In 2001, the Texas legislature nearly unanimously approved House Bill 1403 (HB 1403) which allows certain immigrants who had lived in Texas at least three years and graduated High School or obtained GED in Texas to become eligible for in-state tuition if they meet certain requirements. That bill was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry.

In November 2014, Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) filed bill HB 209, which would revoke bill 1403 by 2015 if it is passed.

As a Texas organization we stand against any treats against our immigrant community and we will not allow for bill 1403 to be revoke. We asking for every student and allies in Texas that would be effected by this to join us in this fight to make sure it doesn’t happen. Please help us keep HB 1403!

Facts:

  • In order to qualify for HB 1403, students must have graduated from a Texas high school, have resided in Texas for at least three years, and pledge to apply for permanent resident status as soon as they are eligible.
  • Students enrolled under HB 1403 are accepted based on admissions qualifications set by the university. These children have already qualified and been accepted by the school’s admission standards. HB1403 is only about tuition. The tuition for which these students are eligible is based on their long-standing residency in Texas.
  • With an average investment of $8,600 per year to educate students in public schools, not allowing students educated in Texas to complete a higher education would reduce their ability to be more productive, earn more and pay more taxes. The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) noted that in 2010, students enrolled under the Texas DREAM Act paid $32.7 million in total tuition and fees. Further, HB 1403 helps the economy of the entire state. The CPPP also reported that: “A Texas worker who completes some college can increase their earnings potential by 96 percent. And those with a four-year degree or higher can increase their earning potential by as much as 139 percent. This is a difference between earning a median hourly wage of $9.99 for a Texan who does not complete high school, compared to $14.46 an hour for those who complete some college, and $23.90 for those who obtain a four-year degree or higher.”
  • The strength of our Texas economy is based on an educated workforce. In 2001 Texas adopted HB 1403. Today, nearly 40% of all states now have adopted similar programs. The high success rate of the Texas plan has resulted in growth and economic benefits for our state. Since the passage of HB1403 there has been an influx of talent in all segments of our economy from qualifying students. Doctors, attorneys, engineers, teachers, scientists, technology innovators, and job-creating entrepreneurs that have been educated as a result of HB1403 have been increasingly contributing to the Texas economy.

TALKING POINTS:

  • Maintaining a strong and educated workforce is essential to maintaining our state’s economic success.
  • Current Texas law – passed originally in 2001 as HB 1403 – is a commonsense approach to ensure that young people who have grown up in Texas can access the education that Texas businesses need.
  • This law has made it possible for thousands of young Texans to complete their education and further contribute to the economy.
  • This law also provides an obvious return on investment to our state. Given Texas’ investment per year to educate students in public schools, not allowing students educated in Texas to complete a higher education would reduce their ability to be more productive, earn more and contribute more in taxes.
  • We ask that you help preserve our economic standing and enable our state to produce more college graduates by upholding Texas’ current in-state tuition law.

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