HB 2396

84(R) - 2015
House Higher Education
House Higher Education
Higher Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Donna Howard

Bill Caption

Relating to eliminating requirements that certain public institutions of higher education set aside portions of tuition for student loan repayment programs for certain physicians and state attorneys.

Fiscal Notes


Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB2396, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($881,000) through the biennium ending August 31, 2017.

Local Government

There is no significant fiscal impact.

Bill Analysis

HB 2396 would repeal Sections 61.539 and 61.9731, Education Code, eliminating the requirement that higher education institutions set aside medical school and law school tuition for student loan repayment programs for certain physicians and lawyers who ave met the eligibility requirements, applicable beginning with the 2015 fall semester.

Vote Recommendation Notes

05/21/2015 update:

Minor changes were made to HB 2396 which do not affect our original vote recommendation. The second chamber sponsor is Senator Seliger.

First chamber recommendation:

This bill affirms the principle of limited government, since it removes regulation that requires medical schools and law schools set aside a percentage of their tuition for loan repayment assistance. It would prevent the subsidization of loan repayment by students that may not even be eligible or benefit from the repayment assistance. For this reason, we support HB 2396.