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General Assembly

File No. 362

    January Session, 2017

Substitute House Bill No. 7234

House of Representatives, April 3, 2017

The Committee on Higher Education and Employment Advancement reported through REP. HADDAD of the 54th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENTS IN CRISIS AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017) (a) For purposes of this section, "student in crisis" means a student attending a public or independent institution of higher education who (1) does not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food; (2) is at risk of becoming homeless or is homeless; or (3) is claiming an exemption from providing parental information under the Free Application for Federal Student Aid due to special circumstances, including, but not limited to, the incarceration of a parent or guardian, such student has left home due to an abusive family environment or the inability to locate or contact a parent or guardian.

(b) Not later than October 1, 2017, The University of Connecticut, the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges shall each submit a report on students in crisis to the Office of Higher Education and joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education and employment advancement, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. Such report shall include, but need not be limited to, each institution's (1) processes for identifying students in crisis; (2) policies that assist students in crisis in securing housing and other basic needs; and (3) procedures for processing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for a student claiming an exemption from providing parental information.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2017

New section

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In Section 1(a)(3), references to "of such student" were removed for conciseness.

HED

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in no fiscal impact to the state as the higher education constituent units have the expertise necessary to complete the required report on processes and policies regarding students in crisis.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 7234

AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENTS IN CRISIS AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

SUMMARY

This bill requires UConn, the Board of Regents for Higher Education, and the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges to each report on students in crisis. They must submit the report to the Office of Higher Education and the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee by October 1, 2017.

The study concerns students attending a public or independent institution of higher education. Under the bill, a student in crisis is one who (1) does not have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food in sufficient quantity, (2) is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or (3) is claiming an exemption from providing parental information under the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to special circumstances. Under the bill, such circumstances may include (1) a parent's or guardian's incarceration, (2) an abusive family environment causing the student to leave home, or (3) the inability to locate or contact a student's parent or guardian.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

20

Nay

0

(03/15/2017)

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