May 24, 2017
To the Administrator Addressed:
Subject: Tuition Limits under the TEC, §25.0031
Senate Bill 453, passed during the 83rd Texas Legislature, added §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. 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 2017–2018 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 2016–2017 Summary of Finances are used for the 2017–2018 tuition limit.
Your district should use a Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) ADA eligibility code of 0 for these students since students charged tuition under this section may not be counted in average daily attendance (ADA) for state funding purposes.
If you have questions about the calculation, please contact Ashley Behnke at
(512) 463-4834 or Ashley.Behnke@tea.texas.gov.
Director of State Funding
2017–2018 Tuition Limit for Students on F1 Visas (Excel, 221KB)
2017–2018 Tuition Limit for Students on F1 Visas (PDF, 668KB)