HBA-CBW S.B. 743 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 743 By: Lucio Higher Education 4/25/2001 Committee Report (Amended) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, a foreign student who demonstrates financial need may pay resident tuition rates at a Texas state university located in a county immediately adjacent to the nation in which the foreign students resides. However, Mexican citizens must pay nonresident tuition at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health satellite campuses in El Paso and Brownsville because the satellites are considered to be a part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and therefore a part of Harris County, which is not adjacent to Mexico. Senate Bill 743 provides that the foreign student tuition fee does not apply to certain foreign students that register for courses that are a part of a graduate degree program in public health and that are conducted in a county immediately adjacent to the nation in which the foreign student resides. 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 Senate Bill 743 amends the Education Code to provide that the foreign student tuition fee does not apply to a foreign student who is a resident of a nation situated adjacent to Texas, demonstrates financial need, and registers for courses that are part of a graduate degree program in public health and that are conducted in a county immediately adjacent to the nation in which the foreign student resides. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001. The changes in law made by the Act apply beginning with tuition charged for the 2001 fall semester. EXPLANATION OF AMENDMENTS Committee Amendment No. 1 provides that a foreign service officer employed by the United States Department of State foreign service officer and enrolled in an institution of higher education is entitled to pay the tuition and fees at the rates provided for Texas residents if the person is assigned to an office of the department of state that is located in a foreign nation that borders on this state. The amendment also prohibits the maximum emergency tuition and fee loan amount per student from being greater than, rather than less than, an amount equal to the tuition and required fees for the courses in which the student is actually enrolling. The provision regarding tuition and fees for a foreign service officer applies beginning with tuition charged for the 2001 fall semester.