Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1273

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-12-76.

Synopsis: College scholarship program. Establishes the Indiana higher education scholarship program to provide scholarships for full-time undergraduate study to certain Indiana residents who attend institutions of higher education in Indiana, including proprietary institutions.

Effective: July 1, 2000.





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    January 11, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Ways and Means.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 111th General Assembly (2000)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1273



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-12-76; (00)IN1273.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-12-76 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]:
     Chapter 76. Indiana Higher Education Scholarship Program
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "approved institution of higher learning" has the meaning set forth in IC 20-12-22.1-3.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "commission" refers to the state student assistance commission established by IC 20-12-21-4.
    Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "educational costs" has the meaning set forth in IC 20-12-21-3 (6).
    Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "eligible individual" means an individual who is identified by the commission as meeting the criteria to receive a scholarship under this chapter.
    Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "eligible institution" has the meaning set forth in IC 20-10.1-15-1.
    Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "institution" refers to the following:
        (1) An approved institution of higher learning.
        (2) An eligible institution.
    Sec. 7. As used in this chapter, "program" refers to the Indiana higher education scholarship program established by section 8 of this chapter.
    Sec. 8. The Indiana higher education scholarship program is established.
     Sec. 9. An eligible individual is entitled to a scholarship under the program for educational costs for undergraduate study for four (4) academic years (or the equivalent as determined by the commission) at an approved institution of higher learning or an eligible institution.
    Sec. 10. The commission shall do the following:
        (1) Determine eligibility, policy issues, and definitions for the program.
        (2) Identify eligible individuals.
        (3) Administer the program.
        (4) Adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to administer the program.
    Sec. 11. (a) The commission shall establish criteria for eligibility under the program that must include the following:
        (1) For an initial scholarship, the following:
            (A) Indiana residency for at least two (2) consecutive years immediately before beginning a course of study at an institution for which a scholarship is requested.
            (B) Applying for enrollment at an institution for at least twelve (12) credit hours per semester (or the equivalent as determined by the commission).
            (C) Maintenance of a grade average of at least a "B" or its numeric equivalent.
            (D) Earning an academic honors diploma.
        (2) For a renewal scholarship, the following:
            (A) Indiana residency for at least two (2) consecutive years immediately before beginning a course of study at an institution for which a renewal scholarship is requested.
            (B) Enrollment at an institution for at least twelve (12) credit hours per semester (or the equivalent as determined by the commission).
            (C) Maintenance of a grade average of at least a "C" or its numeric equivalent.
    (b) The commission may not require an eligible individual to enroll in an institution in consecutive semesters or academic years in order to be eligible for a scholarship.
    Sec. 12. The amount of a scholarship under this chapter is the

following:
        (1) Two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for each semester that an eligible individual is enrolled in an institution for at least twelve (12) credit hours (or the equivalent as determined by the commission).
        (2) A lifetime total for an eligible individual of two thousand dollars ($2,000).
    Sec. 13. (a) An institution that accepts an eligible individual for enrollment shall give written notice of acceptance to the commission. The institution is entitled to the payment of the value of the scholarship for credit only against the student's obligation for educational costs.
    (b) The institution shall provide facilities and instruction to a student who receives a scholarship on the same terms as other students.

    (c) If during an academic period a student enrolled in an institution under a scholarship issued under this chapter ceases for any reason to be a student in good standing, the institution shall promptly give written notice to the commission as to the student's change of status and the reason for the change. If under the institution's standards, a fee or charge that has been paid as part of a scholarship under this chapter would otherwise be remissible by the institution to the student, the institution shall remit the fee or charge up to the amount of the scholarship to the auditor of state.
    Sec. 14. A student who receives a renewal scholarship may reenroll in the institution that the student attended while receiving a scholarship or enroll in another institution. In either event, the institution accepting the student shall notify the commission of the student's enrollment, is entitled to payment of the value of the student's scholarship, and is contractually obligated as for first year awards.

    Sec. 15. The commission shall administer the records of each student who is attending an institution with a scholarship issued under this chapter. At the appropriate time, the commission shall certify to the auditor of state, in the manner prescribed by law, the current payment to be made to an institution under the program in accordance with an appropriate certificate of the institution presented by the time the payment is due under the rules of the institution applicable to students generally, after the tuition and necessary fees are fixed.