The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Participating higher educational institution--a
public or private nonprofit institution of higher education, including
a junior college, accredited by a recognized accrediting agency as
defined by §61.003, or a regional education service center or
other entity that offers an alternative educator certification program
approved by the State Board for Educator Certification, that:
(A) is located in this state, and
(B) complies with the provisions of Texas Education
Code Chapter 52 and the rules of the Coordinating Board.
(2) Student--An individual who is currently enrolled
as a student at a participating higher educational institution who
has a balance on one or more student loans, and whose debt records
are obtained by the institution where he or she is enrolled.
(3) Student Loan Debt--Outstanding loans incurred by
a student to assist in covering the student's cost of education, for
which the participating higher educational institution has a record.
(4) Education Loans--Student loan debt.