TITLE 19. EDUCATION

PART 1. TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD

CHAPTER 22. STUDENT FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

SUBCHAPTER B. PROVISIONS FOR THE TUITION EQUALIZATION GRANT PROGRAM

19 TAC §22.23

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes an amendment to §22.23, concerning the Provisions for the Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) Program. The proposed amendment to §22.23(a)(5) would allow the Coordinating Board to renew twice, rather than once, the two-year temporary approval for an independent or private institution of higher education to continue to participate in the TEG Program. This amendment will align program rules with a new provision enacted by Senate Bill 331, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session.

Charles W. Puls, Ed.D., Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Student Financial Aid Programs, has determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, there will be no fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the rule.

Dr. Puls has also determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of administering this section will be the institution's ability to better meet the needs of their student populations. There is no effect on small businesses. There are no anticipated economic costs to persons who are required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Charles W. Puls, Ed.D., Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Student Financial Aid Programs, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, (512) 427-6365, charles.puls@thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The amendment is proposed under Texas Education Code (TEC) §61.229 which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to adopt rules to implement the Tuition Equalization Grant Program.

The amendment affects Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 22, Subchapter B, §22.23, and Texas Education Code, §61.222(c).

§22.23.Institutions

(a) Eligibility.

(1) - (4) (No change).

(5) The Board may grant temporary approval to participate in the TEG program to an institution described under paragraph (4) of this subsection for a period of two years. The Board may renew that approval for a given institution twice [once] for a period of two years.

(b) - (c) (No change).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on June 12, 2017.

TRD-201702273

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: July 23, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104