NEWS RELEASE from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini

April 6, 2011
Contact: Will Krueger
(512) 463-0121

Senate Votes for Zaffirini's Bill Reforming TEXAS Grants

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Senate on Wednesday (April 6) overwhelmingly voted to pass Senate Bill (SB) 28 by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, reforming the TEXAS Grant program by prioritizing grants for high-achieving, low-income students.

"TEXAS Grants have opened the door to a college education for thousands of low-income Texas students," Senator Zaffirini said."Because the state does not fund the program adequately, however, 30 percent of eligible students do not receive grants. Accordingly, we must maximize limited state funding by prioritizing TEXAS grants for students who demonstrate financial need and are most likely to succeed." SB 28 would prioritize TEXAS grant awards for high-achieving students who meet two of four eligibility criteria:

SB 28 would not change the requirement that a student must demonstrate financial need-an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $4,000-to be eligible for a TEXAS Grant. Among students who meet the aforementioned criteria, top priority would be given to those with the lowest EFCs.

"SB 28 would re-focus the TEXAS Grant program on its original mission: helping low-income students who will benefit greatly from financial assistance," Senator Zaffirini said. "Because of the grants, these students are able to afford college and be graduated timely."

SB 28 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. The continued progress of this and all bills authored by Senator Zaffirini can be monitored via the internet at or by contacting the Texas Legislative Reference Library's toll free in-state hotline, 1-877-824-7038.

Senator Zaffirini
SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI joins Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in attending commencement ceremonies at Texas A&M International University in Laredo. As Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Senator Zaffirini champions legislation and funding that support all Texas colleges and universities.