Austin, Texas
April 15, 2021

Honorable Brandon Creighton, Chair, Senate Committee on Higher Education
Jerry McGinty, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB1295 by Creighton (relating to financial support and incentives for comprehensive regional universities.), Committee Report 1st House, Substituted

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB1295, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted : a negative impact of ($42,507,647) through the biennium ending August 31, 2023.

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

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Fiscal Analysis

The bill would amend Education Code to provide funding to comprehensive regional universities based on the number of degrees awarded to at-risk students each year. The bill also requires the Higher Education Coordinating Board to work with a representative group of eligible institutions on a study of the fairness, equity, and effectiveness of the funding methodology prescribed by the provisions of the bill to be completed no later than September 1, 2022. 


The bill provides base funding of $500,000 for each eligible institution for the biennium and a rate of $1,000 per the 3-year average number of degrees awarded to at-risk students at comprehensive regional universities. Eligible institutions include those listed in Article VII, Section 17(b) of the Constitution of Texas and any institution or agency of higher education that is later made eligible under the provisions of Article VII, Section 17(c) of the Texas Constitution. A comprehensive regional university is defined as one designated by the Higher Education Coordinating Board accountability system as a doctoral, comprehensive, or master's university. An at-risk student is defined as an undergraduate student of an eligible institution whose score on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) is less than the national score of students' scores on that test, or who has previously received a grant under the Federal Pell Grant program.

According to the Coordinating Board, 27 universities would be eligible for funding under the provisions of the bill. Assuming the FY 18-20 graduation data would be used to determine funding amounts for the 2022-23 biennium, the bill would result in a cost of $42,461,000 for FY 2022 and FY 2023. It is assumed that eligible institutions would received half of the funding in the first year of the biennium and the other half in the second year. The three-year average growth from FY 2017-2019 to FY 2020-22 was 2.78%; this growth rate was used to determine estimated at-risk degrees awarded in future fiscal years. Costs estimated above assume FY 20-22 at-risk degrees awarded would be used to determine funding for FY 24-25, and FY 22-24 at-risk degrees awarded would be used to determine funding for FY 26-27.

The Higher Education Coordinating Board estimates that 1 FTE would be needed for six months to complete the study required by the provisions of the bill. The Coordinating Board estimates personnel cost to be $46,647 in Fiscal Year 2022.

Local Government Impact

No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Source Agencies:
304 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 710 Texas A&M Univ System Admin, 720 UT Sys Admin, 758 Texas State University System, 768 Texas Tech Univ Sys Admin, 781 Higher Education Coordinating Board, 783 Univ of Houston Sys Admin
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