Honorable David Dewhurst, Lieutenant Governor, Senate
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB1760 by Watson (Relating to the administration of the Texas Save and Match Program to assist qualifying beneficiaries under the state's prepaid tuition plans and college savings plans and to the treatment of a beneficiary's assets under prepaid tuition plans and college savings plans in determining eligibility for student financial assistance and other assistance programs.), As Passed 2nd House
The bill would amend the Education, Health and Safety, and Human Resources Codes, relating to student financial assistance and other programs, such as the Texas Save and Match Program (program), and require the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board to develop a formula to match purchases based upon a beneficiaries' annual household income.
The bill would allow the program to be an eligible charitable organization entitled to participate in the state employee charitable campaign. A state employee could authorize a payroll deduction for contributions to the program as a charitable contribution.
The bill would limit who would be eligible to participate in the new program. The Board would be allowed to establish pilot projects under the program in an effort to increase participation in the plan.
The Comptrollerís office indicates that the bill would have no fiscal impact provided that external funding was procured to provide payment for tuition units awarded under the provisions of the bill, so that there would be no negative impact on the actuarial soundness of the Texas Tomorrow Fund II Prepaid Tuition Unit Undergraduate Education Program Fund, also known as the Texas Tuition Promise Fund. The Comptrollerís office also indicated that there would be no significant administrative costs to the agency.
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