March 12, 2019


AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is working to decrease the amount Texas college students are being charged for textbooks and transcripts.

"With tuition at an all time high, many students who are working towards earning their degree are struggling financially," said Guillen. "On top of tuition and student loan payments, there are many other expenses students find themselves subject to, which can add up quickly."


The average college student will spend $1,200 on textbooks during one calendar year, a necessary purchase for one to successfully participate and pass a course. Guillen is working to establish a week-long period at the beginning of each semester when the purchase of textbooks would be tax-exempt for all full-time and part-time students.

Currently, institutions are permitted to charge a fee at their discretion for the issuance of an official transcript, which students often have to purchase for a number of reasons throughout their college career. Applications to graduate school, for grants, jobs, internships and more typically require an official transcript and the lack of regulation on these fees can often add up. HB 844 would limit the amount an institution of higher education may charge for an issuance of an official school transcript to no more than $10.00.

"Financial strain can be a detrimental factor in one's ability to succeed and make it through college," Guillen added. "We must work to minimize the burden."


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