Date Requested:February 28, 2014
Time Requested:03:00 PM
Agency: Higher Education Policy Commission
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
COM BILL Amendment SB208
CBD Subject: Relating to Rural Health Initiative Act
FUND(S)
0589
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.

    The purpose of this bill is to create a tuition waiver program allowing out-of-state medical students who commit to practice in an underserved area of West Virginia for a specified period of time allowing the payment of in-state tuition. The bill sets forth the conditions for approval in the program. The bill provides for repayment of the tuition waiver if the student does not practice in the underserved area. The bill also grants rule making authority. The first year (Fiscal Year 2016) annual cost is expected to be $168,000 and increase to $204,000 upon full implementation.
    
    

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2014
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2015
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 204,000
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):
    The non-resident fee differential for medical students is currently $27,590, $26,424, and $30,000 per year at Marshall University (MU), West Virginia University Health Sciences (WVUHS) and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), respectively. The annual cost in terms of lost tuition and fees will start at $168,028. The cost will change as students who do not meet the legislation’s requirements make repayments and tuition rates increase. Upon full implementation, it is anticipated that approximately 50 percent of the students at MU and WVUHS will not meet the legislation’s requirements and be required to make repayments. About 20 percent of the WVSOM students are expected to make repayments. It is anticipated that tuition and fees for out-of-state students would increase about 5% per year.
    
    Participating students would not need to make repayments unless they entered a nonqualified practice site upon completion of their residency program. Inflationary costs would continue to rise after full implementation.
    


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