Rules for Tuition Set Asides Notices
In June 2009, the Texas Legislature passed S.B. 1304 which requires public institutions to notify students of where their money is going. This bill, which took effect beginning the Spring 2010 semester, requires universities provide each student a notice regarding the specific amount of their tuition required to be set aside.
Guidelines on these notices regarding tuition set asides can be found in the Texas Administration Code CHAPTER 21 SUBCHAPTER QQ. PROVISIONS FOR NOTICE TO STUDENTS REGARDING TUITION SET ASIDE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE to prescribe minimum standards for institutions of higher education to use in providing notices to students regarding the specific amount of each student’s designated tuition required to be set aside for financial assistance. Refer to the text of ‘Section 21.2232 Notice to Students’ below.
(a) Each institution of higher education that is required to set aside a portion of a student’s designated tuition to provide financial assistance shall provide to each student who pays designated tuition a notice regarding the specific amount that is required to be set aside in accordance with the uniform standards prescribed by the Commissioner.
(b) The institution shall conform to the uniform standards prescribed by the Commissioner and must include the notice with one of the following:
(1) the student’s tuition bill or billing statement, if the institution provides the student with a printed bill or statement for the payment of tuition;
(2) the student’s tuition receipt, if the institution provides the student with a printed receipt for the payment of tuition; or
(3) a statement prominently displayed in an e-mail, if the institution does not provide the student with a printed tuition bill, statement, or receipt.
(c) Institutions of higher education shall comply with the standards and requirements not later than the 2010 spring semester.