By Giddings H.B. No. 400 77R1538 KEL-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to establishing a pilot program to assist prospective 1-3 students in enrolling in institutions of higher education. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter C, Chapter 61, Education Code, is 1-6 amended by adding Section 61.088 to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 61.088. HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PILOT PROGRAM. (a) 1-8 The board shall administer and coordinate the Higher Education 1-9 Assistance Pilot Program to: 1-10 (1) provide to prospective students in the cities of 1-11 Dallas and Houston and in the counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, 1-12 and Willacy information related to enrollment in public or private 1-13 or independent institutions of higher education, including 1-14 admissions and financial aid information; and 1-15 (2) assist those prospective students in completing 1-16 applications related to enrollment in those institutions, including 1-17 admissions and financial aid applications. 1-18 (b) The board shall provide the information and assistance 1-19 required by this section at least twice each year at one or more 1-20 appropriate locations in each area served by the pilot program. 1-21 (c) The board may coordinate with an institution of higher 1-22 education or other entity to provide the information and assistance 1-23 required by this section in each area served by the pilot program. 1-24 (d) Not later than August 31, 2003, the board shall submit 2-1 to the legislature a report on the effectiveness of the pilot 2-2 program, including recommendations on whether to implement the 2-3 program on a statewide basis. 2-4 (e) The pilot program ends and this section expires August 2-5 31, 2003. 2-6 SECTION 2. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is 2-7 required to implement this Act only if the legislature appropriates 2-8 money specifically for that purpose. If the legislature does not 2-9 appropriate money specifically for that purpose, the board may 2-10 implement this Act using other appropriations available for the 2-11 purpose. 2-12 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives 2-13 a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as 2-14 provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this 2-15 Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this 2-16 Act takes effect September 1, 2001.