The University of Houston System universities derive about a third of their revenue from state-financed enrollment-driven formula funding. Public universities cannot set their budgets until the state legislature has made its decisions about funding.
The legislature meets every other year in general session and appropriates money for the following two fiscal years. The general appropriations bill contains an appropriation for each public college and university. Other provisions restrict how it can be spent.
Work done before the session, during the session and after the session is important to determining an appropriation level of greatest benefit to the operation of the UH System and the success of our students.