Educ. Code Section 53B.47
Guaranteed Student Loans and Alternative Education Loans; Bonds for the Purchase of Education Loan Notes
(a)An authority may, upon approval of the city or cities which created the same, issue revenue bonds or otherwise borrow money to obtain funds to purchase or to make guaranteed student loans or alternative education loans. Revenue bonds issued for such purpose shall be issued in accordance with and with the effect provided in this chapter. Such bonds shall be payable from and secured by a pledge of revenues derived from or by reason of the ownership of guaranteed student loans or alternative education loans and investment income after deduction of such expenses of operating the loan program as may be specified by the bond resolution or trust indenture.
(b)An authority may cause money to be expended to make or purchase for its account guaranteed student loans that are guaranteed by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, other guaranteed student loans, or alternative education loans that are executed by or on behalf of students or former students who:
(1)are residents of this state; or
(2)have been admitted to attend or who attended an accredited institution within this state.
(c)The authority shall contract with a nonprofit corporation, organized under the laws of this state, whereby such corporation will provide the reports and other information required for continued participation in the federally guaranteed loan program provided by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, or in an alternative education loan program.
(d)The authority, as a municipal corporation of the state, is charged with a portion of the responsibility of the state to provide educational opportunities in keeping with all applicable state and federal laws. This section may not be construed as a prohibition against establishing policies to limit the purchase of guaranteed student loans or alternative education loans executed by or on behalf of students or former students who are attending or who attended school in a certain geographical area or by or on behalf of students or former students who are residents of the area.
(e)In addition to establishing an authority under the provisions of this chapter, the governing body of a city or cities may request a qualified nonprofit corporation to exercise the powers enumerated and provided in this section for and on its behalf. If the qualified nonprofit corporation agrees to exercise such powers, the directors of such corporation shall thereafter be appointed by and be subject to removal by the governing body of the city or cities, and except as provided in this section, Sections 53B.14 (Board of Directors), 53B.15 (Organization of Board; Quorum; Employees; Counsel), 53B.31 (No Taxing Power), 53B.32 (No Power of Eminent Domain), 53B.38 (Reserves for Operating and Other Expenses), and 53B.41 (Authorized Investments) through 53B.43 (Depositories) apply to and govern such corporation, its procedures, and bonds. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 53B.42 (Investment of Funds; Security), a qualified nonprofit corporation which has been requested to exercise the powers enumerated and requested in this section may invest or cause a trustee or custodian on behalf of such qualified nonprofit corporation to invest its funds, including the proceeds of any bonds, notes, or other obligations issued by such qualified nonprofit corporation and any monies which are pledged to the payment thereof, in:
(1)certificates of deposit or other time or demand accounts of banks and savings and loan associations which are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, provided the amount of any certificate of deposit in excess of that covered by such insurance must be secured by a first and prior pledge of government obligations having a market value of not less than 100 percent of the excess unless a nationally recognized rating agency has given the senior securities of the bank issuing the certificate of deposit the highest or next to the highest investment rating available;
(3)guaranteed student loans and alternative education loans; or
(4)a security issued by another nonprofit corporation acting under this section.
(f)A nonprofit corporation, whether acting at the request of a city or cities under Subsection (e) or acting as a servicer or administrator for another corporation that purchases or makes guaranteed student loans or alternative education loans, or that on its own behalf issues securities or otherwise obtains funds to purchase or make guaranteed student loans or alternative education loans, may:
(1)exercise the powers granted by Chapters 20 (General Provisions) and 22 (Nonprofit Corporations), Business Organizations Code, and any provision of Title 1, Business Organizations Code, applicable to a nonprofit corporation;
(2)service loans purchased or made from its funds or contract with another person to service the loans;
(3)grant a security interest in a trust estate securing its securities; and
(4)make investments as authorized by Subsection (e).
(g)A security interest in a trust estate granted under Subsection (f)(3) is attached and perfected at the time the security interest is executed and delivered by the nonprofit corporation. The security interest grants to the secured party a first prior perfected security interest in the trust estate for the benefit of the secured party without regard to the location of the assets that constitute the trust estate.
(h)An alternative education loan may be made under this section only by or on behalf of a qualified alternative education loan lender. An alternative education loan may not be in an amount that exceeds the amount permitted under Section 144(b)(1)(B), Internal Revenue Code of 1986. An alternative education loan covered by this subsection is subject to Chapter 342 (Consumer Loans), Finance Code, as applicable, except that:
(1)the maximum interest rate on the loan may not exceed the rate permitted under Subchapter A, Chapter 303 (Optional Rate Ceilings), Finance Code; and
(2)application and origination fees may be agreed to by the parties and assessed at the inception of the loan, provided that if any such fees constitute additional interest under applicable law, the effective rate of interest agreed to over the stated term of the loan may not exceed the rate allowed by Subchapter A, Chapter 303 (Optional Rate Ceilings), Finance Code, and accrued unpaid interest may be added to unpaid principal at the beginning of the agreed repayment period at the borrower’s option and in accordance with the terms of the agreement for purposes of determining the total principal amount due at the inception of the repayment period.
(i)An authority or nonprofit corporation making education loans under this section is exempt from the licensing requirements of Chapter 342 (Consumer Loans), Finance Code.
Section 53B.47 — Guaranteed Student Loans and Alternative Education Loans; Bonds for the Purchase of Education Loan Notes,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/ED/htm/ED.53B.htm#53B.47 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).