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 Generation Twenty-One application cycle is now open. The Instructions and Guidelines (PDF, 326 KB) document applicable to college or university applicants will provide the complete timeline and detailed information pertaining to the completion of an application in response to this application request. Application submission deadline is Monday, November 2, 2015 by 5:00 P.M. (CST).

Applicant Information Sessions

  • TEA hosted applicant information sessions on Wednesday, September 16, and Tuesday, September 22, 2015 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. .
  • One component of the application process requires that at least one member of the governing board of the sponsoring entity requesting the charter attend one of the sessions. Applicant Information Session Presentations and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

    Charter Presentation

    Curriculum Presentation

    Financial Presentation

    Legal Presentation

    Special Education Presentation

    Session FAQ’s

    Required Resources and Information

    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: 

      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.

      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