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SHSU to receive increase in new 2014-2015 budget

Senior Reporter

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 01:01


Stephen Green | The Houstonian

The budget differences throughout the years

Sam Houston State University may have its public funding increased about three percent in 2014-2015, according to the Texas state budget filed in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Most other four-year universities will also have their funding increased, however other educational bodies will have their funds cut.

According the 2012-2013 budget available on the Legislative Budget Board website, SHSU received more than $72,560,000 in 2012, which was raised by more than $200,000 to equal $72,770,000 that is to be distributed in 2013.

The 2014-2015 first drafts, also found on the LBB website, estimate that SHSU will receive between $74,250,000 and a $74,740,000 in state funding for 2014, with a raise of $308,085 for 2015.

According to Al Hooten, vice president for finance and operations, the decision about exactly how much funding will be distributed will have to be decided among the Texas House of Representatives and Senate before the final budget is approved.

Hooten said SHSU is relying more upon tuition for funding.

Unlike the general increases in the public higher education, the rest of education can expect a reduction in funding, according to the proposed first drafts.

Areas to receive cuts include the schools for those with special needs, health-related institutions, funds for two-year institutions, facilities for state obligations, agency administration and others.

Areas that will receive an increase in funding include the Teacher Retirement System, the Texas Education Agency, general academic institutions (such as SHSU), the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and others.

For more information, visit the Legislative Budget Board website at

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