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Report on The Physician Education Loan Repayment Program
House Bill 1420
December 2007

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The 78th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1420, which amended Section 61.539 of the Texas Education Code, relating to the use of a portion of medical school tuition for school loan repayment assistance for physicians. The program that resulted from this legislation is called the Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP).

Subsection (c) of the law requires the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to report to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House of Representatives in the January following the end of each fiscal year on:

  • the number of students registered in each Texas medical branch, school or college;
  • the total amount of tuition charges collected by each institution;
  • the total amount transferred to the Comptroller to be held in the State Treasury under this section; and
  • the total amount available under Subsection (b) of the law for the repayment of student loans of physicians under this subchapter.[1]

This legislation applies to tuition and fees charged to students registered in a Texas medical branch, school or college for the 2003-04 academic year and after.

According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 4,935 resident and non-resident medical students were registered in Texas institutions for the 2006-07 academic year.[2] The seven institutions that pay into the tuition set-aside for the PELRP are:

  • Texas A&M University System Health Science Center (School of Medicine)
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (School of Medicine)
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (School of Medicine)
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (School of Medicine)
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (School of Medicine)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (School of Medicine)

Exhibit 1 profiles the institutions participating in PELRP in fiscal 2007, including the number of registered in-state and out-of-state students; total tuition charges collected by each institution; and the total amount of tuition held in the State Treasury in Fund 0542, the General Revenue Account for Medical School Tuition Set Asides.[3]

Exhibit 1 - Participating Medical Branches, Schools & Colleges
(2006-07 Academic Year)

Medical Branch, School or College[4] In-State Resident Registered Students[5] Out-of-State Registered Students[6] Other/Foreign Registered Students[7] Registered Students with Tuition Exemptions/ Waivers[8] Total Tuition Charges Collected by the Medical Branch, School or College[9] Total Amount of Tuition Deposited in Treasury for PELRP[10]
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center (School of Medicine) 301 17 0 6 $5,916,284 $43,924
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine) 521 24 2 8 $5,156,170 $43,924
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (School of Medicine) 520 29 0 1 $6,117,864 $71,577
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (School of Medicine) 805 7 1 48 $6,592,228 $110,297
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (School of Medicine) 832 18 0 21 $9,154,091 $107,544
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (School of Medicine) 809 0 0 40 $9,060,128 $109,775
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (School of Medicine) 802 115 0 8 $6,664,035 $105,358
Totals 4,590 210 3 132 $48,660,800 $629,347

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

 

For fiscal 2007, the Comptroller received $629,347 from the seven participating institutions for PELRP. As of August 31, 2007, the Comptroller’s office had transferred $648,017 to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.[11]

The 2005 General Appropriations Act authorized the repayment of $719,547 through the PELRP in fiscal 2007.[12] The Comptroller’s State of Texas 2007 Annual Cash Report identified $467,517 in actual payments made for qualified students from Fund 0542.[13]

Baylor College of Medicine, did not participate in PELRP in fiscal 2007. In that year, the school registered 672 medical students, including 570 in-state and 102 out-of-state students.[14] Total tuition charges collected by Baylor College of Medicine for fiscal 2007 were $5,678,365.[15]


Endnotes

[1] http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=80R&Bill=HB1420 House Bill 1420, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the use of a portion of medical school tuition for student loan repayment assistance for physicians. SECTION 1. Section 61.539, Education Code, is amended to read as follows:
Sec. 61.539. MEDICAL SCHOOL TUITION SET ASIDE FOR CERTAIN LOAN REPAYMENTS.
(a) The governing boards of each medical unit of an institution of higher education shall cause to be set aside two percent of tuition charges for each student registered in a medical branch, school, or college.
(b) The amount set aside shall be transferred to the comptroller of public accounts to be maintained in the state treasury for the sole purpose of repayment of student loans of a physician serving in a designated state agency or in an area of this state that is economically depressed or that is a medically underserved area or health professional shortage area, as designated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, that has a current shortage of physicians. Section 403.095, Government Code, does not apply to the amount set aside by this section.
(c) As soon as practicable after each state fiscal year, the comptroller of public accounts shall prepare a report for that fiscal year of the number of students registered in a medical branch, school, or college, the total amount of tuition charges collected by each institution, the total amount transferred to the treasury under this section, and the total amount available under Subsection (b) for the repayment of student loans of physicians under this subchapter. The comptroller shall deliver a copy of the report to the board and to the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the House of Representatives not later than January 1 following the end of the fiscal year covered by the report. Section 2. The change in law made by this Act applies beginning with tuition fees charges to students registered in a medical branch, school, or college for the 2003-2004 academic year.

[2] E-mail communication from Stacey Silverman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, October 16, 2007.

[3] The total of the far right column equals the amount received by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and deposited to the Treasury for PELRP as of August 31, 2007.

[4] E-mail communication and computer records of Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP) participating medical branches, schools and colleges, registered students and the 2 percent set-aside for fiscal 2007 provided by Stacey Silverman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, October 16, 2007.

[5]E-mail communication and computer records of Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP) participating medical branches, schools and colleges, registered students and the 2 percent set-aside for fiscal 2007 provided by Stacey Silverman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, October 16, 2007.

[6]E-mail communication and computer records of Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP) participating medical branches, schools and colleges, registered students and the 2 percent set-aside for fiscal 2007 provided by Stacey Silverman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, October 16, 2007.

[7]E-mail communication and computer records of Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP) participating medical branches, schools and colleges, registered students and the 2 percent set-aside for fiscal 2007 provided by Stacey Silverman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, October 16, 2007. Registered other and foreign students admitted under Texas Education Code, 54.052 or 54.057(a). These students pay the in-state tuition rate.

[8]E-mail communication and computer records of Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP) participating medical branches, schools and colleges, registered students and the 2 percent set-aside for fiscal 2007 provided by Stacey Silverman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, October 16, 2007. Registered students with tuition exemptions/waivers receive the in-state tuition rate.

[9]Comptroller records from the Uniform Statewide Accounting System printout, “FY07-Medical Tuition,” October 1, 2007.

[10]Comptroller data using computer records, Appropriation Year 2007, Fund 0542 from the Uniform Statewide Accounting System, October 1, 2007.

[11]Comptroller data using computer records, Appropriation Year 2007, Fund 0542 from the Uniform Statewide Accounting System, October 1, 2007.

[12]House Bill 1, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, III-45, September 16, 2005.

[13]Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, State of Texas 2007 Annual Cash Report, the General Revenue Account – Medical School Tuition Set Aside 0542.

[14]E-mail communication from Stacey Silverman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, October 16, 2007.

[15]E-mail communication from Hilda DeLeon, Baylor College of Medicine, October 9, 2007.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Ginger Lowry, Regional Fiscal Analysis
Selena Meyers, Fund Accounting

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Stacey Silverman

Baylor College of Medicine

Hilda DeLeon

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