HBA-CBW H.B. 2531 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2531 By: Junell Higher Education 3/26/2001 Introduced 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 $60 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 removes the provision regarding the $40 per semester credit hour tuition charge for academic years after 2000-2001 academic year and 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 2011-2012 academic year. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.