H. B. 2052
(By Delegates Williams and Mezzatesta)
[Introduced January 8, 2003; referred to the
Committee on Education.]
A BILL to amend article one, chapter eighteen-c of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated section four-a; and
to amend and reenact section three, article seven of said
chapter, all relating to higher education; definition of
"eligible institution" to include a nationally accredited
institution in the state; and student financial aid and
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article one, chapter eighteen-c of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section four-a;
and that section three, article seven of said chapter be amended
and reenacted, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GENERALLY.
§18C-1-4a. Funding priority.
The Legislature finds that student financial aid is of great
importance to the welfare of the citizens of the state, is a
valuable economic development resource to the state and has
priority over funding necessities in circumstances requiring budget
reductions to any institution or commission of higher education.
When budget reductions to higher education funds are required, each
entity shall strive to maintain the current levels of student
financial aid, and may not reduce the student financial aid funding
level appropriated by the Legislature prior to reducing all other
appropriations to higher education funds except those higher
education funds which appropriate debt service. If reduced, a
financial aid appropriation shall be reduced in a proportion lesser
than that of other spending accounts.
ARTICLE 7. WEST VIRGINIA PROVIDING REAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR
MAXIMIZING IN-STATE STUDENT EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP
(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
shall may not be included as an eligible
(3) Any other regionally or nationally accredited institution
in this state, public or private, approved by the board.
(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
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to include nationally
accredited institutions in the definition of "eligible institution"
for purposes of the in-state student excellence scholarship
program; and to provide a funding priority for student financial
§18C-1-4a is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring
have been omitted.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would