havebeenfully
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paid.
AddedbyActs2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.125(S.B.473),Sec.1,eff.
May23,2009.
Sec.54.520.UNIVERSITYCENTERSTUDENTFEESTEPHENF.AUSTIN
STATEUNIVERSITY.(a)Totheextentapprovedbythestudentsunder
Subsection(b),theboardofregentsofStephenF.AustinState
Universitymaychargeeachstudentenrolledinoneormorecourses
conductedbytheuniversityafeeintheamountof$9foreach
semestercredithour,inatotalamountofatleast$35butnotto
exceed$85perstudentforeachsemesterorsummersession,forthe
purposeofacquiring,constructing,renovating,operating,
maintaining,improving,equipping,andfinancingauniversitycenter
oradditionstothecenter.Thefeesauthorizedinthissection
supplementanyotheruseorservicefeeauthorizedbylaw.
(b)Thedecisiontolevyafeeunderthissectionmustbe
approvedbyamajorityvoteofthosestudentsparticipatingina
generalelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(c)Thechieffiscalofficeroftheuniversityshallcollectthe
feesprovidedforinthissectionandshallcreditthemoneyreceived
fromthefeestoanaccountknownastheuniversitycenter
administrationandprogramfund.
AddedbyActs1979,66thLeg.,p.734,ch.326,Sec.1,eff.June6,
1979.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.101.42andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.22,eff.Aug.31,1987Amendedby
Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.475,Sec.1,eff.June20,2003.
Sec.54.5201.RECREATIONALSPORTSFEESTEPHENF.AUSTINSTATE
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofStephenF.AustinState
Universitymaychargeeachstudentenrolledattheuniversitya
recreationalsportsfeenottoexceed$120persemesterorsummer
sessionoflongerthansixweeksor$60persummersessionofsix
weeksorless.Thefeemaybeusedtopurchaseequipmentforandto
construct,operate,andmaintainrecreationalsportsfacilitiesand
programs.
(b)Therecreationfeeauthorizedbythissectionmaynotbe
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increasedmorethan10percentfromoneacademicyeartothenext
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsparticipatinginageneralstudentelectioncalledforthat
purpose.ThefeemaynotexceedtheamountsprovidedbySubsection
(a).
(c)Thechieffiscalofficeroftheuniversityshallcollectany
studentrecreationalsportsfeeimposedunderthissectionandshall
depositthemoneycollectedinanaccounttobeknownasthestudent
recreationalsportsaccount.
(d)Astudentrecreationalsportsfeeimposedunderthissection
isnotcountedindeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfeethat
maybechargedunderSection54.503.
AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.503(H.B.598),Sec.1,eff.June
17,2005.
Sec.54.521.STUDENTCENTERFACILITYFEESTEXASA&MUNIVERSITY
SYSTEM.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheTexasA&MUniversitySystem
maylevyaregular,fixedstudentfeeoneachstudentenrolledinan
educationalinstitutionwithinTheTexasA&MUniversitySystemforthe
purposeofacquiring,constructing,renovating,operating,
maintaining,improving,addingto,replacing,financing,andequipping
oneormorestudentcenterfacilitiesfortheinstitution.Theboard
maysetfeesinamountsitconsidersjustandnecessarybutnotto
exceed$100perstudentforeachsemesterforthelongsessionandnot
toexceed$50perstudentforeachtermofthesummersession,orany
fractionalpartofasession.Theactivitiesofastudentcenter
facilitythatmaybefinancedinwholeorinpartbythestudent
centerfacilityfeearelimitedtothoseactivitiesinwhichthe
entirestudentbodyiseligibletoparticipate.Thefinanced
activitiesmaynotbeheldoutsidetheterritoriallimitsofany
educationalinstitutionwithinTheTexasA&MUniversitySystem.
(b)Thecomptrollerofeachinstitutionshallcollectthefees
leviedunderSubsection(a)ofthissectionandshallcreditthemoney
receivedfromthefeestoanaccountknownasthestudentcenter
facilityfeeaccount.
(c)Themoneycollectedandplacedinthestudentcenter
facilityfeeaccountmaybeusedonlyforthepurposesprovidedby
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Subsection(a)ofthissection.Acompleteanditemizedbudgetshall
besubmittedtotheboardannuallyandmustbeaccompaniedbyafull
andcompletereportofallactivitiesconductedduringthepastyear
andallexpendituresmadeincidenttotheactivities.Theboardshall
makechangesinthebudgetitconsidersnecessarybeforeapprovingthe
budget,andshallthenlevythefeesinamountssufficienttomeetthe
approvedbudget,withinthelimitsfixedbythissection.
(d)Thedecisiontolevyastudentcenterfacilityfeeandthe
amountoftheinitialfeemustbeapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsparticipatinginageneralelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(e)Thefeeauthorizedbythissectionmaynotbeincreasedfrom
oneacademicyeartothenextunlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedby
amajorityvoteofthestudentsattheaffectedinstitution
participatinginageneralelectioncalledforthatpurpose,except
thatatTarletonStateUniversitythefeemaybeincreasedbynotmore
than10percentfromoneacademicyeartothenextwithoutholdingan
election.Thefeemaynotexceedthemaximumamountsprovidedby
Subsection(a).
(f)Thepresidentofeachinstitutioninthesystemshall
establishaformalsystemforsolicitingandreceivingstudentcomment
withrespecttomattersofconstructionandoperationofafacilityor
programfinancedbyafeechargedunderthissection.
AddedbyActs1983,68thLeg.,p.5008,ch.899,Sec.1,eff.June19,
1983.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.85.30andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.23,eff.Aug.31,1987.Amendedby
Acts1991,72ndLeg.,ch.281,Sec.1,eff.Aug.26,1991Acts1997,
75thLeg.,ch.546,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1997Acts2001,77thLeg.,
ch.826,Sec.1,eff.June14,2001.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.327(S.B.702),Sec.1,eff.June17,
2005.
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.327(S.B.702),Sec.2,eff.June17,
2005.
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.1226(H.B.1102),Sec.1,eff.June18,
2005.
Sec.54.522.STUDENTCENTERFEESTEXASSOUTHERNUNIVERSITY.
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(a)TheboardofregentsofTexasSouthernUniversitymayimposeon
eachstudentenrolledintheuniversityastudentfeenottoexceed
$75perstudentforeachsemesteroftheregulartermandnotto
exceed$37.50perstudentforeachsummerterm,astheboard
determinesnecessaryforthepurposeofoperating,maintaining,
improving,andequippingthestudentcenterandacquiringor
constructingadditionstothestudentcenter.Afeecollectedunder
thissectionisinadditiontoanyotheruseorservicefeeauthorized
tobeimposed.
(b)Thefeescollectedunderthissectionshallbedepositedto
thecreditofanaccountknownasthe"TexasSouthernUniversity
StudentCenterFeeAccount"andshallbeunderthecontrolofthe
studentfeeadvisorycommitteeestablishedunderSection54.5031.
(c)Thestudentfeeadvisorycommitteeannuallyshallsubmitto
theboardofregentsacompleteanditemizedbudgetforthestudent
centerwithacompletereportofallstudentcenteractivities
conductedduringthepastyearandallexpendituresmadeinconnection
withthoseactivities.Theboardofregentsmaymakechangesinthe
budgetthattheboarddeterminesarenecessary.Afterapprovingthe
budget,theboardofregents,inaccordancewiththissection,may
imposethestudentcenterfeesforthatyearinamountssufficientto
meetthebudgetaryneedsofthestudentcenter.
(d)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthestudentcenter
feeinanyacademicyearunlesstheamountoftheincreaseisapproved
byamajorityofthestudentsvotinginanelectionheldforthat
purposeorbyamajorityofthestudentgovernmentoftheinstitution.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumstudentservicesfeethatmaybechargedunder
Section54.503(b).
(f)Thefeemaynotbechargedafterthefifthacademicyearin
whichthefeeisfirstchargedunless,beforetheendofthatacademic
year,theuniversityhasissuedbondspayableinwholeorinpartfrom
thefee,inwhicheventthefeemaynotbechargedaftertheacademic
yearinwhichallsuchbonds,includingrefundingbondsforthose
bonds,havebeenfullypaid.
AddedbyActs1977,65thLeg.,p.2206,ch.869,Sec.2,eff.Aug.29,
1977.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.106.37andamendedbyActs
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1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.24,eff.Aug.31,1987.Amendedby
Acts1989,71stLeg.,1stC.S.,ch.38,Sec.1,eff.Oct.18,1989
Acts1997,75thLeg.,ch.542,Sec.1,eff.May31,1997.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1154(H.B.2954),Sec.1,eff.
June19,2009.
Sec.54.5221.RECREATIONALFACILITYFEETEXASSOUTHERN
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofTexasSouthernUniversity
maylevyandcollectarecreationalfacilityfeenottoexceed$50per
studentforeachsemesteroftheregulartermorthesummersession
fromeachstudentenrolledinTexasSouthernUniversity,forthesole
purposeofconstructing,operating,maintaining,improving,and
equippingarecreationalfacilityorprogramattheinstitution.A
feecollectedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyotheruseor
servicefeeauthorizedtobelevied.
(b)Thefeescollectedunderthissectionshallbedepositedto
thecreditofanaccountknownasthe"TexasSouthernUniversity
recreationalfacilityfeeaccount"andshallbeunderthecontrolof
thestudentfeeadvisorycommitteeestablishedunderSection54.5031.
(c)Thestudentfeeadvisorycommitteeannuallyshallsubmitto
theboardofregentsacompleteanditemizedbudgetforthe
recreationalfacilitywithacompletereportofallrecreational
facilityactivitiesconductedduringthepastyearandall
expendituresmadeinconnectionwiththoseactivities.Theboardof
regentsmaymakechangesinthebudgetthattheboarddeterminesare
necessary.Afterapprovingthebudget,theboardofregents,in
accordancewiththissection,maylevytherecreationalfacilityfees
forthatyearinamountssufficienttomeetthebudgetaryneedsofthe
recreationalfacility.Ifthebudgetapprovedbytheboardcontains
anexpenditurefortheconstructionofafacility,theboardmay
contractfortheconstructionofthefacility.
(d)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountoftherecreational
facilityfeebymorethan10percentinanyacademicyearunlessthe
amountoftheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityofthestudents
votinginanelectionheldforthatpurposeorbyamajorityofthe
studentgovernmentoftheinstitution.
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(e)Afeeleviedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumstudentservicesfeethatmaybechargedunder
Section54.503(b).
AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.586,Sec.1,eff.June2,1997.
Sec.54.5222.MEDICALSERVICESFEETEXASSOUTHERNUNIVERSITY.
(a)TheboardofregentsofTexasSouthernUniversitymaylevyand
collectamedicalservicesfeenottoexceed$35perstudentforeach
semesteroftheregulartermor$17.50foreachtermofthesummer
sessionfromeachstudentenrolledinTexasSouthernUniversityfor
thesolepurposeofoperating,maintaining,improving,andequippinga
medicalservicefacilityattheuniversity,acquiringandconstructing
additionstothemedicalservicefacility,andprovidingmedical
servicestostudentsregisteredattheuniversity.Afeecollected
underthissectionisinadditiontoanyotheruseorservicefee
authorizedtobelevied.
(b)Thefeescollectedunderthissectionshallbedepositedto
thecreditofanaccountknownasthe"TexasSouthernUniversity
MedicalServicesFeeAccount"andshallbeunderthecontrolofthe
studentfeeadvisorycommitteeestablishedunderSection54.5031.
(c)Thestudentfeeadvisorycommitteeannuallyshallsubmitto
theboardofregentsacompleteanditemizedbudgetforthemedical
servicefacilitywithacompletereportofallmedicalservice
activitiesconductedduringthepastyearandallexpendituresmadein
connectionwiththoseactivities.Theboardofregentsmaymake
changesinthebudgetthattheboarddeterminesarenecessary.After
approvingthebudget,theboardofregents,inaccordancewiththis
section,maylevyamedicalservicesfeeforthatyearinamounts
sufficienttomeetthebudgetaryneedsofthemedicalservice
facility.Ifthebudgetapprovedbytheboardcontainsanexpenditure
fortheconstructionofafacility,theboardmaycontractforthe
constructionofthefacility.
(d)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthemedical
servicesfeebymorethan10percentinanyacademicyearunlessthe
amountoftheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityofthestudents
votinginanelectionheldforthatpurposeorbyamajorityofthe
studentgovernmentoftheinstitution.
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(e)Afeeleviedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumstudentservicesfeethatmaybechargedunder
Section54.503(b).
(f)Beforeafeeisinitiallychargedunderthissectionandat
othertimesasdeterminedbytheboardofregents,theboardshall
providestudentsattheinstitutionandemployeesoftheinstitution
anopportunitytomakerecommendationstotheboardaboutthetypeof
orscopeofservicesthemedicalfacilityshouldoffer.
AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.544,Sec.1,eff.May31,1997.
ForexpirationofSection54.5223,seeSubsection(h).
Sec.54.5223.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEE:TEXASSOUTHERN
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofTexasSouthernUniversity
mayimposeanintercollegiateathleticsfeeoneachstudentenrolled
atTexasSouthernUniversityinanamountnottoexceed$10per
semestercredithour.
(b)Theamountofthefeeimposedonastudentinasemesteror
sessionmaynotexceedtheamountofthefeeimposedonastudent
enrolledin15semestercredithoursduringthesamesemesteror
session.
(c)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheuniversityparticipatinginageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Theamountofthefeepersemestercredithourmaybe
increasedfromoneacademicyeartothenextonlyifapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthestudentsoftheuniversityparticipatingina
generalstudentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
maximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunder
Section54.503.
(g)Thefeemaynotbechargedafterthefifthacademicyearin
whichthefeeisfirstchargedunless,beforetheendofthatacademic
year,theuniversityhasissuedbondspayableinwholeorinpartfrom
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thefee,inwhicheventthefeemaynotbechargedaftertheacademic
yearinwhichallsuchbonds,includingrefundingbondsforthose
bonds,havebeenfullypaid.
(h)ThissectionexpiresonthenextSeptember1thatfollows
thefifthanniversaryoftheeffectivedateofthemostrecentactof
thelegislatureamendingorreenactingthissectionunlessthe
legislaturereenactsthissectionbeforethatdate.
AddedbyActs2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1046(H.B.4501),Sec.1,
eff.June19,2009.
Amendedby:
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1380(H.B.3792),Sec.1,eff.
September1,2013.
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1384(S.B.1810),Sec.1,eff.
September1,2013.
Sec.54.523.STUDENTCENTERFEESTEXASSTATEUNIVERSITY
SYSTEM.(a)TotheextentapprovedbythestudentsunderSubsection
(b)ofthissection,theboardofregentsoftheTexasState
UniversitySystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledinauniversityor
educationalcenterunderitsauthorityastudentcenterfeenotto
exceed$100persemesteror$50persummertermofsixweeksorless
tobeusedtoconstruct,operate,maintain,improve,andprograma
studentcenterattheuniversityoreducationalcenteratwhichthe
studentisenrolled.
(b)Thedecisiontolevyastudentcenterfee,theamountofthe
initialfee,andanincreaseinthefeemustbeapprovedbyamajority
voteofthosestudentsparticipatinginageneralelectioncalledfor
thatpurposeprovidedthatthisrequirementshallnotapplytothe
decisiontolevyastudentcenterfeeortheamountoftheinitialfee
approvedbytheboardpriortotheeffectivedateofthissection.
(c)Thechieffiscalofficerofeachuniversityoperatinga
studentcenter,eitheronitscentralcampusorataneducational
centeroftheuniversity,shallcollectthestudentcenterfeeand
shalldepositthemoneyreceivedintoanaccountknownasthestudent
centeraccount.
(d)Theuniversityshallholdinreserveanyfeerevenuethat
exceedstheamountnecessarytoconstruct,operate,maintain,improve,
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andprogramthestudentcenter.Theuniversitymayusethefee
revenueheldinreserveonlyforfutureexpensesofconstructing,
operating,maintaining,improving,orprogrammingthestudentcenter.
(e)Theboardmaychargeastudentcenterfeeunderthissection
atLamarUniversityoraneducationalcenterofLamarUniversityin
theamountchargedattheappropriateinstitutioninthe19941995
academicyearunderformerSection54.517or108.361asapprovedbya
majorityofthestudentsoftheinstitutionvotinginanelection
calledforthatpurpose,asifthefeehadbeenapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsunderthissection.Revenuefromthefeecharged
underthissectionataneducationalcenterofLamarUniversitymaybe
usedtopaytheprincipalofandinterestonrevenuebondsissued
underformerSection108.361forthepurposeofconstructingastudent
centerattheeducationalcenter.
AddedbyActs1981,67thLeg.,p.1812,ch.401,Sec.1,eff.June11,
1981.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.95.35andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.25,eff.Aug.31,1987.Amendedby
Acts1991,72ndLeg.,ch.156,Sec.1,eff.May22,1991Acts1995,
74thLeg.,ch.1061,Sec.8,12(3),eff.Sept.1,1995Acts2003,
78thLeg.,ch.598,Sec.4,eff.June20,2003.
Sec.54.5241.STUDENTUNIONFEESTEXASTECHUNIVERSITYSYSTEM.
(a)TheboardofregentsoftheTexasTechUniversitySystemmay
imposeafeeinafixedamountoneachstudentenrolledinacomponent
institutionoftheTexasTechUniversitySystemforthepurposeof
providingrevenueforfinancing,operating,maintaining,improving,
andequippingstudentunionfacilitiesorforacquiringor
constructingadditionstothosefacilities.
(b)Theboardofregentsmaychangetheamountofthefee
imposedataninstitutionasnecessarytoprovidesufficientfundsfor
thestudentunionbutmaynotincreasetheamountofthefeebymore
than10percentunlesstheamountoftheincreaseisapprovedby:
(1)amajorityofthestudentsoftheinstitutionvotingin
ageneralstudentelectionheldforthatpurposeor
(2)amajorityvoteofthelegislativebodyofthestudent
governmentoftheinstitution.
(c)Theboardofregentsmayproratetheamountofthefee
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imposedataninstitutionbasedonthelengthofthesemesterorterm
forwhichastudentenrolls.
(d)Thefiscalofficerofeachinstitutionshallcollectthe
feesimposedunderthissectionattheinstitutionandshallcredit
themoneyreceivedfromthefeestoanaccountknownasthestudent
unionaccount.Themoneyintheaccountmaybeusedonlyforthe
purposesprovidedbySubsection(a)andshallbeplacedunderthe
controlofandsubjecttotheorderoftheadvisoryboardofthe
institution'sstudentunion.Theadvisoryboardshallannuallysubmit
acompleteanditemizedbudgetaccompaniedbyafullandcomplete
reportofallactivitiesconductedduringtheyearandall
expendituresmadeinconnectionwiththoseactivities.Theboardof
regentsshallmakethechangesinthebudgetastheboardofregents
considersnecessarybeforeapprovingthebudgetandshallimposethe
feesinanamountsufficienttomeetthebudgetaryneedsofthe
studentunion,subjecttoSubsection(b).
(e)Theboardofregentsmaypledgethefeesimposedunderthis
sectiontopayobligationsissuedforauthorizedpurposespursuantto
therevenuefinancingsystemoftheTexasTechUniversitySystem.
(f)Studentunionfeesimposedunderthissectionarein
additiontoanyotherfeetheboardofregentsisauthorizedbylawto
imposeandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthemaximumstudent
servicesfeethatmaybeimposedunderSection54.503(b).
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.945,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,2003.
Sec.54.525.FEESFORSTUDENTCENTERSTEXASWOMAN'S
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofTexasWoman'sUniversitymay
levyaregular,fixedstudentfeeofnotlessthan$25ormorethan
$40perstudentforeachsemesterofthelongsessionandofnotless
than$12.50ormorethan$20perstudentforeachtermofthesummer
session,astheboarddeterminesisjustandnecessaryforthepurpose
offinancing,improving,operating,maintaining,andequippingstudent
centersandacquiringorconstructingadditionstostudentcenters.
(b)Theboardmayincreaseastudentfeeleviedunderthis
section.Iftheincreaseisformorethan$3perfiscalyear,a
majorityofthestudentsvotinginanelectioncalledforthatpurpose
mustapprovetheincrease.
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(c)Theboardshallkeepfeescollectedunderthissectioninan
accountapartfromtheeducationalandgeneralfundsofthe
university.Theboardshalldepositthefeesinadepositorybank
designatedbytheboardandshallsecurethedepositsasrequiredby
law.
AddedbyActs1985,69thLeg.,ch.239,Sec.87,eff.Sept.1,1985.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.107.47andamendedbyActs1987,
70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.27,eff.Aug.31,1987.AmendedbyActs
1999,76thLeg.,ch.1361,Sec.1,eff.June19,1999.
Sec.54.5251.STUDENTFITNESSANDRECREATIONALFEETEXAS
WOMAN'SUNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofTexasWoman's
Universitymaychargeeachstudentenrolledattheuniversitya
studentfitnessandrecreationalfeeinanamountnottoexceed:
(1)$125foreachregularsemesteroreachsummersessionof
morethansixweeksor
(2)$62.50foreachsummersessionofsixweeksorless.
(b)Thefeemaybeusedonlyforfinancing,constructing,
operating,maintaining,orimprovingafitnessorrecreational
facilityorforoperatingafitnessorrecreationalprogramatthe
university.
(c)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedtoanamountthat
exceedsby10percentormorethetotalamountofthefeeaslast
approvedbyastudentvoteunderSubsection(c)orthissubsection
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(e)Thechieffiscalofficeroftheuniversityshallcollectthe
feeandshalldeposittherevenuefromthefeeinanaccounttobe
knownasthestudentfitnessandrecreationalaccount.
(f)Thefeeisnotconsideredindeterminingthemaximumamount
ofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybechargedunderSection54.503.
(g)Theboardmaypermitapersonwhoisnotenrolledatthe
universitytouseafacilityfinancedwithrevenuefromthefee
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imposedunderthissectiononlyif:
(1)theperson'susewillnotmateriallyinterferewithuse
ofthefacilitybystudentsoftheuniversity
(2)thepersonischargedafeeinanamountthatisnot
lessthantheamountofthestudentfeeorthetotalamountofthe
directandindirectcoststotheuniversityofprovidingforthe
person'suse,exceptthatachargeunderthissubdivisionmaynotbe
imposedonapersonwhousesthefacilityunderanexistinglifetime
contractwiththeuniversityfortheuseoffitnessandrecreational
facilitiesand
(3)theperson'susewillnotmateriallyincreasethe
potentialliabilityoftheuniversity.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.643(H.B.902),Sec.1,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.526.STUDENTFEESFORUNIVERSITYCENTERSTHE
UNIVERSITYOFHOUSTON.(a)TheboardofregentsoftheUniversityof
HoustonSystemmaylevyastudentunionfee,nottoexceed$150per
studentforeachregularsemesterandnottoexceed$75perstudent
foreachtermofthesummersession.Thesolepurposeofthefeeis
financing,constructing,operating,maintaining,andimprovinga
StudentUnionBuildingfortheUniversityofHouston.Thefeesherein
authorizedtobeleviedareinadditiontoanyuseorservicefeenow
orhereafterauthorizedtobelevied.
(b)Suchfeesshallbedepositedtoanaccountknownas"The
UniversityofHoustonCenterFeeAccount"andshallbeplacedunder
thecontrolofandsubjecttotheorderofthestudentfeesadvisory
committeeestablishedunderSection54.5062.Thecommitteeshall
annuallysubmittothepresidentoftheUniversityofHoustona
completeanditemizedbudgettobeaccompaniedbyafullandcomplete
reportofallactivitiesconductedduringthepastyearandall
expendituresmadeincidentthereto.Theboardofregentsshallmake
suchchangesinthebudgetasitdeemsnecessarybeforeapprovingthe
budget.Theboardshallthenlevythefees,withinthelimitsherein
fixed,insuchamountsaswillbesufficienttomeetthebudgetary
needsoftheUniversityCenterBuilding.Anincreaseinthefeefrom
oneacademicyeartothenextmustbeapprovedbyamajorityvoteof
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thestudentsvotinginanelectioncalledforthatpurposeorbya
majorityvoteofthestudentgovernment.Expendituresfrom"The
UniversityofHoustonCenterFeeAccount"shallbemadesolelyforthe
purposessetforthinthissection,andincompliancewiththebudget
approvedbytheboardofregents.
(c)Thefeemaynotbechargedafterthefifthacademicyearin
whichthefeeisfirstchargedunless,beforetheendofthatacademic
year,theuniversityhasissuedbondspayableinwholeorinpartfrom
thefee,inwhicheventthefeemaynotbechargedaftertheacademic
yearinwhichallsuchbonds,includingrefundingbondsforthose
bonds,havebeenfullypaid.
AddedbyActs1977,65thLeg.,p.1473,ch.597,Sec.1,eff.Aug.29,
1977.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.111.42andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.28,eff.Aug.31,1987.Amendedby
Acts1991,72ndLeg.,ch.105,Sec.2,eff.Aug.26,1991Acts1995,
74thLeg.,ch.73,Sec.1,eff.May11,1995.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.915(H.B.2961),Sec.1,eff.
June19,2009.
Sec.54.527.STUDENTFEESFORUNIVERSITYCENTERFACILITIESTHE
UNIVERSITYOFHOUSTONDOWNTOWNCOLLEGE.(a)Theboardofregentsof
theUniversityofHoustonSystemmaylevyauniversitycenterfeein
anamountnottoinitiallyexceed$15perstudentenrolledforfive
semestercredithoursorlessand$25perstudentenrolledforsix
semestercredithoursormoreforeachregularsemester,andnotto
initiallyexceed$15perstudentenrolledforeachsummersession.
Thisfeemaybeusedforthepurposeoffinancing,construction,
operating,maintaining,andimprovingfacilitiesforuniversitycenter
activities,whereverlocatedonthecampusoftheUniversityof
HoustonDowntownCollege.Thisfeemaybeleviedinadditiontoany
otheruseorservicefee.
(b)Theuniversitycenterfeemaybeincreasedbytheboardof
regentsonlyonanaffirmativevoteofamajorityofthestudentbody
votingattheUniversityofHoustonDowntownCollege.
(c)ThebusinessofficeroftheUniversityofHoustonDowntown
Collegeshallcollecttheuniversitycenterfeesanddepositthefees
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tothecreditofanaccountknownastheUniversityCenterFee
Account.
(d)ThemoneydepositedtothecreditoftheUniversityCenter
FeeAccountshallbeusedforthepurposesauthorizedinSubsection
(a)ofthissection.Acompleteanditemizedbudgetshallbe
submittedannuallyandaccompaniedbyafullandcompletereportof
allactivitiesconductedduringthepastyearandallexpenditures
incidenttothoseactivities.Theboardofregentsshallmakechanges
inthebudgetthatitconsidersnecessary.
AddedbyActs1983,68thLeg.,p.5102,ch.928,Sec.1,eff.June19,
1983.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.111.94andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.29,eff.Aug.31,1987.
Sec.54.528.RECREATIONALFACILITYFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
HOUSTON.(a)TheboardofregentsoftheUniversityofHouston
SystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledattheUniversityofHoustona
recreationalandwellnessfacilityfeetofinance,construct,operate,
maintain,orimprovestudentwellnessandrecreationalfacilitiesat
theuniversity.Theinitialamountofthefeemaynotexceed$75for
eachsemesteroftheregulartermorforeachsummersession.The
boardmayproratetheamountofthefeeforasummersession.
(b)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessthefeeisapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthosestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electioncalledforthatpurpose.Thefeemaynotbeimposedina
semesterorsessionbeforethefirstsemesterorsessioninwhicha
wellnessandrecreationalfacilityisavailableforuse.
(c)Theboardmayincreasetheamountofthefee,butmaynot
increasetheamountbymorethan10percentfromoneacademicyearto
thenextunlesstheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsvotinginageneralstudentelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(d)Theboardshalldeposittherevenuefromthefeeinan
accountknownastherecreationalandwellnessfacilityaccount.
(e)Theboardmaypledgerevenuefromthefeetopayobligations
issuedpursuanttotherevenuefinancingsystemoftheUniversityof
HoustonSystem.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
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chargedunderSection54.503.
(g)Theboardmaypermitapersonwhoisnotenrolledatthe
UniversityofHoustontouseafacilityfinancedwithrevenuefroma
feeimposedunderthissectionif:
(1)theperson'suseofthefacilitywillnotmaterially
interferewithstudentdemandoruse
(2)thepersonischargedafeethatisnotlessthanthe
studentfeeandthatisnotlessthanthedirectandindirectcostto
theuniversityofprovidingfortheperson'suseand
(3)theperson'susewillnotmateriallyincreasethe
potentialliabilityoftheuniversity.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.221,Sec.1,eff.May24,1999.
Sec.54.529.STUDENTUNIONFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASAT
ARLINGTON.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
Systemmaylevyastudentunionfeenottoexceed$39perstudentfor
eachregularsemesterandnottoexceed$19.50perstudentforeach
termofthesummersession,forthesolepurposeoffinancing,
constructing,operating,maintaining,andimprovingtheStudentUnion
BuildingforTheUniversityofTexasatArlingtonprovided,however,
thatthefeemaynotbeincreasedabove$15perstudentforeach
regularsemesterand$7.50perstudentforeachtermofthesummer
sessionunlesstheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsparticipatinginageneralelection.Thefeesherein
authorizedtobeleviedareinadditiontoanyuseorservicefeenow
orhereafterauthorizedtobelevied.
(b)Suchfeesshallbedepositedtoanaccountknownas"The
UniversityofTexasatArlingtonStudentUnionFeeAccount"andshall
beplacedunderthecontrolofandsubjecttotheorderoftheStudent
UnionAdvisoryCommittee.Thecommitteeshallannuallysubmittothe
presidentofTheUniversityofTexasatArlingtonacompleteand
itemizedbudgettobeaccompaniedbyafullandcompletereportofall
activitiesconductedduringthepastyearandallexpendituresmade
incidentthereto.Thepresidentshallsubmitthebudgettotheboard
ofregentsaspartoftheinstitutionalbudget.Theboardofregents
shallmakesuchchangesinthebudgetasitdeemsnecessarybefore
approvingthebudget,andshallthenlevythefees,withinthelimits
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hereinfixed,insuchamountsaswillbesufficienttomeetthe
budgetaryneedsofthestudentunionbuilding.
AddedbyActs1977,65thLeg.,p.832,ch.309,Sec.1,eff.Aug.29,
1977.AmendedbyActs1983,68thLeg.,p.890,ch.209,Sec.1,eff.
Aug.29,1983.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.68.04andamended
byActs1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.31,eff.Aug.31,1987.
AmendedbyActs1989,71stLeg.,ch.910,Sec.1.
Sec.54.530.STUDENTUNIONFEESTHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASAT
AUSTIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexasSystem
maylevyandcollectfromeachstudentacompulsoryfeeforoperating,
maintaining,improving,equipping,and/orconstructingadditionsto
theexistingTexasUnionbuildingnearGuadalupeStreet.Unlessthe
boardincreasestheamountasprovidedbythissubsection,thefeemay
notexceed$33foreachregularsemesterand$16.50foreachtermof
eachsummersession.Themoneycollectedfromthefeesshallbe
depositedtoanaccountknownastheTexasUnionFeeAccount.With
theconcurrenceofthestudentfeesadvisorycommittee,theboardmay
increasetheamountofthefeetoanamountthatisnotmorethan10
percentoftheamountimposedintheprecedingacademicyear.The
boardmayincreasetheamountofthefeetoanamountthatismore
than10percentoftheamountimposedintheprecedingacademicyear
ifthatincreaseinthefeeisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsparticipatinginageneralelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
However,theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthefeetoanamount
thatismorethan$50foreachregularsemesterand$30foreachterm
ofeachsummersession.TheactivitiesofsaidTexasUnionbuilding
financedinwholeorinpartbythefeeshallbelimitedtothose
activitiesinwhichtheentirestudentbodyiseligibleto
participate,andinnoeventshallanyoftheactivitiessofinanced
beheldoutsideoftheterritoriallimitsofthecampusofThe
UniversityofTexasatAustin.
(b)ThefeesthuscollectedandplacedintheTexasUnionFee
Accountshallbeplacedunderthecontrolofandsubjecttotheorder
oftheboardofdirectorsoftheTexasUnionbuilding,whichboard
shallannuallysubmitacompleteanditemizedbudgettobeaccompanied
byafullandcompletereportofallactivitiesconductedduringthe
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pastyearandallexpendituresmadeincidentthereto.Theboardof
regentsshallmakesuchchangesinthebudgetasitdeemsnecessary
beforeapprovingthesame,andshallthenlevythefeesinsuch
amountsaswillbesufficienttomeetthebudgetaryneedsofsaid
TexasUnionbuilding,withinthelimitshereinfixed.
(c)Thepowerandauthorityconferredbythissectiondoesnot
andshallnotconstituteinanywayalimitationorrestrictionupon
thepowerandauthorityoftheboardofregentsunderChapter55of
thiscode.
AmendedbyActs1979,66thLeg.,p.2074,ch.811,Sec.1,eff.June
13,1979Acts1983,68thLeg.,p.2060,ch.378,Sec.3.Renumbered
fromEducationCodeSec.67.21andamendedbyActs1987,70thLeg.,
ch.901,Sec.32,eff.Aug.31,1987.AmendedbyActs1989,71st
Leg.,ch.910,Sec.8Acts1999,76thLeg.,ch.1529,Sec.1,eff.
Aug.30,1999.
Sec.54.531.STUDENTUNIONBUILDINGFEESTHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATDALLAS.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
Systemmaylevyastudentunionfee,nottoexceed$60perstudentfor
eachregularsemesterandnottoexceed$40perstudentforeachterm
ofthesummersession,forthesolepurposeoffinancing,
constructing,operating,maintaining,andimprovingastudentunion
buildingforTheUniversityofTexasatDallasprovided,however,
thatthefeemaynotbeincreasedabove$40perstudentforeach
regularsemesterand$26.67perstudentforeachtermofthesummer
sessionunlesstheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsparticipatinginageneralelectionheldforthatpurpose.
Thefeeshereinauthorizedtobeleviedareinadditiontoanyuseor
servicefeenoworhereafterauthorizedtobelevied.
(b)Suchfeesshallbedepositedtoanaccountknownas"The
UniversityofTexasatDallasStudentUnionFeeAccount"andshallbe
placedunderthecontrolofandsubjecttotheorderoftheStudent
UnionAdvisoryCommittee.Thecommitteeshallannuallysubmittothe
presidentofTheUniversityofTexasatDallasacompleteanditemized
budgettobeaccompaniedbyafullandcompletereportofall
activitiesconductedduringthepastyearandallexpendituresmade
incidentthereto.Thepresidentshallsubmitthebudgettotheboard
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ofregentsaspartoftheinstitutionalbudget.Theboardofregents
shallmakesuchchangesinthebudgetasitdeemsnecessarybefore
approvingthebudget,andshallthenlevythefees,withinthelimits
hereinfixed,insuchamountsaswillbesufficienttomeetthe
budgetaryneedsofthestudentunionbuilding.
(c)Theboardofregentsmaypledgefeesleviedunderthis
sectiontopayobligationsissuedpursuanttotherevenuefinancing
systemofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
AddedbyActs1977,65thLeg.,p.1041,ch.385,Sec.1,eff.Aug.29,
1977.AmendedbyActs1985,69thLeg.,ch.239,Sec.86,eff.Sept.
1,1985.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.70.08andamendedby
Acts1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.33,eff.Aug.31,1987.Amended
byActs1989,71stLeg.,ch.910,Sec.2Acts1993,73rdLeg.,ch.
492,Sec.1,eff.Aug.30,1993.
Sec.54.5311.TRANSPORTATIONFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASAT
DALLAS.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexasSystem
mayimposeoneachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityofTexasat
Dallasatransportationfeeinanamountnottoexceed$18foreach
regularsemesteror$9foreachtermofthesummersession,forthe
solepurposeoffinancingtransportationservices,includingcapital
expenses,forstudentsenrolledintheuniversity.
(b)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(c)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedtoanamountthat
exceedsby10percentormorethetotalamountofthefeeaslast
approvedbyastudentvoteunderSubsection(b)orthissubsection
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Revenuefromthefeemustbedepositedinanaccountknown
asTheUniversityofTexasatDallasTransportationFeeAccountand
mustbeexpendedinaccordancewithabudgetsubmittedtoandapproved
bytheboard.Theboardshallmakeanychangesinthebudgetthe
boardconsidersnecessarybeforeapprovingthebudgetandshallimpose
thefee,withinthelimitsprovidedbythissection,inanamount
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sufficienttomeetthebudgetasapproved.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
chargedunderSection54.503.
(f)Theuniversityshallholdinreserveanyfeerevenueunder
thissectionthatexceedstheamountnecessarytomeetthecurrent
expensesofthetransportationservicesandshallapplythatexcess
revenueonlytofutureexpensesofthetransportationservices.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1423(S.B.285),Sec.1,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.5312.STUDENTSERVICESBUILDINGFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATDALLAS.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
SystemmayimposeoneachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityofTexas
atDallasastudentservicesbuildingfeeforthesolepurposeof
financing,constructing,operating,maintaining,andimprovinga
studentservicesbuildingattheuniversity.
(b)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotexceed:
(1)$71perstudentforeachregularsemesterorsummerterm
of12weeksorlonger
(2)$47.33perstudentforeachsummertermofeightweeks
orlongerbutlessthan12weeksor
(3)$35perstudentforeachsummertermoflessthaneight
weeks.
(c)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedtoanamountthat
exceedsby10percentormorethetotalamountofthefeeaslast
approvedbyastudentvoteunderSubsection(c)orthissubsection
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(e)Revenuefromthefeemustbedepositedinanaccountknown
asTheUniversityofTexasatDallasStudentServicesBuildingFee
Account.
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determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
chargedunderSection54.503.
(g)Theboardmaypledgerevenuefromthefeeimposedunderthis
sectionforthepaymentofobligationsissuedforauthorizedpurposes
pursuanttotherevenuefinancingsystemofTheUniversityofTexas
System.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1423(S.B.285),Sec.1,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.5313.INTRAMURALANDINTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEETHE
UNIVERSITYOFTEXASATDALLAS.(a)TheboardofregentsofThe
UniversityofTexasSystemmayimposeoneachstudentenrolledatThe
UniversityofTexasatDallasanintramuralandintercollegiate
athleticsfeeinanamountnottoexceed:
(1)$45perstudentforeachsemesterorsummertermof12
weeksorlonger
(2)$30perstudentforeachsummertermofeightweeksor
longerbutlessthan12weeksor
(3)$22.50perstudentforeachsummertermoflessthan
eightweeks.
(b)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(c)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedtoanamountthat
exceedsby10percentormorethetotalamountofthefeeaslast
approvedbyastudentvoteunderSubsection(b)orthissubsection
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
chargedunderSection54.503.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1423(S.B.285),Sec.1,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.532.STUDENTUNIONBUILDINGFEESTHEUNIVERSITYOF
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TEXASATSANANTONIO.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityof
TexasSystemmaylevyastudentunionfeeofnotlessthan$20ormore
than$150foreachsemesterorsummersession,assessedinproportion
tothenumberofcredithoursforwhichastudentregisters,forthe
solepurposeoffinancing,operating,maintaining,andimprovinga
studentunionbuildingforTheUniversityofTexasatSanAntonio.
Thisfeemaybeleviedinadditiontoanyotheruseorservicefee.
(b)ThefeescollectedunderSubsection(a)ofthissection
shallbedepositedtoanaccountknownasTheUniversityofTexasat
SanAntonioUniversityCenterFeeAccountandshallbeplacedunder
thecontrolofandsubjecttotheorderoftheuniversitycenter
advisorycommittee.Thecommitteeshallannuallysubmittothe
presidentofTheUniversityofTexasatSanAntonioacompleteand
itemizedbudgettobeaccompaniedbyafullandcompletereportofall
activitiesconductedduringthepastyearandallexpendituresmade
incidenttothoseactivities.Thepresidentshallsubmitthebudget
totheboardofregentsaspartoftheinstitutionalbudget.The
boardofregentsshallmakesuchchangesinthebudgetasitdeems
necessarybeforeapprovingthebudget.Theboardshallthenlevythe
fees,withinthelimitsfixedinthissection,insuchamountsaswill
besufficienttomeetthebudgetaryneedsofthestudentunion
building.
(c)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthestudentunion
feeinanyacademicyearunlesstheamountoftheincreaseisapproved
byamajorityofthestudentsvotinginanelectionheldforthat
purposeandbyamajorityofthestudentgovernmentofthe
institution.
AddedbyActs1979,66thLeg.,p.62,ch.38,Sec.1,eff.April1,
1979.RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.71.07andamendedbyActs
1987,70thLeg.,ch.901,Sec.34,eff.Aug.31,1987.Amendedby
Acts1989,71stLeg.,ch.910,Sec.3Acts1991,72ndLeg.,ch.314,
Sec.1,eff.Aug.26,1991Acts1997,75thLeg.,ch.1073,Sec.
1.11,eff.Aug.1,1997Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.575,Sec.1,eff.
June20,2003.
Sec.54.5321.TRANSPORTATIONFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASAT
SANANTONIO.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
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SystemmayimposeoneachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityofTexas
atSanAntonioatransportationfeenottoexceed$50foreachregular
semesterandnottoexceed$25foreachtermofthesummersession,
forthesolepurposeoffinancingtransportationservices,including
capitalexpenses,forstudentsattendingTheUniversityofTexasat
SanAntonio.Thefeeisinadditiontoanyotherusefeeorservice
feeauthorizedbylaw.Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessthefeeis
approvedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(b)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthetransportation
feeinanyacademicyearunlesstheamountoftheincreaseisapproved
byamajorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electionheldforthatpurpose.
(c)Revenuefromthefeeshallbedepositedtoanaccountknown
asTheUniversityofTexasatSanAntonioTransportationFeeAccount
andshallbeexpendedinaccordancewithabudgetsubmittedtoand
approvedbytheboard.Theboardshallmakeanychangesinthebudget
theboardconsidersnecessarybeforeapprovingthebudgetandshall
imposethefee,withinthelimitsprovidedbythissection,inan
amountsufficienttomeetthebudgetasapproved.
(d)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
chargedunderSection54.503.
(e)Theuniversityshallholdinreserveanyfeerevenuethat
exceedstheamountnecessarytomeetthecurrentexpensesofthe
transportationservicesandshallapplythatrevenueonlytofuture
expensesofthetransportationservices.
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.574,Sec.1,eff.June20,2003.
Sec.54.5322.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATSANANTONIO.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityof
TexasSystemmayimposeamandatoryintercollegiateathleticsfeeon
eachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityofTexasatSanAntonio.The
amountofthefeemaynotexceed$7persemestercredithourforeach
regularsemester,nottoexceedatotalof$84persemester,unless
theamountisincreasedbytheboard,subjecttothelimitation
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approvedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(b)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthefeeinany
academicyearunlesstheamountoftheincreaseisapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electionheldforthatpurpose.
(c)Theboardmayproratetheamountofthefeeforasummer
session.
(d)Thefeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
imposedunderSection54.503.
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.574,Sec.1,eff.June20,2003.
Sec.54.533.STUDENTUNIONFEESTHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASOFTHE
PERMIANBASIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
Systemmayimposeastudentunionfeeforthesolepurposeof
financing,constructing,operating,maintaining,andimprovinga
studentunionfacilityforTheUniversityofTexasofthePermian
Basin.Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed$50perstudentforeach
regularsemesterandmaynotexceed$39perstudentforeachregular
semesterunlesstheamountisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsparticipatinginageneralstudentelectionheldforthat
purpose.Thefeeisinadditiontoanyotherfeeauthorizedtobe
imposed.Theboardofregentsmayproratetheamountofthefeefora
summersession.
(b)Revenuecollectedfromthefeeshallbedepositedtoan
accountknownasTheUniversityofTexasofthePermianBasinstudent
unionfeeaccountandshallbeplacedunderthecontrolofandsubject
totheorderofthestudentunionadvisorycommittee.Thecommittee
shallannuallysubmittothepresidentoftheuniversityacomplete
itemizedbudgetandacompletereportofallactivitiesconducted
duringtheprecedingyearandallexpendituresmadeinconnectionwith
thoseactivities.Thepresidentshallsubmitthebudgettotheboard
ofregentsaspartoftheinstitutionalbudget.Theboardofregents
shallmakechangesinthebudgetastheboardconsidersnecessary
beforeapprovingthebudgetandshallthenimposethefee,withinthe
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budgetaryneedsofthestudentunionfacility.
(c)Theboardofregentsmaypledgefeesimposedunderthis
sectiontopayobligationsissuedpursuanttotherevenuefinancing
systemofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
(d)Afeemaynotbeimposedunderthissectioninasemesterin
whichthestudentunionfacilityisnotavailableforstudentuse.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.9,Sec.1,eff.April30,1999.
Sec.54.5331.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASOFTHEPERMIANBASIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofThe
UniversityofTexasSystemmayimposeamandatoryintercollegiate
athleticsfeeatTheUniversityofTexasofthePermianBasinifthe
feeisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatingina
generalstudentelectionheldforthatpurpose.Theamountofthefee
maynotexceed$5persemestercredithourforeachregularsemester
inthefirstacademicyearinwhichthefeeisimposed.
(b)Theamountofthefeepersemestercredithourmaybe
increasedfromoneacademicyeartothenextonlyiftheincreaseis
approvedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsoftheuniversity
participatinginageneralstudentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(c)Theboardofregentsmayproratetheamountofthefeefora
summersession.
(d)Thefeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoany
otherfeeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindetermining
themaximumstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunderSection
54.503.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.82,Sec.1,eff.May11,2001.
Sec.54.5332.FEESFORSTUDENTSERVICESBUILDINGTHEUNIVERSITY
OFTEXASOFTHEPERMIANBASIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofThe
UniversityofTexasSystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatThe
UniversityofTexasofthePermianBasinafeeforthepurposeof
financingtheconstructionofastudentservicesbuildingatthe
universityorforthepurposeofoperatingthestudentservices
building.
(b)Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed:
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(1)$150foreachregularsemester
(2)$75foreachsummersessionofmorethansixweeksor
(3)$50foreachsummersessionofsixweeksorshorter.
(c)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedfromoneacademic
yeartothenextunlesstheamountoftheincreaseisapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Theuniversityshallcollectthefeeimposedunderthis
sectionanddepositthemoneycollectedintoanaccounttobeknownas
thestudentservicesbuildingaccountofTheUniversityofTexasof
thePermianBasin.Moneyintheaccountmaybeusedonlyforthe
purposesdescribedbySubsection(a).
(e)Afeechargedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feetheboardisauthorizedbylawtochargeattheuniversityandmay
notbeconsideredindeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfeethat
maybechargedunderSection54.503.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1193(H.B.1157),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.534.ARTSANDPERFORMANCECENTERFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATTYLER.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
SystemmaylevyanArtsandPerformanceCenterfee,nottoexceed$20
perstudentforeachregularsemesterand$10perstudentforeach
termofthesummersession,forthesolepurposeoffinancing,
constructing,operating,maintaining,andimprovinganArtsand
PerformanceCenterforTheUniversityofTexasatTylerprovided,
however,thatthefeemaynotbeincreasedabovetheamountof$30per
studentforeachregularsemesterand$15perstudentforeachtermof
thesummersessionunlesstheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvote
ofthosestudentsparticipatinginthegeneralelection.Thefees
hereinauthorizedtobeleviedareinadditiontoanyuseorservice
feenoworhereafterauthorizedtobelevied.
(b)SuchfeesshallbedepositedtoanaccountknownasThe
UniversityofTexasatTylerArtsandPerformanceCenteraccountand
shallbeplacedunderthecontrolofandbesubjecttotheorderof
theArtsandPerformanceComplexAdvisoryCommittee.Thecommittee
shallannuallysubmittothepresidentofTheUniversityofTexasat
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Tyleracompleteanditemizedbudgettobeaccompaniedbyafulland
completereportofallactivitiesconductedduringthepastyearand
allexpendituresmadeincidentthereto.Thepresidentshallsubmit
thebudgettotheboardofregentsaspartoftheinstitutional
budget.Theboardofregentsmaysubsequentlymakesuchchangesin
thebudgetasitdeemsnecessarybeforeapprovingthebudgetandshall
levythefees,withinthelimitshereinfixed,insuchamountsaswill
besufficienttomeetthebudgetaryneedsoftheArtsandPerformance
Center.
(c)TheArtsandPerformanceComplexAdvisoryCommitteeis
establishedtoadvisetheadministrationofTheUniversityofTexasat
Tyleronthelevelandexpenditureoffeescollectedunderthis
section.Theadministrationmayalsoasktheadvisorycommitteeto
advisetheadministrationonthetype,level,andexpenditureof
voluntaryfeesforstudentservicescollectedunderthissubchapter.
Thecommitteeiscomposedofninemembers.Fourmembersofthe
advisorycommitteemustbestudentmembersenrolledinnotlessthan
sixsemesterhoursattheuniversity.Studentmembersshallbe
selectedbythestudentgovernmentoftheuniversityandshallserve
foraoneyearterm.Theremainingmembersoftheadvisorycommittee
shallbeappointedbythepresidentoftheuniversityandshallbe
generallyrepresentativeoftheuniversitycommunity.Eachnonstudent
memberservesforatermoftwoyears.TheUniversityofTexasat
Tylermayadoptsuchotherrulesasarenecessarytoeffectuatethe
purposesofthissection.
AddedbyActs1989,71stLeg.,ch.910,Sec.4.
Sec.54.5341.STUDENTRECREATIONALFACILITYFEETHEUNIVERSITY
OFTEXASATTYLER.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityof
TexasSystemmayimposearecreationalfacilityfeeoneachstudent
enrolledatTheUniversityofTexasatTyler.Thefeemaynotbe
imposedunlessapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudents
participatinginageneralstudentelectionheldattheuniversityfor
thatpurpose.
(b)Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed:
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longer
(3)$15perstudentforeachsummersessionofsixweeksor
morebutlessthan12weeksand
(4)$10perstudentforeachsummersessionthatisshorter
thansixweeks.
(c)Theboardmay:
(1)userevenuefromthefeeonlytofinance,construct,
equip,operate,maintain,orimprovearecreationalfacilityor
programattheuniversityand
(2)pledgerevenuefromthefeetopayanobligationissued
undertherevenuefinancingsystemofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
(d)Theboardshalldepositrevenuefromthefeetothecredit
ofanaccountknownas"TheUniversityofTexasatTylerrecreational
facilityfeeaccount"underthecontrolofthestudentfeeadvisory
committeeestablishedunderSection54.5031.
(e)Thestudentfeeadvisorycommitteeannuallyshallsubmitto
theboardacompleteanditemizedbudgetfortherecreationalfacility
withacompletereportofallrecreationalfacilityactivities
conductedduringthepastyearandallexpendituresmadeinconnection
withthoseactivities.Theboardmaymakechangesinthebudgetthat
theboarddeterminesarenecessary.Afterapprovingthebudget,the
board,inaccordancewiththissection,mayimposetherecreational
facilityfeesforthatyearinamountssufficienttomeetthe
budgetaryneedsoftherecreationalfacility.Ifthebudgetapproved
bytheboardcontainsanexpenditurefortheconstructionofa
facility,theboardmaycontractfortheconstructionofthefacility.
(f)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountoftherecreational
facilityfeeunlesstheamountoftheincreaseisapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electionheldattheuniversityforthatpurpose.
(g)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feetheboardisauthorizedbylawtoimpose.
(h)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
imposedunderSection54.503(b).
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Sec.54.5342.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATTYLER.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
Systemmayimposeanintercollegiateathleticsfeeoneachstudent
enrolledatTheUniversityofTexasatTyler.Thefeemaynotbe
imposedunlessapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudents
participatinginageneralstudentelectionheldattheuniversityfor
thatpurpose.
(b)Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed$7persemestercredit
hourforeachsemesterorsummersessionunlessagreateramountis
approvedbyamajorityvoteofthosestudentsparticipatingina
generalstudentelectionheldattheuniversityforthatpurpose.In
thatevent,theamountofthefeemaynotexceedtheamountapproved
attheelection.
(c)Astudentenrolledinmorethan15semestercredithours
shallpaythefeeinanamountequaltotheamountimposedona
studentenrolledin15semestercredithoursduringthatsemesteror
session.Notwithstandingthelimitationontheamountofthefeeper
semestercredithourunderSubsection(b),astudentenrolledinless
thansixsemestercredithoursshallpaythefeeinanamountequalto
theamountimposedonastudentenrolledinsixsemestercredithours
duringthatsemesterorsession.
(d)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
maximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunder
Section54.503(b).
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.39,Sec.1,eff.May3,2001.
Sec.54.5343.STUDENTUNIONFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASAT
TYLER.(a)IfauthorizedunderSubsection(b),theboardofregents
ofTheUniversityofTexasSystemmayimposeoneachstudentenrolled
atTheUniversityofTexasatTylerastudentunionfeeforthe
purposeofprovidingrevenueforfinancing,constructing,operating,
maintaining,renovating,improving,orequippingastudentunion
buildingfortheuniversity.Thefeemaynotexceed:
(1)$100perstudentforeachsemesteroreachsummer
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sessionofmorethansixweeksor
(2)$50perstudentforeachsummersessionofsixweeksor
less.
(b)Theboardofregentsmaynotimposeastudentunionfee
underthissectionunlessimpositionofthefeeisapprovedbya
majorityoftheuniversity'sstudentsvotinginageneralstudent
electioncalledforthatpurpose.Theboardofregentsmaynot
increasetheamountofthestudentunionfeeunderthissectionby
morethan10percentfromoneacademicyeartothenextunlessthe
amountoftheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityoftheuniversity's
studentsvotinginageneralstudentelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(c)ThefiscalofficerofTheUniversityofTexasatTylershall
collectthefeesimposedunderthissectionandshallcreditthemoney
receivedfromthefeestoanaccountknownasTheUniversityofTexas
atTylerstudentunionfeeaccount.Themoneyintheaccountmaybe
usedonlyforthepurposesprovidedbySubsection(a)andshallbe
placedunderthecontrolofandsubjecttotheorderoftheStudent
UnionAdvisoryCommittee.Thecommitteeshallannuallysubmittothe
presidentoftheuniversityacompleteanditemizedbudget
accompaniedbyafullandcompletereportofallactivitiesconducted
duringtheprecedingyearandallexpendituresmadeinconnectionwith
thoseactivities.Thepresidentshallsubmitthebudgettotheboard
ofregentsaspartoftheinstitutionalbudget.Theboardofregents
shallmakethechangesinthebudgetastheboardconsidersnecessary
beforeapprovingthebudgetandshallimposethefeesinanamount
sufficienttomeetthebudgetaryneedsofthestudentunion,subject
toSubsection(b).
(d)Theboardofregentsmaypledgerevenuefromthefees
imposedunderthissectiontopayobligationsissuedforauthorized
purposespursuanttotherevenuefinancingsystemofTheUniversityof
TexasSystem.
(e)Astudentunionfeeimposedunderthissectionisin
additiontoanyotherfeetheboardofregentsisauthorizedbylawto
imposeandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthemaximumstudent
servicesfeethatmaybeimposedunderSection54.503(b).
AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.608(H.B.2108),Sec.1,eff.June
17,2005.
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Sec.54.535.STUDENTUNIONFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASATEL
PASO.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexasSystemmay
levyastudentunionfeenottoexceed$30perstudentforeach
regularsemesteroreachsummersessionofsixweeksormore,andnot
toexceed$15perstudentforeachsummersessionoflessthansix
weeks,forthesolepurposeoffinancing,constructing,operating,
maintaining,andimprovingastudentunionbuildingforTheUniversity
ofTexasatElPasoprovided,however,thatthefeemaynotbe
increasedabove$15perstudentforeachregularsemesteroreach
summersessionofsixweeksormoreand$7.50perstudentforeach
summersessionoflessthansixweeksunlesstheincreaseisapproved
byamajorityvoteofthosestudentsparticipatinginageneral
election.Thefeeshereinauthorizedtobeleviedareinadditionto
anyuseorservicefeenoworhereafterauthorizedtobelevied.
(b)SuchfeesshallbedepositedtoanaccountknownasThe
UniversityofTexasatElPasostudentunionfeeaccountandshallbe
placedunderthecontrolofandsubjecttotheorderoftheStudent
UnionAdvisoryCommittee.Thecommitteeshallannuallysubmittothe
presidentofTheUniversityofTexasatElPasoacompleteand
itemizedbudgettobeaccompaniedbyafullandcompletereportofall
activitiesconductedduringthepastyearandallexpendituresmade
incidentthereto.Thepresidentshallsubmitthebudgettotheboard
ofregentsaspartoftheinstitutionalbudget.Theboardofregents
shallmakesuchchangesinthebudgetasitdeemsnecessarybefore
approvingthebudget,andshallthenlevythefees,withinthelimits
hereinfixed,insuchamountsaswillbesufficienttomeetthe
budgetaryneedsofthestudentunionbuilding.
AddedbyActs1987,70thLeg.,ch.346,Sec.1,eff.Aug.31,1987.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.69.03andamendedbyActs1989,
71stLeg.,ch.910,Sec.5.AmendedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.288,
Sec.2,eff.May29,1999.
Sec.54.536.FEESFORSTUDENTHEALTHSERVICESBUILDINGTHE
UNIVERSITYOFTEXASATAUSTIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofThe
UniversityofTexasSystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledinThe
UniversityofTexasatAustinafeenottoexceed$8asemesteror12
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weeksummersession,$6anineweeksummersession,or$4asixweek
summersession.Thefeemaybeusedonlyforfinancingthe
renovation,improvement,maintenance,orreplacementofthestudent
healthcenterbuildingattheuniversityorforoperatingthestudent
healthcenter.
(b)Theuniversityshallcollectthestudenthealthservices
buildingfeeimposedunderthissectionanddepositthemoney
collectedinanaccounttobeknownasthestudenthealthservices
buildingaccount.Themoneycollectedandplacedintheaccountmay
beusedonlyto:
(1)financetherenovation,improvement,maintenance,or
replacementofthestudenthealthcenterbuildingandbepledgedfor
thepaymentofobligationsissuedforthosepurposesor
(2)operatethestudenthealthcenter.
(c)Thestudenthealthservicesbuildingfeeimposedunderthis
sectionshallnotbecountedindeterminingthemaximumstudent
servicesfeewhichmaybechargedtothestudentsofTheUniversityof
TexasatAustinunderthissubchapter.
AddedbyActs1990,71stLeg.,6thC.S.,ch.20,Sec.1,eff.June18,
1990.AmendedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1558,Sec.3,eff.June
19,1999.
Sec.54.537.FEESFORSTUDENTSERVICESBUILDINGTHEUNIVERSITY
OFTEXASATAUSTIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityof
TexasSystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityof
TexasatAustinafeenottoexceed$1.10perregisteredsemester
hour.Thefeemaybeusedonlyforfinancingtheconstruction,
repair,maintenance,renovation,improvement,orreplacementofa
studentservicesbuildingattheuniversityorforoperatingthe
studentservicesbuilding.
(b)Theuniversityshallcollectthestudentservicesbuilding
feeimposedunderthissectionanddepositthemoneycollectedintoan
accounttobeknownasthestudentservicesbuildingaccount.The
moneycollectedandplacedintheaccountmaybeusedonlyto:
(1)financetheconstruction,repair,maintenance,
renovation,improvement,orreplacementofastudentservicesbuilding
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purposesor
(2)operatethestudentservicesbuilding.
(c)Afeemaynotbeimposedunderthissectionuntilthe
semesterinwhichastudentservicesbuildingwillbeavailablefor
use.
(d)Thestudentservicesbuildingfeeimposedunderthissection
shallnotbecountedindeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfee
whichmaybechargedtothestudentsofTheUniversityofTexasat
Austinunderthissubchapter.
(e)Thepowersgrantedtotheboardofregentsunderthis
sectionarecumulativeofallotherpowersgrantedtothatboard.
AddedbyActs1991,72ndLeg.,ch.839,Sec.2,eff.Aug.26,1991.
AmendedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1558,Sec.4,eff.June19,1999.
Sec.54.5371.GREGORYGYMNASIUMRENOVATIONFEETHEUNIVERSITY
OFTEXASATAUSTIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityof
TexasSystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityof
TexasatAustinafeenottoexceed$1.90percredithourpersemester
or12weeksummersessionor95centspercredithourpersixweek
summersession.Thefeemaybeusedforfinancing,renovating,
operating,maintaining,andimprovingtheGregoryGymnasium.
(b)Theuniversityshallcollectthegymnasiumrenovationfee
imposedunderthissectionanddepositthemoneycollectedinan
accounttobeknownastheGregoryGymnasiumrenovationaccount.The
moneycollectedshallbeusedonlyforthepurposesdescribedin
Subsection(a)ofthissection.
(c)Afeeunderthissectionmaynotbecollectedunderthis
sectionuntilthesemesterinwhichthegymnasiumhasbeen
substantiallyrenovatedandthefirstphaseoftherenovatedfacility
ismadeavailableforuse.
(d)Theboardofregentsmaypledgefeescollectedunderthis
sectionforthepaymentofobligationsissuedforauthorizedpurposes
pursuanttotherevenuefinancingsystemofTheUniversityofTexas
System.
(e)Thefeescollectedunderthissectionshallnotbecounted
indeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfeewhichmaybecharged
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subchapter.
AddedbyActs1993,73rdLeg.,ch.243,Sec.1,eff.May22,1993.
Sec.54.5372.AQUATICSCENTERFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASAT
AUSTIN.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexasSystem
maychargeeachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityofTexasatAustin
afeenottoexceed85centspercredithourpersemester.Thefee
maybeusedforfinancing,constructing,renovating,operating,
maintaining,andimprovinganaquaticscenterattheGregoryGymnasium
complex.
(b)Theboardofregentsshallproratethefeeallowedunder
thissectionbasedonthelengthofthesemesterortermforwhichthe
studentisenrolled.
(c)Theuniversityshallcollectthefeeimposedunderthis
sectionanduseitonlyforthepurposesdescribedinthissection.
(d)Afeeunderthissectionmaynotbecollecteduntilthe
semesterinwhichtheaquaticscenterhasbeensubstantiallycompleted
andismadeavailableforuse.
(e)Theboardofregentsmaypledgefeescollectedunderthis
sectionforthepaymentofobligationsissuedforauthorizedpurposes
pursuanttotherevenuefinancingsystemofTheUniversityofTexas
System.
(f)Thefeescollectedunderthissectionshallnotbecounted
indeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfeewhichmaybecharged
tostudentsofTheUniversityofTexasatAustinunderthis
subchapter.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1307,Sec.1,eff.June18,1999.
Sec.54.538.RECREATIONALSPORTSFEETEXASSTATEUNIVERSITY
SYSTEM.(a)Ifapprovedbystudentvoteatasysteminstitution,the
BoardofRegents,TexasStateUniversitySystem,maychargeeach
studentenrolledatsuchinstitutionarecreationalsportsfeenotto
exceed$100persemesterorsummersessionof10weeksorlongeror
$50persummersessionoflessthan10weeks.Thefeemaybeusedto
purchaseequipmentforandtoconstruct,operate,andmaintain
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institution.
(b)Therecreationfeeauthorizedbythissectionmaynotbe
increasedmorethan10percentfromoneacademicyeartothenext
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsattheaffectedinstitutionparticipatinginageneral
studentelectioncalledforthatpurpose.Thefeemaynotexceedthe
amountsprovidedbySubsection(a).
(c)Eachsysteminstitutionshallcollectanystudent
recreationalsportsfeeimposedunderthissectionandshalldeposit
themoneycollectedinanaccounttobeknownasthestudent
recreationalsportsaccount.
(d)Astudentrecreationalsportsfeeimposedunderthissection
isnotcountedindeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfeewhich
maybechargedunderSection54.513ofthissubchapter.
AddedbyActs1989,71stLeg.,ch.883,Sec.1,eff.June14,1989.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.54.535byActs1991,72ndLeg.,
ch.16,Sec.19.01(26),eff.Aug.26,1991.AmendedbyActs1995,
74thLeg.,ch.757,Sec.4,eff.June16,1995Acts2003,78thLeg.,
ch.598,Sec.5,eff.June20,2003.
Sec.54.5381.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEE:CERTAIN
INSTITUTIONSINTEXASSTATEUNIVERSITYSYSTEM.(a)Theboardof
regentsoftheTexasStateUniversitySystemmayimposean
intercollegiateathleticsfeeoneachstudentenrolledatacomponent
institutionoftheTexasStateUniversitySystem,otherthanTexas
StateUniversity,inanamountnottoexceed:
(1)$8.75persemestercredithourforeachregular
semesterand
(2)$4.50persemestercredithourforeachsummersession.
(b)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheapplicablecomponentinstitutionwho
participateinageneralstudentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(c)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramatthecomponent
institution.
(d)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedtoanamountthat
exceedsby10percentormorethetotalamountofthefeeaslast
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approvedbyastudentvoteunderSubsection(b)orthissubsection
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsenrolledatthecomponentinstitutionwhoparticipateina
generalstudentelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
maximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunder
Section54.503.
(f)Expired.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1422(S.B.161),Sec.1,eff.
June15,2007.
Amendedby:
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.30(S.B.974),Sec.4,eff.
September1,2013.
Sec.54.5382.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEE:TEXASSTATE
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsoftheTexasStateUniversity
Systemmayimposeanintercollegiateathleticsfeeoneachstudent
enrolledatTexasStateUniversityinanamountnottoexceed:
(1)$8.75persemestercredithourforeachregular
semesterand
(2)$4.50persemestercredithourforeachsummersession.
(b)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldattheuniversityforthatpurpose.
(c)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(d)Notmorethanonceinanacademicyear,theboardofregents
mayincreasetheamountofthefeeauthorizedbythissectionbynot
morethanfivepercentiftheincreaseisapprovedbythestudent
governmentoftheuniversity.Anincreaseofmorethanfivepercent
mustbeapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsoftheuniversity
whoparticipateinageneralstudentelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
maximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunder
Section54.503.
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(f)Anintercollegiateathleticsfeecommitteeisestablishedat
theuniversitytoadvisetheboardofregentsandtheadministration
oftheuniversityregardingtheexpenditureofrevenuegeneratedby
thefeesimposedunderthissection.Thecommitteeiscomposedofthe
followingmembers:
(1)threestudentsoftheuniversityappointedbythe
studentgovernmentoftheuniversity
(2)twostudentsoftheuniversitywhoparticipatein
intercollegiateathleticsappointedbythestudentathleteadvisory
committee
(3)theuniversity'sathleticdirectorand
(4)theuniversity'sassistantathleticdirectorfor
businessaffairs.
(g)Astudentmemberoftheintercollegiateathleticsfee
committeeservesaoneyearterm.Astudentmemberofthecommittee
whowithdrawsfromtheuniversitymustresignfromthecommittee.A
vacancyinanappointivepositiononthecommitteeshallbefilledfor
theunexpiredportionoftheterminthesamemannerastheoriginal
appointment.
(h)Theintercollegiateathleticsfeecommitteeshallstudythe
amountsofthefeeimposedunderthissectionandmakerecommendations
totheappropriateadministratorsoftheuniversityregardingthe
expenditureofrevenuegeneratedbythefeesimposedunderthis
section.
(i)Beforerecommendingtheintercollegiateathleticsfeebudget
totheboardofregentseachyear,thepresidentoftheuniversity
shallconsidertherecommendationsoftheintercollegiateathletics
feecommittee.Ifthepresident'srecommendationstotheboardare
substantiallydifferentfromthecommittee'srecommendations,the
presidentoftheuniversityshallnotifythecommitteenotlaterthan
thelastdateonwhichthecommitteemayrequestanappearanceatthe
meetingoftheboardofregentsatwhichtheintercollegiateathletics
feebudgetwillbeconsidered.Onrequestofamemberofthe
committee,thepresidentshallprovidethememberwithawritten
reportofthepresident'srecommendationstotheboard.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1422(S.B.161),Sec.1,eff.
June15,2007.
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Amendedby:
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.30(S.B.974),Sec.5,eff.
September1,2013.
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.30(S.B.974),Sec.6,eff.
September1,2013.
Sec.54.539.RECREATIONALSPORTSFEETHETEXASA&MUNIVERSITY
SYSTEM.(a)Ifapprovedbystudentvoteataninstitution,theBoard
ofRegentsofTheTexasA&MUniversitySystemmaychargestudentsata
componentinstitutionofTheTexasA&MUniversitySystema
recreationalsportsfeenottoexceed$175foreachregularsemester
andnottoexceed$87.50foreachtermofeachsummersession.The
feemaybeusedonlyforfinancing,constructing,operating,
maintaining,andimprovingnewandexistingrecreationalsports
facilitiesandprogramsatthedesignatedinstitution.
(b)Therecreationalsportsfeemaynotbeleviedunlessthe
levyofthefeehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthosestudents
attheaffectedinstitutionparticipatinginageneralstudent
electioncalledforthatpurpose.
(c)Theamountofthefeeauthorizedbythissectionmaynotbe
increasedtoanamountthatexceedsby10percentormorethetotal
amountofthefeethatisineffectonSeptember1,2007,oraslast
approvedbyastudentvoteunderthissubsectionunlesstheincrease
hasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsattheaffected
institutionparticipatinginageneralelectioncalledforthat
purpose.Thefeemaynotexceedthemaximumamountsprovidedby
Subsection(a).
(d)If,inanacademicyear,thetotalcompulsoryfeecharged
underthissectionisproposedtobeincreasedbyanamountlessthan
anamountthatwouldrequireastudentelectionunderSubsection(c),
theboardofregentsofTheTexasA&MUniversitySystemmay,inlieu
ofanelection,holdapublicmeetingontheincreaseatwhich
studentshavetheopportunitytocommentbeforetheincreasetakes
effect.
(e)Eachuniversityshallcollectanystudentrecreational
sportsfeeimposedunderthissectionandshalldepositthemoney
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account.
(f)Astudentrecreationalsportsfeeimposedunderthissection
isnotcountedindeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfeewhich
maybechargedunderSection54.513ofthissubchapter.
(g)Theboardmaypermitapersonwhoisnotenrolledata
systeminstitutiontouseafacilitypaidforbystudentrecreational
sportsfeesif:
(1)theperson'susagedoesnotmateriallyinterferewith
studentdemandorusage
(2)thepersonischargedafeethatisnotlessthanthe
studentfeeandisnotlessthanthedirectandindirectcosttothe
institutionofprovidingfortheperson'susageand
(3)theperson'susagedoesnotincreasemateriallythe
potentialliabilityoftheinstitution.
(h)Thepresidentofeachinstitutioninthesystemshall
establishaformalsystemforstudentinputwithrespecttomattersof
constructionandoperationofafacilityorprogramfinancedbya
studentrecreationalsportsfee.
AddedbyActs1989,71stLeg.,ch.871,Sec.1,eff.June14,1989.
AmendedbyActs1991,72ndLeg.,ch.833,Sec.1,eff.June16,1991.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.54.534byActs1991,72ndLeg.,
1stC.S.,ch.14,Sec.8.01(7),eff.Nov.12,1991.AmendedbyActs
2001,77thLeg.,ch.825,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,2001.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.1226(H.B.1102),Sec.2,eff.June18,
2005.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1419(H.B.3114),Sec.3,eff.
June15,2007.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1425(S.B.1495),Sec.3,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.5391.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEETEXASA&M
UNIVERSITYCORPUSCHRISTI.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheTexas
A&MUniversitySystemmayimposeanintercollegiateathleticsfeeon
eachstudentenrolledatTexasA&MUniversityCorpusChristi.The
feemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsparticipatinginageneralstudentelectionheldatthe
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universityforthatpurpose.
(b)Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed$8persemestercredit
hourforeachsemesterorsummersession,unlesstheamountis
increasedasprovidedbySubsection(c).
(c)Theamountofthefeepersemestercredithourmaybe
increasedfromoneacademicyeartothenextonlyifapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electionheldforthatpurposeor,iftheamountoftheincreasedoes
notexceedfivepercent,byamajorityvoteofthelegislativebodyof
thestudentgovernmentoftheuniversity.
(d)Astudentenrolledinmorethan13semestercredithours
shallpaythefeeinanamountequaltotheamountimposedona
studentenrolledin13semestercredithoursduringthesamesemester
orsession.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
maximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunder
Section54.503(b).
(g)Expired.
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.86,Sec.1,eff.May20,2003.
Sec.54.5392.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEETEXASA&M
UNIVERSITYKINGSVILLE.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheTexasA&M
UniversitySystemmayimposeanintercollegiateathleticsfeeoneach
studentenrolledatTexasA&MUniversityKingsville.Thefeemaynot
beimposedunlessapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudents
participatinginageneralstudentelectionheldattheuniversityfor
thatpurpose.
(b)Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed$12persemestercredit
hourforeachsemesterorsummersession,unlesstheamountis
increasedasprovidedbySubsection(c).
(c)Theamountofthefeepersemestercredithourmaybe
increasedfromoneacademicyeartothenextonlyifapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electionheldforthatpurpose.
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(d)Astudentenrolledinmorethan13semestercredithours
shallpaythefeeinanamountequaltotheamountimposedona
studentenrolledin13semestercredithoursduringthesamesemester
orsession.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
maximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunder
Section54.503(b).
(g)Expired.
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.290,Sec.1,eff.June18,2003.
Forexpirationofthissection,seeSubsection(f).
Sec.54.5393.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEE:PRAIRIEVIEWA&M
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheTexasA&MUniversity
Systemmayimposeanintercollegiateathleticsfeeoneachstudent
enrolledatPrairieViewA&MUniversityinanamountnottoexceed
$12.60persemestercredithour,unlesstheamountisincreasedas
providedbySubsection(b).
(b)Theamountofthefeepersemestercredithourmaybe
increasedfromoneacademicyeartothenextif:
(1)theincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsparticipatinginageneralstudentelectionheldatthe
universityforthatpurposeor
(2)theamountoftheincreasedoesnotexceedfivepercent
andisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthelegislativebodyofthe
studentgovernmentoftheuniversity.
(c)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheuniversityparticipatinginageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Afeeimposedunderthissectionshallbeusedtodevelop
andmaintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
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Section54.503.
(f)ThissectionexpiresSeptember1,2018,exceptthatthis
sectiondoesnotexpireifbeforetheendofthe20172018academic
yeartheboardofregentsissuesbondsthatarepayablewhollyor
partlyfromthefee.Iftheboardofregentsissuesbondsas
describedbythissubsection,thefeeauthorizedbythissectionmay
notbeimposedinanysemesterorsessionbeginningafterthedateon
whichallofthosebonds,includingrefundingbondsforthebonds,
havebeenfullypaid.
AddedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.1266,Sec.6.01,eff.June20,
2003.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.798(S.B.1334),Sec.1,eff.
June19,2009.
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1383(S.B.1145),Sec.1,eff.
June14,2013.
Sec.54.5394.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEE:TARLETONSTATE
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheTexasA&MUniversity
Systemmayimposeanintercollegiateathleticsfeeoneachstudent
enrolledatTarletonStateUniversityinanamountnottoexceed$10
persemestercredithour.
(b)Theamountofthefeeimposedonastudentinasemesteror
sessionmaynotexceedtheamountofthefeeimposedonastudent
enrolledin13semestercredithoursduringthesamesemesteror
session.
(c)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheuniversityparticipatinginageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Theamountofthefeepersemestercredithourmaybe
increasedfromoneacademicyeartothenextonlyifapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthelegislativebodyofthestudentgovernmentofthe
university.Iftheamountoftheincreaseexceedsfivepercent,the
increasemustalsobeapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsof
theuniversityparticipatinginageneralstudentelectionheldfor
thatpurpose.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
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maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
maximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunder
Section54.503.
AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.1226(H.B.1102),Sec.3,eff.June
18,2005.
Sec.54.5395.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEESTEXASA&M
INTERNATIONALUNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheTexasA&M
UniversitySystemmayimposeanintercollegiateathleticsfeeoneach
studentenrolledatTexasA&MInternationalUniversity.Thefeemay
notbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudents
participatinginageneralstudentelectionheldattheuniversityfor
thatpurpose.
(b)Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed$5persemestercredit
hourforeachregularsemesterorsummersession,unlesstheamountis
increasedasprovidedbySubsection(c).
(c)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedtoanamountthat
exceedsby10percentormorethetotalamountofthefeeaslast
approvedbyastudentvoteunderSubsection(a)orthissubsection
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Astudentenrolledinmorethan15semestercredithours
shallpaythefeeinanamountequaltotheamountimposedona
studentenrolledin15semestercredithoursduringthesamesemester
orsession.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
amountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunderSection
54.503.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1419(H.B.3114),Sec.4,
eff.June15,2007.
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AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1425(S.B.1495),Sec.4,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.5396.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEESWESTTEXASA&M
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheTexasA&MUniversity
Systemmayimposeanintercollegiateathleticsfeeoneachstudent
enrolledatWestTexasA&MUniversity.Thefeemaynotbeimposed
unlessapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatingina
generalstudentelectionheldattheuniversityforthatpurpose.
(b)Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed$10persemestercredit
hourforeachregularsemesterorsummersession,unlesstheamountis
increasedasprovidedbySubsection(c).
(c)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedtoanamountthat
exceedsby10percentormorethetotalamountofthefeeaslast
approvedbyastudentvoteunderSubsection(a)orthissubsection
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Astudentenrolledinmorethan13semestercredithours
shallpaythefeeinanamountequaltotheamountimposedona
studentenrolledin13semestercredithoursduringthesamesemester
orsession.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
amountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunderSection
54.503.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1419(H.B.3114),Sec.4,
eff.June15,2007.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1425(S.B.1495),Sec.4,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.5397.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEESTEXASA&M
UNIVERSITYCOMMERCE.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheTexasA&M
UniversitySystemmayimposeanintercollegiateathleticsfeeoneach
studentenrolledatTexasA&MUniversityCommerce.Thefeemaynotbe
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imposedunlessapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudents
participatinginageneralstudentelectionheldattheuniversityfor
thatpurpose.
(b)Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed$10persemestercredit
hourforeachregularsemesterorsummersession,unlesstheamountis
increasedasprovidedbySubsection(c).
(c)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedtoanamountthat
exceedsby10percentormorethetotalamountofthefeeaslast
approvedbyastudentvoteunderSubsection(a)orthissubsection
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Astudentenrolledinmorethan13semestercredithours
shallpaythefeeinanamountequaltotheamountimposedona
studentenrolledin13semestercredithoursduringthesamesemester
orsession.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
amountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunderSection
54.503.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1419(H.B.3114),Sec.4,
eff.June15,2007.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1425(S.B.1495),Sec.4,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.53975.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEESTEXASA&M
UNIVERSITYTEXARKANA.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheTexasA&M
UniversitySystemmayimposeoneachstudentenrolledatTexasA&M
UniversityTexarkanaanintercollegiateathleticsfeeinanamount
nottoexceed$9persemestercredithourforeachregularsemesteror
summersessionunlesstheamountofthefeeisincreasedasprovided
bySubsection(c).
(b)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
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(c)Theamountofthefeepersemestercredithourmaybe
increasedfromoneacademicyeartothenextonlyifapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electionheldforthatpurposeor,iftheamountoftheincreasedoes
notexceedfivepercent,byamajorityvoteofthelegislativebodyof
thestudentgovernmentoftheuniversity.
(d)Astudentenrolledinmorethan12semestercredithours
shallpaythefeeinanamountequaltotheamountimposedona
studentenrolledin12semestercredithoursduringthesamesemester
orsession.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaybeusedtodevelopand
maintainanintercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
amountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunderSection
54.503.
(g)Thefeemaynotbechargedafterthefifthacademicyearin
whichthefeeisfirstchargedunless,beforetheendofthatacademic
year,theuniversityhasissuedbondspayableinwholeorinpartfrom
thefee,inwhicheventthefeemaynotbechargedaftertheacademic
yearinwhichallsuchbonds,includingrefundingbondsforthose
bonds,havebeenfullypaid.
AddedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1382(S.B.691),Sec.1,eff.
June14,2013.
Sec.54.5398.STUDENTENDOWMENTFUNDFEETEXASA&MUNIVERSITY
CORPUSCHRISTI.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheTexasA&MUniversity
Systemmayimposeastudentendowmentfundfeeoneachstudent
enrolledatTexasA&MUniversityCorpusChristi.Thefeemaynotbe
imposedunlessapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudents
participatinginageneralstudentelectionheldattheuniversity
underSection56.243.
(b)Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed$1persemestercredit
hourforeachregularsemesterorsummersession,unlesstheamountis
increasedasprovidedbySubsection(c).
(c)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedbymorethan10
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thestudentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(d)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmustbeusedtoestablisha
studentendowmentfundunderSection56.247.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feeauthorizedbylawandmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthe
maximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybeimposedunder
Section54.503(b).
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.555(S.B.1417),Sec.1,eff.
September1,2007.
RenumberedfromEducationCode,Section54.5395byActs2009,81st
Leg.,R.S.,Ch.87(S.B.1969),Sec.27.001(9),eff.September1,
2009.
Sec.54.540.STUDENTCENTERFEE,UNIVERSITYOFHOUSTONCLEAR
LAKE.(a)TheBoardofRegentsoftheUniversityofHoustonSystem
maylevyandcollectastudentcenterfee,nottoexceed$40per
studentforeachregularsemesterandnottoexceed$20perstudent
foreachtermofthesummersessionforthesolepurposeoffinancing,
constructing,operating,maintaining,andimprovingastudentcenter
fortheUniversityofHoustonClearLake.Thefeeshereinauthorized
tobeleviedareinadditiontoanyuseorservicefeenowor
hereafterauthorizedtobelevied.Thestudentcenterfeeinitially
leviedshallbeinanamountapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsvotinginanelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(b)Thestudentcenterfeesshallbedepositedtoanaccount
knownasTheUniversityofHoustonClearLakeStudentCenterFee
Accountandshallbeplacedunderthecontrolofandsubjecttothe
orderoftheUniversityLifeCouncil.Thecouncilshallannually
submittotheboardofregentsacompleteanditemizedbudget,a
recommendedfeelevel,andacompletereportofallactivities
conductedduringthepastyearandallexpendituresmadeincident
thereto.Theboardofregentsshallmakesuchchangesinthebudget
asitdeemsnecessarybeforeapprovingthebudget.
(c)Theboardofregentsmayincreasethestudentcenterfee
leviedunderthissection.However,iftheincreaseismorethan10
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majorityofstudentsvotinginanelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
AddedbyActs1991,72ndLeg.,ch.848,Sec.4,eff.Aug.26,1991.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.54.537byActs1991,72ndLeg.,
1stC.S.,ch.14,Sec.8.01(8),eff.Nov.12,1991.
Sec.54.541.RECREATIONALFACILITYFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXAS
ATELPASO.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
SystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityofTexasat
ElPasoarecreationalfacilityfee.Thefeemaybeusedonlyfor
financing,constructing,operating,maintaining,andimprovingnewand
existingrecreationalsportsfacilitiesandprogramsatTheUniversity
ofTexasatElPaso.
(a1)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotexceed:
(1)$70perstudentforatermorsemesterof10weeksor
longeror
(2)$50perstudentforanyothertermorsemester.
(a2)Expired.
(b)Theboardofregentsisauthorizedtopledgethefeeslevied
underthissectionforthepaymentofobligationsissuedfor
authorizedpurposespursuanttotherevenuefinancingsystemofThe
UniversityofTexasSystem.
(c)Therecreationalfacilityfeemaynotbeincreasedunless
theamountoftheincreaseisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthose
studentsparticipatinginageneralstudentelectioncalledatThe
UniversityofTexasatElPasoforthatpurpose.
(d)TheUniversityofTexasatElPasoshallcollectthe
recreationalfacilityfeeanddepositthemoneycollectedinan
accounttobeknownasTheUniversityofTexasatElPasorecreational
facilityaccount.
(e)Therecreationalfacilityfeeisnotcountedindetermining
themaximumamountofstudentservicesfeeswhichmaybechargedunder
Section54.503ofthiscode,asamended.
AddedbyActs1993,73rdLeg.,ch.58,Sec.1,eff.April29,1993.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.639(H.B.868),Sec.1,eff.June
15,2007.
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Sec.54.542.STUDENTUNIONBUILDINGFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASPANAMERICAN.(a)ExceptasprovidedbySubsection(c)ofthis
section,theboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexasSystemmay
levyastudentunionfee,nottoexceed$30foreachstudentforeach
regularsemesteror$15foreachstudentforeachtermofthesummer
session,forthesolepurposeoffinancing,constructing,operating,
maintaining,andimprovingastudentunionbuildingforTheUniversity
ofTexasPanAmerican.
(b)Theboardofregentsmaypledgethefeesleviedunderthis
sectiontopayobligationsissuedpursuanttotherevenuefinancing
systemofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
(c)Astudentunionfeeleviedunderthissectionmaynotbe
leviedorincreasedunlessthelevyorincreaseisapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthosestudentsparticipatinginageneralelection
heldforthatpurpose.
(d)Studentunionfeesleviedunderthissectionareinaddition
toanyotherfeetheboardofregentsisauthorizedbylawtocharge
andmaynotbeconsideredindeterminingthemaximumstudentservices
feethatmaybechargedunderSection54.503(b)ofthiscode.
(e)Theboardshalldepositstudentunionfeesleviedunderthis
sectiontothecreditofanaccountknownasTheUniversityofTexas
PanAmericanStudentUnionFeeAccount.
(f)NotwithstandingSection51.002ofthiscode,studentunion
feesleviedunderthissectionareunderthecontroloftheStudent
UnionAdvisoryCommittee.Thecommitteeannuallyshallsubmittothe
presidentofTheUniversityofTexasPanAmericanacompleteand
itemizedbudgetwithacompletereportofallactivitiesconducted
duringthepastyearandallexpendituresmadeinconnectionwith
thoseactivities.Thepresidentshallsubmitthebudgettotheboard
ofregentsaspartoftheinstitutionalbudget.Beforeapprovingthe
budget,theboardofregentsmaymakechangesinthebudgetthatthe
boarddeterminesarenecessary.Afterapprovingthebudget,the
board,inaccordancewiththissection,maylevythestudentunion
feesforthatyearinamountssufficienttomeetthebudgetaryneeds
ofthestudentunionbuilding.
AddedbyActs1993,73rdLeg.,ch.341,Sec.1,eff.Aug.30,1993.
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RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.54.541byActs1995,74thLeg.,
ch.76,Sec.17.01(8),eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.5421.SPORTSRECREATIONANDWELLNESSFACILITYFEETHE
UNIVERSITYOFTEXASPANAMERICAN.(a)TheboardofregentsofThe
UniversityofTexasSystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatThe
UniversityofTexasPanAmericanasportsrecreationandwellness
facilityfeetofinance,construct,operate,maintain,orimprove
sportsrecreationandwellnessprogramsandfacilitiesatthe
university.Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed$75foreach
semesteroftheregulartermorforeachsummersession.
(b)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessthefeeisapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthosestudentsvotinginageneralstudentelection
calledforthatpurpose.
(c)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthefeefromone
academicyeartothenextunlesstheamountoftheincreaseis
approvedbyamajorityvoteofthosestudentsvotinginageneral
studentelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(d)Theboardshalldeposittherevenuefromthefeeinan
accountknownasTheUniversityofTexasPanAmericansports
recreationandwellnessfacilityaccount.
(e)Theboardmaypledgerevenuefromthefeetopayobligations
issuedpursuanttotherevenuefinancingsystemofTheUniversityof
TexasSystem.
(f)Afeeimposedunderthissectionmaynotbeconsideredin
determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
chargedunderSection54.503.
(g)TheboardmaypermitapersonwhoisnotenrolledatThe
UniversityofTexasPanAmericantouseafacilityfinancedwith
revenuefromafeeimposedunderthissectionif:
(1)theperson'suseofthefacilitywillnotmaterially
interferewithstudentdemandoruse
(2)thepersonischargedafeethatisnotlessthanthe
studentfeeandthatisnotlessthanthedirectandindirectcostto
theuniversityofprovidingfortheperson'suseand
(3)theperson'susewillnotmateriallyincreasethe
potentialliabilityoftheuniversity.
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AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.483(H.B.258),Sec.1,eff.June
17,2005.
Sec.54.543.RECREATIONALFACILITYFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXAS
ATSANANTONIO.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
SystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityofTexasat
SanAntonioarecreationalfacilityfeenottoexceed:
(1)$150foratermorsemesterofmorethansixweeksor
(2)$75foratermorsemesterofsixweeksorless.
(a1)Therecreationalfacilityfeemaybeusedonlytofinance,
construct,operate,maintain,orimprovestudentrecreational
facilitiesattheuniversity.
(b)Theboardofregentsmaypledgethefeeschargedunderthis
sectiontopayobligationsissuedpursuanttotherevenuefinancing
systemofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
(c)Therecreationalfacilityfeemaynotbechargedunlessthe
chargingofthefeeisapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthosestudents
participatinginageneralstudentelectioncalledforthatpurpose.
(d)Ifapprovedinaccordancewiththissection,theboardof
regentsshallcollecttherecreationalfacilityfeesanddepositthe
feesinanaccountknownastherecreationalfacilityaccount.
(e)Arecreationalfacilityfeechargedunderthissectionmay
notbecountedindeterminingthemaximumamountofstudentservices
feesthatmaybechargedunderSection54.503(b)ofthiscode.
(f)Theboardofregentsmaypermitapersonwhoisnotenrolled
atTheUniversityofTexasatSanAntoniotouseafacilityfinanced
withrecreationalfacilityfeesif:
(1)theperson'suseofthefacilitywillnotmaterially
interferewithstudentdemandoruse
(2)thepersonischargedafeethatisnotlessthanthe
studentfeeandthatisnotlessthanthedirectandindirectcostto
theuniversityofprovidingfortheperson'suseand
(3)theperson'susewillnotmateriallyincreasethe
potentialliabilityoftheuniversity.
(g)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountoftherecreational
facilityfeeinanyacademicyearunlesstheamountoftheincreaseis
approvedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatinginageneral
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studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
AddedbyActs1993,73rdLeg.,ch.894,Sec.1,eff.Aug.30,1993.
RenumberedfromEducationCodeSec.54.541byActs1995,74thLeg.,
ch.76,Sec.17.01(9),eff.Sept.1,1995.AmendedbyActs2003,78th
Leg.,ch.575,Sec.2,eff.June20,2003.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.1285(H.B.2441),Sec.1,eff.June18,
2005.
Sec.54.544.RECREATIONALFACILITYFEETHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXAS
ATDALLAS.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
SystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityofTexasat
Dallasarecreationalfacilityfeetofinance,construct,equip,
operate,maintain,orimprovestudentrecreationalfacilitiesor
programsattheuniversity.
(b)Arecreationalfacilityfeemaynotexceed:
(1)$65foreachstudentforasemesteroftheregularterm
orasummersessionof12weeksorlongerand
(2)$43.33foreachstudentforasummersessionofless
than12weeks.
(b1),(b2)Expired.
(c)Arecreationalfacilityfeemaynotbechargedorincreased
unlesschargingorincreasingthefeeisapprovedbyamajorityvote
ofthestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudentelectioncalledfor
thatpurpose.
(d)Theboardofregentsshallcollectafeechargedunderthis
sectionanddepositthefeeinanaccountknownastherecreational
facilityaccount.
(e)Theboardofregentsmaypledgeafeechargedunderthis
sectiontopayanobligationissuedundertherevenuefinancingsystem
ofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
(f)Afeechargedunderthissectionmaynotbecountedin
determiningthemaximumamountofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybe
chargedunderSection54.503(b).
(g)Arecreationalfacilityfeemaynotbecollectedafterthe
20thanniversaryofthedateitisfirstcollectedorafterallbonded
indebtednessfortherecreationalfacilityforwhichthefeereceipts
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arepledgedispaid,whicheverislater.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.757,Sec.6,eff.June16,1995.
AmendedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.669,Sec.1,eff.June20,2003.
Sec.54.5441.STUDENTRECREATIONALANDHEALTHFACILITIESFEE
MIDWESTERNSTATEUNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofMidwestern
StateUniversitymaychargeeachstudentenrolledattheuniversitya
recreationalandhealthfacilitiesfeenottoexceed$130persemester
orsummersessionoflongerthansixweeksor$65persummersession
ofsixweeksorless.Thefeemaybeusedtofinance,construct,
operate,renovate,ormaintainrecreationalandwellnessfacilities
andprogramsattheuniversity.
(b)Therecreationalandhealthfacilitiesfeeauthorizedby
thissectionmaynotbeincreasedmorethan10percentfromone
academicyeartothenextunlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbya
majorityvoteofthosestudentsparticipatinginageneralstudent
electioncalledforthatpurpose.Thefeemaynotexceedtheamounts
providedbySubsection(a).
(c)Thechieffiscalofficeroftheuniversityshallcollectany
recreationalandhealthfacilitiesfeeimposedunderthissectionand
shalldepositthemoneycollectedinanaccounttobeknownasthe
studentrecreationalandhealthfacilitiesaccount.
(d)Arecreationalandhealthfacilitiesfeeimposedunderthis
sectionisnotcountedindeterminingthemaximumstudentservicesfee
thatmaybechargedunderSection54.503.
AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.616(H.B.2272),Sec.1,eff.June
17,2005.
Sec.54.5442.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEEMIDWESTERNSTATE
UNIVERSITY.(a)TheboardofregentsofMidwesternStateUniversity
maychargeeachstudentenrolledattheuniversityanintercollegiate
athleticsfeeinanamountthat,exceptasauthorizedunderSubsection
(d),maynotexceed:
(1)thelesserof$10persemestercredithouror$120for
eachregularsemesteroreachsummersessionofmorethansixweeks
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(2)$60foreachsummersessionofsixweeksorless.
(b)Thefeemaynotbechargedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateina
generalstudentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(c)Thefeemaybeusedonlytodevelopandmaintainan
intercollegiateathleticsprogramattheuniversity.
(d)Theboardofregentsmayincreasetheamountofthefeefor
asemesterorsummersessioninexcessoftheapplicableamount
providedbySubsection(a)iftheincrease:
(1)isapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthestudentsenrolled
attheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneralstudentelectioncalled
forthatpurposeor
(2)doesnotexceed10percentoftheamountofthefee
chargedforthesamesemesterorsummersessioninthepreceding
academicyear.
(e)Thechieffiscalofficeroftheuniversityshallcollectthe
feeandshalldeposittherevenuefromthefeeinanaccounttobe
knownastheMidwesternStateUniversityintercollegiateathleticsfee
account.
(f)Thefeeisnotconsideredindeterminingthemaximumamount
ofstudentservicesfeesthatmaybechargedunderSection54.503.
(g)Afeemaynotbechargedafterthefifthacademicyearin
whichthefeeisfirstchargedunless,beforetheendofthatacademic
year,theinstitutionofhighereducationhasissuedbondspayable
fromthefee,inwhicheventthefeemaynotbechargedafterthe
academicyearinwhichallsuchbonds,includingrefundingbondsfor
thosebonds,havebeenfullypaid.
AddedbyActs2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.202(S.B.256),Sec.1,eff.
May27,2009.
Sec.54.545.FEESFORCONTINUINGEDUCATIONCOURSES.(a)The
governingboardofaninstitutionofhighereducationshallchargea
reasonablefeetoeachpersonregisteredinacontinuingeducation
courseattheinstitution.Theboardshallsetthefeeinanamount
sufficienttopermittheinstitutiontorecoverthecoststothe
institutionofprovidingthecourse.
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institutiondoesnotcollecttuitionorreceiveformulafunding,
includinganextensioncourse,correspondencecourse,orotherself
supportingcourse.
(c)SubchaptersBandDdonotapplytoafeechargedunderthis
section,excepttoafeeforacorrespondencecoursetakenbya
studentwhowouldqualifyforanexemptionfromtuitionunderSection
54.341ifthecorrespondencecourseappliestowardsthestudent's
degreeplan.Thegoverningboardofaninstitutionofhigher
educationmaygrantanexemptionprovidedbySection54.341for
continuingeducationcourses.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.757,Sec.5,eff.June16,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.1404,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Amendedby:
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.359(S.B.32),Sec.4,eff.
January1,2012.
Sec.54.546.STUDENTUNIONFEESTHEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASAT
BROWNSVILLE.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexas
SystemmayimposeoneachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityofTexas
atBrownsvilleastudentunionfeeofnotlessthan$34.35ormore
than$70foreachsemesterorlongsummersessionforthesolepurpose
offinancing,constructing,operating,maintaining,renovating,and
improvingastudentunionbuildingownedbyTexasSouthmostCollege
andusedbythepartnershipofTheUniversityofTexasatBrownsville
andTexasSouthmostCollegeunderSection78.02.Thefeemaybe
imposedinadditiontoanyotherfee.
(b)Revenuefromthefeeimposedunderthissectionshallbe
depositedtoanaccountknownasTheUniversityofTexasat
Brownsvillestudentunionaccount.Moneyintheaccountshallbeused
inaccordancewiththetermsofthepartnershipagreementsentered
intobetweenTheUniversityofTexasatBrownsvilleandTexas
SouthmostCollegeunderSection78.02.
(c)TheboardoftrusteesoftheSouthmostUnionJuniorCollege
Districtmaypledgerevenuefromafeeimposedunderthissection,
whetherreceiveddirectlyfromastudentorfromTheUniversityof
TexasatBrownsville,underthetermsofthepartnershipagreement
betweenTheUniversityofTexasatBrownsvilleandTexasSouthmost
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College,forthepaymentofobligationsissuedbytheSouthmostUnion
JuniorCollegeDistricttofinancetheconstruction,operation,
maintenance,renovation,andimprovementofastudentunionbuilding
tobeownedbyTexasSouthmostCollegeandusedbythetwo
institutionsunderthepartnership.Ifthefeeimposedunderthis
sectionispledgedtothepaymentofobligationsissuedbySouthmost
UnionJuniorCollegeDistrict,theboardofregentsofTheUniversity
ofTexasSystemmaynotpledgerevenuefromthefeeforthepaymentof
obligationsissuedforanauthorizedpurposeundertherevenue
financingsystemofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
(d)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthefeebymore
than10percentinanyacademicyearunlesstheamountoftheincrease
isapprovedbyamajorityofthestudentsvotinginanelectionheld
forthatpurposeandbyamajorityofthemembersofthelegislative
bodyofthestudentgovernmentoftheinstitution.
(e)Subjecttothelimitationsofthissectionontheamountof
thefeeandanyincreaseintheamountofthefee,thefeeimposed
underthissectionmustbeinthesameamountasthestudentunionfee
chargedastudentatTexasSouthmostCollegebytheboardoftrustees
ofSouthmostUnionJuniorCollegeDistrict.Astudentattending
eitherorbothinstitutionsmaybechargedastudentunionfeebyonly
oneoftheinstitutions.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.113,Sec.1,eff.May17,1999.
Sec.54.550.WELLNESS,RECREATIONAL,ANDFITNESSCOMPLEXFEE
THEUNIVERSITYOFTEXASATBROWNSVILLE.(a)Theboardofregentsof
TheUniversityofTexasSystemmaychargeeachstudentenrolledatThe
UniversityofTexasatBrownsvilleawellness,recreational,and
fitnesscomplexfee.Theamountofthefeemaynotexceed$79per
studentforeachregularsemesterand$39.50perstudentforeachterm
ofthesummersession.
(b)Theboardmay:
(1)userevenuefromthefeeonlytofinance,construct,
operate,maintain,renovate,orimproveawellness,recreational,and
fitnesscomplexownedbyTexasSouthmostCollegeandusedbythe
partnershipofTheUniversityofTexasatBrownsvilleandTexas
SouthmostCollegeunderSection78.02and
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(2)pledgerevenuefromthefeetopayanobligationissued
forapurposeauthorizedbySubdivision(1)undertherevenue
financingsystemofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
(c)Theboardshalldepositrevenuefromthefeetothecredit
ofanaccountknownasTheUniversityofTexasatBrownsville
wellness,recreational,andfitnesscomplexfeeaccount.Moneyinthe
accountshallbeusedinaccordancewiththetermsofthepartnership
agreementsenteredintobetweenTheUniversityofTexasatBrownsville
andTexasSouthmostCollegeunderSection78.02.
(d)Theboardmaynotincreasetheamountofthefeebymore
than10percentinanyacademicyearunlesstheamountoftheincrease
isapprovedby:
(1)amajorityvoteofthestudentsparticipatingina
generalstudentelectionheldattheinstitutionforthatpurposeand
(2)amajorityofthemembersofthelegislativebodyofthe
studentgovernmentoftheinstitution.
(e)Afeechargedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feetheboardisauthorizedbylawtocharge.
(f)Subjecttothelimitationsofthissectionontheamountof
thefeeandanyincreaseintheamountofthefee,thefeecharged
underthissectionmustbeinthesameamountasthewellness,
recreational,andfitnesscomplexfeechargedastudentatTexas
SouthmostCollegebytheboardoftrusteesofSouthmostUnionJunior
CollegeDistrict.Astudentattendingeitherorbothinstitutionsmay
bechargedawellness,recreational,andfitnesscomplexfeebyonly
oneoftheinstitutions.
(g)TheboardoftrusteesoftheSouthmostUnionJuniorCollege
Districtmaypledgerevenuefromafeeimposedunderthissection,
whetherreceiveddirectlyfromastudentorfromTheUniversityof
TexasatBrownsville,undertermsofthepartnershipagreementbetween
TheUniversityofTexasatBrownsvilleandTexasSouthmostCollege,
forthepaymentofobligationsissuedbytheSouthmostUnionJunior
CollegeDistricttofinancetheconstruction,operation,maintenance,
renovation,andimprovementofawellness,recreational,andfitness
complexownedbyTexasSouthmostCollegeandusedbythetwo
institutionsunderthepartnership.Ifthefeeimposedunderthis
sectionispledgedtothepaymentofobligationsissuedbySouthmost
UnionJuniorCollegeDistrict,theboardofregentsofTheUniversity
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ofTexasSystemmaynotpledgerevenuefromthefeeforthepaymentof
obligationsissuedforanauthorizedpurposeundertherevenue
financingsystemofTheUniversityofTexasSystem.
AddedbyActs2005,79thLeg.,Ch.1223(H.B.1063),Sec.1,eff.June
18,2005.
Sec.54.551.INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETICSFEETHEUNIVERSITYOF
TEXASATBROWNSVILLE.(a)TheboardofregentsofTheUniversityof
TexasSystemmayimposeoneachstudentenrolledatTheUniversityof
TexasatBrownsvilleanintercollegiateathleticsfeeinanamountnot
toexceed$7persemestercredithour.
(b)Theboardshalldepositrevenuefromthefeetothecredit
ofanaccountknownasTheUniversityofTexasatBrownsville
intercollegiateathleticsfeeaccount.Moneyintheaccountshallbe
usedinaccordancewiththetermsofthepartnershipagreements
enteredintobetweenTheUniversityofTexasatBrownsvilleandTexas
SouthmostCollegeunderSection78.02.
(c)Thefeemaynotbeimposedunlessapprovedbyamajority
voteofthestudentsoftheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(d)Theamountofthefeemaynotbeincreasedtoanamountthat
exceedsby10percentormorethetotalamountofthefeeaslast
approvedbyastudentvoteunderSubsection(c)orthissubsection
unlesstheincreasehasbeenapprovedbyamajorityvoteofthe
studentsenrolledattheuniversitywhoparticipateinageneral
studentelectionheldforthatpurpose.
(e)Afeeimposedunderthissectionisinadditiontoanyother
feetheboardisauthorizedbylawtoimpose.
(f)Subjecttothelimitationsofthissectionontheamountof
thefeeandanyincreaseintheamountofthefee,thefeeimposed
underthissectionmustbeinthesameamountastheintercollegiate
athleticsfeechargedastudentatTexasSouthmostCollegebythe
boardoftrusteesofSouthmostUnionJuniorCollegeDistrict.A
studentattendingeitherorbothinstitutionsmaybechargedan
intercollegiateathleticsfeebyonlyoneoftheinstitutions.
(g)Theboardmaynotimposethefeeauthorizedbythissection
onastudentwhoisenrolledsolelyinonlinecoursesatthe
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university.
(h)Expired.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.137(H.B.1505),Sec.1,eff.
May18,2007.
SUBCHAPTERF.PREPAIDHIGHEREDUCATIONTUITIONPROGRAM
Sec.54.6001.PUBLICPURPOSE.Aneducatedpopulationbeing
necessarytothesocialdevelopmentandeconomichealthofthisstate,
thelegislaturefindsanddeclaresittobeanurgentpublicnecessity
toassistyoungTexansinobtainingahighereducation.Becausethe
state'spopulationisrapidlygrowingandisdiverse,thestateis
requiredtouseallofthehighereducationfacilitiesandresources
withinthestate,bothpublicandprivate,toprovideawidevariety
ofeducationalenvironmentsandinstructionaloptionsandtopreserve
thepartnershipbetweenthestateandprivateorindependent
institutionsofhighereducationandbetweenthestateandcareer
schoolsandcolleges,asdefinedbySection132.001,thatofferatwo
yearassociatedegreeasapprovedbytheTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoard.Therefore,theprepaidhighereducationtuition
programisestablishedtohelpTexasstudentsattendtheinstitution
thatbestmeetstheirindividualneeds.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1181,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1999
Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.364,Sec.2.03,eff.Sept.1,2003Acts
2003,78thLeg.,ch.817,Sec.8.18,eff.Sept.1,2003.
Sec.54.601.DEFINITIONS.Inthissubchapter:
(1)"Beneficiary"meansapersonwhoisentitledtoreceive
benefitsunderaprepaidtuitioncontract.
(2)"Board"meansthePrepaidHigherEducationTuition
Board.
(3)"Estimatedaverageprivatetuitionandrequiredfees"
meansanestimatedaverageoftuitionandrequiredfeestobecharged
byprivateorindependentinstitutionsofhighereducationas
determinedannuallybytheboard.
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(4)"Fund"meanstheTexastomorrowconstitutionaltrust
fund.
(5)"Institutionofhighereducation"hasthemeaning
assignedbySection61.003.
(6)"Prepaidtuitioncontract"meansacontractenteredinto
underthissubchapterbytheboardandapurchasertoprovideforthe
paymentofhighereducationtuitionandrequiredfeesofa
beneficiary.
(7)"Privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation"
hasthemeaningassignedbySection61.003.
(8)"Program"meanstheprepaidhighereducationtuition
program.
(9)"Careerschoolorcollege"meansacareerschoolor
college,asdefinedbySection132.001,thatoffersatwoyear
associatedegreeasapprovedbytheTexasHigherEducation
CoordinatingBoard.
(10)"Publicjuniorcollege"hasthemeaningassignedby
Section61.003.
(11)"Publicseniorcollegeoruniversity"hasthemeaning
assignedbySection61.003.
(12)"Purchaser"meansapersonwhoisobligatedtomake
paymentsunderaprepaidtuitioncontract.
(13)"Account"meanstheTexascollegesavingsplanaccount.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1181,Sec.2,eff.Sept.1,1999
Acts2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.2,eff.June15,2001Acts
2003,78thLeg.,ch.364,Sec.2.04,eff.Sept.1,2003Acts2003,
78thLeg.,ch.817,Sec.8.19,eff.Sept.1,2003.
Sec.54.602.ESTABLISHMENTOFBOARDFUNCTION.(a)The
PrepaidHigherEducationTuitionBoardisintheofficeofthe
comptroller.
(b)Theboardshalladministertheprepaidhighereducation
tuitionprogramestablishedunderthissubchapterandthehigher
educationsavingsplanestablishedunderSubchapterG.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
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AmendedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.3,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.603.SUNSETPROVISION.ThePrepaidHigherEducation
TuitionBoardissubjecttoChapter325,GovernmentCode(TexasSunset
Act).Unlesscontinuedinexistenceasprovidedbythatchapter,the
boardisabolishedandtheprogramsestablishedunderthissubchapter
andunderSubchaptersGandHterminateSeptember1,2021.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.4,eff.June15,2001.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.1,eff.
June15,2007.
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.560(S.B.1941),Sec.1,eff.
June19,2009.
Acts2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1232(S.B.652),Sec.5.02,eff.
June17,2011.
Sec.54.604.TERMINATIONORMODIFICATIONOFPROGRAM.Ifthe
comptrollerdeterminestheprogramisfinanciallyinfeasible,the
comptrollershallnotifythegovernorandthelegislatureand
recommendthattheprogrambemodifiedorterminated.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.605.EFFECTOFTERMINATIONOFPROGRAMONCONTRACT.(a)
Aprepaidtuitioncontractremainsineffectaftertheprogramis
terminatedif,whentheprogramisterminated,thebeneficiary:
(1)hasbeenacceptedbyorisenrolledinaninstitutionof
highereducation,aprivateorindependentinstitutionofhigher
education,oracareerschoolorcollegeor
(2)isprojectedtograduatefromhighschoolnotlaterthan
thethirdanniversaryofthedatetheprogramisterminated.
(b)Aprepaidtuitioncontractterminateswhentheprogramis
terminatedifthecontractdoesnotremainineffectunderSubsection
(a).
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
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AmendedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1181,Sec.3,eff.Sept.1,1999
Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.364,Sec.2.05,eff.Sept.1,2003Acts
2003,78thLeg.,ch.817,Sec.8.20,eff.Sept.1,2003.
Sec.54.606.MEMBERSOFBOARDAPPOINTMENTTERMSOFOFFICE.
(a)Theboardconsistsof:
(1)thecomptroller
(2)twomembersappointedbythegovernorwiththeadvice
andconsentofthesenateand
(3)fourmembersappointedbythelieutenantgovernor,at
leasttwoofwhommustbeappointedfromalistofpersonsrecommended
bythespeakerofthehouseofrepresentatives.
(b)Theappointedmembersmustpossessknowledge,skill,and
experienceinhighereducation,business,orfinance.
(c)Theappointedmembersserveforstaggeredsixyearterms.
ThetermsofonethirdoftheappointedmembersexpireonFebruary1
ofeachoddnumberedyear.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.607.DUTYINRECOMMENDING,MAKING,ORCONFIRMING
APPOINTMENTS.(a)Inrecommending,making,orconfirming
appointmentstotheboard,thegovernor,lieutenantgovernor,speaker
ofthehouseofrepresentatives,andsenateshallensurethateach
appointeehasthebackgroundandexperiencesuitableforperforming
thestatutoryresponsibilitiesofamemberoftheboard.
(b)Appointmentstotheboardshallbemadewithoutregardto
therace,color,disability,sex,religion,age,ornationaloriginof
theappointees.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.608.RESTRICTIONSONBOARDAPPOINTMENT,MEMBERSHIP,AND
EMPLOYMENT.(a)Apersonisnoteligibleforappointmentasamember
oftheboardifthepersonortheperson'sspouse:
(1)isemployedbyorparticipatesinthemanagementofa
businessentityreceivingfundsfromtheboard
(2)ownsorcontrols,directlyorindirectly,morethana
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10percentinterestinabusinessentityreceivingfundsfromthe
boardor
(3)usesorreceivesasubstantialamountoftangiblegoods,
services,orfundsfromtheboard,otherthancompensationor
reimbursementauthorizedbylawforboardmembership,attendance,or
expenses.
(b)Apersonmaynotbeamemberoftheboardandmaynotbea
boardemployeeemployedina"bonafideexecutive,administrative,or
professionalcapacity,"asthatphraseisusedforpurposesof
establishinganexemptiontotheovertimeprovisionsofthefederal
FairLaborStandardsActof1938(29U.S.C.Section201etseq.)if:
(1)thepersonisanofficer,employee,orpaidconsultant
ofaTexastradeassociationinthefieldofhighereducation,
banking,securities,orinvestmentsor
(2)theperson'sspouseisanofficer,manager,orpaid
consultantofaTexastradeassociationinthefieldofhigher
education,banking,securities,orinvestments.
(c)Expired.
(d)Apersonmaynotserveasamemberoftheboardoractas
thegeneralcounseltotheboardifthepersonisrequiredtoregister
asalobbyistunderChapter305,GovernmentCode,becauseofthe
person'sactivitiesforcompensationonbehalfofaprofessionrelated
totheoperationoftheboard.
(e)RepealedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054,Sec.12,
eff.June15,2007.
(f)Inthissection,"Texastradeassociation"meansa
cooperativeandvoluntarilyjoinedstatewideassociationofbusiness
orprofessionalcompetitorsinthisstatedesignedtoassistits
membersanditsindustryorprofessionindealingwithmutualbusiness
orprofessionalproblemsandinpromotingtheircommoninterest.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.2,eff.
June15,2007.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.12,eff.
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Sec.54.6085.PREPAIDHIGHEREDUCATIONTUITIONBOARDETHICS
POLICY.(a)Inadditiontoanyotherrequirementsprovidedbylaw,
theboardshalladoptandenforceanethicspolicythatprovides
standardsofconductrelatingtothemanagementandinvestment
decisionsoftheboard.Theethicspolicymustincludeprovisions
thataddressthefollowingissuesastheyapplytothemanagementand
investmentdecisionsoftheboard:
(1)generalethicalstandards
(2)conflictsofinterest,includingdisclosureandrecusal
requirements
(3)theacceptanceofgiftsandentertainmentand
(4)compliancewithandenforcementoftheethicspolicy.
(b)Theethicspolicymustincludeprovisionsapplicableto:
(1)membersoftheboard
(2)thecomptrollerand
(3)employeesoftheboard.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.3,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.609.REMOVALOFBOARDMEMBER.(a)Itisagroundfor
removalfromtheboardifamember:
(1)doesnothaveatthetimeoftakingofficethe
applicablequalificationsrequiredbySection54.606(b)
(2)isineligibleformembershipunderSection54.608
(3)cannotbecauseofillnessordisabilitydischargethe
member'sdutiesforasubstantialpartofthetermforwhichthe
memberisappointedor
(4)isabsentfrommorethanhalfoftheregularlyscheduled
boardmeetingsthatthememberiseligibletoattendduringacalendar
yearunlesstheabsenceisexcusedbymajorityvoteoftheboard.
(b)Thevalidityofanactionoftheboardisnotaffectedby
thefactthattheactionwastakenwhenagroundforremovalofa
boardmemberexisted.
(c)Ifthestaffoftheboardhasknowledgethatapotential
groundforremovalexists,thestaffshallnotifythepresiding
officeroftheboardofthepotentialground.Thepresidingofficer
shallthennotifythegovernorandtheattorneygeneralthata
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potentialgroundforremovalexists.Ifthepotentialgroundfor
removalinvolvesthepresidingofficer,thestaffoftheboardshall
notifythenexthighestrankingofficeroftheboard,whoshallthen
notifythegovernorandtheattorneygeneralthatapotentialground
forremovalexists.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.4,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.610.TRAININGOFBOARDMEMBERS.(a)Apersonwhois
appointedtoandqualifiesforofficeasamemberoftheboardmaynot
vote,deliberate,orbecountedasamemberinattendanceatameeting
oftheboarduntilthepersoncompletesatrainingprogramthat
complieswiththissection.
(b)Atrainingprogramestablishedunderthissectionshall
provideinformationtothememberregarding:
(1)theenablinglegislationthatcreatedtheboard
(2)theprogramsoperatedbytheboard
(3)theroleandfunctionsoftheboard
(4)therulesoftheboard,withanemphasisontherules
thatrelatetodisciplinaryandinvestigatoryauthority
(5)thecurrentbudgetfortheboard
(6)theresultsofthemostrecentformalauditofthe
board
(7)therequirementsofthe:
(A)openmeetingslaw,Chapter551,GovernmentCode
(B)openrecordslaw,Chapter552,GovernmentCodeand
(C)administrativeprocedurelaw,Chapter2001,
GovernmentCode
(8)therequirementsoftheconflictofinterestlawsand
otherlawsrelatingtopublicofficialsand
(9)anyapplicableethicspoliciesadoptedbytheboardor
theTexasEthicsCommission.
(c)Apersonappointedtotheboardisentitledto
reimbursement,asprovidedbytheGeneralAppropriationsAct,forthe
travelexpensesincurredinattendingthetrainingprogramregardless
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ofwhethertheattendanceattheprogramoccursbeforeorafterthe
personqualifiesforoffice.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.5,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.611.BOARDOFFICERS.(a)Thecomptrollerservesasthe
presidingofficeroftheboard.
(b)Theboardshallappointasecretaryoftheboardwhose
dutiesmaybeprescribedbylawandbytheboard.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.612.COMPENSATIONANDEXPENSESOFAPPOINTEDBOARD
MEMBERS.Appointedmembersoftheboardshallservewithoutpaybut
shallbereimbursedfortheiractualexpensesincurredinattending
meetingsoftheboardorinperformingotherworkoftheboardwhen
thatworkisapprovedbythepresidingofficeroftheboard.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.613.MEETINGS.(a)Theboardshallholdregular
quarterlymeetingsinthecityofAustinandothermeetingsatplaces
andtimesscheduledbytheboardinformalsessionsandcalledbythe
presidingofficer.
(b)Theboardshalldevelopandimplementpoliciesthatprovide
thepublicwithareasonableopportunitytoappearbeforetheboard
andtospeakonanyissueunderthejurisdictionoftheboard.
(c)Minutesofallmeetingsshallbeavailableintheboard's
officeforpublicinspection.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.614.APPLICABILITYOFOPENMEETINGSLAWAND
ADMINISTRATIVEPROCEDURELAW.Theboardissubjecttotheopen
meetingslaw,Chapter551,GovernmentCode,andtheadministrative
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procedurelaw,Chapter2001,GovernmentCode.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.615.EXECUTIVEDIRECTORSTAFF.(a)Thecomptroller
servesastheexecutivedirectoroftheboard.
(b)Theemployeesofthecomptrollerselectedbythecomptroller
forthatpurposeserveasthestaffoftheboard.
(c)Thecomptrollershallselectandsupervisethestaffofthe
boardandperformotherdutiesdelegatedtothecomptrollerbythe
board.
(d)Thecomptrollershallprovidetomembersoftheboardandto
boardstaff,asoftenasnecessary,informationregardingtheir
qualificationsforofficeoremploymentunderthissubchapterand
theirresponsibilitiesunderapplicablelawsrelatingtostandardsof
conductforstateofficersoremployees.
(e)Theboardshalldevelopandimplementpoliciesthatclearly
separatethepolicymakingresponsibilitiesoftheboardandthe
managementresponsibilitiesofthecomptrollerandthestaffofthe
board.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.616.PROGRAMANDFACILITYACCESSIBILITY.(a)Theboard
shallcomplywithfederalandstatelawsrelatedtoprogramand
facilityaccessibility.
(b)Theboardshallprepareandmaintainawrittenplanthat
describeshowapersonwhodoesnotspeakEnglishcanbeprovided
reasonableaccesstotheboard'sprogramsandservices.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.617.PUBLICINTERESTINFORMATIONANDCOMPLAINTS.(a)
Theboardshallprepareinformationofpublicinterestdescribingthe
functionsoftheboardandtheboard'sproceduresbywhichcomplaints
arefiledwithandresolvedbytheboard.Theboardshallmakethe
informationavailabletothepublicandappropriatestateagencies.
(b)Theboardbyruleshallestablishmethodsbywhichconsumers
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andservicerecipientsarenotifiedofthename,mailingaddress,and
telephonenumberoftheboardforthepurposeofdirectingcomplaints
totheboard.
(c)Theboardshallmaintainasystemtopromptlyand
efficientlyactoncomplaintsfiledwiththeboard.Theboardshall
maintaininformationaboutpartiestothecomplaint,thesubject
matterofthecomplaint,asummaryoftheresultsofthereviewor
investigationofthecomplaint,anditsdisposition.
(d)Theboardshallmakeinformationavailabledescribingits
proceduresforcomplaintinvestigationandresolution.
(e)Theboardshallperiodicallynotifythecomplaintpartiesof
thestatusofthecomplaintuntilfinaldisposition.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.6,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.6175.USEOFTECHNOLOGY.Theboardshallimplementa
policyrequiringtheboardtouseappropriatetechnologicalsolutions
toimprovetheboard'sabilitytoperformitsfunctions.Thepolicy
mustensurethatthepublicisabletointeractwiththestaffofthe
boardontheInternet.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.7,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.618.POWERSOFBOARD.(a)Theboardhasthepowers
necessaryorpropertocarryoutthissubchapter.
(b)Theboardmay:
(1)adoptanofficialseal
(2)adoptrulestoimplementthissubchapter
(3)sueandbesued
(4)enterintocontractsandothernecessaryinstruments
(5)enterintoagreementsorothertransactionswiththe
UnitedStates,stateagencies,includinginstitutionsofhigher
education,privateorindependentinstitutionsofhighereducation,
careerschoolsandcolleges,andlocalgovernments
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(6)appearinitsownbehalfbeforegovernmentalagencies
(7)contractfornecessarygoodsandservicesandengagethe
servicesofprivateconsultants,actuaries,trustees,records
administrators,managers,legalcounsel,andauditorsfor
administrativeortechnicalassistance
(8)solicitandacceptgifts,grants,loans,andotheraid
fromanysourceorparticipateinanyotherwayinanygovernment
programtocarryoutthissubchapter
(9)imposeadministrativefees
(10)contractwithapersontomarkettheprogram
(11)purchaseliabilityinsurancecoveringtheboardand
employeesandagentsoftheboardand
(12)establishotherpolicies,procedures,andeligibility
criteriatoimplementthissubchapter.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1181,Sec.4,eff.Sept.1,1999
Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.364,Sec.2.06,eff.Sept.1,2003Acts
2003,78thLeg.,ch.817,Sec.8.21,eff.Sept.1,2003.
Sec.54.619.PREPAIDHIGHEREDUCATIONTUITIONPROGRAM.(a)
Undertheprogram,apurchasermayenterintoaprepaidtuition
contractwiththeboardunderwhichthepurchaseragreestoprepaythe
tuitionandrequiredfeesforabeneficiarytoattendaninstitution
ofhighereducationorprivateorindependentinstitutionofhigher
education.
(b)Theboardshalldepositthemoneypaidunderaprepaid
tuitioncontractinthefund,investthemoneyandcredittheincome
earnedtothefund,andapplymoneyinthefundtothetuitionand
requiredfeesoftheinstitutionofhighereducationorprivateor
independentinstitutionofhighereducationinwhichthebeneficiary
enrollsasprovidedbytheprepaidtuitioncontract.
(c)IfthebeneficiaryofaplandescribedbySection54.623,
54.624,or54.625enrollsinaprivateorindependentinstitutionof
highereducation,theboardshallpaytheinstitutionthetuitionand
requiredfeestheboardwouldhavepaidhadthebeneficiaryenrolled
inaninstitutionofhighereducationcoveredbytheplanselectedin
theprepaidtuitioncontract.Thebeneficiaryisresponsiblefor
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payingtheprivateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducationthe
amountbywhichthetuitionandrequiredfeesoftheinstitution
exceedthetuitionandrequiredfeespaidbytheboard.
(c1)Ifthebeneficiaryofaprepaidtuitioncontractentered
intoafterDecember31,2003,underSection54.623,54.624,or54.625
enrollsinaninstitutionofhighereducation,theboard:
(1)shallpaytotheinstitutionthetuitionandrequired
feesoftheinstitutionand
(2)maypaytothepurchaserallorpartofanyamountpaid
oraccruedunderthecontractthatexceedsthetuitionandrequired
feesoftheinstitutioniftheboarddeterminesthatitmaydosoina
mannerconsistentwiththeactuarialsoundnessoftheprogram.
(d)IfthebeneficiaryofaplandescribedbySection54.6251
enrollsinaninstitutionofhighereducation,theboardshallpay:
(1)totheinstitutionthetuitionandrequiredfeesofthe
institutionand
(2)tothepurchasertheamountbywhichtheestimated
averageprivatetuitionandrequiredfeesexceedsthetuitionand
requiredfeesoftheinstitution.
(e)IfthebeneficiaryofaplandescribedbySection54.6251
enrollsinaprivateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,
theboardshallpay:
(1)totheinstitutionthelesserof:
(A)thetuitionandrequiredfeesoftheinstitution
or
(B)theestimatedaverageprivatetuitionandrequired
feesand
(2)tothepurchasertheamountbywhichtheestimated
averageprivatetuitionandrequiredfeesexceedsthetuitionand
requiredfeesoftheinstitution.
(f)IfthebeneficiaryofaplandescribedbySection54.6251
enrollsinaprivateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,
thebeneficiaryisresponsibleforpayingtheinstitutiontheamount
bywhichthetuitionandrequiredfeesoftheinstitutionexceedsthe
estimatedaverageprivatetuitionandrequiredfees.
(g)Ifinanyfiscalyearthereisnotenoughmoneyinthefund
topaythetuitionandrequiredfeesoftheinstitutionofhigher
educationinwhichabeneficiaryenrollsortheappropriateportionof
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thetuitionandrequiredfeesoftheprivateorindependent
institutionofhighereducationinwhichthebeneficiaryenrollsas
providedbytheprepaidtuitioncontract,thecomptrollershall
transfertothefundoutofthefirstmoneycomingintothestate
treasurynototherwiseappropriatedbytheconstitutiontheamount
necessaryfortheboardtopaytheapplicableamountoftuitionand
requiredfeesoftheinstitution.
(h)Notwithstandingotherprovisionsofthissubchapter,any
contractbenefitspurchasedunderthissubchaptermaybeappliedto
thepaymentoftuitionandrequiredfeesatacareerschoolorcollege
asiftheschoolorcollegewereaninstitutionofhighereducationor
privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation.Onthe
purchaser'srequest,theboardshallapply,inaccordancewithSection
54.628,anyexistingamountofprepaidtuitioncontractbenefitsto
thepaymentoftuitionandrequiredfeesatacareerschoolor
college.Theboardisnotresponsibleforthepaymentoftuitionand
requiredfeesatthecareerschoolorcollegeinexcessofthat
amount.Theboardmayadoptrulesasnecessarytoimplementthis
subsection.
(i)[Blank].
(j)Theboardmaytemporarilysuspendnewenrollmentinthe
programontherequestofthecomptrollerasthecomptrollerconsiders
necessarytoensuretheactuarialsoundnessofthefund.
(k)Theboardbyruleshallestablishcriteriaandproceduresto
guidetheboardindeterminingwhenandunderwhatconditionsto
reopennewenrollmentintheprogramintheeventnewenrollmentin
theprogramissuspendedunderSubsection(j).Theproceduremust
requirethat,eachyearinwhichnewenrollmentintheprogramis
suspended,theboardconsiderthecurrentstructureoftheprogramand
determinewhetheranystatutoryoradministrativechangesareneeded
toenabletheboardtoreopennewenrollmentintheprograminan
actuariallysoundmanner.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.134,Sec.1Acts1997,75th
Leg.,ch.522,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1997Acts1999,76thLeg.,ch.
1181,Sec.5,eff.Sept.1,1999Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.364,Sec.
2.07,eff.Sept.1,2003Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.817,Sec.8.22,
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eff.Sept.1,2003Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.1310,Sec.12,eff.
June20,2003.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.8,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.6195.APPLICATIONFORENROLLMENT.(a)Theboardshall
adoptaformforanapplicationforenrollmentintheprogram.The
formmustindicatetheinformationthattheapplicantisrequiredto
provideinorderfortheapplicationtobeconsidered,includingthe
informationrequiredbySubsection(b)andanyotherinformationthe
boardconsidersappropriate.
(b)Anapplicationforenrollmentintheprogrammustinclude
thefollowinginformation:
(1)theannualhouseholdincomeofthepurchaser
(2)thehighesteducationallevelofthepurchaser
(3)theraceorethnicityofthebeneficiary
(4)howthepurchaserfirstlearnedabouttheprogramand
(5)howthepurchaserintendstofinancetheprepaidtuition
contract.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.9,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.620.PREPAIDTUITIONCONTRACT.(a)Theboardmay
contractwithapurchaserforthepurchasertoprepaythetuitionand
requiredfeesforabeneficiarytoattendaninstitutionofhigher
educationorprivateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducationto
whichthebeneficiaryisadmittedasastudent.
(b)Thetermsofaprepaidtuitioncontractshallbebasedonan
actuarialanalysisof:
(1)theratesofincreaseof:
(A)tuitionandrequiredfeesatinstitutionsofhigher
educationor
(B)estimatedaverageprivatetuitionandrequiredfees
(2)expectedinvestmentreturns
(3)estimatedadministrativecostsand
(4)theperiodbetweenthedatethecontractisenteredinto
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andthedatethebeneficiaryisprojectedtograduatefromhigh
school.
(c)Theboardshalladoptaformforaprepaidtuitioncontract
tobeusedbytheboardandpurchasers.
(d)Aprepaidtuitioncontractmust:
(1)specifytheamountandnumberofpaymentsrequiredfrom
thepurchaseronbehalfofthebeneficiary
(2)specifythetermsunderwhichthepurchasershallmake
payments,includingthedateonwhicheachpaymentisdue
(3)specifytheconsequencesofdefault
(4)specifythenameanddateofbirthofthebeneficiaryof
thecontractandthetermsunderwhichanotherpersonmaybe
substitutedasthebeneficiary
(5)specifythenumberofcredithourscontractedbythe
purchaser
(6)specifythetypeofplantowardwhichthecontracted
credithoursshallbeapplied
(7)containanassumptionofacontractualobligationbythe
boardtothebeneficiarytoprovideforaspecifiednumberofcredit
hoursofundergraduateinstructionataninstitutionofhigher
educationorprivateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,
nottoexceedthetypicalnumberofcredithoursrequiredforthe
degreethatcorrespondstotheplanpurchasedonbehalfofthe
beneficiary
(8)specifythedatethebeneficiaryisprojectedto
graduatefromhighschooland
(9)containanyotherprovisionstheboardconsiders
necessaryorappropriate.
(e)Aprepaidtuitioncontractdoesnotcoverthecostof
laboratoryfeeschargedforspecificcourses.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.621.BENEFICIARY.(a)ExceptasprovidedbySubsection
(d),thebeneficiaryofaprepaidtuitioncontractmustbeyounger
than18yearsofageor18yearsofageorolderandenrolledinhigh
schoolatthetimethepurchaserentersintothecontractandmustbe:
(1)aresidentofthisstateatthetimethepurchaser
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entersintothecontractor
(2)anonresidentwhoisthechildofaparentwhoisa
residentofthisstateatthetimethatparententersintothe
contract.
(b)Theboardmayrequireareasonableperiodofresidencein
thisstateforabeneficiaryortheparentofabeneficiary.
(c)NotwithstandinganyprovisionofSubchapterB,thetuition
andrequiredfeeschargedbyaninstitutionofhighereducationfor
semesterhoursandfeesthatarepaidforbyaprepaidtuition
contractshallbedeterminedasifthebeneficiaryofthatcontract
werearesidentstudent.
(d)Inordertoprovidesufficienttimeforprograminvestments
tomatureinanactuariallysoundmannerwithregardtotheamounts
prepaidunderacontractenteredintoafterDecember31,2003,the
boardmayrequireamaturityperiodbetweenthetimeapurchaser
entersintothecontractandthetimetheboardmustactonits
contractualobligationtopayanytuitionorfeesonbehalfofthe
beneficiary.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.2,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Amendedby:
Acts2005,79thLeg.,Ch.888(S.B.1528),Sec.7,eff.September
1,2005.
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.10,eff.
June15,2007.
Sec.54.622.TYPESOFPLANS.Theboardshallmakeprepaid
tuitioncontractsavailableforthe:
(1)juniorcollegeplan
(2)seniorcollegeplan
(3)juniorseniorcollegeplanand
(4)privatecollegeplan.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.623.JUNIORCOLLEGEPLAN.Throughthejuniorcollege
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requiredfeesforthebeneficiarytoattendapublicjuniorcollege
foraspecifiednumberofundergraduatecredithoursnottoexceedthe
typicalnumberofhoursrequiredforacertificateoranassociate
degreeawardedbyapublicjuniorcollege.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.624.SENIORCOLLEGEPLAN.(a)Throughthesenior
collegeplan,aprepaidtuitioncontractshallprovideprepaidtuition
andrequiredfeesforthebeneficiarytoattendapublicsenior
collegeoruniversityforaspecifiednumberofundergraduatecredit
hoursnottoexceedthetypicalnumberofhoursrequiredfora
baccalaureatedegreeawardedbyapublicseniorcollegeoruniversity.
(b)Whenthebeneficiaryofaseniorcollegeplanprepaid
tuitioncontractenteredintoonorbeforeDecember31,2003,enrolls
inapublicseniorcollegeoruniversity,theuniversityshallaccept
aspaymentinfullofthebeneficiary'stuitionandrequiredfeesthe
lesserof:
(1)theamountoftuitionandrequiredfeeschargedbythe
institutionor
(2)anamountpaidbytheboardunderthecontractequalto
theweightedaverageamountoftuitionandrequiredfeesofallpublic
seniorcollegesanduniversitiesforthatsemesterorotheracademic
periodasdeterminedbytheboard.
(c)Eachpublicseniorcollegeoruniversityshallprovidethe
informationrequestedbytheboardonorbeforeJune1eachyearto
assisttheboardindeterminingtheweightedaverageamountoftuition
andrequiredfeesofallpublicseniorcollegesanduniversitiesfor
eachsemesterorotheracademictermofthefollowingacademicyear
forpurposesofthissection.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs2003,78thLeg.,ch.1310,Sec.13,eff.June20,
2003Acts2003,78thLeg.,ch.1321,Sec.4,eff.Sept.1,2003.
Amendedby:
Acts2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1054(H.B.2173),Sec.11,eff.
June15,2007.

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Sec.54.6245.GRADUATEANDPROFESSIONALDEGREEPLANS.(a)The
boardmayestablishoneormoreplanstoallowapersontoprepayall
orpartofthetuitionandrequiredfeesforenrollmentinagraduate
orprofessionaldegreeprogramataninstitutionofhighereducation
orprivateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,ifthe
boarddeterminesthat:
(1)aparticularplanisfeasibleand
(2)thereissufficientdemandfortheplantojustify
administrationoftheplan.
(b)Theboardmaylimitaplanestablishedunderthissectionto
aspecifiedfieldorfieldsofstudy,toaspecifiedlevelortypeof
degree,ortoaspecifiednumberofhoursorsemesters,astheboard
considersappropriate.
(c)Theboardisnotrequiredtocontinueofferingaplan
establishedunderthissectioninsubsequentyears.
(d)Theboardmaymodifythetermsofaprepaidtuitioncontract
otherwiserequiredbythissubchapterforaplanestablishedunder
thissectionastheboardconsidersnecessary.
AddedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.269,Sec.1,eff.Aug.30,1999.
Sec.54.625.JUNIORSENIORCOLLEGEPLAN.Throughthejunior
seniorcollegeplan,aprepaidtuitioncontractshallprovideprepaid
tuitionandrequiredfeesforthebeneficiarytoattend:
(1)apublicjuniorcollegeforaspecifiednumberof
undergraduatecredithoursnottoexceedthetypicalnumberofhours
requiredforapersontoreceiveacertificateorassociatedegree
awardedbyapublicjuniorcollegeand
(2)apublicseniorcollegeoruniversityforaspecified
numberofcredithoursnottoexceedthetypicalnumberofadditional
hoursrequiredforthepersontoreceiveabaccalaureatedegree
awardedbyapublicseniorcollegeoruniversity.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.6251.PRIVATECOLLEGEPLAN.Throughtheprivatecollege
plan,aprepaidtuitioncontractshallprovideprepaidestimated
averageprivatetuitionandrequiredfeesforthebeneficiaryto
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attendaprivateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducationfora
specifiednumberofundergraduatecredithoursnottoexceedthe
typicalnumberofhoursrequiredforabaccalaureatedegreeawardedby
aprivateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.6252.CONTRACTFORADDITIONALCREDITHOURS.(a)The
boardmaypermitthepurchaserofaprepaidtuitioncontractfora
seniorcollegeplanoraprivatecollegeplanatanytimeduringwhich
thecontractisineffectandbeforethebeneficiarygraduatesfrom
highschooltoenterintoasupplementalcontracttoprepaythe
tuitionandrequiredfeesofthebeneficiaryforanumberof
undergraduatecredithours,inadditiontotheundergraduatecredit
hoursincludedintheprimarycontract,equaltothenumberofcredit
hourspurchasedforoneyearundertheprimarycontract.The
additionalcredithoursmustbeforthesametypeofinstitutionas
thecredithourspurchasedundertheprimarycontract.
(b)ThecontractissubjecttoSection54.620.
AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.3,eff.Sept.1,1997.
AmendedbyActs1999,76thLeg.,ch.1181,Sec.6,eff.Sept.1,1999.
Sec.54.626.CONTRACTPAYMENT.(a)Theboardmayprovidefor
thereceiptofpaymentsunderprepaidtuitioncontractsinlumpsums
orinstallmentpayments.Iftheboardallowspaymentsundera
contracttobemadeininstallmentsoveraperiodlongerthanone
year,itmustprovideforthosepaymentstobemadeinsingleannual
installmentsinadditiontoanyotherpermittedinstallmentplans.
(b)Apurchasermaymakepaymentsunderaprepaidtuition
contractbyelectronicfundstransfer.
(c)Anemployeeofthestateorapoliticalsubdivisionofthe
statemaymakepaymentsunderaprepaidtuitioncontractbypayroll
deductionsmadebytheappropriateofficerofthestateorpolitical
subdivision.
(d)Theboardmayimposeafeeforalatepaymentundera
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AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.95,Sec.1,eff.May15,1997.
Sec.54.6261.DEFERREDUSEOFPREPAIDCREDITHOURS.(a)A
prepaidtuitioncontractmustpermitthebeneficiarytoelecttopay
fromanothersourcethebeneficiary'stuitionandrequiredfeesfor
someorallofthesemestercredithourstowhichthebeneficiaryis
entitledtopaymentunderthecontract,andtodefertoasubsequent
semesterortermtherighttopaymentofthebeneficiary'stuitionand
requiredfeesforthenumberofsemestercredithoursremainingunder
thecontract.Thebeneficiaryisresponsibleforpaymentofthe
amountoftuitionandrequiredfeesforthenumberofsemestercredit
hoursthatthebeneficiaryelectsnottopayunderthecontract.
(b)Thissectiondoesnotaffectthedateonwhichaprepaid
tuitioncontractterminatesunderthissubchapteranddoesnotgive
thebeneficiarytherighttoanypaymentunderthecontractafter
terminationofthecontract.
AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.3,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Sec.54.6262.APPLICATIONOFUNUSEDCREDITHOURSTOGRADUATE
TUITION.(a)Ifthebeneficiaryofaprepaidtuitioncontract
registersinagraduateorprofessionaldegreeprogrambeforethe
terminationofthecontractandthebeneficiaryhasnotreceived
paymentunderthecontractfortuitionandrequiredfeesforallof
thesemestercredithourstowhichthebeneficiaryisentitled,the
beneficiarymayapplythevalueoftheremainingsemestercredithours
underthecontracttothepaymentofthebeneficiary'stuitionand
requiredfeesinthegraduateorprofessionaldegreeprogram.
(b)Forpurposesofthissection,thevalueofasemestercredit
hourunderaprepaidtuitioncontractisequaltotheaverageamount
ofundergraduatetuitionandrequiredfeesforasemestercredithour
thatwouldhavebeenpaidunderthecontractifthebeneficiary
registeredinanundergraduateprogramforthesametermorsemester
forwhichthebeneficiaryappliesthepaymenttothebeneficiary's
tuitionandrequiredfeesinagraduateorprofessionaldegreeprogram
underthissection.
(c)Thissectiondoesnotaffectthedateonwhichaprepaid
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tuitioncontractterminatesunderthissubchapteranddoesnotgive
thebeneficiarytherighttoanypaymentunderthecontractafter
terminationofthecontract.
AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.3,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Sec.54.627.CHANGEOFBENEFICIARY.(a)Thepurchaserofa
prepaidtuitioncontractmaydesignateanewbeneficiaryinsteadof
theoriginalbeneficiaryifthenewbeneficiarymeetstherequirements
ofabeneficiaryonthedatethedesignationischanged.Exceptas
providedbySubsection(b),thenewbeneficiarymustmeetthe
requirementsofSection529oftheInternalRevenueCodeof1986so
thatthechangeofbeneficiaryisnottreatedasadistributionunder
thatlaw.
(b)Ifthepurchaseristhisstate,alocalgovernmentofthis
state,oranorganizationexemptfromtaxationunderSection501(a)of
theInternalRevenueCodeof1986becauseitislistedinSection
501(c)(3)ofthatcodethatpurchasesaninterestinaprepaidtuition
contractaspartofascholarshipprogramoperatedbythegovernment
ororganization,thepurchasermaydesignateanewbeneficiarywithout
regardtotherelationshipofthenewbeneficiarytotheoriginal
beneficiary.
(c)Theboardmayadjustthetermsofthecontractsothatthe
purchaserisrequiredtopaytheamountthepurchaserwouldhavebeen
requiredtopayhadthepurchaseroriginallydesignatedthenew
beneficiaryasthebeneficiary,takingintoaccountanypaymentsmade
beforethedatethedesignationischanged.
(d)Thepurchaserofaprepaidtuitioncontractmaynotsellthe
contract.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.4,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Sec.54.628.CONVERSIONTOANOTHERPLAN.(a)Apurchasermay
convertaprepaidtuitioncontractfromoneplantoanotherplan.
(b)Theboardmayadjustthetermsofthecontractsothatthe
purchaserisrequiredtopaytheamountrequiredundertheplanto
whichthecontractisconverted,takingintoaccountanypaymentsmade
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beforethedatethecontractisconverted.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.629.VERIFICATIONUNDEROATH.Theboardmayrequirea
purchasertoverifyunderoatharequestto:
(1)changeabeneficiary
(2)convertacontracttoanotherplanor
(3)terminateacontract.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.630.PROMISEORGUARANTEEOFADMISSION.Thissubchapter
isnotapromiseorguaranteethatabeneficiarywillbe:
(1)admittedtoanyinstitutionofhighereducationor
privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation
(2)admittedtoaparticularinstitutionofhighereducation
orprivateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation
(3)allowedtocontinueenrollmentataninstitutionof
highereducationorprivateorindependentinstitutionofhigher
educationafteradmissionor
(4)graduatedfromaninstitutionofhighereducationor
privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.631.CONTRACTTERMINATION.(a)Aprepaidtuition
contractshallspecify:
(1)thenameofanypersonwhomayterminatethecontract
and
(2)thetermsunderwhichthecontractmaybeterminated.
(b)Aprepaidtuitioncontractterminatesonthe10th
anniversaryofthedatethebeneficiaryisprojectedtograduatefrom
highschool,notcountingtimespentbythebeneficiaryasanactive
dutymemberoftheUnitedStatesarmedservices.
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Sec.54.632.REFUND.(a)Aprepaidtuitioncontractshall
specify:
(1)thenameofthepersonentitledtoanyrefundifthe
contractisterminated
(2)thetermsunderwhichapersonisentitledtoarefund
and
(3)themethodbywhichtheamountoftherefundis
calculated.
(b)Thepersonnamedinthecontractisentitledtoarefund
followingterminationofaprepaidtuitioncontract.
(c)Theboardshalldeterminethemethodbywhichtheamountof
therefundiscalculated.
(d)TheboardshallcomplywithSection529oftheInternal
RevenueCodeof1986inimposingpenaltiesforrefundsandexcess
amountspayableunderSections54.619(d)and(e).
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.5,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Sec.54.633.PREPAIDHIGHEREDUCATIONTUITIONSCHOLARSHIPSFOR
STUDENTS.(a)Totheextentmoneyisavailable,theboardorthe
boardofadirectsupportorganizationestablishedbytheboardunder
Subsection(e)mayawardaprepaidhighereducationtuition
scholarshiptoastudentwhomeets:
(1)economicoracademicrequirementsadoptedbytheboard
or
(2)economicoracademicrequirementsestablishedbythe
boardofadirectsupportorganizationthatareapprovedbytheboard.
(b)Ascholarshipawardedunderthissectionterminatesifthe
studenttowhomthescholarshipisawardedis:
(1)convictedof,oradjudicatedashavingengagedin
delinquentconductconstituting,anoffenseunderChapter481,Health
andSafetyCodeor
(2)convictedof,oradjudicatedashavingengagedin
delinquentconductconstituting,afelonyorClassAmisdemeanor.
(c)Theboardshallensurethateachregionofthestateis
equitablyrepresentedintheawardingofscholarshipsunderthis
section.
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(d)Scholarshipsunderthissectionmaybefundedbytheprivate
sector,thestate,oralocalgovernmentofthestate.
(e)Theboardmayestablishadirectsupportorganizationunder
theTexasNonProfitCorporationAct(Article13961.01etseq.,
Vernon'sTexasCivilStatutes)to:
(1)receive,hold,invest,andadministermoney,gifts,
grants,loans,orotherpropertyfororonbehalfoftheprogram
(2)purchaseandawardscholarshipsunderthissectionand
(3)establisheconomicandacademiceligibilityrequirements
thatareapprovedbytheboard.
(f)Theboardofdirectorsofthedirectsupportorganization
consistsof:
(1)thecomptroller
(2)amemberappointedbythegovernorwiththeadviceand
consentofthesenateand
(3)threemembersappointedjointlybythecomptrollerand
thememberappointedbythegovernor.
(g)Thecomptrollerservesasexecutivedirectoroftheboardof
thedirectsupportorganization.Thecomptrollershall:
(1)selectandassignemployeesofthecomptrollertoserve
asthestafftotheboardofthedirectsupportorganization
(2)selectandsupervisethestaffoftheboardofthe
directsupportorganizationandperformotherdutiesdelegatedtothe
comptrollerbytheboardofthedirectsupportorganizationand
(3)providetotheboardofthedirectsupportorganization
andtothatboard'sstaff,asnecessary,informationregardingthat
board'squalificationsforofficeoremploymentunderthissubchapter
andresponsibilitiesunderapplicablelawsrelatingtostandardsof
conductforstateofficersoremployees.
(h)Theboardofthedirectsupportorganizationshalldevelop
andimplementpoliciesthatclearlyseparatethepolicymaking
responsibilitiesoftheboardofthedirectsupportorganizationand
themanagementresponsibilitiesofthecomptrollerandthestaffof
theboardofthedirectsupportorganization.
(i)Theboardmustcertifythatthedirectsupportorganization
operatesinamannerconsistentwiththegoalsofthisstateandin
thebestinterestsofthisstate.
(j)Theboardmaycontractwithanindependentcertifiedpublic
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accountanttoannuallyauditthedirectsupportorganizationunder
rulesadoptedbytheboard.Theboardshallsubmittheaudittothe
comptroller,governor,lieutenantgovernor,speakerofthehouseof
representatives,LegislativeBudgetBoard,LegislativeAudit
Committee,andTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoard.The
comptrollermayrequirethedirectsupportorganizationorindependent
certifiedpublicaccountanttoprovideadditionalinformationrelating
totheoperationoftheorganization.
(k)Theidentityofadonorunderthissectionwhodesiresto
remainanonymousandtherecordsofthedirectsupportorganization,
otherthantherecordsdisclosedunderSubsection(j),are
confidential.
(l)Aprepaidtuitioncontractmaybepurchasedforscholarship
purposesunderthissectionwithoutidentifyingaspecific
beneficiary.
(m)Inawardingascholarshipunderthissection,theawarding
entitymaynotawardascholarshipusingfundsderivedfromthisstate
oralocalgovernmentunlesstheawardingentitydetermines,using
soundactuarialprinciples,thatawardingthescholarshipwillnot
jeopardizethesoundnessofthefundorrequireanappropriationfrom
thestatetocoverthetuitionandrequiredfees.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.6,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Amendedby:
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1312(S.B.59),Sec.13,eff.
September1,2013.
Sec.54.634.ESTABLISHMENTOFTRUSTFUNDCOLLEGESAVINGSPLAN
ACCOUNT.(a)TheTexastomorrowconstitutionaltrustfundiscreated
asatrustfundtobeheldwiththecomptroller.Thefundconsistsof:
(1)stateappropriationsforpurposesofthefund
(2)moneyacquiredfromothergovernmentalorprivate
sources
(3)moneypaidunderprepaidtuitioncontractsand
(4)theincomefrommoneydepositedinthefund.
(b)Theboardshalladministertheassetsofthefund.The
boardisthetrusteeofthefund'sassets.
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(c)Theboardmay:
(1)segregatecontributionsandpaymentstothefundinto
variousaccountsand
(2)acquire,hold,manage,purchase,sell,assign,trade,
transfer,anddisposeofanysecurity,evidenceofindebtedness,or
otherinvestmentinwhichthefund'sassetsmaybeinvested.
(d)TheTexascollegesavingsplanaccountiscreatedwithinthe
Texastomorrowconstitutionaltrustfundandisfinancedthrough
administrativefeesandservicechargesasauthorizedbySection
54.702(c).
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.4,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.635.COMPTROLLER.(a)ExceptasprovidedbySubsection
(d),thecomptrolleristhecustodianoftheassetsofthefund.
(b)Thecomptrollershallpaymoneyfromthefundonawarrant
drawnbythecomptrollersupportedonlyonavouchersignedbythe
comptrollerorthecomptroller'sauthorizedrepresentative.
(c)Thecomptrollerannuallyshallfurnishtotheboardasworn
statementoftheamountofthefund'sassetsinthecomptroller's
custody.
(d)Theboardmayselectoneormorecommercialbanks,
depositorytrustcompanies,orotherentitiestoserveascustodianof
allorpartofthefund'sassets.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.1423,Sec.5.13,eff.Sept.1,
1997.
Sec.54.636.INVESTMENTOFFUNDASSETS.(a)Theboardshall
investtheassetsofthefund.
(b)Theboardmaycontractwithprivateprofessionalinvestment
managerstoassisttheboardininvestingtheassetsofthefund.
(c)Theboardshalldevelopwritteninvestmentobjectives
concerningtheinvestmentoftheassetsofthefund.Theobjectives
mayaddressdesiredratesofreturn,risksinvolved,investmenttime
frames,andanyotherrelevantconsiderations.
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(d)Thecomptrollershalldevelopacomprehensiveplanforthe
investmentoftheassetsofthefundconsistentwiththeobjectives
developedbytheboardunderSubsection(c).Theplanshallspecify
thepoliciesunderwhichtheboardshallinvesttheassetsofthe
fund.Theboardmustapprovetheplan.
(e)Inmakinginvestmentsoftheassetsofthefund,theboard
shallexercisethejudgmentandcare,underthecircumstancesatthe
timeoftheinvestment,thatapersonofordinaryprudence,
discretion,andintelligencewouldexerciseinthemanagementofthe
person'sownaffairs,notforspeculationbutformakingapermanent
dispositionoffunds,consideringtheprobableincomefromthe
dispositionandtheprobablesafetyofcapital.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.7,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Sec.54.637.USEOFFUNDASSETS.Theassetsofthefundmaybe
usedonlyto:
(1)paythecostsofprogramadministrationandoperations
(2)makepaymentstoinstitutionsofhighereducationor
privateorindependentinstitutionsofhighereducationonbehalfof
beneficiariesand
(3)makerefundsunderprepaidtuitioncontracts.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.6385.EXEMPTIONFROMSECURITIESLAWS.Theregistration
requirementsofTheSecuritiesAct(Article5811etseq.,Vernon's
TexasCivilStatutes)donotapplytothesaleofaprepaidtuition
contractbytheboardorbyaregisteredsecuritiesdealeror
registeredinvestmentadviser.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1091,Sec.4.01,eff.Sept.1,
2001.
Sec.54.639.EXEMPTIONFROMCREDITORS'CLAIMS.(a)Moneyin
thefundisexemptfromclaimsofcreditors,includingclaimsof
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creditorsofapurchaser,abeneficiary,orasuccessorininterestof
apurchaserorbeneficiary.
(b)Therightsofapurchaser,beneficiary,orsuccessorin
interestofapurchaserorbeneficiaryinandunderaprepaidtuition
contractandthepaymentoftuitionandrequiredfeesfora
beneficiaryunderaprepaidtuitioncontracttoaninstitutionof
highereducationoraprivateorindependentinstitutionofhigher
educationunderthischapterareexemptfromattachment,levy,
garnishment,execution,andseizureforthesatisfactionofanydebt,
judgment,orclaimagainstapurchaser,beneficiary,orsuccessorin
interestofapurchaserorbeneficiary.
(c)Aclaimorjudgmentagainstapurchaser,beneficiary,ora
successorininterestofapurchaserorbeneficiarydoesnotimpairor
entitletheclaimorjudgmentholdertoassertorenforcealien
against:
(1)therightsofapurchaser,beneficiary,orsuccessorin
interestofapurchaserorbeneficiaryinandunderaprepaidtuition
contractor
(2)therightofabeneficiarytothepaymentoftuitionand
requiredfeestoaninstitutionofhighereducationoraprivateor
independentinstitutionofhighereducationunderaprepaidtuition
contract.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.8,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Sec.54.640.ACTUARIALSOUNDNESSOFFUND.(a)Theboardshall
administerthefundinamannerthatissufficientlyactuariallysound
topaythecostsofprogramadministrationandoperationsandmeetthe
obligationsoftheprogram.
(b)Theboardshallannuallyevaluatetheactuarialsoundnessof
thefund.
(c)Theboardmayadjustthetermsofsubsequentprepaidtuition
contractsasnecessarytoensuretheactuarialsoundnessofthefund.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Sec.54.6401.COMPLIANCEWITHLIMITSONCONTRIBUTIONSAND
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WITHDRAWALS.Theboardshallmonitorcontributionstoandwithdrawals
fromthefundandanyaccountwithinthefundtoensurethatany
applicablelimitsoncontributionsorwithdrawalsarenotexceeded.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.5,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.641.STATEMENTREGARDINGSTATUSOFPREPAIDTUITION
CONTRACT.(a)NotlaterthanJanuary1ofeachyear,theboardshall
furnishwithoutchargetoeachpurchaserastatementof:
(1)theamountpaidbythepurchaserundertheprepaid
tuitioncontract
(2)thenumberofcredithoursoriginallycoveredbythe
contract
(3)thenumberofcredithoursremainingunderthecontract
and
(4)anyotherinformationtheboarddeterminesbyruleis
necessaryorappropriate.
(b)Theboardshallfurnishastatementcomplyingwith
Subsection(a)toapurchaserorbeneficiaryonwrittenrequest.The
boardmaychargeareasonablefeeforeachstatementfurnishedunder
thissubsection.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.9,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Sec.54.642.REPORTS.(a)NotlaterthanDecember1ofeach
year,theboardshallsubmittothegovernor,lieutenantgovernor,
speakerofthehouseofrepresentatives,LegislativeBudgetBoard,
LegislativeAuditCommittee,andTexasHigherEducationCoordinating
Boardareportincluding:
(1)theboard'sfiscaltransactionsduringthepreceding
fiscalyear
(2)themarketandbookvalueofthefundasoftheendof
theprecedingfiscalyear
(3)theassetallocationsofthefundexpressedin
percentagesofstocks,fixedincome,cash,orotherfinancial
investments
(4)therateofreturnontheinvestmentofthefund's
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assetsduringtheprecedingfiscalyearand
(5)anactuarialvaluationoftheassetsandliabilitiesof
theprogram,includingtheextenttowhichtheprogram'sliabilities
areunfunded.
(b)TheboardshallmakethereportdescribedbySubsection(a)
availabletopurchasersofprepaidtuitioncontracts.
(c)Theboardshallincludeinthereportdescribedby
Subsection(a):
(1)completeprepaidtuitioncontractsalesinformation,
includingprojectedenrollmentsofbeneficiariesatinstitutionsof
highereducationand
(2)theinformationmaintainedbytheboardunderSection
54.777.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
Amendedby:
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1312(S.B.59),Sec.14,eff.
September1,2013.
Sec.54.643.CONFIDENTIALITY.(a)Recordsinthecustodyof
theboardrelatingtotheparticipationofspecificpurchasersand
beneficiariesintheprogramareconfidential.
(b)NotwithstandingSubsection(a),theboardmayrelease
informationdescribedbythatsubsectiontoaninstitutionofhigher
educationinwhichabeneficiarymayenrollorisenrolled.The
institutionofhighereducationshallkeeptheinformation
confidential.
(c)Notwithstandinganyotherprovisionofthissubchapter,the
boardmayreleaseinformationtotheInternalRevenueServiceandto
anystatetaxagenciesasrequiredbyapplicabletaxlaw.
AddedbyActs1995,74thLeg.,ch.1032,Sec.1,eff.Sept.1,1995.
AmendedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.10,eff.Sept.1,1997.
Sec.54.644.TAXEXEMPTSTATUSREQUIREMENTS.(a)The
provisionsofthissectionareintendedtomeettherequirementsof
Section529oftheInternalRevenueCodeof1986.
(b)Apaymentofanamountduetothefundforaprepaidtuition
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contractmustbemadeincash.Apersonmaynotmakeapaymenttothe
fundinexcessoftheamountsrequiredtobepaidunderaprepaid
tuitioncontract.
(c)Theboardshallmaintainaseparateaccountingforeach
beneficiary.
(d)Thepurchaserofaprepaidtuitioncontractandthe
beneficiaryofthecontractmaynotcontrolordirecttheinvestment
ofpaymentsunderthecontractoranyearningsofthefund.
(e)Thepurchaserofaprepaidtuitioncontractandthe
beneficiaryofthecontractmaynotuseanyinterestinthecontract
assecurityforaloanorotherobligation.
(f)Theboardshallmakereportsrequiredbythesecretaryof
theUnitedStatesTreasury.
AddedbyActs1997,75thLeg.,ch.522,Sec.11,eff.Sept.1,1997.
SUBCHAPTERG.HIGHEREDUCATIONSAVINGSPLAN
Sec.54.701.DEFINITIONS.Inthissubchapter:
(1)"Beneficiary"meansanindividualdesignatedasthe
individualwhosequalifiedhighereducationexpensesareexpectedto
bepaidfromthesavingstrustaccount.
(2)"Board"meansthePrepaidHigherEducationTuition
Board.
(3)"Eligibleeducationalinstitution"hasthemeaning
assignedbySection529,InternalRevenueCodeof1986,asamended.
(4)"Financialinstitution"meansabank,trustcompany,
savingsandloanassociation,creditunion,brokerdealer,mutual
fund,insurancecompany,orothersimilarfinancialinstitution
authorizedtotransactbusinessinthisstate.
(5)"Nonqualifiedwithdrawal"meansawithdrawalfroma
savingstrustaccountotherthan:
(A)aqualifiedwithdrawal
(B)awithdrawalmadeastheresultofthedeathor
disabilityofthebeneficiaryoftheaccountor
(C)awithdrawalmadeduetoascholarshiportoan
allowanceorpaymentdescribedbySection135(d)(1)(B)or(C),
InternalRevenueCodeof1986,asamended,receivedbythebeneficiary
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totheextenttheamountofthewithdrawaldoesnotexceedtheamount
ofthescholarship,allowance,orpayment,inaccordancewithfederal
law.
(6)"Plan"meansthehighereducationsavingsplan
establishedunderthissubchapter.
(7)"Planmanager"meansafinancialinstitutionunder
contractwiththeboardtoserveasplanadministrator.
(8)"Qualifiedhighereducationexpenses"meanstuition,
fees,orexpensesforbooks,supplies,andequipmentrequiredforthe
enrollmentorattendanceofanindividualataneligibleeducational
institution,thecostsofroomandboard,andanyotherhigher
educationexpensesthatmaybepermittedunderSection529,Internal
RevenueCodeof1986,asamended.
(9)"Qualifiedwithdrawal"meansawithdrawalfromasavings
trustaccounttopaythequalifiedhighereducationexpensesofthe
beneficiaryoftheaccount.
(10)"Savingstrustaccount"meansanaccountestablished
throughtheplanbyanindividualunderthissubchapteronbehalfofa
beneficiaryinordertoapplydistributionsfromtheaccounttoward
qualifiedhighereducationexpensesateligibleeducational
institutions.
(11)"Savingstrustagreement"meanstheagreementbetween
anindividualestablishingasavingstrustaccountandtheboard.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.702.POWERSANDDUTIESOFBOARD.(a)Theboardshall:
(1)developandimplementtheplaninamannerconsistent
withthissubchapter
(2)selectthefinancialinstitutionorinstitutionsto
serveasplanmanagerand
(3)adoptrulesgoverningwithdrawalofmoneyfromasavings
trustaccountanddeveloppoliciesandpenaltiesfornonqualified
withdrawals.
(b)Theboardmayseekrulingsandotherguidancefromthe
UnitedStatesDepartmentoftheTreasury,theInternalRevenue
Service,andtheSecuritiesandExchangeCommissionrelatingtothe
planasnecessaryforproperimplementationanddevelopmentofthe
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plan.Theboardshallmakechangestotheplanasnecessaryfor
savingstrustaccountownersandbeneficiariesoftheplantoobtain
ormaintainfederalincometaxbenefitsortreatmentprovidedby
Section529,InternalRevenueCodeof1986,asamended,andexemptions
underfederalsecuritieslaws.
(c)Theboardshallcollectadministrativefeesandservice
chargesinconnectionwithanyagreement,contract,ortransaction
relatingtotheplaninamountsnotexceedingthecostofestablishing
andmaintainingtheplan.
(d)Asavingstrustagreementmustbedevelopedandapprovedby
theboard.Theboardshallreviewforcompliancewithapplicablelaw
andmustapproveinadvanceanyinformationalmaterialsthataplan
managerprovidestoparticipantsorpotentialparticipantsinthe
plan.
(e)Theboardshalladoptapolicytopreventcontributionsto
anaccountonbehalfofabeneficiaryinexcessofthosenecessaryto
paythequalifiedhighereducationexpensesofthebeneficiary.
(f)Theboardshallmonitorcontributionstoandwithdrawals
fromtheplanandeachplanaccounttoensurethatanyapplicable
limitsoncontributionsorwithdrawalsarenotexceeded.
(g)Theboardshallprepareandfilestatementsandinformation
returnsrelatingtoaccountstotheextentrequiredbyfederalor
statetaxlaw.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.703.OPERATIONOFPLANACCOUNTSHELDINTRUST.(a)
Theboardshalladministerahighereducationsavingsplantoenable
individualstosavemoneyforthequalifiedhighereducationexpenses
ofanindividualbyestablishingasavingstrustaccountintheplan.
(b)Moneycontributedtoasavingstrustaccountandearningson
theaccountareheldintrustbytheboardforthesolebenefitofthe
accountownerandbeneficiary.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.704.SELECTIONOFFINANCIALINSTITUTIONASPLANMANAGER.
(a)Theboardshallcontractwithoneormorefinancialinstitutions
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toserveasplanmanagerandtoinvestthemoneyinsavingstrust
accounts.Theboardshallensurethatinvestmentsbyaplanmanager
aremadewiththejudgmentandcarethatpersonsofprudence,
discretion,andintelligenceexerciseinthemanagementofthe
propertyofanother,notinregardtospeculationbutinregardtothe
permanentdispositionoffunds,consideringtheprobableincomeas
wellastheprobablesafetyofcapital.
(b)Theboardshallsolicitproposalsfromfinancial
institutionstoserveasplanmanagers.
(c)Theboardshallselectaplanmanagerormanagersfromamong
biddingfinancialinstitutionsthatdemonstratethemostadvantageous
combinationtoaccountownersandbeneficiaries,basedonthe
followingfactors:
(1)financialstabilityandintegrity
(2)theabilityofthefinancialinstitution,directlyor
throughasubcontract,tosatisfyrecordkeepingandreporting
requirements
(3)thefinancialinstitution'sstrategyforpromotingthe
planandtheinvestmentthatthefinancialinstitutioniswillingto
maketopromotetheplan
(4)thehistoricabilityoftheportfoliosorinvestment
strategiestobeusedbythefinancialinstitutiontotrackthe
estimatedcostsofhighereducationascalculatedbytheUnitedStates
DepartmentofEducation
(5)thefees,ifany,proposedtobechargedtoaccount
ownersformaintainingaccounts
(6)theminimumcontributionsthatthefinancialinstitution
willrequireandthewillingnessofthefinancialinstitutionto
acceptcontributionsthroughpayrolldeductionplansorsystematic
depositplansand
(7)anyotherproposedbenefitstothisstateortoits
residents.
(d)Theboardmayrequirethatanyfinancialinstitution
selectedprovideseveralinvestmentoptionstoaccountowners,taking
intoconsiderationtheageofthebeneficiaryandthenumberofyears
remaininguntillikelyenrollmentataneligibleeducational
institution.Totheextentpermittedbyfederallaw,theinvestment
optionsmayincludemutualfunds,fixedannuities,variableannuities,
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andvariablelifeinsurancepolicies.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.705.DUTIESOFPLANMANAGER.(a)Aplanmanagershall:
(1)takeallactionsrequiredtokeeptheplanincompliance
withthissubchapter,toensurethattheplanqualifiesasaqualified
statetuitionprogramunderSection529,InternalRevenueCodeof
1986,asamended,andtoensurethattheplanisexemptfrom
registrationunderfederalsecuritieslaw
(2)keepadequateandseparaterecordsofeachsavingstrust
accountandprovidetheboardwiththeinformationnecessaryto
preparethereportsrequiredbySection529,InternalRevenueCodeof
1986,asamended,ortofilethosereportsonbehalfoftheboard
(3)compilenecessaryinformationforstatementstoaccount
ownersandstatementsrequiredbyfederalorstatetaxlawandprovide
thosecompilationstotheboardand
(4)providerepresentativesoftheboardwithaccesstothe
booksandrecordsofthemanagerasnecessarytodeterminecompliance
withtheplanmanagercontract.
(b)Aplanmanagershallholdallsavingstrustaccountsin
trustasauthorizedbytheboardintheplanmanagercontract.Aplan
managershallmakeinvestmentsaccordingtothestandardprovidedby
Section54.704(a).
(c)Aplanmanagershalldevelopastrategytopromotetheplan
and,onapprovalbytheboard,promotetheplanaccordingtothat
strategy.
(d)Aplanmanagermayprovideforanyfinancialinstitutionto
markettheplanonitsbehalfandtoprovideaccountservicestoan
individualwhoopensorownsasavingstrustaccountadministeredby
theplanmanager.Afinancialinstitutionthatmarketstheplanor
providesaccountservicesunderthissubsectionmaychargeafeeor
commissionforthoseservices.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.706.CONTRACTBETWEENBOARDANDPLANMANAGER.(a)A
contractbetweentheboardandafinancialinstitutiontoactasa
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planmanagerunderthissubchaptermustbeforatermofatleastfive
yearsandmayberenewable.
(b)Ifthecontractisnotrenewed,thefollowingconditions
applyattheendofthetermofthecontract,solongasapplyingthe
conditionsdoesnotdisqualifytheplanasaqualifiedstatetuition
programunderSection529,InternalRevenueCodeof1986,asamended:
(1)theboardshallcontinuetomaintaintheplanatthe
financialinstitution
(2)accountspreviouslyestablishedatthefinancial
institutionmaynotbeterminated,exceptasprovidedbySubdivision
(5)orSubsection(c)
(3)additionalcontributionsmaybemadetotheaccounts
(4)newaccountsmaynotbeopenedwiththatfinancial
institutionand
(5)iftheboarddeterminesthatcontinuingtheaccountsat
thatfinancialinstitutionisnotinthebestinterestoftheaccount
owners,theaccountsmaybetransferredtoanotherfinancial
institutionactingasaplanmanager.
(c)Theboardmaycancelaplanmanagercontractwitha
financialinstitutionforaviolationofthecontractoraprovision
ofthissubchapterbythefinancialinstitutionatanytime.Ifa
contractisterminatedunderthissubsection,theboardshalltake
custodyofaccountsheldatthatfinancialinstitutionandshall
promptlyseektotransfertheaccountstoanotherfinancial
institutionactingasaplanmanagerandintoinvestmentinstruments
assimilartotheoriginalinvestmentinstrumentsaspossible.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.707.SAVINGSTRUSTACCOUNTS.(a)Anindividualmay
openasavingstrustaccounttosavemoneyforthepaymentofthe
qualifiedhighereducationexpensesofabeneficiary.Theindividual
whoopenstheaccountistheowneroftheaccount.Theownerofthe
accountmayalsobethebeneficiary.
(b)Anindividualmayopenanaccountbyenteringintoasavings
trustagreementwiththeboardasprescribedandapprovedbytheboard
andmakingtheminimumcontributionrequiredbytheplanmanager
selectedbytheindividualtoopenanaccount.
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(c)Asavingstrustagreementmustincludethefollowingterms:
(1)thenameandaddressofthesavingstrustaccountowner
(2)thename,address,anddateofbirthofthebeneficiary
onwhosebehalftheaccountisopened
(3)themaximumandminimumcontributionsallowedtothe
account
(4)provisionsforwithdrawals,refunds,transfers,andany
penalties
(5)termsandconditionsforasubstitutionofthe
beneficiaryoriginallynamed
(6)termsandconditionsforterminationoftheaccount,
includinganyrefunds,withdrawals,ortransfers,andapplicable
penalties,andthenameofthepersonorpersonsentitledtoterminate
theaccount
(7)allotherrightsandobligationsoftheaccountowner,
theplanmanager,andtheboardand
(8)anyothertermsandconditionstheboardconsiders
necessaryorappropriate,includingthosenecessarytoconformthe
savingstrustaccounttotherequirementsofSection529,Internal
RevenueCodeof1986,asamended,orotherapplicablefederallaw.
(d)Anaccountownermaychangethedesignatedbeneficiaryofan
accountasprovidedbySection529,InternalRevenueCodeof1986,as
amended,inaccordancewithproceduresestablishedbytheboard.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.708.CONTRIBUTIONSANDWITHDRAWALSPENALTYFOR
NONQUALIFIEDWITHDRAWAL.(a)Contributionstoasavingstrust
accountmaybemadeonlyincashorbyelectronicfundstransfer.An
employeeofthestateorapoliticalsubdivisionofthestatemaymake
contributionstoasavingstrustaccountbypayrolldeductionsmadeby
theappropriateofficerofthestateorpoliticalsubdivision.
(b)Anaccountownermaywithdrawallorpartofthebalanceof
anaccountonpriornoticeasauthorizedbyboardrules.Theboard
shalladoptrulesgoverningthedeterminationwhetherawithdrawalis
aqualifiedwithdrawaloranonqualifiedwithdrawal.Therulesmay
requireanaccountownerrequestingtomakeaqualifiedwithdrawalto
provideacertificationofqualifiedhighereducationexpenses.
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(c)Inthecaseofanonqualifiedwithdrawalfromanaccount,an
amountequalto10percentoftheportionofthewithdrawal
constitutingincomeasdeterminedinaccordancewithSection529,
InternalRevenueCodeof1986,asamended,shallbewithheldasa
penalty.
(d)TheamountofthepenaltyprescribedbySubsection(c)may
beincreasediftheboarddeterminesthattheincreasedpenaltyis
necessarytoconstituteagreaterthandeminimispenaltyforpurposes
ofqualifyingtheplanasaqualifiedstatetuitionprogramunder
Section529,InternalRevenueCodeof1986,asamended.
(e)TheamountofthepenaltyprescribedbySubsection(c)may
bedecreasedbyboardruleiftheboarddeterminesthat:
(1)theamountofthepenaltyprescribedbySubsection(c)
isgreaterthanrequiredtoconstituteagreaterthandeminimis
penaltyforpurposesofqualifyingtheplanasaqualifiedstate
tuitionprogramunderSection529,InternalRevenueCodeof1986,as
amendedand
(2)thepenaltytogetherwithotherrevenuegeneratedunder
thissubchapterisproducingmorerevenuethanrequiredtocoverthe
costsofoperatingtheplanandtorecoveranypriorcostsnot
previouslyrecovered.
(f)Penaltiescollectedunderthissubchaptershallbeusedto
covercostsofadministeringthissubchapter,andanyexcessshallbe
treatedasearningsofthesavingstrustaccountsintheplan.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.709.ADMINISTRATIONOFACCOUNTS.(a)Aplanmanager
shallprovideseparateaccountingforeachsavingstrustaccount.
(b)Anaccountownerorbeneficiarymaynotdirectthe
investmentofanycontributionstoorearningsonanaccount.
(c)Iftheboardterminatesthecontractofafinancial
institutiontoactasaplanmanagerandaccountsmustbetransferred
fromthatfinancialinstitutiontoanotherfinancialinstitution,the
boardshallselectthefinancialinstitutiontowhichthebalancesof
theaccountsaretransferred.
(d)Asavingstrustagreementmustprovidethat,ifaftera
specifiedperiodthesavingstrustagreementhasnotbeenterminated
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andthebeneficiary'srightsintheaccounthavenotbeenexercised,
theboard,aftermakingreasonableeffortstocontacttheownerand
beneficiaryoftheaccountortheiragents,shallreporttheunclaimed
moneyintheaccounttothecomptroller.
(e)Moneyinasavingstrustaccountisexemptfromattachment,
execution,andseizureforthesatisfactionofdebtorliabilityofan
accountownerorbeneficiary.
(f)Asavingstrustaccountmaynotbeassignedforthebenefit
ofcreditors,usedassecurityorcollateralforanyloan,or
otherwisesubjecttoalienation,sale,transfer,assignment,pledge,
encumbrance,orcharge.
(g)Adistributionfromanaccounttoanyindividualorforthe
benefitofanyindividualduringacalendaryearshallbereportedto
theInternalRevenueServiceandtotheaccountownerorthe
beneficiarytotheextentrequiredbyfederallaw.
(h)Aplanmanagershallprovideanannualstatementtoeach
accountownernotlaterthantheJanuary31aftertheendofeach
calendaryearandmayprovidestatementsmorefrequentlythan
annually.Astatementmustidentifythecontributionsmadeduringthe
reportingperiod,thetotalcontributionsmadethroughtheendofthe
reportingperiod,thevalueoftheaccountattheendofthereporting
period,withdrawalsmadeduringthereportingperiod,andanyother
informationtheboardrequires.
(i)NotwithstandingSubsection(b),ifSection529,Internal
RevenueCodeof1986,asamended,isamendedtopermitanaccount
ownertodirecttheinvestmentofacontributiontooranaccount
balanceinaqualifiedstatetuitionprogram,theboardineach
subsequentplanmanagercontractshallprovidethateachplanmanager
mustprovideasavingstrustaccountownerwiththeabilitytodirect
theinvestmentofacontributiontotheaccountorthebalanceinthe
accountamongawidevarietyofinvestmentoptions.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.710.PLANLIMITATIONS.(a)Nothinginthissubchapter
orinanysavingstrustagreemententeredintounderthissubchapter
maybeconstruedto:
(1)giveabeneficiaryanyrightsorlegalinterestwith
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respecttoasavingstrustaccountunlessthebeneficiaryisthe
accountowner
(2)guaranteethatamountssavedundertheplanwillbe
sufficienttocoverthequalifiedhighereducationexpensesofa
beneficiaryor
(3)establishstateresidencyfortuitionorotherpurposes
forabeneficiarybecauseofthedesignationasabeneficiary.
(b)Nothinginthissubchapterorinanysavingstrustagreement
enteredintounderthissubchaptermaybeconstruedtocreateany
obligationofthestate,anyagencyorinstrumentalityofthestate,
oraplanmanagertoguaranteeforthebenefitofanaccountowneror
beneficiary:
(1)thereturnofanyamountcontributedtoanaccount
(2)therateofinterestorotherreturnonanaccount
(3)thepaymentofinterestorotherreturnonanaccount
or
(4)tuitionratesorthecostofrelatededucation
expenditures.
(c)Theboardbyruleshallrequirethateverysavingstrust
agreement,depositslip,andothersimilardocumentusedinconnection
withacontributiontoanaccountclearlyindicatethattheaccountis
notinsuredbythisstateandthatneithertheprincipaldepositednor
theinvestmentreturnisguaranteedbythisstate.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.711.NOPROMISEOFADMISSION,ENROLLMENT,ORGRADUATION.
Theopeningormaintenanceofasavingstrustaccountdoesnotpromise
orguaranteethatabeneficiaryoftheaccountwill:
(1)beadmittedtoanyeligibleeducationalinstitution
(2)beadmittedtoaparticulareligibleeducational
institution
(3)beallowedtocontinueenrollmentataneligible
educationalinstitutionafteradmissionor
(4)receiveadegreeorcertificatefromaneligible
educationalinstitution.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
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Sec.54.712.RESIDENCYNOTREQUIRED.Asavingstrustaccount
ownerorbeneficiaryisnotrequiredtobearesidentofthisstate.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.713.POLICIESFORPROMOTIONANDDISCLOSUREOF
INFORMATION.Theboardshalladoptpoliciesforpromotionoftheplan
andthedisclosureofplaninformationtosavingstrustaccountowners
andbeneficiariesinamannerconsistentwiththissubchapterandthe
requirementsofSection529,InternalRevenueCodeof1986,as
amended,toensurethat:
(1)promotionalmaterialandplaninformationdisclosethat
nomoneyinvestedintheplanisinsuredbythisstateandthat
neithertheprincipaldepositednortheinvestmentreturnedis
guaranteedbythisstateand
(2)anyfeesimposedunderthissubchapteraredisclosedin
promotionalmaterialandplaninformationprovidedtothepublicand
toaccountownersandbeneficiaries.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.714.CONFIDENTIALITYOFRECORDS.(a)Exceptas
otherwiseprovidedbythissection,allinformationrelatingtothe
planispublicandsubjecttodisclosureunderChapter552,Government
Code.
(b)Informationrelatingtoabeneficiaryorownerofasavings
trustaccount,includinganypersonallyidentifiableinformationabout
anownerorbeneficiary,isconfidentialexceptthattheboardmay
disclosethatinformationtoanaccountownerregardingtheowner's
account.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.715.TERMINATIONORMODIFICATIONOFPLAN.Ifthe
comptrollerdeterminesthattheplanisnotfinanciallyfeasible,the
comptrollershallnotifythegovernorandthelegislatureand
recommendthattheboardnotadministerahighereducationsavings
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planorthattheplanbemodifiedorterminated.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
Sec.54.716.EFFECTOFTERMINATIONOFPLANONSAVINGSTRUST
AGREEMENT.Iftheplanisterminated,thebalanceofeachsavings
trustaccountshallbepaidtotheaccountowner,totheextent
possible,andanyunclaimedassetsshallescheattothestatein
accordancewithgenerallawregardingunclaimedproperty.
AddedbyActs2001,77thLeg.,ch.1250,Sec.1,eff.June15,2001.
SUBCHAPTERH.PREPAIDTUITIONUNITUNDERGRADUATEEDUCATIONPROGRAM:
TEXASTOMORROWFUNDII
Sec.54.751.DEFINITIONS.Inthissubchapter:
(1)"Accreditedoutofstateinstitutionofhigher
education"meansapublicorprivateinstitutionofhighereducation
that:
(A)islocatedoutsidethisstateand
(B)isaccreditedbyarecognizedaccreditingagency.
(2)"Beneficiary"meansthepersondesignatedundera
prepaidtuitioncontractasthepersonentitledtoapplyoneormore
tuitionunitspurchasedunderthecontracttothepaymentofthe
person'sundergraduatetuitionandrequiredfeesatageneralacademic
teachinginstitution,twoyearinstitutionofhighereducation,
privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,careerschool,
oraccreditedoutofstateinstitutionofhighereducation.
(3)"Board"meansthePrepaidHigherEducationTuition
Board.
(3a)"Careerschool"meansacareerschoolorcollegeas
definedbySection132.001thatoffersatwoyearassociatedegreeas
approvedbytheTexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoard.
(4)"Fund"meanstheTexastomorrowfundII.
(5)"Generalacademicteachinginstitution"hasthemeaning
assignedbySection61.003,exceptthatthetermdoesnotincludea
publicstatecollege.
(6)"Prepaidtuitioncontract"meansacontractunderwhich
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apersonpurchasesfromtheboardonbehalfofabeneficiaryoneor
moretuitionunitsthatthebeneficiaryisentitledtoapplytothe
paymentofthebeneficiary'sundergraduatetuitionandrequiredfees
atageneralacademicteachinginstitution,twoyearinstitutionof
highereducation,privateorindependentinstitutionofhigher
education,careerschool,oraccreditedoutofstateinstitutionof
highereducation.
(7)"Privateorindependentinstitutionofhigher
education,""publicjuniorcollege,""publicstatecollege,""public
technicalinstitute,"and"recognizedaccreditingagency"havethe
meaningsassignedbySection61.003.
(8)"Program"meanstheprepaidtuitionunitundergraduate
educationprogram.
(9)"Purchaser"meansapersonwhoentersintoaprepaid
tuitioncontractwiththeboardonbehalfofabeneficiaryforthe
purchaseofoneormoretuitionunits.
(10)"Requiredfee"meansafee,otherthanalaboratoryfee
foraspecificcourse,thatischargedbyapublicorprivate
institutionofhighereducationtoallstudentsattheinstitutionwho
arenotexemptfromthefee.Forpurposesofthissubdivision,afee
isarequiredfeeonlytotheextentthatthefeeisconsidereda
qualifiedhighereducationexpenseunderInternalRevenueCode
provisionsapplicabletotheprogram.
(11)"Twoyearinstitutionofhighereducation"meansa
publicjuniorcollege,apublicstatecollege,andapublictechnical
institute.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.560(S.B.1941),Sec.2,eff.
June19,2009.
Sec.54.752.POWERSANDDUTIESOFBOARDCONCERNINGPROGRAM.(a)
InadditiontocarryingoutdutiesassignedunderSubchaptersFandG,
thePrepaidHigherEducationTuitionBoardshalladministerthe
prepaidtuitionunitundergraduateeducationprogramestablishedunder
thissubchapter.Theboardshallcomplywithfederalandstatelaw
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relatedtotheprogram.
(b)Inadditiontotheboard'spowersassignedunderSubchapters
FandG,theboardhasthepowersnecessaryorpropertocarryout
thissubchapter,includingthepowerto:
(1)adoptrulestoimplementthissubchapter
(2)sueandbesued
(3)enterintocontractsandothernecessaryinstruments
(4)enterintoagreementsorothertransactionswiththe
UnitedStates,stateagencies,generalacademicteachinginstitutions,
twoyearinstitutionsofhighereducation,andlocalgovernments
(5)appearonitsownbehalfbeforegovernmentalagencies
(6)contractfornecessarygoodsandservices,including
specifyinginthecontractdutiestobeperformedbytheproviderofa
goodorservicethatareapartoforareinadditiontotheperson's
primarydutiesunderthecontract
(7)engagetheservicesofprivateconsultants,actuaries,
trustees,recordsadministrators,managers,legalcounsel,and
auditorsforadministrativeortechnicalassistance
(8)solicitandacceptgifts,grants,loans,andotheraid
fromanysourceorparticipateinanyotherwayinanygovernment
programtocarryoutthissubchapter
(9)imposeadministrativefees
(10)contractwithapersontomarkettheprogram
(11)purchaseliabilityinsurancecoveringtheboardand
employeesandagentsoftheboardand
(12)establishotherpolicies,procedures,andeligibility
criteriatoimplementthissubchapter.
(c)Inmarketingtheprogram,regardlessofwhethertheboard
marketstheprogramdirectlyorundercontractasauthorizedby
Subsection(b)(10),theboard,incoordinationwiththeHealthand
HumanServicesCommission,theTexasWorkforceCommission,andthe
TexasHigherEducationCoordinatingBoard,shallensurethat:
(1)theprogramismarketedacrossthestateinamanner
thatpromotestheparticipationgoalsandtargetsofthemostrecent
revisionof"ClosingtheGaps,"thestate'smasterplanforhigher
educationand
(2)anymarketingplanfortheprogramincludesaspecific
strategytopromoteenrollmentintheprogrambypersonslikelyto
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qualifyforfederalearnedincometaxcredits.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.753.PREPAIDTUITIONUNITS:PURCHASEASSIGNEDVALUE
TYPESPRICE.(a)Undertheprogram,apurchasermayprepaythe
costsofalloraportionofabeneficiary'sundergraduatetuitionand
requiredfeesatageneralacademicteachinginstitution,twoyear
institutionofhighereducation,privateorindependentinstitutionof
highereducation,careerschool,oraccreditedoutofstate
institutionofhighereducationbyenteringintoaprepaidtuition
contractwiththeboardtopurchaseoneormoretuitionunitsofa
typedescribedbythissectionattheapplicablepriceestablishedby
theboardforthattypeofunitfortheyearinwhichtheunitis
purchased.Theportionofthebeneficiary'sundergraduatetuitionand
requiredfeesforwhichatuitionunitmayberedeemedataparticular
generalacademicteachinginstitutionortwoyearinstitutionof
highereducationisassignedtothetuitionunitatthetimeof
purchase,andthetuitionunitmayberedeemedtopaythatportionof
thetuitionandfeesatthegeneralacademicteachinginstitutionor
twoyearinstitutionofhighereducationinanyacademicyearinwhich
theunitisredeemedinaccordancewiththissubchapter.The
purchasermaypurchaseonetypeofunitoracombinationoftwoor
threetypesofunits.
(b)Theassignedvalueofatuitionunit,purchasedasprovided
bythissection,whenusedtopaythecostoftuitionandrequired
feesatageneralacademicteachinginstitutionortwoyear
institutionofhighereducation,isequaltoonepercentoftheamount
necessaryfortheacademicyearinwhichtheunitisredeemedtocover
theapplicablecostofundergraduateresidenttuitionandrequired
feesforoneacademicyearconsistingof30semestercredithoursas
follows:
(1)foraTypeItuitionunit,thecostofundergraduate
residenttuitionandrequiredfeeschargedbythegeneralacademic
teachinginstitutionwiththehighestsuchtuitionandfeecosts,
determinedasprovidedbySubsection(d)
(2)foraTypeIItuitionunit,theweightedaverage
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undergraduateresidenttuitionandrequiredfeeschargedbygeneral
academicteachinginstitutions,determinedasprovidedbySubsection
(e)and
(3)foraTypeIIItuitionunit,theweightedaverage
undergraduateresidenttuitionandrequiredfeesoftwoyear
institutionsofhighereducation,determinedasprovidedbySubsection
(f).
(c)Eachyear,theboardshallestablishthepriceatwhicheach
typeoftuitionunitmaybepurchasedduringthenextsalesperiodand
thepercentageofthetotalcostofundergraduateresidenttuitionand
requiredfeesforoneacademicyearconsistingof30semestercredit
hoursforwhicheachtypeoftuitionunitmayberedeemedateach
generalacademicteachinginstitutionandtwoyearinstitution.The
percentageshallbebasedonthetotalcostofrequiredtuitionand
feesataparticulargeneralacademicteachinginstitutionortwoyear
institutionofhighereducationinrelationtotheamountdetermined
fortheinstitutionwiththehighestcostorweightedaveragecost,as
applicable.Thepurchasepriceestablishedforeachtypeofunitmust
beequaltotheapplicablecostoftuitionandrequiredfeesas
determinedunderthissectionforthemostrecentacademicyearthat
beganbeforethebeginningofthesalesperiod.Thesalesperiodto
whichthosepricesapplyexpiresonthefirstanniversaryofthedate
theunitsbecomeavailableforpurchaseatthepricesestablishedfor
thatyear.
(d)TheboardshallbasethepurchasepriceofaTypeItuition
unitononepercentofthecostoftheundergraduateresidenttuition
andrequiredfeesfortheapplicableacademicyearatthegeneral
academicteachinginstitutionwiththehighestsuchtuitionandfee
costforthatacademicyear.
(e)TheboardshallbasethepurchasepriceofaTypeIItuition
unitononepercentofthecostoftheweightedaveragegeneral
academicteachinginstitutionundergraduateresidenttuitionand
requiredfeesfortheapplicableacademicyear.Thatcostis
determinedby:
(1)foreachgeneralacademicteachinginstitution,
multiplyingtheaverageamountoftheinstitution'sundergraduate
residenttuitionandrequiredfeesforanacademicyearconsistingof
30semestercredithoursbythenumberoffulltimeequivalent
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undergraduateresidentstudentsatthatinstitution
(2)addingtogethertheproductscomputedunderSubdivision
(1)foreachinstitutionand
(3)dividingthesumdeterminedunderSubdivision(2)bythe
totalnumberoffulltimeequivalentundergraduateresidentstudents
atallgeneralacademicteachinginstitutions.
(f)TheboardshallbasethepurchasepriceofaTypeIII
tuitionunitononepercentofthecostoftheweightedaveragetwo
yearinstitutionofhighereducationundergraduateresidenttuition
andrequiredfeesfortheapplicableacademicyear,disregardingany
portionofthetuitionchargedbyapublicjuniorcollegetoa
residentofthisstatewhodoesnotresidewithinthetaxing
jurisdictionofthejuniorcollege.Thatcostisdeterminedby:
(1)foreachtwoyearinstitutionofhighereducation,
multiplyingtheaverageamountoftheinstitution'sundergraduate
residenttuitionandrequiredfeesforanacademicyearconsistingof
30semestercredithoursbythenumberoffulltimeequivalent
undergraduateresidentstudentsatthatinstitution
(2)addingtogethertheproductscomputedunderSubdivision
(1)foreachinstitutionand
(3)dividingthesumdeterminedunderSubdivision(2)bythe
totalnumberoffulltimeequivalentundergraduateresidentstudents
atalltwoyearinstitutionsofhighereducation.
(g)Thetotalamountpaidunderaprepaidtuitioncontracton
behalfofasinglebeneficiarymaynotexceedanylimitestablishedon
theamountbySection529,InternalRevenueCodeof1986.Theboard
shallestablish,incompliancewithSection529,InternalRevenueCode
of1986,theminimumamountthatthepurchaserisrequiredtopay
underthecontractonbehalfofasinglebeneficiary.
(h)Atthetimeoftheestablishmentoftheaccounttowhicha
purchaser'sprepaidtuitioncontractmoneyisassigned,theboardmay
imposeanadministrativefeenottoexceed$25.Moneyfromthatfee
mustbeuseddirectlyinmaintainingtheactuarialsoundnessofthe
fundasrequiredbySection54.770.Theboardmaynotimposeany
otherfeeorchargeinconnectionwiththesaleofatuitionunit.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
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Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.560(S.B.1941),Sec.4,eff.
June19,2009.
Sec.54.754.REDEMPTIONOFTUITIONUNITS.(a)Inaccordance
withthissubchapter,whenabeneficiaryunderaprepaidtuition
contractredeemsoneormoretuitionunitstopaycostsoftuitionand
requiredfees,theboardshallapplymoneyinthefund,intheamount
providedbySection54.765topayallortheapplicableportionofthe
costsofthebeneficiary'stuitionandrequiredfeesatthegeneral
academicteachinginstitution,twoyearinstitutionofhigher
education,privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,or
accreditedoutofstateinstitutionofhighereducationinwhichthe
beneficiaryenrolls.SubjecttoSubsection(b)(2)andtheother
provisionsofthissection,abeneficiarymayredeemanytypeof
tuitionunitforattendanceataninstitutiondescribedbythis
section.Ageneralacademicteachinginstitutionortwoyear
institutionofhighereducationshallaccepttheamounttransferredto
theinstitutionunderSection54.765(c)whentheunitorunitsare
redeemedaspaymentforallortheapplicableportionofthe
beneficiary'stuitionandrequiredfees.
(b)Topayfortheentirecostofundergraduateresidenttuition
andrequiredfeesforanacademicyearconsistingof30semester
credithours,redemptionof100TypeItuitionunitsisrequiredat
thegeneralacademicteachinginstitutionwiththehighesttuitionand
feecostasdescribedbySection54.753(d),redemptionof100TypeII
tuitionunitsisrequiredatageneralacademicteachinginstitution
withtheapplicabletuitionandfeecostattheweightedaverageas
describedbySubsection(e)ofthatsection,andredemptionof100
TypeIIIunitsisrequiredatatwoyearinstitutionofhigher
educationwiththeapplicabletuitionandfeecostattheweighted
averageasdescribedbySubsection(f)ofthatsection.Thenumberof
tuitionunitsthatmustberedeemedtopayfortheentirecostof
tuitionandrequiredfeesforanacademicyearatanothergeneral
academicteachinginstitutionortwoyearinstitutionofhigher
educationmaybehigherorlower:
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requiredfeesatthatinstitutionishigherorlowerthantheamount
determinedfortheinstitutionwiththehighestcostorweighted
averagecost,asapplicableor
(2)ifamoreorlessvaluabletypeoftuitionunitis
redeemed.
(c)Toassistpurchasersindeterminingthenumberoftuition
unitsabeneficiarymustredeemtocoverthecostsoftuitionand
requiredfeesatgeneralacademicteachinginstitutionsandtwoyear
institutionsofhighereducation,eachyeartheboardshallpreparea
tuitionunitredemptionchartandshallpostthechartonanInternet
website.Thechartmustshowforeachgeneralacademicteaching
institutionandforeachtwoyearinstitutionofhighereducationthe
numberofeachtypeofunitspurchasedthatyearthatwouldbe
requiredtocoverthecostoftuitionandrequiredfees,basedonan
academicyearconsistingof30semestercredithours.
(d)Ifabeneficiaryredeemsfewertuitionunitsofthetypeor
combinationoftypesnecessarytopaythetotalcostofthe
beneficiary'stuitionandrequiredfeesatthegeneralacademic
teachinginstitution,twoyearinstitutionofhighereducation,
privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,careerschool,
oraccreditedoutofstateinstitutionofhighereducationatwhich
thebeneficiaryenrolls,thebeneficiaryisresponsibleforpayingthe
amountofthedifferencebetweentheamountoftuitionandrequired
feesforwhichthebeneficiarypaysthroughtheredemptionofoneor
moretuitionunitsandthetotalcostofthebeneficiary'stuitionand
requiredfeesattheinstitution.
(d1)AbeneficiarywhoredeemsoneormoreTypeIIItuition
unitstoattendapublicjuniorcollegeandwhodoesnotresidewithin
thetaxingjurisdictionofthejuniorcollegeisresponsiblefor
payinganyportionofthetuitionchargedbythejuniorcollegeto
personswhodonotresidewithinthattaxingjurisdiction.
(e)Ifthebeneficiaryredeemsfewertuitionunitstopaythe
costoftuitionandrequiredfeesthanthenumberofunitspurchased
onbehalfofthebeneficiaryunderaprepaidtuitioncontract,other
thantodeferredemptionaspermittedinaccordancewithSection
54.758,thepurchasermay:
(1)redeemforcashtheamountofthepurchasepriceofthe
excessunits,plusannualinterestearnedonthatmoney,accruedata
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ratesetbytheboardnottoexceedfivepercentannuallyor
(2)transfertheremainingunitstoanotherbeneficiaryin
accordancewiththissubchapter.
(f)Abeneficiaryorpurchasermaynotredeematuitionunit
earlierthanthethirdanniversaryofthedatetheunitwaspurchased.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.560(S.B.1941),Sec.5,eff.
June19,2009.
Sec.54.755.PREPAIDTUITIONCONTRACT.(a)Theboardshall
adoptaformforaprepaidtuitioncontracttobeusedbytheboard
andpurchasers.
(b)Aprepaidtuitioncontractmust:
(1)specifythetermsunderwhichthepurchasermustpayany
amountsowedunderthecontract
(2)specifytheconsequencesofdefault
(3)specifythenameanddateofbirthofthebeneficiary
underthecontractandthetermsunderwhichanotherpersonmaybe
substitutedasthebeneficiary
(4)specifythedatethebeneficiaryisprojectedto
graduatefromhighschooland
(5)containanyotherprovisionstheboardconsiders
necessaryorappropriate.
(c)Aprepaidtuitioncontractmayprovideforthepurchaseof
additionaltuitionunitsinsubsequentyearsatthethencurrentprice
oftheadditionalunits.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.756.PURCHASERBENEFICIARY.(a)Apurchasermaybe
anypersonwhoispermittedtobeapurchaserunderSection529,
InternalRevenueCodeof1986.Thepurchaserisnotrequiredtobea
residentofthisstate,exceptasprovidedbySubsection(c)(2).
(b)InaccordancewithapplicableprovisionsofSection529,
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InternalRevenueCodeof1986,apurchaseristheowneroftheaccount
towhichthepurchaser'sprepaidtuitioncontractmoneyisassigned.
(c)Atthetimethepurchaserentersintoaprepaidtuition
contract,thebeneficiaryofthecontractmustbe:
(1)aresidentofthisstateatthetimethepurchaser
entersintothecontractor
(2)anonresidentwhoisthechildofaparentwhoisa
residentofthisstateatthetimethatparententersintothe
contract.
(d)ForpurposesofSubsection(c),theboardmayrequirea
reasonableperiodofresidenceinthisstateforabeneficiaryorthe
parentofabeneficiary.
(e)NotwithstandinganyprovisionofSubchapterB,thetuition
andrequiredfeeschargedbyageneralacademicteachinginstitution
ortwoyearinstitutionofhighereducationthatarepaidforwith
tuitionunitsshallbedeterminedasifthebeneficiaryofthat
contractwerearesidentstudent.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.757.CONTRACTPAYMENT.(a)Theboardmayprovidefor
thereceiptofpaymentunderprepaidtuitioncontractsinlumpsumsor
installmentpayments.Iftheboardallowspaymentsunderacontract
tobemadeininstallmentsoveraperiodlongerthanoneyear,the
boardmustprovideforaplanthatpermitsthosepaymentstobemade
insingleannualinstallmentsinadditiontoanyotherpermitted
installmentplans.
(b)Apurchasermaymakepaymentsunderaprepaidtuition
contractbyanelectronicfundstransfer.
(c)Anemployeeofthisstateorapoliticalsubdivisionofthis
statemaymakepaymentsunderaprepaidtuitioncontractbypayroll
deductionsmadebytheappropriateofficerofthestateorpolitical
subdivision.Theboardshallimplementprocedurestofacilitate
paymentsunderthissubsection.
(d)Theboardmayimposeafeeforalatepaymentundera
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AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.758.DEFERREDUSEOFPREPAIDCREDITHOURS.(a)A
prepaidtuitioncontractmustpermitthebeneficiarytoelecttopay
fromasourceotherthantuitionunitspurchasedunderthecontract
thebeneficiary'stuitionandrequiredfeesforsomeorallofthe
tuitionandrequiredfeestowhichthebeneficiaryisentitledto
paymentunderthecontract,andtodefertoasubsequentsemesteror
otheracademictermtherighttopaymentofthebeneficiary'stuition
andrequiredfeesbyusingtuitionunitsremainingunderthecontract.
(b)Thissectiondoesnotaffectthedateonwhichaprepaid
tuitioncontractterminatesunderthissubchapteranddoesnotgive
thebeneficiarytherighttoapaymentunderthecontractafter
terminationofthecontract.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.759.CHANGEOFBENEFICIARY.(a)Thepurchaserofa
prepaidtuitioncontractmaydesignateadifferentbeneficiaryin
placeoftheoriginalbeneficiaryifthenewbeneficiarymeetsthe
requirementsofabeneficiaryonthedatethedesignationischanged.
ThenewbeneficiarymustmeettherequirementsofSection529,
InternalRevenueCodeof1986,topreventthechangeofbeneficiary
frombeingtreatedasadistributionunderthatlaw.
(b)Theboardmayadjustthetermsofthecontractsothatthe
purchaserisrequiredtopaytheamountthepurchaserwouldhavebeen
requiredtopayhadthepurchaseroriginallydesignatedthenew
beneficiaryasthebeneficiary,takingintoaccountanypaymentsmade
beforethedatethedesignationischanged.
(c)Theboardmaynotimposeafeeinconnectionwiththe
designationofanewbeneficiary.
(d)Thepurchaserofaprepaidtuitioncontractmaynotsellthe
contract.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
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Sec.54.760.VERIFICATIONUNDEROATH.Theboardmayrequirea
purchasertoverifyunderoatharequestto:
(1)changeabeneficiaryor
(2)terminateacontract.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.761.PROMISEORGUARANTEEOFADMISSION.Thissubchapter
isnotapromiseorguaranteethatabeneficiarywillbe:
(1)admittedtoanypublicorprivateinstitutionofhigher
education
(2)admittedtoaparticularpublicorprivateinstitution
ofhighereducation
(3)allowedtocontinueenrollmentatapublicorprivate
institutionofhighereducationor
(4)graduatedfromapublicorprivateinstitutionofhigher
education.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.762.CONTRACTTERMINATION.(a)Aprepaidtuition
contractshallspecify:
(1)thenameofanypersonwhomayterminatethecontract
and
(2)thetermsunderwhichthecontractmaybeterminated.
(b)Aprepaidtuitioncontractterminatesonthe10th
anniversaryofthedatethebeneficiaryisprojectedtograduatefrom
highschool,notcountingtimespentbythebeneficiaryasanactive
dutymemberoftheUnitedStatesarmedservices.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.763.REFUND.(a)Aprepaidtuitioncontractshall
specify:
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(1)thenameofthepersonentitledtoanyrefundifthe
contractisterminated
(2)thetermsunderwhichapersonisentitledtoarefund
and
(3)themethodbywhichtheamountoftherefundis
computed.
(b)Thepersonnamedinthecontractisentitledtoarefund
followingterminationofaprepaidtuitioncontract.
(c)Theboardshalldeterminethemethodbywhichtheamountof
therefundiscomputed.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.764.FUND.(a)TheTexastomorrowfundIIprepaid
tuitionunitundergraduateeducationprogramfundisestablishedasa
trustfundoutsideofthestatetreasury.
(b)Theboardshall:
(1)depositinthefundmoneypaidunderprepaidtuition
contractsand
(2)credittothefundincomeearnedonthatmoney.
(c)Theboardshallprovideforadministeringtheassetsofthe
fundandestablishingandadministeringtheaccountsofpurchasers
underprepaidtuitioncontracts.
(d)Theboardshallprovideforassigningpaymentstothefund
toseparateaccountsforpurchasersandmayprovideforassigning
paymentstoothergeneralaccountsasotherwiseconsideredappropriate
bytheboard.
(e)Theboardmayprovideforacquiring,holding,managing,
purchasing,selling,assigning,trading,transferring,ordisposingof
anysecurity,evidenceofindebtedness,orotherinvestmentinwhich
thefund'sassetsmaybeinvested.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.765.COMPTROLLER'SDUTIESTRANSFERSTOINSTITUTIONSON
REDEMPTIONOFTUITIONUNITS.(a)ExceptasprovidedbySubsection
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(h),thecomptrolleristhecustodianoftheassetsofthefund.
(b)Thecomptrollershallpaymoneyfromthefundsupportedonly
byavouchersignedbythecomptrollerorthecomptroller'sauthorized
representative.Thecomptrollermaydesignatetheplanmanagerasthe
comptroller'sauthorizedrepresentativetopayexpendituresor
transferfundsunderthissectionandSections54.766and54.767.
(c)Whenabeneficiaryenrollsatageneralacademicteaching
institutionortwoyearinstitutionofhighereducation,onwritten
authorizationfromthepurchaserofthetuitionunitorunitsforthat
beneficiary,thecomptrollerorthecomptroller'sauthorized
representativeshalltransfertotheinstitutionanamountequalto
thelesserof:
(1)thesumof:
(A)thetotalpurchasepriceofthetuitionunitor
unitsthebeneficiaryredeemsforthesemesterorotheracademicterm
and
(B)theamountdeterminedunderSubsection(d)or
(2)anamountequalto101percentoftheamountoftuition
andrequiredfeescoveredbythetuitionunitsbeingredeemed.
(d)TheamountrequiredtobetransferredunderSubsection(c)
(1)(B)isthegreaterof:
(1)anamountequaltotheportionoftheactualtotal
returnonallinvestmentassetsofthefundattributabletotheamount
transferredunderSubsection(c)(1)(A)or
(2)anamountequaltotheportionofthetotalreturnon
allinvestmentassetsofthefundattributabletotheamount
transferredunderSubsection(c)(1)(A)thatwouldresultassumingan
annualreturnonallinvestmentassetsofthefundoffivepercent,
subjecttotheavailabilityofmoneyinthefundforthatpurpose.
(e)Iftheamountthatwouldotherwisebetransferredunder
Subsections(c)(1)(A)and(B)exceedstheamountthatmaybe
transferredunderSubsection(c)(2),theexcessamountshallbe
retainedinthefundandusedasnecessarytoprovidesufficientmoney
tomeettheminimumtransferrequirementsunderSubsection(c)(1)(B)
asspecifiedbySubsection(d).
(f)Whenabeneficiaryenrollsataprivateorindependent
institutionofhighereducation,careerschool,oraccreditedoutof
stateinstitutionofhighereducation,onwrittenauthorizationfrom
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thepurchaserofthetuitionunitorunitsforthatbeneficiary,the
comptrollerorthecomptroller'sauthorizedrepresentativeshall
transfertotheinstitutionthelesserof:
(1)anamountequaltothecurrentcostofthetuitionand
requiredfeesthatwouldbecoveredbyredemptionofthenumberand
typeoftuitionunitsthebeneficiaryisredeemingifthebeneficiary
wereredeemingtheunitorunitsatageneralacademicteaching
institutionortwoyearinstitutionofhighereducationasfollows:
(A)foraTypeIunit,atthegeneralacademicteaching
institutionthathadthehighesttuitionandrequiredfeecost
(B)foraTypeIIunit,atageneralacademicteaching
institutionthathadtuitionandrequiredfeecostattheweighted
averageand
(C)foraTypeIIIunit,atatwoyearinstitutionof
highereducationthathadtuitionandrequiredfeecostatthe
weightedaverageor
(2)anamountequaltothetotalpurchasepriceofthe
tuitionunitorunitsthebeneficiaryredeemsforthesemesteror
otheracademictermplustheportionofthetotalreturnonassetsof
thefundattributabletothatamount.
(g)Thecomptrollerannuallyshallprovidetotheboardasworn
statementoftheamountofthefund'sassetsinthecomptroller'sor
planmanager'scustody.Theplanmanagershallprovidetothe
comptrolleraquarterlyreportofallfundsdistributedduringthe
previousquarter.Thecomptrollermayrequiremorefrequentreports
ormayrequestthattheplanmanagerprovideanyadditional
informationatanytimenecessarytoensurethatthefund'sassetsare
adequatelyprotected.
(h)Theboardmayselectoneormorecommercialbanks,
depositorytrustcompanies,orotherentitiestoserveascustodianof
allorpartofthefund'sassets.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.87(S.B.1969),Sec.7.010,eff.
September1,2009.
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.560(S.B.1941),Sec.6,eff.
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June19,2009.
Sec.54.766.INVESTMENTOFFUNDASSETS.(a)Theboardshall
provideforinvestingtheassetsofthefund.Ininvestingthefund,
theboardhasthesameinvestmentauthorityasthatprovidedby
Section11b,ArticleVII,TexasConstitution,orotherlaw,tothe
boardofregentsofTheUniversityofTexasSystemwithrespecttothe
investmentofthePermanentUniversityFund.Theboardandtheboard
ofregentsofTheUniversityofTexasSystemmaycontractforthe
boardofregentstomanageandinvesttheassetsofthefund,andfor
thatpurposetheboardmaydelegateitsdutiesunderthissectionto
theboardofregents.
(b)Iftheboarddoesnotcontractwiththeboardofregentsof
TheUniversityofTexasSystemunderSubsection(a)tomanageand
investtheassetsofthefund,theboardshallcontractwithoneor
moreprivateprofessionalinvestmentmanagerstoserveasplanmanager
andtoinvesttheassetsofthefundonbehalfoftheboard.In
selectingamanager,theboardmust:
(1)selectapersonwhohasservedasaprofessional
investmentmanagerforatleast10years
(2)evaluateeachpersonconsideredforthepositionbased
onthehistoricalnetreturnsoftheperson'sprofessionalinvestments
andtheconsistencyoftheperson'sprofessionalinvestmentreturns
overaperiodofatleastfiveyearsand
(3)complywithSection54.704.
(c)Inmonitoringthemanager'sinvestments,theboardshall
ensurethatinvestmentsaremadeaccordingtothestandardof
investmentprovidedbythissection.Theplanmanagerhasthesame
dutiesimposedonaplanmanagerbySection54.705.
(d)Theboardshalldevelopwrittenobjectivesconcerningthe
investmentoftheassetsofthefund.Theobjectivesmayaddress
desiredratesofreturn,risksinvolved,investmenttimeframes,and
anyotherrelevantconsiderations.
(e)Theboardmayspecifyinacontractunderthissectionthat
theplanmanagerisrequiredtoestablishandmaintainanInternet
websitethroughwhichapurchasermaymonitortheaccounttowhichthe
purchaser'sprepaidtuitioncontractmoneyisassigned.
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AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.767.USEOFFUNDASSETS.Theassetsofthefundmaybe
usedonlyto:
(1)paythecostsofprogramadministrationandoperations
(2)makepaymentstogeneralacademicteachinginstitutions,
twoyearinstitutionsofhighereducation,privateorindependent
institutionsofhighereducation,careerschools,andaccreditedout
ofstateinstitutionsofhighereducationonbehalfofbeneficiaries
and
(3)makerefundsunderprepaidtuitioncontracts.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.560(S.B.1941),Sec.7,eff.
June19,2009.
Sec.54.7671.TRANSFERSAMONG529PLANS.(a)Theboardbyrule
shallprovideforapurchasertotransfermoneybetweenanaccount
underthissubchapterandanaccountunderanotherplanestablishedby
thisstateorbyanotherstateorotherauthorizedentityin
accordancewithSection529,InternalRevenueCodeof1986,tothe
extentandinthemannerauthorizedbythatsection.
(b)Forpurposesofatransferofmoneyfromanaccountunder
thissubchapter,thevalueoftheaccountatthetimeoftransferis
thelesserof:
(1)anamountequaltothecost,atthetimeofthe
transfer,ofthetuitionandrequiredfeesthatwouldbecoveredby
redemptionofthenumberandtypeoftuitionunitstobetransferred
fromtheaccountifthebeneficiarywereredeemingtheunitsata
generalacademicteachinginstitutionortwoyearinstitutionof
highereducationasfollows:
(A)foraTypeIunit,atthegeneralacademicteaching
institutionthathadthehighesttuitionandrequiredfeecost
(B)foraTypeIIunit,atageneralacademicteaching
institutionthathadtuitionandrequiredfeecostattheweighted
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averageand
(C)foraTypeIIIunit,atatwoyearinstitutionof
highereducationthathadtuitionandrequiredfeecostatthe
weightedaverageor
(2)anamountequaltothetotalpurchasepriceofthe
tuitionunitstobetransferredfromtheaccount,plustheportionof
thetotalreturnonassetsofthefundattributabletothatamount.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.560(S.B.1941),Sec.8,eff.
June19,2009.
Sec.54.768.EXEMPTIONFROMSECURITIESLAWS.Theregistration
requirementsofTheSecuritiesAct(Article5811etseq.,Vernon's
TexasCivilStatutes)donotapplytothesaleofaprepaidtuition
contractbytheboardorbyaregisteredsecuritiesdealeror
registeredinvestmentadviser.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.769.EXEMPTIONFROMCREDITORS'CLAIMS.(a)Moneyin
thefundisexemptfromclaimsofcreditors,includingclaimsof
creditorsofapurchaser,abeneficiary,orasuccessorininterestof
apurchaserorbeneficiary.
(b)Therightsofapurchaser,beneficiary,orsuccessorin
interestofapurchaserorbeneficiaryinandunderaprepaidtuition
contractandthepaymentoftuitionandrequiredfeesfora
beneficiaryunderaprepaidtuitioncontracttoageneralacademic
teachinginstitution,twoyearinstitutionofhighereducation,
privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,careerschool,
oraccreditedoutofstateinstitutionofhighereducationunderthis
chapterareexemptfromattachment,levy,garnishment,execution,and
seizureforthesatisfactionofanydebt,judgment,orclaimagainsta
purchaser,beneficiary,orsuccessorininterestofapurchaseror
beneficiary.
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(c)Aclaimorjudgmentagainstapurchaser,beneficiary,or
successorininterestofapurchaserorbeneficiarydoesnotimpairor
entitletheclaimorjudgmentholdertoassertorenforcealien
against:
(1)therightsofapurchaser,beneficiary,orsuccessorin
interestofapurchaserorbeneficiaryinandunderaprepaidtuition
contractor
(2)therightofabeneficiarytothepaymentoftuitionand
requiredfeestoageneralacademicteachinginstitution,twoyear
institutionofhighereducation,privateorindependentinstitutionof
highereducation,careerschool,oraccreditedoutofstate
institutionofhighereducationunderaprepaidtuitioncontract.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.560(S.B.1941),Sec.9,eff.
June19,2009.
Sec.54.770.ACTUARIALSOUNDNESSOFFUND.(a)Theboardshall
administerthefundinamannerthatissufficientlyactuariallysound
topaythecostsofprogramadministrationandoperationsandtomeet
theobligationsoftheprogram.
(b)Theboardshallannuallyevaluatetheactuarialsoundnessof
thefund.
(c)Theboardmayadjustthetermsofsubsequentprepaidtuition
contractsasnecessarytoensuretheactuarialsoundnessofthefund.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.771.COMPLIANCEWITHLIMITSONCONTRIBUTIONSAND
WITHDRAWALS.Theboardshallmonitorcontributionstoandwithdrawals
fromthefundandanyaccountwithinthefundtoensurethatany
applicablelimitsoncontributionsorwithdrawalsarenotexceeded.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
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Sec.54.772.TAXEXEMPTSTATUSREQUIREMENTS.(a)Thissection
isintendedtomeettherequirementsofSection529,InternalRevenue
Codeof1986.
(b)Apaymentofanamountduetothefundforaprepaidtuition
contractmustbemadeincashorcashequivalent.Apersonmaynot
makeapaymenttothefundinexcessoftheamountsrequiredtobe
paidunderaprepaidtuitioncontract.
(c)Theboardshallmaintainaseparateaccountingforeach
beneficiary.
(d)Thepurchaserunderaprepaidtuitioncontractandthe
beneficiaryunderthecontractmaynot:
(1)controlordirecttheinvestmentofpaymentsunderthe
contractoranyearningsofthefundor
(2)useanyinterestinthecontractassecurityforaloan
orotherobligation.
(e)Theboardshallmakereportsrequiredbythesecretaryof
theUnitedStatesTreasury.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.773.SUSPENSIONOFNEWENROLLMENTPROGRAMMODIFICATION
ORTERMINATION.(a)Ontherequestofthecomptrollerasthe
comptrollerconsidersnecessarytoensuretheactuarialsoundnessof
thefund,theboardmaytemporarilysuspendnewenrollmentinthe
program.
(b)Ifthecomptrollerdeterminesthattheprogramis
financiallyinfeasible,thecomptrollershallnotifythegovernorand
thelegislatureandrecommendthattheprogrambemodifiedor
terminated.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.774.EFFECTOFPROGRAMTERMINATIONONCONTRACT.(a)A
prepaidtuitioncontractremainsineffectaftertheprogramis
terminatedif,whentheprogramisterminated,thebeneficiary:
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(1)hasbeenacceptedbyorisenrolledatageneral
academicteachinginstitution,twoyearinstitutionofhigher
education,privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,
careerschool,oraccreditedoutofstateinstitutionofhigher
educationor
(2)isprojectedtograduatefromhighschoolnotlaterthan
thethirdanniversaryofthedatetheprogramisterminated.
(b)Aprepaidtuitioncontractterminateswhentheprogramis
terminatedifthecontractdoesnotremainineffectunderSubsection
(a).
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.560(S.B.1941),Sec.10,eff.
June19,2009.
Sec.54.775.CONFIDENTIALITY.(a)Recordsinthecustodyof
theboardrelatingtotheparticipationofspecificpurchasersand
beneficiariesintheprogramareconfidential.
(b)NotwithstandingSubsection(a),theboardmayrelease
informationdescribedbythatsubsectiontoageneralacademic
teachinginstitution,twoyearinstitutionofhighereducation,
privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,careerschool,
oraccreditedoutofstateinstitutionofhighereducationatwhicha
beneficiarymayenrollorisenrolled.Theinstitutionshallkeepthe
informationconfidential.
(c)Notwithstandinganyotherprovisionofthissubchapter,the
boardmayreleaseinformationtotheInternalRevenueServiceandto
anystatetaxagenciesasrequiredbyapplicabletaxlaw.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Amendedby:
Acts2009,81stLeg.,R.S.,Ch.560(S.B.1941),Sec.11,eff.
June19,2009.
Sec.54.776.STATEMENTREGARDINGSTATUSOFPREPAIDTUITION
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CONTRACT.NotlaterthanJanuary1ofeachyear,theboardshall
providewithoutchargetoeachpurchaserastatementof:
(1)theamountpaidbythepurchaserundertheprepaid
tuitioncontract
(2)thetotalnumberofeachtypeoftuitionunitcoveredby
thecontractatanyonetime
(3)thenumberofeachtypeoftuitionunitremainingunder
thecontract
(4)thevalueofthepurchasers'tuitionunitsifredeemed
atanygeneralacademicteachinginstitutionortwoyearinstitution
ofhighereducationdesignatedforthatyearbythepurchaserinthe
timeandmannerrequiredbytheboard,nottoexceedfive
institutionsand
(5)anyotherinformationtheboarddeterminesbyruleis
necessaryorappropriate.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Sec.54.777.INFORMATIONREQUIREDFORANNUALREPORT.(a)The
boardshallmaintainthefollowinginformationforthepurposeof
inclusionintheannualreportunderSection54.642:
(1)thefiscaltransactionsoftheboardandtheplan
managerunderthissubchapterduringtheprecedingfiscalyear
(2)themarketandbookvalueofthefundasoftheendof
theprecedingfiscalyear
(3)theassetallocationsofthefundexpressedin
percentagesofstocks,fixedincome,cash,orotherfinancial
investments
(4)therateofreturnontheinvestmentofthefund's
assetsduringtheprecedingfiscalyearand
(5)anactuarialvaluationoftheassetsandliabilitiesof
theprogram,includingtheextenttowhichtheprogram'sliabilities
areunfunded.
(b)RepealedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1312,Sec.
99(4),eff.September1,2013.
(c)RepealedbyActs2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1312,Sec.
99(4),eff.September1,2013.
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AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
Amendedby:
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1312(S.B.59),Sec.15,eff.
September1,2013.
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1312(S.B.59),Sec.16,eff.
September1,2013.
Acts2013,83rdLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1312(S.B.59),Sec.99(4),eff.
September1,2013.
Sec.54.778.AUDIT.Thefundandtheoperationsoftheboard
aresubjecttoauditbythestateauditorinaccordancewithChapter
321,GovernmentCode.
AddedbyActs2007,80thLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1281(H.B.3900),Sec.1,
eff.June15,2007.
SUBCHAPTERI.TEXASSAVEANDMATCHPROGRAM
Sec.54.801.DEFINITIONS.Inthissubchapter:
(1)"Accreditedoutofstateinstitutionofhigher
education,""careerschool,""generalacademicteachinginstitution,"
"privateorindependentinstitutionofhighereducation,"and"two
yearinstitutionofhighereducation"havethemeaningsassignedby
Section54.751.
(2)"Beneficiary"meansabeneficiaryonwhosebehalfa
purchaserentersintoaprepaidtuitioncontractwiththeboardunder
SubchapterHorforwhomasavingstrustaccountisopenedunder
SubchapterG.
(3)"Board"meansthePrepaidHigherEducationTuition
Board.
(4)"Fund"meanstheTexassaveandmatchtrustfund
establishedunderSection54.808.
(5)"Program"meanstheTexasSaveandMatchProgram
establishedunderthissubchapter.
(6)"Programentity"meanstheTexasMatchthePromise
Foundation,aTexasnonprofitcorporation,oranyothertaxexempt
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charitableorganizationestablishedbylawtoimplementtheprogram.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1186(H.B.3708),Sec.3,
eff.June17,2011.
Sec.54.802.TEXASSAVEANDMATCHPROGRAM.(a)Theboard,in
cooperationwiththeprogramentity,shalladministertheTexasSave
andMatchProgram,underwhichmoneycontributedtoasavingstrust
accountbyanaccountownerunderahighereducationsavingsplan
establishedunderSubchapterGorpaidbyapurchaserunderaprepaid
tuitioncontractunderSubchapterHonbehalfofaneligible
beneficiarymaybematchedwith:
(1)contributionsmadebyanypersontotheprogramentity
foruseinmakingadditionalsavingstrustaccountcontributionsunder
SubchapterGorinpurchasingadditionaltuitionunitsunderprepaid
tuitioncontractsunderSubchapterHor
(2)moneyappropriatedbythelegislaturefortheprogramto
beusedbytheboardtomakeadditionalsavingstrustaccount
contributionsunderSubchapterGortopurchaseadditionaltuition
unitsunderSubchapterH.
(b)Inadditiontotheboard'spowersassignedunderSubchapters
F,G,andH,theboardhasthepowersnecessaryorpropertocarry
outitsdutiesunderthissubchapter,includingthepowerto:
(1)sueandbesued
(2)enterintocontractsandothernecessaryinstruments
(3)enterintoagreementsorothertransactionswiththe
UnitedStates,stateagencies,generalacademicteachinginstitutions,
twoyearinstitutionsofhighereducation,andlocalgovernments
(4)appearonitsownbehalfbeforegovernmentalagencies
(5)contractfornecessarygoodsandservices,including
specifyinginthecontractdutiestobeperformedbytheproviderofa
goodorservicethatareapartoforareinadditiontotheperson's
primarydutiesunderthecontract
(6)engagetheservicesofprivateconsultants,actuaries,
trustees,recordsadministrators,managers,legalcounsel,and
auditorsforadministrativeortechnicalassistance
(7)solicitandacceptgifts,grants,donations,loans,and
otheraidfromanysourceorparticipateinanyothermannerinany
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governmentprogramtocarryoutthissubchapter
(8)imposeadministrativefees
(9)contractwithapersontomarkettheprogram
(10)purchaseliabilityinsurancecoveringtheboardand
employeesandagentsoftheboardand
(11)establishotherpolicies,procedures,andeligibility
criteriatoimplementthissubchapter.
(c)Notwithstandingotherlaw,forpurposesofSubchapterI,
Chapter659,GovernmentCode:
(1)theprogramentityisconsideredaneligiblecharitable
organizationentitledtoparticipateinastateemployeecharitable
campaignunderSubchapterI,Chapter659,GovernmentCodeand
(2)astateemployeeisentitledtoauthorizeapayroll
deductionforcontributionstotheprogramentityasacharitable
contributionunderSection659.132,GovernmentCode.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1186(H.B.3708),Sec.3,
eff.June17,2011.
Sec.54.803.INITIALELIGIBILITYFORPARTICIPATIONINPROGRAM.
(a)Tobeinitiallyeligibletoparticipateintheprogram,a
beneficiary,atthetimeaprepaidtuitioncontractisenteredinto
onthebeneficiary'sbehalfunderSubchapterHorasavingstrust
accountisopenedonthebeneficiary'sbehalfunderSubchapterG,as
applicable,mustbe:
(1)aresidentofthisstateor
(2)adependentforpurposesofSection152,Internal
RevenueCodeof1986,ofaresidentofthisstate.
(b)Tobeinitiallyeligibletoreceivematchingfundsdescribed
bySection54.802(a)(2)undertheprogram,abeneficiary,atthetime
aprepaidtuitioncontractisenteredintoonthebeneficiary'sbehalf
underSubchapterH,orasavingstrustaccountisopenedonthe
beneficiary'sbehalfunderSubchapterG,asapplicable,mustbe
eligibleforfreemealsunderthenationalfreeorreducedprice
breakfastandlunchprogram.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1186(H.B.3708),Sec.3,
eff.June17,2011.
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Sec.54.804.LIMITATIONS.Amatchingaccountestablishedbythe
boardorprogramentityonbehalfofabeneficiaryunderthis
subchapterisforfeitedandrevertstotheboardorprogramentityon
theoccurrenceofanyofthefollowing:
(1)the10thanniversaryofthedatethebeneficiaryis
projectedtograduatefromhighschool,asindicatedbythepurchaser
intheenrollmentcontract,exceptthattimespentbythebeneficiary
asanactivedutymemberoftheUnitedStatesarmedservicestolls
theperioddescribedbythissubdivision
(2)achangeofbeneficiarybytheaccountowneror
purchaserofthematchedaccount
(3)acontractcancellationofthematchedaccountand
refundrequest
(4)thesuccessfulcompletionbythebeneficiaryofan
associateorbachelor'sdegreeprogram
(5)transferofthematchedaccounttoanotherqualified
tuitionprogramofanystatethatmeetstherequirementsofSection
529,InternalRevenueCodeof1986or
(6)anyothereventtheboardorprogramentitydetermines
wouldbeinconsistentwiththeprogram'spurposes.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1186(H.B.3708),Sec.3,
eff.June17,2011.
Sec.54.805.MATCHINGACCOUNTADMINISTRATION.(a)Amatching
accountestablishedbytheboardorprogramentityonbehalfofa
beneficiaryunderthissubchaptermustbeaccountedforseparately
fromthebeneficiary'sprepaidtuitioncontractbalanceorsavings
trustaccountbalance.
(b)Totheextentpossible,moneyortuitionunitsina
beneficiary'smatchingaccountshallbeusedorredeemedaftermoney
isusedfromthebeneficiary'ssavingstrustaccountunderSubchapter
Gortuitionunitsareredeemedfromtheprepaidtuitioncontractfor
thebeneficiaryunderSubchapterH.
(c)Totheextentpossible,theboardshallincludeinformation
aboutamatchingaccountintheperiodicstatementprovidedto
applicableaccountownersandpurchasersunderSubchaptersGandH.
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AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1186(H.B.3708),Sec.3,
eff.June17,2011.
Sec.54.806.CONFIDENTIALITY.(a)Recordsinthecustodyof
theboardorprogramentityrelatingtotheparticipationofspecific
purchasers,beneficiaries,applicants,scholarshiprecipients,or
donorsundertheprogramareconfidential.
(b)NotwithstandingSubsection(a),theboardorprogramentity
mayreleaseinformationdescribedbySubsection(a)totheextent
requiredbyageneralacademicteachinginstitution,twoyear
institutionofhighereducation,privateorindependentinstitutionof
highereducation,careerschool,oraccreditedoutofstate
institutionofhighereducationatwhichabeneficiarymayenrollor
isenrolled.Theinstitutionorschoolreceivinginformation
describedbySubsection(a)shallkeeptheinformationconfidential.
(c)Notwithstandinganyotherprovisionofthissubchapter,the
boardorprogramentitymayreleaseinformationtotheInternal
RevenueServiceortoanystatetaxagencyasrequiredbyapplicable
taxlaw.
(d)Notwithstandinganyotherprovisionofthissubchapter,the
boardorprogramentitymayreleaseinformationrelatingtodonorswho
authorizereleaseofthatinformation.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1186(H.B.3708),Sec.3,
eff.June17,2011.
Sec.54.807.PILOTPROJECTSUNDERPROGRAM.Tofulfillthe
intentoftheprogram,theboardmayusefundsdescribedbySection
54.802(a)(2)toestablishpilotprojectsundertheprograminan
efforttoincentivizeparticipationinthehighereducationsavings
programunderSubchapterGandtheprepaidtuitionunitundergraduate
educationprogramunderSubchapterH,includingprojectsthat
incentivizeparticipationby:
(1)awardingadditionalmatchinggrantsbasedona
beneficiary'sachievementofspecifiedacademicgoals
(2)providinginitialmatchinggrantsandpayingapplication
fees
(3)providingincentivesforemployerstocontribute
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matchingfundstotheprogramand
(4)creatingaprograminformationportaldesignedto
increaseprogramawarenessandaccessibilityamongschooldistricts,
parents,andstudents.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1186(H.B.3708),Sec.3,
eff.June17,2011.
Sec.54.808.TEXASSAVEANDMATCHTRUSTFUNDAGREEMENTS
BETWEENBOARDANDPROGRAMENTITYREGARDINGPROGRAMENTITYFUNDS.(a)
TheTexassaveandmatchtrustfundisestablishedasatrustfundto
beheldwiththecomptroller.
(b)Moneyinthefundmaybespentwithoutappropriationand
onlytoestablishmatchingaccounts,makedeposits,purchasetuition
units,andawardmatchinggrantsandscholarshipsundertheprogram
andtopaythecostsofprogramadministrationandoperations.
(c)Theboardmayinvest,reinvest,anddirecttheinvestmentof
anyavailablemoneyinthefund.
(d)Interestandincomefromtheassetsofthefundshallbe
creditedtoanddepositedinthefund.
(e)Theboardandtheprogramentitymayenterintoanagreement
underwhichtheboardmayholdandmanagefundsoftheprogramentity
andprovideservicestotheprogramentity.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1186(H.B.3708),Sec.3,
eff.June17,2011.
Sec.54.809.RULES.Theboardshalladoptrulesforthe
administrationofthissubchapter.
AddedbyActs2011,82ndLeg.,R.S.,Ch.1186(H.B.3708),Sec.3,
eff.June17,2011.

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