The Big Picture

Below are the elements of the budget development cycle in the context of important drivers such as the state’s legislative sessions and tuition and fee setting cycles.

2016
Budget Cycle
2017
Budget Cycle
2018
Budget Cycle
84th
Legislature
FY 16-17
Expenditure Study
FY 18-19
LAR
FY 18-19
85th
Legislature
FY 18-19
Fees Fees Fees
J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A
Calendar Year 2015 Calendar Year 2016  
Fiscal Year 2015 Fiscal Year 2016 Fiscal Year 2017

UTRGV Budget: In years when appropriations are known (odd numbered fiscal years), the bulk of the work is completed earlier (late May, Early June) vs. a year when the legislature is in session. Final approval is given by the Board of Regents in August.

Legislative Sessions: The sessions last 140 days and begin at noon on the second Tuesday in January in odd numbered years. Appropriation levels are decided during a given session for the upcoming fiscal year e.g. the 84th Legislature set appropriations for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

Expenditure Study: A study of costs is performed under the direction of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The study identifies the relative costs of the various disciplines at the university by student level. These relative weights are then used in the calculations that form the Instruction and Operations funding formula that appropriates general revenue to the institutions.

Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR): This report submitted to the Legislative Budget Board is produced in the months leading up to the Legislative Session. This is the vehicle used to request new special line items (referred to as Exceptional Items in the LAR) and funding for buildings via Tuition Revenue Bonds (TRBs).

Tuition & Fees: Generally tuition and fee increases are considered only in years when the legislature is not in session. Certain fees delegated to the president or to UT administration may be considered each year (between Dec 2015 and March 2016 for implementation in the Fall 2016 semester). Timing and approach continues to be refined by UT System as of the writing of this document (April, 2016).