SRC-CTC H.B. 400 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Senate Research Center H.B. 400 By: Giddings (Van de Putte) Education 5/4/2001 Engrossed DIGEST AND PURPOSE Individual public institutions of higher education independently distribute pertinent information to prospective students to ensure that the students and their parents understand the benefits of higher education and the necessary steps to prepare for college. However, current law does not provide for a public program to distribute such information, which may help increase the admission and enrollment of students in Texas institutions of higher education. H.B. 400 creates the Higher Education Assistance Pilot Program to provide prospective students with assistance and information on admissions and enrollment at institutions of higher education. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY This bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Chapter 61C, Education Code, by adding Section 61.088, as follows: Sec. 61.088. HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PILOT PROGRAM. Requires the Higher Education Coordinating Board (board) to administer and coordinate the Higher Education Assistance Pilot Program to aid prospective students in taking actions relating to enrollment in public or private or independent institutions of higher education. Requires the board to provide the information and assistance required by this section at least twice each year at one or more appropriate locations in each area served by the pilot program. Authorizes the board to coordinate with an institution of higher education or other entity to provide the information and assistance required by this section in each area served by the pilot program. Requires the board, not later than August 31, 2003, to submit to the legislature a report on the effectiveness of the pilot program, including recommendations on whether to implement the program on a statewide basis. Provides that the pilot program ends and this section expires August 31, 2003. SECTION 2. Provides that the board is required to implement this Act only if the legislature appropriates money specifically for that purpose. Authorizes the board, if the legislature does not appropriate money specifically for that purpose, to implement this Act using other appropriations available for the purpose. SECTION 3. Effective date: upon passage or September 1, 2001.