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From the ECS State Policy Database
Postsecondary Affordability


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
DESigned into law 06/2014P-12Promoting Scholarship Programs
H.B. 267
Requires public middle schools and high schools include information regarding the SEED and Inspire scholarship programs, which provide tuition assistance for Delaware residents who meet certain financial and academic requirements, in all printed and electronic...

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MDSigned into law 05/2014Postsec.Higher Education Loan Assistance - Licensed Counselors
S.B. 784
Extends the Loan Assistance Repayment Program to allow certain licensed counselors practicing in high-needs geographic areas and serving low-income or underserved residents to seek loan repayment for degrees from higher education institutions. http://mgaleg....

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MDSigned into law 05/2014Postsec.2+2 Transfer Scholarship
H.B. 1215/S.B. 785
Renames the Community College Transfer Scholarship Program, which is for students who earn an associate's degree at a Maryland community college and want to transfer to a four-year higher education institution, to the 2+2 Transfer Scholarship Program. Changes ...

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MEBecame law without governor's signature 04/2014Postsec.Commission on College Affordability and Completion
L.D. 1849
Establishes the Commission To Study College Affordability and College Completion to examine and make recommendations on the development of strategies to keep the cost of public postsecondary education affordable and to increase the graduation rates.The commiss...

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AZSigned into law 04/2014P-12
Postsec.
Empowerment Scholarship - Children of Active Duty Military
H.B. 2150
Adds children of parents who were members of the armed forces and killed in the line of duty to the list of students eligible for the empowerment scholarship, a grant that provides certain students money to for alternative school options and other school-relat...

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AZSigned into law 04/2014P-12
Postsec.
Empowerment Scholarship - Special Populations and School Choice
H.B. 2139
Adds siblings of current or past scholarship recipients to the list of students eligible for the empowerment scholarship, a grant that provides certain students (such as children of active duty military members, in the foster system, with disabilities, etc.) m...

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WASigned into law 04/2014Postsec.College Bound Scholarship Program Work Group
S.B. 6436
Creates a College Bound Scholarship Program work group to make recommendations to ensure the program is viable, productive, and effective.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislature/6436-S.PL.pdf...

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ORSigned into law 04/2014Postsec.Postsecondary Affordability Information
H.B. 4019
From analysis: Requires the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to annually identify the federal or national entity that best provides information about the affordability and value of institutions of higher education in Oregon. Higher education ins...

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ORSigned into law 03/2014Community CollegeStudy Tuition-free Community College
S.B. 1524
Directs the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to examine viability of a program allowing students who graduated from high school in the state to attend community college for specified period
without paying tuition and fees. Requires HECC to cons...

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ORSigned into law 03/2014Community CollegeGrants to Community Colleges
H.B. 4116
Directs the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to jointly establish grant program to distribute moneys to community colleges to increase number of underserved, low-income and first-genera...

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WYSigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Summer School for Scholarship Recipients
S.F. 13
Allows students who receive the Hathaway scholarship (a merit and needs-based scholarship program) to enroll in summer term or another academic term (outside of the regular fall or spring semester) for up to 6 credits. http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2014/Enroll/S...

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WYSigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Scholarship Program Award Increase
S.F. 55
Increases the award amount students receive from the Hathaway scholarship program (a merit- and needs-based program), which is given either per semester or per school year and is based on the students' ACT scores. http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2014/Enroll/SF0055...

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VASigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Tuition and Out-of-State Students
H.B. 501
Changes which out-of-state students may be counted as in-state students for the purposes of determining college admissions, enrollment, and tuition and fee revenue policies.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HB501ER+pdf...

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NMSigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Foster Care System Tuition Waiver
S.B. 206
Provides for waiver of tuition and fees at public postsecondary educational institutions for students who have been in the state foster care system or in the legal custody of an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo, or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Requires that s...

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VASigned into law 02/2014Postsec.Scholarships Tax Credits Program
S.B. 269
Provides that tax credits issued for monetary or marketable securities donations made beginning in taxable year 2014 can be claimed for the taxable year of the donation.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+SB269ER+pdf...

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MOSigned into law 07/2013P-12
Postsec.
Education Campus Fund
S.B. 381
Creates the Innovation Education Campus Fund to provide funding to innovation education campuses - an educational partnership between high schools or school districts, a Missouri four-year public or private institution of higher education, a Missouri-based bu...

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AZSigned into law 06/2013Postsec.Student Loans
H.B. 2489
Authorizes a corporation to issue bonds in order to finance student loans made in a student loan program. Outlines powers, including (1) determining the nature of student loan programs for eligible students; (2) entering into contracts for origination, admini...

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CTSigned into law 06/2013Postsec.Finance Information
H.B. 5500
To require institutions of higher education to provide financial aid information in a uniform way to ensure that students understand their true higher education costs.
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/ACT/PA/2013PA-00095-R00HB-05500-PA.htm...

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INSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Tuition Rates for Veterans
S.B. 177
Provides that qualified veterans are eligible for the resident tuition rate for undergraduate courses upon enrolling in a state educational institution not later than 12 months after discharge or separation from the United States armed forces or Indiana Nation...

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NJSigned into law 01/2013Postsec.Student Loan Repayment Document
A.B. 1083
Requires Higher Education Student Assistance Authority to develop, distribute a document containing student loan repayment information for school districts and nonpublic high schools to disseminate to students.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/PL13/1_....

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NCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2012Community CollegeComm. Colleges Opt Out of Fed'l Loan Program
H.B. 7
Permits a community college to refrain from participating in a federal direct loan program that students can use to borrow money. Vetoed by governor, overriden by legislature. http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H7v0.pdf...

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NJSigned into law 05/2012Postsec.NJ 1 STARS and NJ STARS II Scholarship Revisions
S 874
Revises the NJ STARS II Program such that the program covers only tuition (no fees) in the amount of $1,250 per semester (previously up to $3,500 per semester) to four-year public or independent institutions (previously only public). Changes the percentage of ...

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VASigned into law 04/2012Postsec.Higher Educational Institutions; Establishes Policies Related to Student Nonpayment
H.B. 703
Provides that the board of visitors of every public institution of higher education shall establish policies requiring the registrar to place an administrative hold on student registration, records, and grades for a period of at least three months prior to ref...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12
Postsec.
Comparison Tool
H.B. 736 - Comparison Tool
Directs the higher education coordinating board to make available on its Web site a search tool allowing for comparisons of general academic teaching institutions that meet certain criteria selected by the user,
including offering a particular major or program...

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