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S1237......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
IDAHO PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - Amends existing law to create the Idaho
Promise Scholarship Fund to provide additional scholarship moneys to Idaho
high school graduates who fulfill minimum academic requirements.
02/25 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/26 Rpt prt - to Educ
03/08 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/09 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/10 3rd rdg - PASSED - 32-0-3
AYES--Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
Danielson, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes,
Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King, Lee, McLaughlin, Noh,
Richardson, Riggs, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner,
Stennett, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth
Absent and excused--Crow, Parry, Twiggs
Floor Sponsor - Lee
Title apvd - to House
03/11 House intro - 1st rdg - to Educ
03/15 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/16 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/18 3rd rdg - FAILED - 25-39-6
AYES -- Barraclough, Bieter, Boe, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Field(13),
Hansen(29), Jones, Kellogg, Linford, Marley, Meyer(Duncan),
Montgomery, Mortensen, Pomeroy, Reynolds, Ringo, Robison, Sellman,
Smith, Stoicheff, Tilman, Trail, Zimmermann
NAYS -- Barrett, Bell, Bruneel, Callister, Campbell, Chase, Clark,
Crow, Ellsworth, Field(20), Gagner, Geddes, Gould, Hadley,
Hansen(23), Henbest, Hornbeck, Jaquet, Judd, Kempton, Kendell, Kunz,
Lake, Limbaugh, Loertscher, Mader, McKague, Moyle, Pischner,
Ridinger, Sali, Schaefer, Stevenson, Stone, Taylor, Tippets, Watson,
Wheeler, Mr Speaker
Absent and excused -- Alltus, Black, Hammond, Smylie, Williams, Wood
Floor Sponsor - Jones, Bieter
Filed with Secretary of the Senate
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1237
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS; AMENDING SECTION 33-4303, IDAHO CODE, TO
3 PROVIDE THAT THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE "IDAHO PROMISE
4 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM"; AMENDING SECTION 33-4305, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE PUR-
5 POSES; AMENDING SECTION 33-4306, IDAHO CODE, TO FURTHER DEFINE TERMS AND
6 TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 33-4307, IDAHO CODE, TO
7 PROVIDE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR CATEGORY A AND CATEGORY B PARTICI-
8 PANTS, TO PROVIDE GRANT PROVISIONS FOR CATEGORY B PARTICIPANTS AND TO MAKE
9 TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 33-4308, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE
10 FOR THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF GRANTS FOR CATEGORY A AND CATEGORY B STUDENTS;
11 AMENDING SECTION 33-4309, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR CONTINUANCE IN THE
12 CASE OF EXTREME HARDSHIP; AND AMENDING SECTION 33-4313, IDAHO CODE, TO
13 EXPAND THE DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO AND
14 THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION REGARDING SCHOLARSHIPS AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL
16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
17 SECTION 1. That Section 33-4303, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
18 amended to read as follows:
19 33-4303. SHORT TITLE. This act shall be known and cited as the "
20 State of Idaho Promise Scholarship Program."
21 SECTION 2. That Section 33-4305, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
22 amended to read as follows:
23 33-4305. PURPOSES. The purpose of this act is:
24 (1) To establish a state scholarship program for the most talented Idaho
25 secondary school graduates , consisting of category A students with out-
26 standing academic qualifications and category B students who graduate with a
27 3.0 ("B") average or better and meeting any other criteria as may be estab-
28 lished by the board of regents of the University of Idaho or the state board
29 of education, who will enroll in undergraduate nonreligious academic
30 and vocational programs in eligible postsecondary institutions in the state;
32 (2) To designate the state board of education and the board of regents of
33 the University of Idaho as the administrative agency for the state
34 Idaho promise scholarship program.
35 SECTION 3. That Section 33-4306, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
36 amended to read as follows:
37 33-4306. DEFINITIONS. As used in this act, unless the context otherwise
39 (1) "Eligible postsecondary institution" means an educational orga-
1 nization within the state as follows:
2 (a) " Eligible p P ublic post-
3 secondary institution" means a public postsecondary organization governed or
4 supervised by the state board of education, the board of regents of the Uni-
5 versity of Idaho, a board of trustees of a junior community
6 college established pursuant to the provisions of section 33-2106,
7 Idaho Code, or the state board of vocational education.
8 ( b 2 ) " Independent Eligible
9 colleges and universities" means any accredited educa-
10 tional organization which is operated privately and not for profit under the
11 control of an independent board and not directly controlled or administered by
12 a public or political subdivision.
13 ( 2 3 ) "Educational costs" means student costs
14 for tuition, fees, room and board, or expenses related to reasonable
15 commuting, books and such other expenses reasonably related to attendance at a
16 postsecondary educational institution.
17 ( 3 4 ) "Resident student" means an individual as
18 defined in section 33-3717 or 33-2110B , Idaho Code.
19 ( 4 5 ) "Full-time student" means an individual
20 who is enrolled in and is carrying a sufficient number of credit hours, or
21 their equivalent ; , to secure an individual's first
22 degree, certificate, diploma, or less, toward which the individual is working
23 in no more than the number of semesters, or equivalent, normally required by
24 the postsecondary educational institution in the program in which the individ-
25 ual is enrolled.
26 ( 5 6 ) "Undergraduate student" means an individ-
27 ual who is enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution which leads to
28 or is directly creditable toward the individual's first baccalaureate degree,
29 certificate, diploma, or less; provided such baccalaureate degree, certifi-
30 cate, diploma or less program requires at least six (6) months or equivalent
31 of consecutive attendance. A student engaged in a four (4) year baccalaureate
32 program shall not be terminated by having earned an intermediate degree, cer-
33 tificate, or diploma.
34 ( 6 7 ) "Enrollment" means the establishment and
35 maintenance of an individual's status as a student in a postsecondary educa-
36 tional institution, regardless of the term used at the institution to describe
37 such status.
38 ( 7 8 ) "Eligible category A student"
39 means any graduate of an accredited secondary school in the state of Idaho who
40 declares his intention to matriculate in an eligible public post-
41 secondary institution or eligible independent college or university
42 in the state of Idaho during the educational year immediately following
43 such graduation.
44 (9) "Eligible category B student" means any graduate of an accred-
45 ited secondary school in the state of Idaho who declares his intention to
46 matriculate in a public postsecondary institution or eligible independent col-
47 lege or university in the state of Idaho during two (2) educational years
48 immediately following such graduation and qualifies as a resident student.
50 ( 8 10 ) "Grant" means an award to an eligible stu-
51 dent for matriculation in an eligible postsecondary institution in the state
52 of Idaho.
53 ( 9 11 ) "Educational year" means the period from
54 July 1 of a year through June 30 of the succeeding year.
55 (1 0 2 ) "Competitive examination" means standard-
1 ized examination(s) measuring achievement administered annually on a voluntary
2 basis on a specified date and at specified locations announced publicly.
3 (1 1 3 ) "High school record" means
4 for category A students will be defined by the state board of education
5 and the board of regents of the University of Idaho and may include, but not
6 be limited to, an individual's rank in his secondary school class
7 , grade point average, and difficulty of course load taken as certi-
8 fied by an official of such secondary school, and an the
9 individual's secondary school deportment as evaluated by at least two
10 (2) officials of such secondary school.
11 (14) "High school record" for category B students shall be defined
12 by the state board of education and the board of regents of the University of
13 Idaho and may include, but not be limited to, an individual's secondary school
14 grade point average as certified by an official of such secondary school.
16 SECTION 4. That Section 33-4307, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
17 amended to read as follows:
18 33-4307. ELIGIBILITY -- MAXIMUM AMOUNTS -- CONDITIONS. A grant may be
19 awarded to an eligible student for matriculation at an eligible postsecondary
20 educational institution in the state of Idaho if:
21 (1) The individual is accepted for enrollment as a full-time undergradu-
22 ate student, as follows:
23 (a) In the case of an individual beginning his first year or freshman
24 year of postsecondary education, he has satisfied requirements for admis-
25 sion and has enrolled in an eligible postsecondary institution. Eli-
26 gible category A and category B students may enroll in either a public
27 postsecondary institution or an independent college or university in the
28 state to be eligible for an award.
29 (b) In the case of an individual enrolled in an eligible postsecondary
30 institution following the successful completion of the first term, he con-
31 tinues to meet the requirements of this act and has maintained such high
32 standards of performance as may be required. Provided that high academic
33 standards are maintained in accordance with requirements of this chapter,
34 a student continues to be eligible when transferring from one (1)
35 major program to another.
36 (c) In the case of an individual transferring from one (1) eligible post-
37 secondary institution in Idaho to another eligible postsecondary institu-
38 tion in Idaho, he continues to meet the requirements of this act, is
39 accepted at the eligible postsecondary institution to which he is trans-
40 ferring, and has maintained such high standards of performance as may be
42 Category A and category B students may transfer to another eligible pub-
43 lic postsecondary institution or an eligible independent college or univer-
45 (2) The grant for category A students is in amounts
46 as follows:
47 (a) The grant payment to an individual per educational year for atten-
48 dance on a full-time basis is not in excess of an amount determined annu-
49 ally by the state board of education or in excess of the total educational
50 costs as certified by an official of the eligible postsecondary institu-
51 tion to be attended by the individual receiving the grant, whichever is
53 (b) The total grant payments over a period of six (6) years to an indi-
1 vidual may not exceed four (4) annual grants or the total educational
2 costs for four (4) educational years completed as certified by an official
3 of the eligible postsecondary institution or institutions attended by the
4 individual receiving the grant, whichever is less.
5 ( 3 c ) The individual receiving such a grant
6 signs an affidavit stating that the grant will be used for educational
7 costs only.
8 ( 4 d ) The grant is awarded on the basis of
9 extraordinary performance in standardized, unweighted competitive examina-
10 tion and high school record.
11 ( 5 e ) The individual receiving the grant is not
12 precluded from receiving other financial aids, awards, or scholarships,
13 provided the total of the grant and such other financial aids, awards or
14 scholarships does not exceed the total educational costs for attendance at
15 an eligible postsecondary institution as certified by an official of the
16 eligible postsecondary institution to be attended by the individual
17 receiving the grant.
18 ( 6 f ) Grant payments shall correspond to aca-
19 demic terms, semesters, quarters or equivalent time periods at an eligible
20 postsecondary institution; in no instance may the entire amount of a grant
21 for an educational year, as defined in section 33-4306( 9
22 11 ), Idaho Code, be paid to or on behalf of such student in
24 ( 7 g ) The individual has complied with such
25 rules and regulations as may be necessary for the administra-
26 tion of this act.
27 (3) The grant for category B students is as follows:
29 (a) The grant payment to an individual per educational year for
30 attendance on a full-time basis is not in excess of an amount determined
31 annually by the state board of education.
33 (b) The total grant payments over a period of four (4) years to an
34 individual may not exceed two (2) annual grants.
36 (c) The individual receiving such a grant signs an affidavit stat-
37 ing that the grant will be used for educational costs only.
39 (d) The grant is awarded on the basis of high school record and
40 other criteria as may be established by the state board of education and
41 the board of regents of the University of Idaho.
43 (e) The individual receiving the grant is not precluded from
44 receiving other financial aids, awards or scholarships except that cate-
45 gory A student award recipients are not eligible for category B awards.
47 (f) Grant payments shall correspond to academic terms, semesters,
48 quarters or equivalent time periods at an eligible postsecondary institu-
49 tion; in no instance may the entire amount of a grant for an educational
50 year, as defined in section 33-4306(11), Idaho Code, be paid to or on
51 behalf of such student in advance.
53 (g) The individual has complied with such rules as may be necessary
54 for the administration of this chapter.
1 SECTION 5. That Section 33-4308, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
2 amended to read as follows:
3 33-4308. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF GRANTS. (1) The total number of
4 grants to eligible category A students shall not exceed one hun-
5 dred (100) per year, nor a cumulative total number of grants of four hundred
6 (400) outstanding at any given time .
7 (2) The total number of grants to category B students will be
8 determined annually by the board of regents of the University of Idaho and the
9 state board of education based on the number of eligible students, the indi-
10 vidual award amount and availability of funds.
11 SECTION 6. That Section 33-4309, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
12 amended to read as follows:
13 33-4309. REMITTANCE IN CASE OF DISCONTINUED ATTENDANCE. A grant may be
14 made annually for a period not to exceed an educational year. If the student
15 discontinues attendance before the end of any semester, quarter, term, or
16 equivalent, covered by the grant after receiving payment under this act, the
17 eligible postsecondary institution shall remit, up to the amount of any pay-
18 ments made under this grant, any prorated tuition, fees or room and board bal-
19 ances to the state board of education and the board of regents of the Univer-
20 sity of Idaho. The student shall be required to remit, up to the amount of any
21 other reasonable grant balances, such grant balances to the state board of
22 education and the board of regents of the University of Idaho. In the
23 event of extreme hardship as determined by the board of regents of the Univer-
24 sity of Idaho or the state board of education, a student may request waiver of
26 SECTION 7. That Section 33-4313, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
27 amended to read as follows:
28 33-4313. DUTIES OF BOARD. The state board of education and the board of
29 regents of the University of Idaho shall be responsible for:
30 (1) Supervision of the issuance of public information concerning the pro-
31 visions of this act.
32 (2) Determination of recipients of grants made pursuant to the provisions
33 of this act.
34 (3) Adoption of rules and regulations necessary for process-
35 ing and approving applications from students.
36 (4) Determination of the procedures for payment of grants to recipients.
37 (5) Maintenance of fiscal controls and fund accounting procedures as may
38 be necessary to assure proper disbursement of funds.
39 (6) Submission of annual reports to the governor and legislature.
40 (7) Establishment of a reasonable and fair appeal procedure for those
41 students and institutions who may have been adversely affected by the applica-
42 tion procedures.
43 (8) Holding a public hearing, prior to the adoption of rules ,
44 and regulations, for the purpose of providing interested
45 parties with the opportunity of discussing such rules . and
47 (9) Acceptance of funds from public and private sources, and such
48 funds are hereby perpetually appropriated to the board of regents of the Uni-
49 versity of Idaho and the state board of education for expenditure consistent
50 with the purposes of this chapter.
2 (10) In the event funds from the master tobacco settlement agreement
3 are used for category B scholarships, the board of regents of the University
4 of Idaho and the state board of education are authorized to establish addi-
5 tional eligibility criteria for scholarship recipients.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
IDAHO PROMISE SCHOLARSHIPS
The purpose of this amendment is three fold. First, it changes
the name of the Idaho State Scholarship Program to the Idaho
Promise Scholarship Program. Second, it will encourage a larger
number of our high school graduates to continue their education
by providing deserving students a scholarship to help defray
education costs. Third, this legislation will provide a
powerful incentive for high shool students to finish high
school and achieve good grades.
About 60 percent of Idaho's four-year college students incur
debt to go to college, and the average debt load upon
graduation is approximately $15,000. The number of Idaho high
school graduates enrolling in college each fall has been
declining. Currently, only about 34 percent of high school
graduates elect to continue their education the next academic
year at a state public or private postsecondary institution.
Thirteen percent of our high school graduates elect to continue
their education out of state, so the total continuation rate of
Idaho high school seniors is approximately 47 percent. The
national average continuation rate for high school seniors is
approximately 75 percent. Even though the resident fees to
attend Idaho's public colleges are among the lowest in the
nation, many of our students cannot afford to continue their
education. The State stands to benefit greatly both socially
and economically if more of our high school students are
motivated to excel academically and to continue their education
in an Idaho postsecondary institution.
In 1992, the State of Georgia enacted the Hope Scholarship
Program, which provides tuition and fees for four years to
qualified students. Many Georgians consider the Hope
Scholarship one of the best and most successful policy
initiatives in the state's history. The Idaho Promise
Scholarship proposal is modest by comparison to the Georgia
Hope Scholarship. Under the proposal, high school graduates
with a GPA of 3.0 or better, if enrolled in a state public or
private postsecondary institution within two years of
graduation, would receive a scholarship for up to two years of
schooling. The scholarship would only partially cover fees and
other costs, but it will provide an important incentive for
students to continue their education.
There is no additional fiscal impact until the Category B
Scholarship is funded. The future fiscal impact of this amended
legislation will vary with the number of students eligible for
Category B scholarships and electing to continue their
education. About 16,500 seniors graduate from Idaho public and
private high schools each year and nearly half have a 3.0 or
better grade point average. If this legislative proposal is
successful in motivating 60 percent of those students with a
3.0 or better average to continue their education at an Idaho
public or private institution, approximately 4,950 students per
year would be eligible for a scholarship. The award amount each
year would be set by the State Board of Education and depend on
the amount of public and private funding available. If, for
example, this award is set at $500 per semester ($1000 per
year) for the maximum two-year period, the cost would be
$4,950,000 in the first year and $9,900,000 each year
thereafter. A broadly based scholarship program of the type
contained in this legislative proposal is a potential candidate
for funding with Idaho Tobacco settlement funds.
CONTACT: Senator Robert R. Lee
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE S1237