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The most recent, yet outdated, Instructions and Guidelines (PDF, 326 KB) document is provided as a reference tool only. It is anticipated that the next application cycle will open in the fall of 2016 and have a scheduled school start date in the Fall of 2018. Once released, the document will provide applicants with 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 will host two applicant information sessions in which potential applicants will be 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.

Required Resources and Information

 The following materials are provided as reference and resource ONLY. New forms will be made available with the release of the Generation Twenty-Two application.

Generation Twenty-One College or University Charter Application (PDF, 2,560 KB)

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