June 7, 2019 | Karen Barbier
Pending Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s approval, University of Houston-Clear Lake will receive an 11.7 percent increase in state general revenue for the 2020-2021 biennium over 2018-2019 funding levels.
Overall, the 86th Texas Legislature voted to boost funding for institutions of higher learning. Across all four of its universities, University of Houston System will see a total increase of nearly $18 million in general revenue funds.
“We remain grateful to legislators and are pleased that they have continued their strong support of the university,” said UHCL President Ira K. Blake. “Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. (Dan) Patrick, Speaker (Dennis) Bonnen and the rest of our state lawmakers have made education a priority.”
State general revenue, also known for higher education institutions as formula funding, is enrollment-driven funding that limits students’ financial burden. Formulas assess the cost of delivering a semester credit hour to a student and the formula funding accounts for one-third of revenue of UH System universities.
UHCL continues to experience enrollment growth reaching an all-time high in the Fall 2018 semester with close to 9,000 students. With the addition of new buildings that include the STEM and Classroom Building and Recreation and Wellness Center, students not only have expanded access to state-of-the-art educational facilities, but, this August will also have the opportunity to live in Hunter Hall, the new on-campus residence.
In addition to the general revenue increase, UHCL will receive $83,668 for Hurricane Harvey recovery assistance for those things not covered by insurance or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funding will assist with restoring lost revenues sustained from students not returning, in addition to fees, services and wages incurred but not reimbursable by insurance.
Read more about support for all UH System universities.