FUND(S):

0586

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Program



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    House Bill 4059, if enacted, would amend West Virginia Code §18B-10-7 to include in the fee waiver the dependents of United States armed services members who suffered a one hundred percent total and permanent service connected disability. The estimated cost would be approximately $35,000 per year.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2013
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 35,000 35,000
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 35,000 35,000
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    The estimated average tuition cost for West Virginia public higher education institutions is $4,051. The Department of Veterans' Affairs estimates that there are approximately 700 West Virginia residents who have suffered total and permanent service-connected disabilities.
    
    According to existing statute, recipients would not receive the waiver unless all other sources of student financial assistance have been exhausted. Estimating that only 5% of the disabled veteran’s spouses and children would have an income level that would exclude financial assistance , the cost per one 3 hour course per semester would be $507 * 35 = $17,745 per semester, or $35,490 per academic year.
    



Memorandum


    



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