H0521aa........................................................by EDUCATION INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - Adds to existing law to establish the Incentive Scholarship Program for students enrolling in eligible postsecondary institutions in Idaho; to provide limits; to create the Incentive Scholarship Fund; and to provide duties of the State Board of Education and the Board of Regents of the University of Idaho. 02/07 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/08 Rpt prt - to Educ 03/02 Rpt out - to Gen Ord 03/03 Rpt out amen - to engros 03/06 Rpt engros - 1st rdg - to 2nd rdg as amen 03/07 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg as amen 03/14 Ret'd to Educ
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO |||| Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE BILL NO. 521, As Amended BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO AN INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM; AMENDING CHAPTER 43, TITLE 33, 3 IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 33-4316, IDAHO CODE, TO 4 ESTABLISH THE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS ENROLLING IN ELI- 5 GIBLE POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS IN IDAHO, TO PROVIDE LIMITS, TO CREATE 6 THE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND TO PROVIDE DUTIES OF THE STATE BOARD OF 7 EDUCATION AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO; AND PRO- 8 VIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 10 SECTION 1. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 11 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 12 ignated as Section 33-4316, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 13 33-4316. INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. (1) The purpose of this section 14 is to establish a state scholarship program for Idaho secondary school gradu- 15 ates, students who have completed a general equivalency diploma (GED) and home 16 school graduates who will enroll in undergraduate nonreligious academic and 17 professional-technical programs in eligible postsecondary institutions in the 18 state. This scholarship program shall not supersede existing state scholar- 19 ships or at-risk scholarships but shall be in addition to those programs. 20 (2) The state board of education and the board of regents of the univer- 21 sity of Idaho shall be the administrative agency for the Idaho incentive 22 scholarship program. To be eligible for a scholarship pursuant to this sec- 23 tion, a student shall be a graduate of an accredited secondary school in Idaho 24 or be the recipient of a general equivalency diploma (GED) in Idaho or shall 25 have completed home schooling in Idaho and shall have had a cumulative grade 26 point average of 2.5 or better out of 4.0, or have achieved a score of 20 or 27 better on the ACT college admission test and shall be qualified for admittance 28 or provisional admittance to an eligible postsecondary institution. The stu- 29 dent shall declare his or her intention to matriculate in an eligible post- 30 secondary institution in the state of Idaho as that term is defined in section 31 33-4306, Idaho Code. The amount awarded shall be five hundred dollars ($500) 32 for the student's first term or semester and five hundred dollars ($500) for 33 the second term or semester upon completion of the first term or semester. 34 Students will be given the option of applying the scholarship to fees or 35 receiving payment so it can be used for other expenses. Qualifying institu- 36 tions may match part or all of the scholarship. 37 (3) Incentive scholarships shall be paid from the Idaho incentive schol- 38 arship fund which is hereby created. Moneys in the fund shall consist of 39 appropriations, donations, grants or moneys from any other source. Moneys in 40 the fund may be expended pursuant to appropriation, and scholarships shall be 41 awarded only to the extent that funds are available. 42 (4) The state board of education and the board of regents of the univer- 43 sity of Idaho may promulgate rules and prescribe necessary forms to implement 2 1 the provisions of this section. Students graduating in calendar year 2001 and 2 thereafter shall be eligible to receive scholarships from the Idaho incentive 3 scholarship fund. 4 SECTION 2. This act shall be in full force and effect on and after Janu- 5 ary 1, 2001.
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO |||| Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000 Moved by Meyer Seconded by Trail IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE AMENDMENT TO H.B. NO. 521 1 AMENDMENTS TO SECTION 1 2 On page 1 of the printed bill, in line 26, following "4.0, or" insert: 3 "have achieved a score of 20 or better on the ACT college admission test and"; 4 and in line 34 following: "expenses." insert: "Qualifying institutions may 5 match part or all of the scholarship.".
REPRINT REPRINT REPRINT REPRINT REPRINT STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 09516C1 The purpose of this legislation is to provide an added incentive to Idaho high school graduates to pursue further education. It would provide a first year scholarship of $1,000 effective in 2001 to anyone graduating from an Idaho high school, completing a GED or completing home schooling in Idaho if: 1. They achieve a 2.5 or better grade point average in high school or, 2. Achieve a score of 20 or better on the ACT college admission test and, 3. Qualify for admission. The scholarship could be used at the three state universities, Lewis and Clark College, College of Southern Idaho, North Idaho College, at the six state- sponsored professional technical schools in Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls and Albertson College, Northwest Nazarene University and Ricks College. The grant would be $500 the first term and $500 the second, upon successful completion of the first term. Presently only 34 percent of the approximately 16,500 high school graduates pursue continued education in Idaho. Another 13 percent pursue continued education out of state. To qualify for jobs with salaries sufficient to support a family most graduates will need further education. This legislation should result in an increase in the number of students pursuing further education. Also, fee increases at state universities and Lewis-Clark state have averaged 7.7 percent in recent years and have more than doubled in the past decade. While the fees are still low relative in neighboring states, education costs provide a barrier to entry. A majority of students rely on student loans and many graduate with a large debt load. The first year incentive scholarships would supplement other state- sponsored scholarships and work study grants. Students would have the option of applying scholarship money to fees or of applying it to other expenses. This would allow them to maximize the benefit of the scholarship if the student or parents qualify to claim the federal tax credit of up to $1,500 a year for out- of-pocket payments for higher education fees. Student borrowing at state universities and Lewis-Clark State Percentage of FTE Number Average loan amount Boise State 63.6 6,700 $3,922 Idaho State 68.7 6,346 $6,678 Idaho 58.7 5,371 $6,248 Lewis-Clark 54.5 1,272 $4,850 FISCAL IMPACT If the incentive program resulted in an increase of the number continuing in education from 34 percent to 40 percent, and if all continued through the second term, the annual cost would be $6,600,000 beginning with fiscal year 2002. Contact Name: Rep. Ken Robison Rep. David Bieter Rep. Shirley Ringo Rep. Tom Trail Rep. Donna Boe Phone: 208/332-1000 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE Bill No. 52