HBA-AMW, CBW H.B. 2531 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2531 By: Junell Higher Education 77/26/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Tuition paid by the students at public institutions of higher education is used to improve the quality of education for all students. For this goal to be achieved, tuition rates may need to be increased to keep up with rising educational costs. House Bill 2531 increases tuition for resident students at general academic teaching institutions over a 10-year period. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2531 amends the Education Code to provide that tuition for a resident student at a general academic teaching institution is $50 per semester credit hour, rather than $120 for each semester or 12 week summer session and $60 for each six week summer term or $40 per semester credit hour. The bill provides for an increase of $2 per semester credit hour for each academic year starting with the 2001-2002 academic year and ending with the 2005-2006 academic year. The bill requires the governing board of an institution of higher education to set tuition for a graduate or professional pharmacy program or for a law school at the institution at a rate that is at least equal to, but note more than three times, the prescribed tuition rate. The bill requires each governing board of an institution of higher education, for billing and catalogue purposes, to accumulate all the tuition that it charges into one tuition charge. The bill authorizes the maximum emergency tuition and fee loan amount per student to be less than an amount equal to the tuition and required fees for the courses in which the student is actually enrolling if the institution determines that a lower amount would be in the best interest of the student. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001, and applies beginning with tuition charges for the 2001 fall semester.