Senate Bill 18 Imperils Key Source of College Students’ Financial Aid

On less than a day’s’ notice the House Higher Education Committee will consider tomorrow a bill that would eliminate a key funding source for college financial aid for needy students. The bill is SB 18 by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo). It would eliminate tuition set-asides that redirect a fraction of total tuition charges in order to provide much-needed financial help to low-income students. Texas AFT strongly opposed the move to get rid of set-asides in the Senate and will maintain that strong opposition in tomorrow’s House committee hearing. Unless the state comes up with an adequate alternative funding source, tuition set-asides will remain essential to make college possible for many low-income students.