(a) This section applies to any public institution of higher education as defined
in Section 61.003 of this code.
(b) Unless otherwise prohibited by law, a resident of this state is entitled to apply
for admission to and enroll as an undergraduate student in any public institution
of higher education under this section.
(c) If an applicant elects to seek admission under this section, a public institution
of higher education, in considering the applicant for admission, shall not consider
academic course credits or grades earned by the applicant 10 or more years prior to
the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll. An applicant who makes the election to apply under this section and is admitted
as a student may not receive any course credit for courses undertaken 10 or more years
prior to enrollment under this section.
(d) If a student who enrolls under this section completes a prescribed course of study,
earns a baccalaureate degree, and applies for admission to a postgraduate or professional
program offered by a public institution of higher education, the institution, in considering
the applicant for admission into the postgraduate or professional program, shall consider
only the grade point average of the applicant established by the course work completed
after enrollment under this section, along with any other criteria the institution
uses in evaluating applicants for admission into the postgraduate or professional
(e) Nothing in this section prohibits a public institution of higher education from
applying standard admissions criteria generally applicable to persons seeking admission
to the institution.
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