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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
January 25, 2017
Contact: Melissa Duncan

On the agenda: Article III - Higher Education

Higher Education Coordinating Board
Higher Education Fund
Texas Woman's University
Texas A&M System
Texas A&M System Agencies
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
Texas State University System
University of Houston System Administration

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Higher Education Funding in SB1:

  • Prioritizes funding for students:
    • Maintains existing funding formulas for higher education;
    • Continues current levels for Texas major financial aid programs for public institutions of higher education, including TEXAS Grant;
  • Sets aside $300 million for special items such as pilot programs, research, museums, and start-up costs for university initiatives -- a reduction of $800 million from FY 16-17;
  • Appropriates $18.3 billion for higher education for FY 18-19, a decrease of $400 million from FY 16-17, but an increase of $1.6 billion over FY 14-15. The Legislature increased the higher education budget last session by $2 billion;
  • Increases funding for Graduate Medical Education by $44.1 million for with the goal of ensuring that residency slots are available for Texas' medical school graduates.

Statement from Senator Nelson: "As a starting point, SB 1 prioritizes taxpayer resources educating the student and providing financial aid. Special items have grown exponentially, and we need a thorough review to ensure we are making the most efficient use of our higher education dollars."