Texas House Bill 8
On June 9, 2023, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 8 (HB 8) into law in Austin, TX. This law changes the way Texas funds community colleges, focusing on student outcomes and rewarding institutions for granting valuable degrees and certificates. The legislation, backed by Rep. Gary VanDeaver and Sen. Brandon Creighton, aims to make Texas a national leader in tying funding to student success. It also transfers the Texas Adult Career Education program and establishes the Financial Aid for Swift Transfer scholarship program. This innovative funding approach seeks to prepare students for the workforce and bolster the state's economy.