Sen. Hughes bill to improve transparency for flat-rate tuitions passes committee

Sen. Hughes bill to improve transparency for flat-rate tuitions passes committee

AUSTIN, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas legislator’s bill to improve transparency for flat-rate tuitions at public universities has passed the committee phase in the state senate.

SB 1193, authored by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) “Requires a general academic teaching institution that offers a fixed tuition rate program under Section 54.016 (Fixed Tuition Rate Program for Certain Transfer Students at General Academic Teaching Institutions) to provide information explaining the effect of the program on the calculation of a student’s cost per credit hour, including the institution’s current fixed tuition rate, and clearly describing the amount of tuition a student would pay for varying course loads covered by the program.”

The bill covers transferring undergraduate students and students enrolled in a fixed tuition rate program. The information would be posted on the institution’s website and in any financial aid information.

The Senate Committee on Higher Education approved the bill in a 9-0 vote. The committee is also recommending the bill to local calendars, meaning the senate can approve the bill without debate on the floor.

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