The House Committee on Higher Education

84th Legislature

May 10, 2016

9:00 a.m.



Pursuant to a notice posted on April 28, 2016, the House Committee on Higher Education met in a public hearing and was called to order by the chair, Representative Zerwas, at 9:10 a.m.


The initial quorum call was answered as follows: Representatives Zerwas; Howard; Clardy; Crownover; Martinez, "Mando"; Morrison; Raney; and Turner, Chris.


A quorum was present.



Study the affordability and accessibility of undergraduate college education in Texas, including a focus on middle-class students.  Analyze the cost of attendance and tuition rates, comparing Texas institutions to their national peers.  Review the availability and effectiveness of financial aid programs, and analyze student debt and default rates.  Study and recommend ways to promote timely and cost efficient graduation.


(Representative Alonzo now present.)


Testimony taken/registration recorded.  (See attached witness list.)


At 12:59 p.m., on the motion of Representative Turner, Chris and without objection, the meeting was adjourned subject to the call of the chair.




Rep. Zerwas, Chair




Cameron Cocke, Clerk