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House Bill 1348

House Bill 1348

ARCHIVE (2013)

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DIGEST OF HB 1348 (Updated April 26, 2013 6:35 pm - DI 116)

Administration of scholarships and grants. Adds a definition of "credit hours". Makes changes to the definition of "academic term". Provides that, beginning on September 1, 2014, the commission for higher education (commission) shall annually publish a schedule of award amounts for the Frank O'Bannon grant and the twenty-first century scholars program (jointly referred to as an "award") based on a recipient's expected family contribution. Provides that the method currently used to determine an award amount expires September 1, 2014. Provides that the commission may offer award incentives based on a student's school performance. Provides that an individual is not eligible for a Frank O'Bannon grant if the individual is eligible to receive a twenty-first century scholarship. Provides that the limit on eligibility is four academic years for: (1) higher education awards; (2) freedom of choice grants; (3) tuition grants from the twenty-first century scholars program; (4) part-time student grant program; (5) insurance education scholarship fund; (6) minority teacher scholarships; (7) special education, occupational therapy, and physical therapy scholarships; (8) National Guard tuition supplement program; (9) tuition exemption for senior citizens; and (10) tuition and fee exemption for the children and surviving spouse of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty. (Current law provides that the limit for eligibility is eight semesters or 12 quarters.) Makes changes to the grade point average requirements for students who receive a higher education award or participate in the twenty-first century scholars program. Repeals provisions relating to: (1) the duties of the Indiana college placement and assessment center; and (2) a requirement that the commission shall provide a statistical report that describes twenty-first century scholar awards. Adds a definition of "degree map". Provides that, not later than August 1, 2013, the commission for higher education (commission) shall develop guidelines to provide a state educational institution guidance for establishing degree maps for each full-time student attending the state educational institution. Requires, for a full-time student that enrolls after July 31, 2014, that a state educational institution develop a degree map based on the student's specific educational objective or course of study. Requires a state educational institution to ensure that courses necessary for the student to comply with the student's degree map are available for the student during the academic term in which the student is required to complete the particular course in accordance with the student's degree map. Provides that a state educational institution must provide a course to the student at no cost during the next academic term in which the course is offered if: (1) the state educational institution does not offer a course that the student must take to comply with the student's degree map during the current academic term; (2) the timing of the course conflicts with other courses the student is required to take to comply with the student's degree map for the current academic term; or (3) the course is full. Requires the commission to study and evaluate the financial costs for students pursuing postsecondary education and strategies to increase affordability and on time completion of postsecondary programs. Requires the commission to submit a report to the legislative council by November 1, 2013. Makes conforming amendments.
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