SB 421-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
SENATE BILL 421-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Morse, Dist 22; Rep. Ford, Graf. 3; Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4
COMMITTEE: Education and Workforce Development
This bill clarifies postsecondary educational assistance for members of the New Hampshire national guard.
This bill also authorizes tuition waivers for children in state foster care or guardianship for part-time enrollment in programs in public postsecondary institutions.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
02/13/2020 0441s 20-2800
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Postsecondary Educational Assistance; Definitions. Amend RSA 110-B:63-b, III-VI to read as follows:
III. "Educational assistance" means the waiver of the tuition cost of a course at a state-supported postsecondary institution[, provided that there is space available in that course].
IV. "New Hampshire national guard" means federally-recognized units of the New Hampshire national guard.
V. ["Space available" means any allocated seating in a course not filled by paying students.
VI.] "Tuition" means the total semester, quarter, or classroom hour cost of instruction to the student as established by the university system board of trustees or the board of trustees of the community college system of New Hampshire.
Members of the New Hampshire national guard may take courses tuition-free [on a space available basis] in state-supported postsecondary institutions. The admission of a New Hampshire national guard member shall be in accordance with the state-supported postsecondary institution's standard student admissions criteria policies and practices. In order to be eligible to receive educational assistance under this subdivision, a member of the New Hampshire national guard shall:
I. Be [an] a sworn in active member of the New Hampshire national guard residing either in-state or out-of-state [who has completed advanced individual training or commissioning].
110-B:63-d Eligibility [and Space Availability] Determinations.
[I.] Eligibility for educational assistance provided by this subdivision shall be determined and monitored by the adjutant general, who shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, and procedures deemed by the adjutant general to be necessary to carry out and monitor the educational assistance provided by this subdivision.
[II. The chancellor of the university system for the university system and the chancellor of the community college system of New Hampshire for the community college system of New Hampshire shall establish policies for determining when a course has space available.]
4 Postsecondary Educational Assistance; In-State Tuition for New Hampshire National Guard Nonresidents. Amend RSA 110-B:63-f to read as follows:
110-B:63-f In-State Tuition for New Hampshire National Guard Nonresidents. Any member of the New Hampshire national guard who is an otherwise eligible out-of-state resident who cannot qualify for educational assistance under this subdivision[, due to unavailability of space for members attending tuition free,] may take such course at the in-state tuition rate.
I. An eligible individual who enrolls full-time or part-time, with the approval of the division for children, youth and families, in a program leading to a certificate, associate, or bachelor degree at any public postsecondary institution within the state shall not be required to pay tuition [or fees for attendance at such institution] or mandatory fees for attendance at such institution.
III.(a) Eligible individuals interested in a tuition waiver shall annually apply on forms provided and within the deadlines established by the university system of New Hampshire and the community college system of New Hampshire for their respective institutions. No more than 15 tuition waivers per year shall be granted by the university system of New Hampshire and no more than 15 tuition waivers per year shall be granted by the community college system of New Hampshire. The university system of New Hampshire and the community college system of New Hampshire shall have the authority to develop eligibility criteria for their respective institutions designed to give the children with the greatest financial need first priority in the tuition waiver program. Such eligibility criteria shall also include provisions for continuing eligibility based on continued full-time or part-time, with the approval of the division for children, youth and families, enrollment and satisfactory academic progress as defined by the institution.
I. Sections 5 and 6 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2020.
II. The remainder of this act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.
SB 421-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENT #2020-0441s)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Community College System Revenue
This bill clarifies postsecondary educational assistance for members of the New Hampshire national guard. This bill also authorizes tuition waivers for children in state foster care or guardianship for part-time enrollment in programs in public postsecondary institutions. The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) indicates this bill would alter the existing national guard tuition waiver to remove the provision that enrollment of guard members under the waiver is subject to space availability. The CCSNH assumes the bill could result in a decrease in revenue to the extent tuition waiver students supplant tuition-paying students. Such decrease is indeterminable.
The University System of New Hampshire indicates there would be no fiscal impact to the University System because the proposed bill would align the statute with the USNH institutions current practices.
The Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services indicates there would be no fiscal impact on the Department.
It is assumed this bill will not take effect until FY 2021.
Community College System of New Hampshire, University System of New Hampshire and Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services
|Jan. 28, 2020||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 8, 2020||To Be Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Education and Workforce Development; SJ 1|
|Jan. 28, 2020||Hearing: 01/28/2020, Room 103, LOB, 10:15 am; SC 4|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0441s, 02/13/2020; SC 6|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Committee Amendment # 2020-0441s, AA, VV; 02/13/2020; SJ 4|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0441s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/13/2020; SJ 4|
|Feb. 20, 2020||Introduced 02/20/2020 and referred to Education|
|June 30, 2020||Vacated and Laid on Table MA VV 06/30/2020|