HB 277

86(R) - 2019
House Higher Education
Senate Higher Education
House Higher Education
Senate Higher Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Tom Oliverson
Angie Chen Button
Jim Murphy


Briscoe Cain
Matt Schaefer
Steve Toth
James White
Terry Wilson


Brandon Creighton

Bill Caption

Relating to a requirement that online admission application forms for public institutions of higher education include a link to certain comparative gainful employment data.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 277 would require the common online application for post-secondary institutions to include a link to comparative gainful employment data. This would include data regarding the benefits of different types of degrees, career opportunities, and comparative data between different universities. This data would be compiled by a board in coordination with the Texas Workforce Commission.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends supporting HB 277 because it promotes our principles of free markets and personal responsibility. The data that would be included in this link could help graduating high school students choose a career path or university that best suits them and their interests. Data regarding the employment rate of students or the benefits of trade schools promotes our principle of free markets. HB 277 would also require the link to include data regarding average tuition and student loan debt, promoting personal responsibility. 

Organizations Supporting

Center for Public Policy Priorities
Texas Association of Manufacturers
Texas Business Leadership Council
Texas Public Policy Foundation