Topic Overviews

College Access Loan (CAL) Program Overview

The College Access Loan Program provides alternative educational loans to Texas students who are unable to meet the cost of attendance.

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Dual Credit Overview

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) defines dual credit as a system under which an eligible high school student enrolls in college course(s) and receives credit for the course(s) from both the college and high school.

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Eligibility for In-State Tuition and State Financial Programs

Texas law authorizes persons classified as Texas residents to pay in-state tuition, a rate of tuition that is generally three times lower than for those classified as nonresidents. In addition, Texas residents may receive state financial aid if they meet the eligibility requirements of the program.

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Exemptions and Waivers

Texas currently maintains a variety of programs aimed at exempting or waiving tuition, fees, and other expenses related to attending public colleges and universities.

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Financial Aid in Texas Overview

A summary of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s annual Report on Student Financial Aid in Texas Higher Education, Fiscal Year 2016.

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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Overview

The mission of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is to provide leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system and to promote access, affordability, quality, success, and cost efficiency through 60x30TX, resulting in a globally competitive workforce that positions Texas as an international leader.

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Texas Regional Alignment Networks

The Texas Regional Alignment Networks (formerly Pathways) strive to boost student success through innovative and collaborative efforts between public school districts and higher education partners within different regions of Texas.

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Texas Success Initiative Overview

Students must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), to enroll in coursework at Texas public institutions of higher education per the Texas Education Code.

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Texas Transfer Initiative Overview

Overview of state Initiatives that create clear pathways for transfer students.

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Tuition Deregulation and Tuition Set Asides Overview

Tuition deregulation became effective September 1, 2003, and universities began increasing designated tuition in spring 2004.

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Understanding Credentials in Texas: Certificates and Certifications

This brief aims to clarify the important differences between the terms certificate and certification. Mistakenly, these two terms often are used interchangeably across higher education, K-12, and workforce sectors.

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