Charter Schools - Subchapter E Charters

This page describes Subchapter E charters. These charters are sometimes called university charters.

The commissioner of education may grant open-enrollment charters to public colleges and universities. These schools may operate on a campus of the college, university, or junior college or at another location in any county in the state as deemed appropriate by the commissioner of education after considering the number of existing charters in the area and the needs of the community. See Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 12 (Outside Source), Subchapter E §12.152.

Applying for a Subchapter E Charter

The application cycle is now closed.

The Instructions and Guidelines (PDF, 412 KB) document provides the complete timeline and detailed information pertaining to the completion of an application in response to the Generation Twenty-Two Request for Application (RFA).

Applicant Information Sessions

  • TEA hosted two applicant information sessions in which potential applicants were provided details about: 
    • applying for, holding, and operating a charter in the state of Texas,  
    • the contents of the application documents, and 
    • the application preparation guidelines and submission requirements for both electronic and hard copy application documents.  
  • Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 127 KB)

  • One component of the application process required that at least one member of the governing board of the sponsoring entity requesting the charter attend one of the sessions.

Required Resources and Information

The application cycle is now closed. The materials on this page are only to be used for reference.

In addition to the charter application and required attachments, the following attachments are also required of applicants and the following links provide additional necessary information for submitting an application: 

The Scoring Rubric (PDF, 293 KB) for the Generation Twenty-Two Open-Enrollment Charter application will be used by external evaluators to assess and score the strength of each application. This document is not to be filled out by applicants. It is provided to serve as a resource for aligning application material with Agency expectations.

      Additional Information 

      An application must describe an education program that is unique to the applicant. An applicant that plagiarizes or copies any other application does not meet this standard.

      You may sign up for more information about the open-enrollment charter application process by signing up for our GovDelivery email list.

      Selected Laws and Rules Applicable to Open-Enrollment Charters

      The links below reference some of the laws and rules that apply to charters:

        If you have any questions, contact the Division of Charter School Administration by e-mail at or by phone at (512) 463-9575.

        Division of Charter School Administration
        1701 North Congress Avenue
        Austin, TX 78701
        Phone: (512) 463-9575