Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 2079

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-12-76.

Synopsis: Hope scholarship. Establishes the Indiana hope scholarship program.

Effective: July 1, 2001.





Turner




    January 17, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Ways and Means.







Introduced

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


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HOUSE BILL No. 2079



    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; (01)IN2079.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-12-76 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]:
     Chapter 76. Indiana Hope Scholarship Program
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "B average" means a numbered grade average of at least 3.0 as calculated on a 4.0 scale.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter ,"C+ average" means a numbered grade average of at least 2.5 as calculated on a 4.0 scale.
    Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "commission" refers to the state student assistance commission established under IC 20-12-21-4.
    Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "eligible student" means an individual who meets the following criteria:
        (1) Resides in Indiana.
        (2) Has graduated from an Indiana public, private, or home school.
        (3) Meets the academic requirements set forth in section 10 of this chapter.
    Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "fund" refers to the Indiana hope scholarship fund established under section 14 of this chapter.
    Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "hope scholarship" refers to the financial assistance provided to a student under section 12 of this chapter.
    Sec. 7. As used in this chapter, "institution of higher learning" means the following:
        (1) A state educational institution (as defined in IC 20-12-0.5-1 ).
        (2) A private institution of higher education (as defined in IC 20-12-63-3 ).
        (3) A postsecondary proprietary educational institution (as defined in IC 20-1-19-1 ) that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.
    Sec. 8. As used in this chapter, "program" refers to the Indiana hope scholarship program established under section 9 of this chapter.    
    Sec. 9. The Indiana hope scholarship program is established to do the following:
        (1) Increase the number of students entering institutions of higher learning.
        (2) Encourage eligible students to attend institutions of higher learning by reducing the financial burden on the eligible students and their families.
        (3) Increase individual economic vitality.
        (4) Improve the overall quality of life for many Indiana residents.
    Sec. 10. (a) As used in this section, "standardized tests scores" refers to either the scholastic aptitude test (SAT) or the ACT.
    (b) To become an eligible student, an otherwise qualified student must meet the academic requirements set forth in this section.
    (c) Except as provided in subsection (e), a student must graduate from an Indiana public, private, or home school with a "B" average in a calendar year beginning after December 31, 2000. The commission shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to determine an equivalency formula using standardized test scores to assign a grade point average to a home school graduate.
    (d) Except as provided in subsection (e), an eligible student must maintain a "B" average while attending an institution of higher learning to retain a hope scholarship awarded under this chapter.
    (e) This subsection applies only to a student enrolled in a

technical or vocational program at Ivy Tech State College or an accredited postsecondary proprietary educational institution. For non-degree programs, there are no academic eligibility requirements for receiving a hope scholarship under this chapter. For degree programs, a student must graduate from high school with a "C+" average. An eligible student enrolled in a degree program must maintain a "C+" average to retain a hope scholarship awarded under this chapter.
    (f) A student who:
        (1) graduated from an Indiana public, private, or home school in calendar year 2000;
        (2) resides in Indiana;
        (3) is enrolled in an institution of higher learning; and
        (4) maintains the appropriate minimum grade point average set forth in either subsection (d) or (e) for retaining a hope scholarship after at least thirty (30) credit hours of study at an institution using a semester system or forty-five (45) credit hours of study at an institution using a quarter system;
is eligible to receive a hope scholarship under this chapter. The student must comply with either subsection (d) or (e) to retain the hope scholarship.
    (g) A student who:
        (1) graduated from an Indiana public, private, or home school in calendar year 1999;
        (2) resides in Indiana;
        (3) is enrolled in an institution of higher learning; and
        (4) maintains the appropriate minimum grade point average set forth in either subsection (d) or (e) for retaining a hope scholarship after at least sixty (60) credit hours of study at an institution using a semester system or ninety (90) credit hours of study at an institution using a quarter system;
is eligible to receive a hope scholarship under this chapter. The student must comply with either subsection (d) or (e) to retain the hope scholarship.
    Sec. 11. Beginning with the academic year that begins after July 1, 2001, the commission shall provide each eligible student with an Indiana hope scholarship in the amount set forth under section 12 of this chapter.
    Sec. 12. (a) This subsection applies to a student attending a state institution of higher learning. A hope scholarship provided under the program for each semester of the academic year equals the sum of the following:


        (1) An amount sufficient to offset the costs of tuition at the state institution of higher learning.
        (2) An amount sufficient to offset the other regularly assessed fees incurred by the student in attending the state institution of higher learning.
        (3) A one hundred fifty dollar ($150) textbook allowance.
    (b) This subsection applies to a student attending a private institution of higher education. A hope scholarship provided under the program equals four thousand dollars ($4,000) for the academic year.
    (c) This subsection applies to a student attending a postsecondary proprietary educational institution. A hope scholarship provided under the program for each quarter of the academic year equals the sum of the following:
        (1) An amount sufficient to offset the costs of tuition at the institution.
        (2) An amount sufficient to offset the other regularly assessed fees incurred by the student in attending the institution.
        (3) A one hundred dollar ($100) textbook allowance.
    Sec. 13. If a student's hope scholarship is revoked for failing to maintain the minimum grade point average required under section 10 of this chapter within the student's first two (2) years of study at an institution of higher education, the student may regain the hope scholarship by reestablishing the required minimum grade point average in the subsequent academic year.
    Sec. 14. (a) The Indiana hope scholarship fund is established to provide the financial resources necessary to award the hope scholarships authorized under the program.
    (b) The fund consists of the following:
        (1) Appropriations from the general assembly.
        (2) Gifts and grants to the fund.
        (3) Investment income earned on the fund's assets.
    (c) The commission shall administer the fund.
    (d) The expenses of administering the fund shall be paid from money in the fund.
    (e) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the same manner as other public funds may be invested.
    (f) Money in the fund at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the state general fund.