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Action Campaigns

Expanding Access to Education

Over the past year, the campaign has identified and focused on three major areas: college savings, financial education, and college completion.

College Savings Activities has concentrated on increasing awareness about college savings and 529 college savings plans:

To support the work around college savings, RAISE Texas launched the Child Support for College (CS4C) project in early 2012. For more information on this project, please see the Press Release by Citi.

To encourage families to start a college savings account for their child(ren), RAISE Texas sponsored the Save ‘n SMILE Family Video Contest. The winner received a $2,000 college savings deposit in their child’s name through the Texas Tuition Promise Fund. Click here for more details the contest.

College Completion

The campaign supports various post-secondary education efforts that incentivize and improve college certificate and degree completion rates at Texas public institutions of higher education, including community colleges. A major focus of the campaign includes developmental education reforms for students underprepared for college coursework. The goal is to promote evidence-based reforms that move students through remedial coursework more effectively and efficiently. Other efforts include effective implementation of performance-based funding at Texas institutions to reward college success and completion.

Financial Education

RAISE Texas, through its partnership with OpportunityTexas, provided grants through the OpportunityTexas Innovation and Investment Fund to organizations that will promote college savings and/or financial education in Houston schools.  One of the grant recipients is Texas Council on Economic Education which is piloting the Smarter Texas financial education program to integrate financial education into the public school curriculum in grades K-12. For more information on the Texas Council on Economic Education click here.

College Access and Financial Aid Websites

College for All Texans

KnowHow2Go

Finaid

The College Board

Net Price Calculator (NPC)

Student Aid on the Web

Bills Introduced During the 83rd Legislative Session:

HB 30 Rep. Branch
Relating to measures to facilitate the transfer of students within the public higher education system and the timely graduation of students from public institutions of higher education. 

HB 362 Rep. Guillen
Relating to the transfer of adult education and literacy programs from the Texas Education Agency to the Texas Workforce Commission.
(Companion bill to SB 307)

SB 307 Senator Huffman
Relating to the transfer of adult education and literacy programs from the Texas Education Agency to the Texas Workforce Commission.
(Companion bill to HB 362)

HB 1634 Rep. Dukes
Relating to assistance and education regarding personal finance for certain children in foster care.
(Companion bill to SB 1589)

SB 1589 Senator Zaffirini
Relating to assistance and education regarding personal finance for certain children in foster care.
(Companion bill to HB 1634)

SB 1590 Senator Zaffirini
Relating to requirements for personal financial literacy training offered by public school districts and public universities.

HB 3486 Rep. Villarreal
Relating to financial inclusion through financial coaching and removal of other barriers to saving for economically disadvantaged persons.

HB 2662 Rep. Farney
Relating to requiring a personal financial literacy credit for graduation under the recommended and advanced high school programs.

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