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Introduced Version Senate Bill 446 History

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SB446 INTR


Senate Bill No. 446

(By Senator Mitchell and Rowe)

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[Introduced January 30, 2002; referred to the Committee

on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend article ten, chapter eighteen-b of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated section seven-c, relating to providing tuition and fee waivers for certain indigent adults attending a state college or university on a "space available" basis; and proposal of rules.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article ten, chapter eighteen-b of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section seven-c, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 10. FEES AND OTHER MONEY COLLECTED AT STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
§18B-10-7c. Tuition and fee waivers for adult indigents.

The higher education policy commission shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code that establishes a tuition and fee waiver program for adult indigents. The rules shall include at least the following:
(a) The program shall include one option for those who attend undergraduate and graduate courses without receiving credit and one option for individuals who attend undergraduate and graduate courses for credit;
(b) A participant under either option of the program shall meet the following requirements:
(1) The participant is a resident of West Virginia;
(2) The participant is an indigent as defined in section two, article one, chapter nine of this code, and is twenty-one years of age or older;
(3) Classroom space is available; and
(4) The instructor of the class consents;
(c) A method of establishing priority for allowing a participant to attend a class or course, including the development of educational standards and other relevant criteria to determine academic eligibility for attending a class or course;
(d) A determination of whether to require participants to pay special fees, including laboratory fees, if the fees are required of all other students;
(e) A determination of whether to require participants to pay for parking;
(f) For participants in the program, the total tuition and fees charged for all courses or classes attended per semester, including laboratory and parking fees, may not exceed fifty dollars: Provided, That after the first day of July, two thousand six, the higher education policy commission may by rule change the maximum fee.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
provide tuition and fee waivers for certain indigent adults attending a state college or university on a "space available" basis.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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