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  87R7726 KJE-F
 
  By: Rogers H.B. No. 2765
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the creation of a rural dual credit grant program by the
  Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 61, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 61.0765 to read as follows:
         Sec. 61.0765.  RURAL DUAL CREDIT GRANT PROGRAM. (a) The
  board shall establish a grant program under which the board awards
  grants to eligible public junior colleges to provide financial
  assistance to educationally disadvantaged high school students for
  all or part of the cost of enrolling in dual credit courses at the
  college.
         (b)  A public junior college is eligible to receive a grant
  under the grant program if the college is in the small or medium
  public junior college peer group, as identified by the board.
         (c)  A public junior college that receives a grant under the
  grant program must:
               (1)  use the grant funds to provide financial
  assistance to eligible students for all or part of the cost of
  tuition and required fees for dual credit courses at the college;
               (2)  work with high schools that partner with the
  college to provide dual credit courses and elect to participate in
  the grant program to:
                     (A)  inform eligible students regarding the grant
  program and how those courses relate to postsecondary education and
  career paths; and
                     (B)  assist eligible students in applying to
  enroll in those courses; and
               (3)  collect and report to the board data on:
                     (A)  participation rates of eligible students in
  the grant program;
                     (B)  outreach efforts regarding the grant
  program; and
                     (C)  the percentage of eligible students
  receiving financial assistance under the grant program who graduate
  from high school:
                           (i)  in the top 10 percent of the student's
  high school class; or
                           (ii)  with a workforce certificate or
  credential.
         (d)  A student is eligible to receive financial assistance
  from a public junior college under the grant program if the student:
               (1)  is educationally disadvantaged;
               (2)  is enrolled in a participating public or private
  high school, including a home school, in the service area of the
  college; and
               (3)  has completed less than 60 semester credit hours
  at an institution of higher education.
         (e)  Funds provided to an eligible student under the grant
  program must be used for the cost of tuition or required fees for
  dual credit courses at the public junior college.
         (f)  A public or private high school, including a home
  school, that partners with a public junior college to provide dual
  credit courses and elects to participate in the grant program must
  provide to students in grade nine or the equivalent information
  regarding dual credit opportunities and the funding available for
  dual credit courses under the grant program.
         SECTION 2.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  shall establish the grant program under Section 61.0765, Education
  Code, as added by this Act, as soon as practicable following the
  effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 3.  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 September 1, 2021.