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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 Spring 2015.

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 2014, the estimated statewide certified property valuation for FY 2014 is $1.26 trillion (71% of the state’s property wealth). The estimated statewide levy for FY 2014 is $1.65 billion. the average Maintenance and Operation tax rate (M&O) is $.145 and the average bond (debt) rate was $.021 per $100 valuation.  Click here for the results TACC's property tax survey from FY 1998 to FY 2015.

funding2State 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 adopted this model.  As shown in the chart on this page, the 84th Legislature continued this pattern of funding instruction at Texas Community Colleges and appropriated $1.75 billion.

Community College Funding Resources