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HOUSE BILL NO. 479 – Promise scholarship, eligibility


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H0479..............................................................by TRAIL
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.
01/24    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
01/25    Rpt prt - to Educ

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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
                                          BY TRAIL
  1                                        AN ACT
  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
  9    requires:
 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
 25    institution.
 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.