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Full Text of HB3447  100th General Assembly


Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch

Filed: 4/18/2017





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3447 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Tuition Reduction Act.
6    Section 5. Legislative intent.
7    (a) The General Assembly recognizes that this State's
8higher education system plays a critical role in ensuring this
9State's continued leadership role in driving economic
10prosperity, innovation, and opportunity. By educating citizens
11for living wage jobs, producing world-class research, and
12helping to create vibrant communities, this State's
13institutions of higher education form a foundational component
14in ensuring prosperity for our citizens.
15    (b) The General Assembly also recognizes the importance of
16prioritizing scarce resources for the core, front-line



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1services that higher education institutions provide, namely
2instruction, research, and robust financial aid. During times
3of economic downturn, policymakers must focus on those areas of
4public service that have the most direct and immediate impact
5on students. Keeping class sections open, attracting the best
6professors and instructors, providing comprehensive support
7services, and offering meaningful financial help to offset the
8costs of attending college must be the main concerns of
9policymakers. It is for these reasons that the General Assembly
10intends to refocus its commitment to direct aid to students and
11continue efforts to make college more affordable.
12    Section 10. Definitions. In this Act:
13    "Student" means a full-time resident undergraduate student
14enrolled at a university.
15    "University" means a public university located in this
17    Section 15. Tuition grants.
18    (a) Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, each
19university must reimburse a portion of the tuition charged to
20students as provided in this subsection (a). Reimbursement
21shall be in the form of a grant applied directly to a student's
22financial aid account. To determine the per-pupil grant amount,
23the university shall calculate the difference, if any, between
24the current fiscal year's aggregate appropriations to the



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1university for operations and fiscal year 2002's aggregate
2appropriations to the university for operations and divide that
3amount by the number of students enrolled on the tenth day of
4the previous academic year. Fifty percent of this calculation
5then equals the per-pupil grant amount, to be awarded to
6currently enrolled students to reduce their tuition costs.
7However, if the current fiscal year's aggregate appropriations
8to the university for operations are equal to or less than
9fiscal year 2002's aggregate appropriations for operations,
10then the university is not required to award any grants under
11this subsection (a) in a given academic year.
12    (b) On or before September 1, 2018 and on or before
13September 1 each year thereafter, each university shall report
14updated estimates of the total amount in grants awarded under
15subsection (a) of this Section in an academic year to the
16Governor and the appropriate committees of the General
18    (c) If the General Assembly increases funding for each
19university for 4 consecutive years, the Board of Higher
20Education shall report to the General Assembly on whether or
21not this Act should be repealed.
22    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
23becoming law.".