83R8462 JRJ-F
  By: Isaac H.B. No. 2236
  relating to tuition and fee exemptions for certain military
  personnel and their dependents.
         SECTION 1.  Section 54.341, Education Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (c), (d), and (l) and adding Subsection (o) to
  read as follows:
         (c)  A person may not receive exemptions provided for by this
  section for more than a cumulative total of 120 [150] credit hours.
         (d)  The governing board of each institution of higher
  education granting an exemption under this section shall require
  each applicant claiming the exemption to submit to the institution
  an application for the exemption and satisfactory evidence that the
  applicant qualifies for the exemption not later than the 12th class
  day of the semester or term to which the exemption applies [one year
  after the earlier of the date the institution:
               [(1)   provides written notice to the applicant of the
  applicant's eligibility for the exemption; or
               [(2)   receives a written acknowledgement from the
  applicant evidencing the applicant's awareness of the applicant's
  eligibility for the exemption].
         (l)  To be eligible to receive an exemption under Subsection
  (k), the child must:
               (1)  be a student who is classified as a resident under
  Subchapter B when the child enrolls in an institution of higher
  education; and
               (2)  meet the [make] satisfactory academic progress
  requirements of this section [in a degree, certificate, or
  continuing education program as determined by the institution at
  which the child is enrolled in accordance with the policy of the
  institution's financial aid department, except that the
  institution may not require the child to enroll in a minimum course
         (o)  To receive an exemption provided by this section, a
  person otherwise eligible for the exemption must:
               (1)  meet the satisfactory academic progress
  requirements for federal student financial aid for the institution
  in which the person is enrolled; or
               (2)  be granted an exemption from those requirements in
  the manner permitted under the federal satisfactory academic
  progress policy.
         SECTION 2.  Section 54.341(h), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (h)  The governing board of each institution of higher
  education shall electronically report to the Texas Higher Education
  Coordinating Board the information required by Section 61.0516
  relating to each individual receiving an exemption from fees and
  charges under Subsection (a), (a-2), or (b).  The institution shall
  report the information not later than December 31 of each year for
  the fall semester, May 31 of each year for the spring semester, and
  September 30 of each year for the summer session. The coordinating
  board shall at least annually evaluate the information reported
  under this subsection to ensure that a person receiving an
  exemption under this section is in compliance with Subsection (c).
         SECTION 3.  Section 9.01(b)(4), Chapter 1049 (S.B. 5), Acts
  of the 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, which would repeal
  Section 54.203(h), Education Code, effective September 1, 2013, is
  repealed and does not take effect, and Section 54.341(h), Education
  Code, which was redesignated from Section 54.203(h), Education
  Code, by Chapter 359 (S.B. 32), Acts of the 82nd Legislature,
  Regular Session, 2011, remains in effect as amended by this Act.
         SECTION 4.  The changes in law made by this Act apply
  beginning with tuition and fees for the 2013 fall semester. Tuition
  and fees for a term or semester before the 2013 fall semester are
  covered by the law in effect immediately before the effective date
  of this Act, and the former law is continued in effect for that
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect on the 91st day after the last day of the
  legislative session.