August 23, 2018


Following Higher Ed Meeting, Guillen Commits to College Affordability Fight

AUSTIN - As a senate panel convened to discuss the issue of college tuition, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) reiterated his support for reducing the cost to students and their families.

 "Higher ed is becoming cost-prohibitive for many families who struggle to get by as it is." said Guillen. "We need creative ideas to solve these problems and reverse the trend of college education falling out of reach for many people." 

The Senate Higher Education Committee public hearing convene on Wednesday, August 22 at the Texas Capitol. The committee met to examine current regulations on public higher education as well as ways to lower the cost of college while boosting student success. The committee received reports on both the Texas OnCourse graduation preparation program and university facility construction that was funded by state bonds. 


In recent sessions, the legislature has passed several bills requiring that reports be made to the legislature. The committee reviewed some of these reports on topics such as the transfer of course credit between institutions, open educational resources, developmental coursework under the Texas Success Initiative, and baccalaureate programs at certain junior colleges. The committee also looked at educational regulations that may be overly burdensome, leading to the waste of colleges' limited resources. 


Representative Guillen is a long-time fighter for educational affordability and attainability. His past efforts include having passed bills that provide scholarships to veterans, increase funding for the education of mental health professionals, and give rural districts greater access to technology, among many other initiatives. The representative's hard work as earned him the distinction of been named "Legislator Of The Year," "Best Of The House," or "Champion" over a dozen times.

Guillen went on to add, "College may not be the best option for everyone. But certainly, for those with aspirations for higher education, the tuition price tag shouldn't quash their dreams.  


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and