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Community College Funding

Tuition and Fees

The Board of each Community College District sets the institution’s tuition and fee structure. Tuition and fee revenues are considered institutional funds and are not appropriated by the state. Tuition and fee rates vary from institution to institution. Click here for the results of TACC's tuition and fee survey from 1998 to Fall 2017.

Local Property Taxes

Each Community College Board is required by state law to levy annual ad valorem taxes for the maintenance of district facilities. A Board may also issue bonds for the construction of school buildings and to purchase land.  For FY 2016, the estimated statewide certified property valuation was $1.47 trillion (71% of the state’s property wealth). The estimated statewide levy for FY 2016 was $1.78 billion. The average Maintenance and Operation tax rate (M&O) was $.153 and the average bond (debt) rate was $.022 per $100 valuation.  Click here for the results TACC's property tax survey from FY 1998 to FY 2016.

funding18_19State Appropriations

The Texas Legislature appropriates general revenue funds to public community colleges. Prior to the 83rd Texas Legislature (2013), the Texas Association of Community Colleges proposed a new Student Success model for funding community college instruction with three components: 1) Core Operations, 2) Student Success Points, and 3) Contact Hour funding. The 83rd Legislature initially adopted this model and the 84th Legislature continued this pattern of funding instruction.  As shown in the chart on this page, the 85th Legislature funded instruction at Texas Community Colleges at $1.765 billion.  Core operations was increased to $1.36 million per district (previously $1.0 million per district).  Student Success Points and Contacted Hour funding were decoupled from the 10%/90% formula.  TACC's Summary of SB 1 provides additional information on this shift in funding.

Community College Funding Resources