OLR Bill Analysis

SB 399 (File 245, as amended by Senate "A," "B" and "C")*

AN ACT CONCERNING REPORTING REQUIREMENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION REGARDING FINANCIAL AID.

SUMMARY:

This bill prohibits the Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) from doing the following without the General Assembly's approval:

1. closing, authorizing the closure of, or proceeding with any closure of any campus of Middlesex Community College or any other campus of any other public higher education institution under BOR's jurisdiction or

2. suspending, authorizing the suspension of, or proceeding with any suspension of any manufacturing program offered by Middlesex Community College or any other manufacturing program offered by any other public higher education institution under BOR's jurisdiction.

It also prohibits Middlesex Community College and any other public higher education institution under BOR's jurisdiction from closing or proceeding to close any of its campuses or suspending or proceeding to suspend any of its manufacturing programs without legislative approval.

The bill also requires the University of Connecticut and BOR, by November 1, 2015 and annually thereafter, to report to the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee on the institutional financial aid awarded to undergraduate students during the previous academic year. In general, institutional financial aid consists of aid originating from the institution and excludes federal or state financial aid awarded to students.

The report must describe the following aggregate amounts separately for in-state and out-of-state students: (1) institutional financial aid funding available, (2) need-based institutional financial aid awarded, and (3) merit-based institutional financial aid awarded.

*Senate Amendment “A” limits the reporting to institutional financial aid awarded to undergraduate students, rather than all financial aid.

*Senate Amendment “B” prohibits BOR from doing the following without the legislature's approval: (1) closing, authorizing the closure of, or proceeding with any closure of any campus of Middlesex Community College or (2) suspending, authorizing the suspension of, or proceeding with any suspension of any manufacturing program offered by Middlesex Community College. It also prohibits Middlesex Community College from closing or proceeding to close any of its campuses or suspending or proceeding to suspend any of its manufacturing programs without legislative approval.

*Senate Amendment “C” prohibits BOR from doing the following without the legislature's approval: (1) closing, authorizing the closure of, or proceeding with any closure of any campus of a public higher education institution under its jurisdiction or (2) suspending, authorizing the suspension of, or proceeding with any suspension of any manufacturing program offered by a public higher education institution under its jurisdiction. It also prohibits any public higher education institution under BOR's jurisdiction from closing or proceeding to close any of its campuses or suspending or proceeding to suspend any of its manufacturing programs without legislative approval.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

COMMITTEE ACTION

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/12/2015)