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IDAHO PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP - Amends existing law to remove language
requiring a student to graduate from a secondary school in the state of
Idaho for purposes of eligibility for the Idaho Promise Scholarship.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-sixth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2002
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 479
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO THE IDAHO PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM; AMENDING SECTION 33-4306,
3 IDAHO CODE, TO REMOVE LANGUAGE REQUIRING A STUDENT TO GRADUATE FROM A SEC-
4 ONDARY SCHOOL IN THE STATE OF IDAHO AS A CONDITION OF ELIGIBILITY.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 33-4306, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 33-4306. DEFINITIONS. As used in this act, unless the context otherwise
10 (1) "Eligible postsecondary institution" means a public postsecondary
11 organization governed or supervised by the state board of education, the board
12 of regents of the university of Idaho, a board of trustees of a community col-
13 lege established pursuant to the provisions of section 33-2106, Idaho Code, or
14 the state board for professional-technical education or any educational orga-
15 nization which is operated privately and not for profit under the control of
16 an independent board and not directly controlled or administered by a public
17 or political subdivision. A public or private educational organization becomes
18 eligible to participate in category B grant awards if the organization agrees
19 to match awards granted to each eligible category B student. If an institu-
20 tion declines to match awards, an eligible student will receive the state por-
21 tion of the award to that institution.
22 (2) "Educational costs" means student costs for tuition, fees, room and
23 board, or expenses related to reasonable commuting, books and such other
24 expenses reasonably related to attendance at a postsecondary educational
26 (3) "Student" means an individual resident student as defined in section
27 33-3717 or 33-2110B, Idaho Code, enrolled full-time and carrying a sufficient
28 number of credit hours, or their equivalent, to secure an individual's first
29 degree, certificate, diploma or less, toward which the individual is working,
30 in no more than the number of semesters, or equivalent, normally required by
31 the eligible postsecondary institution in the program in which the individual
32 is enrolled and provided that the baccalaureate degree, certificate, diploma
33 or lesser program requires at least six (6) months or equivalent of consecu-
34 tive attendance. A student engaged in a four (4) year baccalaureate program
35 shall not be terminated from this scholarship program by having earned an
36 intermediate degree, certificate or diploma.
37 (4) "Enrollment" means the establishment and maintenance of an
38 individual's status as a student in an eligible postsecondary institution,
39 regardless of the term used at the institution to describe such status.
40 (5) "Eligible category A student" means any graduate of an accredited
41 secondary school in the state of Idaho who declares his intention to matricu-
42 late in an eligible postsecondary institution in the state of Idaho during the
43 educational year immediately following such graduation.
1 (6) "Eligible category B student" means any student, having completed
2 secondary school or its equivalent in the state of Idaho and who enrolls as a
3 student in an eligible postsecondary institution in the state of Idaho prior
4 to reaching twenty-two (22) years of age. To maintain eligibility a student
5 must achieve and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average while enrolled
6 in an eligible postsecondary institution. Students meeting the requirements of
7 this subsection who were not eligible for a grant in the first term of post-
8 secondary education and who achieve and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point
9 average based on a 4.0 system in an eligible postsecondary institution will
10 become eligible for grant payments in subsequent school terms.
11 (7) "Grant" means an award to an eligible student for matriculation in an
12 eligible postsecondary institution in the state of Idaho.
13 (8) "Educational year" means the period from July 1 of a year through
14 June 30 of the succeeding year.
15 (9) "Competitive examination" means standardized examination(s) measuring
16 achievement administered annually on a voluntary basis on a specified date and
17 at specified locations announced publicly.
18 (10) "High school record," for category A students, will be defined by the
19 state board of education and the board of regents of the university of Idaho
20 and may include, but need not be limited to, an individual's rank in his sec-
21 ondary school class, grade point average, and difficulty of course load taken
22 as certified by an official of such secondary school, and the individual's
23 secondary school deportment as evaluated by at least two (2) officials of such
24 secondary school.
25 (11) "High school record," for category B students, shall be defined by
26 the state board of education and the board of regents of the university of
27 Idaho and may include, but need not be limited to, an individual's secondary
28 school cumulative grade point average or a composite score on the American
29 college test (ACT).
30 (12) "Cumulative grade point average" is defined as a student's cumulative
31 grade point average for all courses taken in grades nine (9) through twelve
32 (12) and calculated on a grade of A equals 4.0 points, a grade of B equals 3.0
33 points, a grade of C equals 2.0 points, a grade of D equals 1.0 point and a
34 grade of F equals 0.0 points.