Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Committee Bill No. 398

January Session, 2015

 

LCO No. 5592

 

*_____SB00398HED___032415____*

Referred to Committee on HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

 

Introduced by:

 

(HED)

 

AN ACT ASSISTING STUDENTS ACCEPTED INTO THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS PROGRAM WITH THE COST OF COLLEGE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2015) (a) In accordance with 8 USC 1621(d), any person who (1) has been accepted into the federal government's deferred action for childhood arrivals program, and (2) is entitled to classification as an in-state student for tuition purposes, pursuant to section 10a-29 of the general statutes, shall be eligible to apply for and receive, to the extent permitted by federal law, financial assistance to attend a public institution of higher education in the state pursuant to a state financial assistance program, including, but not limited to, assistance from the funds set aside by a constituent unit, as defined in section 10a-1 of the general statutes, from the anticipated tuition revenue of the institutions of higher education under its jurisdiction for purposes of providing (A) tuition waivers, (B) tuition remissions, (C) grants for educational expenses, and (D) student employment for residents of the state enrolled as full or part-time matriculated students in a degree-granting program or enrolled in a precollege remedial program and who demonstrate substantial financial need.

(b) Not later than August 1, 2015, the Office of Higher Education shall establish procedures and develop forms to enable persons who are eligible for financial assistance under subsection (a) of this section to apply for and participate in a state financial assistance program, to the extent permitted by federal law.

(c) The Office of Higher Education may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, to carry out the purposes of this section. Such regulations shall include provisions concerning eligibility and the application process for financial assistance.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2015

New section

HED

Joint Favorable