September 6, 2013
Subject: Tuition Limits under the TEC, §25.0031
To the Administrator Addressed:
Senate Bill 453, passed during the 83rd Texas Legislature, adds §25.0031 to the Texas Education Code (TEC). The new section requires a district or charter school to accept tuition from a student who is required to pay tuition as a condition of holding a visa. It also requires the commissioner to provide guidance to districts regarding the tuition they may charge under the TEC, §25.0031. Districts and charter schools may not charge more than the commissioner-determined tuition without permission from the commissioner.
The attached spreadsheet shows the tuition limit for each district and charter school for the 2013-2014 school year. The tuition limit under §25.0031 is defined as the sum of state aid under Tiers I and II of the Foundation School Program; Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction under the TEC, §42.2516; total maintenance and operations tax collections; total interest and sinking fund tax collections; and the state shares of the Existing Debt Allotment and Instructional Facilities Allotment programs, all divided by total enrollment. Legislative payment estimate (LPE) data related to the 2012-2013 Summary of Finances are used for the 2013-2014 tuition limit.
Your district should use a Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) ADA eligibility code of zero for these students since students charged tuition under this section may not be counted in average daily attendance (ADA) for state funding purposes.
The agency will propose rules related to the calculation of the tuition limit in the coming weeks. If you have questions about these calculations, please contact Ashley Behnke at
(512) 463-4834 or Ashley.Behnke@tea.state.tx.us.
Director of State Funding
Attachment: 2013-2014 Tuition Limit for Students on F1 Visas (Excel, 138 KB) (PDF, 488 KB)