Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1329

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 4-33-12-7; IC 4-35-8; IC 21-12-14.

Synopsis: LIFE scholarships. Establishes the Indiana lifelong learning incentive for excellence (LIFE) scholarship program to provide scholarships to Indiana residents for postsecondary education. Provides for administration of the program by the state student assistance commission. Sets forth the amount of a scholarship award, subject to appropriations of the general assembly. Provides eligibility criteria for potential recipients. Establishes the LIFE scholarship fund consisting of slot machine wagering taxes collected after June 30, 2012, and riverboat admissions taxes that would have otherwise been deposited into the state general fund as slot machine revenue to replace the admissions tax subsidy for horse racing. Makes an appropriation.

Effective: July 1, 2012.





Klinker




    January 11, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2012)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1329



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning higher education and to make an appropriation.

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

SOURCE: IC 4-33-12-7; (12)IN1329.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 4-33-12-7, AS ADDED BY P.L.233-2007, SECTION 17, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 7. (a) The maximum amount paid to the Indiana horse racing commission under this article in a state fiscal year may not exceed the remainder of:
        (1) the Indiana horse racing commission's base year revenue as determined under section 6(h) of this chapter; minus
        (2) the amount of money, if any, distributed by licensees under IC 4-35-7-12 to horsemen's associations and for horse racing purses and breed development in the state fiscal year.
    (b) For each state fiscal year, the treasurer of state shall pay an amount equal to the lesser of:
        (1) the amount of admissions taxes specified in:
            (A) section 6(b)(6) of this chapter; and
            (B) section 6(d)(7) of this chapter; or
        (2) the amount of money distributed under IC 4-35-7-12 that is subtracted from the Indiana horse racing commission's base year

revenue under subsection (a);
to the state general LIFE scholarship fund established by IC 4-35-8-5 instead of to the Indiana horse racing commission.

SOURCE: IC 4-35-8-3; (12)IN1329.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 4-35-8-3, AS AMENDED BY P.L.146-2008, SECTION 22, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 3. The department shall deposit tax revenue collected under section 1 of this chapter in the state general fund. as follows:
        (1) For taxes collected before July 1, 2012, in the state general fund.
        (2) For taxes collected after June 30, 2012, in the LIFE scholarship fund.

SOURCE: IC 4-35-8-5; (12)IN1329.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 4-35-8-5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 5. (a) The LIFE scholarship fund is established. The fund consists of:
        (1) riverboat admissions taxes deposited in the fund under IC 4-33-12-7; and
        (2) slot machine wagering taxes deposited in the fund under section 3(2) of this chapter.
    (b) The treasurer of state shall administer the LIFE scholarship fund.
    (c) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the LIFE scholarship fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the same manner as other public funds may be invested.
    (d) Money in the LIFE scholarship fund at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the state general fund.
    (e) Money in the LIFE scholarship fund is annually appropriated to the state student assistance commission to provide LIFE scholarships under IC 21-12-14.

SOURCE: IC 21-12-14; (12)IN1329.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 21-12-14 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]:
    Chapter 14. Indiana Lifelong Learning Incentive for Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "academic year" means a period, typically nine (9) months, in which a full-time student is expected to complete the equivalent of at least two (2) semesters or three (3) quarters of academic work.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "eligible high school" means a secondary school located in Indiana that is a:
        (1) public school; or
        (2) nonpublic school that voluntarily seeks and receives accreditation as authorized by IC 20-19-2-8.
    Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "eligible postsecondary educational institution" means a school that meets the following conditions:
        (1) Operates in Indiana as:
            (A) a state educational institution;
            (B) a nonprofit private educational institution; or
            (C) a for-profit private proprietary educational institution.
        (2) Provides an organized program of postsecondary education leading to:
            (A) a technical certificate;
            (B) a nursing diploma;
            (C) an associate degree; or
            (D) a baccalaureate degree.
        (3) Is accredited by:
            (A) a recognized national or regional accrediting agency;
            (B) the Indiana commission on proprietary education; or
            (C) the Indiana state board of nursing.
    Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "freshman student" means a student at a postsecondary educational institution who has enrolled in a cumulative total of less than:
        (1) forty-six (46) quarter hours; or
        (2) thirty-one (31) semester hours.
    Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "full-time student" means a student in matriculated status who is attending a postsecondary educational institution and enrolled for the equivalent of at least twelve (12) quarter or semester hours.
    Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "grade point average" means the numbered grade average calculated using a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.
    Sec. 7. As used in this chapter, "LIFE scholarship" means a lifelong learning incentive for excellence scholarship for postsecondary education awarded under this chapter.
    Sec. 8. As used in this chapter, "matriculated status" means being recognized as a student in a defined program of study leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate at a postsecondary educational institution.
    Sec. 9. As used in this chapter, "program" refers to the LIFE scholarship program.
    Sec. 10. As used in this chapter, "quarter hours" includes each quarter hour in which a student is enrolled, whether remedial or

for credit toward a degree. However, the term does not include a quarter hour attempted or completed before graduating from high school or earning a general educational development (GED) equivalency diploma.
    Sec. 11. As used in this chapter, "semester hours" includes each semester hour in which a student is enrolled, whether remedial or for credit toward a degree. However, the term does not include a semester hour attempted before graduating from high school or earning a general educational development (GED) equivalency diploma.
    Sec. 12. As used in this chapter, "sophomore student" means a student at a postsecondary educational institution who has enrolled in at least forty-six (46) quarter hours but less than ninety-one (91) quarter hours or at least thirty-one (31) semester hours but less than sixty-one (61) semester hours.
    Sec. 13. As used in this chapter, "Title IV" refers to Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.).
    Sec. 14. The lifelong learning incentive for excellence (LIFE) scholarship program is established.
    Sec. 15. The commission shall do the following:
        (1) Administer the program.
        (2) Subject to this chapter, determine eligibility, residency, policy issues, and definitions for the program.
        (3) Identify individuals who are eligible to participate in the program.
        (4) Pay the amount of a scholarship recipient's scholarship directly to the eligible postsecondary educational institution that the scholarship recipient attends.
        (5) Subject to:
            (A) the amounts appropriated by the general assembly for LIFE scholarships; and
            (B) the requirements of this chapter;
        determine the scholarship amount for each scholarship recipient.
        (6) Adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to administer the program.
    Sec. 16. Subject to the amount appropriated by the general assembly for purposes of this chapter, the commission shall provide a LIFE scholarship to eligible students in the following amounts:
        (1) For a student who attends an eligible postsecondary educational institution that is a state educational institution, an amount that equals the sum of the following for any

academic year:
            (A) The student's actual tuition.
            (B) The student's actual approved mandatory fees that are charged by the student's postsecondary educational institution to every student enrolled in the institution, regardless of a student's program of study.
        (2) For a student who attends an eligible postsecondary educational institution that is a nonprofit private institution, an amount that equals the sum of the following for any academic year:
            (A) An amount equal to the average in-state tuition at the four (4) postsecondary state educational institutions having the highest in-state tuition.
            (B) An amount equal to the average mandatory fees that are charged at the state educational institutions described in clause (A) to every student enrolled in the institution, regardless of a student's program of study.
        (3) For a student who attends an eligible postsecondary educational institution that is a for-profit private proprietary institution, an amount that equals the sum of the following for any academic year:
            (A) An amount equal to the tuition at Ivy Tech Community College.
            (B) An amount equal to the average mandatory fees that are charged at Ivy Tech Community College to every student enrolled in Ivy Tech Community College, regardless of a student's program of study.
    Sec. 17. In addition to the other requirements of this chapter, a student must meet the following requirements to be eligible to receive a LIFE scholarship under this chapter:
        (1) Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien of the United States who meets the definition of an eligible noncitizen under federal Title IV requirements.
        (2) Be a legal resident of Indiana as determined by the commission.
        (3) Comply with United States Selective Service System requirements for registration, if such requirements are applicable to the student.
        (4) Not be in default on a federal Title IV educational loan or a state of Indiana educational loan. However, a student who is otherwise eligible and who fully repays a defaulted loan is eligible to obtain a scholarship or grant for future academic

terms, but not retroactively.
        (5) Not owe a refund on a federal Title IV student financial aid program or an Indiana student financial aid program. However, a student who is otherwise eligible and who fully repays an owed refund is eligible to obtain a scholarship or grant for future academic terms, but not retroactively.
        (6) Not be convicted of a felony offense involving marijuana, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug. Ineligibility under this subdivision extends from the date of conviction to the completion of the next academic term following the date of conviction.
        (7) Not be incarcerated.
    Sec. 18. To be eligible for a LIFE scholarship for the freshman year, an entering freshman student seeking an associate or baccalaureate degree at an eligible postsecondary educational institution must meet the following requirements:
        (1) Meet achievement standards:
            (A) by graduating from an eligible high school;
            (B) by receiving an Indiana general educational development (GED) equivalency diploma;
            (C) by:
                (i) earning a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at an eligible postsecondary educational institution at the end of the quarter or semester in which the student has enrolled in a cumulative total of not more than forty-five (45) quarter hours or thirty (30) semester hours; and
                (ii) completing a nonaccredited nonpublic instruction program that a parent establishes, organizes, and directs for the education of the parent's child; or
            (D) by:
                (i) graduating from a high school that is not an eligible high school; and
                (ii) earning a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at an eligible postsecondary educational institution at the end of the quarter or semester in which the student has enrolled in a cumulative total of not more than forty-five (45) quarter hours or thirty (30) semester hours.
        However, a student described in clause (C) or (D) is eligible to receive only a retroactive LIFE scholarship for the student's freshman year to be paid to the student's parent at the end of

the student's freshman year.
        (2) Meet enrollment standards by being admitted, enrolled, and classified as an undergraduate student in a matriculated status.
    Sec. 19. To be eligible for a LIFE scholarship for the sophomore year, a sophomore student seeking an associate or baccalaureate degree at an eligible postsecondary educational institution must do the following:
        (1) Meet achievement standards by meeting the following criteria:
            (A) Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 or the equivalent at a postsecondary educational institution at the end of the quarter or semester in which the student has enrolled in a cumulative total of not more than forty-five (45) quarter hours or thirty (30) semester hours.
            (B) Maintain satisfactory academic progress in a course of study in accordance with the standards and practices used for federal Title IV programs by the postsecondary educational institution in which the student is enrolled.
        (2) Meet enrollment standards by being admitted, enrolled, and classified as an undergraduate student in a matriculated status or, in the case of an otherwise eligible student who is classified as a professional level student rather than an undergraduate student, being accepted into the professional level program of study before receiving a baccalaureate degree.
    Sec. 20. A student is not required to enroll in a minimum number of hours at a postsecondary educational institution in order to otherwise qualify for a LIFE scholarship under this chapter. However, the commission may base the amount of a student's scholarship on the number of credit hours the student is taking.
    Sec. 21. A student who fails to achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 or the equivalent at the end of the quarter or semester in which the student has enrolled in a cumulative total of not more than forty-five (45) quarter hours or thirty (30) semester hours but who achieves a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the quarter or semester in which the student has enrolled in a cumulative total of not more than ninety (90) quarter hours or sixty (60) semester hours and who is otherwise eligible may qualify for a LIFE scholarship.
    Sec. 22. A student may receive a LIFE scholarship until the

student completes at any postsecondary educational institution a cumulative total of ninety-one (91) quarter hours or sixty-one (61) semester hours.