*Missing data was replaced using the special-district dataset from the Texas Comptroller
The Texas 2036 Community College Financial Simulator is designed to help policy makers,
and the general public better understand the impact of changes to the state financial formula on
community colleges and the state budget.
To use the tool, use the dropdowns on the left-hand side of the screen to make changes to specific
the state formula. Use the reset button in the top right-hand corner of the Formula Inputs bar to
formula components to default without resetting the entire page.
To visualize both current and projected revenues of community colleges in the state, the tool
provides a set
data figures and a date table in the center of the screen. These figures can be modified using
buttons in the
top right-hand corner of each box, including options like displayed data, groupings, or selected
some time to play with these options to better understand how they affect the outputs of each
the table can be modified based on what data the user would like to display, and can be sorted by
choices using arrows at the top of each column. Districts can be filtered for using the "Filter for
Finally, to understand the overall impact of the selected formula changes, at the top of the screen
offers a "Formula Cost," which is the total amount of money necessary to pay for the new formula
user. By default, this amount is compared against the state budget in Fiscal Year 2020, with the
"Deficit/Surplus" estimating how far above or below the budget this new formula would be. The user
the assumed budget (up or down) using arrows next to the State Budget field.
For a quick explanation on how the state of Texas currently funds community colleges, refer to
"Funding Two-Year Public Institutions" within the document:
Public Higher Education in Texas - Legislative Primer