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Introduced Version House Bill 2053 History

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H. B. 2053


(By Delegate Blair)
[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Education then Finance.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §18C-7-3 and §18C-7-6 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to permitting a West Virginia student to receive fifty percent of the cost of tuition at an out-of-state college or university under a PROMISE scholarship where the course desired by the student is not offered by any institution in the state.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18C-7-3 and §18C-7-6
of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. WEST VIRGINIA PROVIDING REAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR
MAXIMIZING IN-STATE STUDENT EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP
PROGRAM.
§18C-7-3. Definitions.
(a) "Eligible institution" means:
(1) A state institution of higher education as is defined in section two, article one, chapter eighteen-b of this code;
(2) Alderson-Broaddus College, Appalachian Bible College, Bethany College, the College of West Virginia, Davis and Elkins College, Ohio Valley College, Salem International University, the University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wheeling Jesuit University, all in West Virginia: Provided, That if any institution listed in this subdivision is not regionally accredited, it shall not be included as an eligible institution; or
(3) Any other regionally accredited institution in this state, public or private, approved by the board; or in the case of a West Virginia student for whom no state institution offers a course leading to a major or degree in his or her chosen field and there does exist an accredited institution in another state of which the board can approve.
(b) "Board" means the West Virginia PROMISE scholarship board of control of the West Virginia PROMISE scholarship program as provided for in section four of this article.
(c) "Tuition" means the quarter, semester or term charges imposed by a state institution of higher education and all mandatory fees required as a condition of enrollment by all students.
§18C-7-6. Requirements for rules on PROMISE scholarship program; recommendations by PROMISE scholarship board of control; promulgation by higher education policy commission.

(a) The board shall recommend a legislative rule to the higher education policy commission to implement the provisions of this article. The higher education policy commission shall promulgate a legislative rule in accordance with the provisions of article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code which shall include at least the following provisions:
(1) A requirement that a scholarship will not pay an amount that exceeds the cost of tuition at state institutions of higher education and may include an allowance for books and supplies and a requirement that, for a West Virginia student for whom no state institution offers a course leading to a major or degree in his or her chosen field and there does exist an accredited institution in another state, a scholarship will not pay an amount that exceeds fifty percent of the cost of tuition.
(2) A requirement that the student shall first submit the application/needs analysis form used to apply for federal student aid programs along with an application for the PROMISE scholarship.
(3) The amount of the PROMISE scholarship awarded in combination with aid from all other sources shall not exceed the cost of education at the institution the recipient is attending: Provided, That this restriction does not apply to members of the West Virginia National Guard, recipients of an Underwood-Smith teacher scholarship, and recipients of a West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarship;
(4) Minimum requirements for eligibility for the scholarship which include:
(A) A provision that a student is only eligible to apply for a scholarship within two years of the time he or she graduates from high school or, in the case of home school students, passes the GED examination: Provided, That if a student has entered the United States armed services within two years after he or she graduates from high school, the student is eligible to apply for a scholarship within seven years of the time he or she enters military service: Provided, however, That once discharged from the military, the student is only eligible to apply for one year from the date of discharge;
(B) For individuals with zero to fifteen credits from an institution of higher education, excluding credits earned in advanced placement and dual credit courses while the student is enrolled in high school, that the individual: (i) Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in the required core and elective course work necessary to prepare students for success in post-secondary education at the two-year and baccalaureate levels as determined by the board; and (ii) meet other criteria as established by the board;
(C) For individuals with more than fifteen credits from an institution of higher education, excluding credits earned in advanced placement and dual credit courses while the student is enrolled in high school, that the individual attain and maintain appropriate academic progress toward the completion of a degree at the undergraduate education level as defined by the board; and
(D) For all individuals, additional objective standards as the board considers necessary to promote academic excellence and to maintain the financial stability of the fund;
(5) A provision requiring the student to be enrolled in or in the process of enrolling in an eligible institution as defined in section three of this article;
(6) Provisions for making the highest and best use of the PROMISE scholarship program in conjunction with the West Virginia prepaid tuition trust act set forth in article thirty, chapter eighteen of this code;
(7) A determination of whether to require scholarship recipients to repay the amount of their scholarship, in whole or in part, if they choose to work outside the state after graduation;
(8) A determination of whether to set aside a portion of the scholarship funds for targeted scholarships for applicants accepted or enrolled in an engineering program, science program, technology program or other designated programs;
(9) A determination of what other sources of funding for higher education, if any, should be deducted from the PROMISE scholarship award;
(10) A determination and clarification of the relationship of PROMISE scholarship awards to all other aid a student may receive to provide maximum coordination. The determination shall consider the following:
(A) Methods to maximize student eligibility for federal student aid dollars;
(B) A requirement that PROMISE scholarship awards not supplant tuition and fee waivers; and
(C) Clarification of the relationship between the PROMISE scholarship program, tuition savings plans and other state student aid and loan programs;
(11) A method for the award of scholarships within the limits of available appropriations; and
(12) A method for applicants to appeal determinations of eligibility and continuation.
(b) The Legislature hereby declares that an emergency situation exists and, therefore, the policy commission may establish by emergency rule, under the procedures of article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, a rule to implement the provisions of this section. If established, the rules shall be filed with the legislative oversight commission on education accountability and with the office of the secretary of state on or before the first day of September, two thousand one.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide West Virginia students with a partial PROMISE scholarship for schooling outside the state for the reason that no in-state institution offers a course for a major or a degree in the student's desired field.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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