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Relating to the establishment of the Texas Competency-Based Education Grant Program for certain students enrolled in competency-based baccalaureate degree programs and to formula funding and dropped and repeated course restrictions for students enrolled in those degree programs at public institutions of higher education.
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB3657, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($13,965,224) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
HB 3657 would create the Texas Competency-Based Education Grant Program to provide financial assistance to eligible students who enroll in competency-based baccalaureate degree programs at eligible institutions.
Texas Action recommends opposing HB 3657 because it violates our principle of limited government. Rather than spending taxpayer funds to subsidize adult learners and nontraditional students in obtaining college degrees, a more limited government approach would be to focus on the expansion of the Affordable Baccalaureate Program to make affordable degrees more accessible and obtainable.