Date Requested:January 13, 2011
Time Requested:03:28 PM
Agency: Higher Education Policy Commission
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R1359 Introduced HB2332
CBD Subject: LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR NURSES
FUND(S)
Sources of Revenue
Other Fund New fund
Legislation creates:
A New Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    House Bill 2332, if approved, would authorize the State of West Virginia to make loans to students in accredited programs for nursing and to award loan forgiveness to these students if they practice in a medically underserved area or in a specialty that has a shortage. Students who do not meet the forgiveness criteria would repay their loans. If 400 awards were provided at $2500 each, the annual cost of the loan disbursements would be about $1,000,000. If the loans were cancelled for employment service in underserved areas, it is estimated that 90% of the amount disbursed would be cancelled.

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 1,000,000 1,000,000
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    4,088 students were enrolled in nursing programs at public institutions during the fall of 2010. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data were used to calculate the percentages of students graduating in this program from public and private institutions. According to the NCES, the percentage of West Virginia students graduating from public institutions was 56.48 percent for nursing. The 4,088 student enrollment amount was divided by this percentage to estimate the total number of students. During the fall of 2010 approximately 7,238 qualifying students were enrolled in West Virginia.
    
    Nursing and dental hygiene students generally are eligible for financial aid that is available. They are eligible for the Higher Education Grant (up to $3,100), and associate degree students are eligible for the HEAPS Grant Program’s workforce component (estimated average award of $750).
    
    Because the Legislature could place as much funding as it wants into this program, the following scenarios illustrate how many awards could be made at various funding levels.
    
    HB 3257 Loan Forgiveness for Nurses, Social Workers,
    Dentists and Dental Hygienists
    Funding Options
     Average Number Total
     Amount of Program
     Award Awards Funding
    Eligible Students $2,500 100 $250,000
    Eligible Students $2,500 200 $500,000
    Eligible Students $2,500 300 $750,000
    Eligible Students $2,500 400 $1,000,000
    
    
    From information provided by the Department of Health and Human Resources, it is estimated that 90 percent of the West Virginia is underserved by medical professionals. Given this estimate, about $900,000 of an annual $1,000,000 disbursement would be cancelled. About $50,000 would need to be paid for an additional staff member to administer the loan program. It is estimated that about five percent of the annual loan disbursements or $50,000 would be uncollectible.
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Ed Magee
Email Address:
emagee@hepc.wvnet.edu