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Amendment

 

February Session, 2018

LCO No. 4201

   
 

*SB0000404201HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. O'NEILL, 69th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 4

File No. 206

Cal. No. 405

"AN ACT ASSISTING STUDENTS WITHOUT LEGAL IMMIGRATION STATUS WITH THE COST OF COLLEGE."

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Eligible student without legal immigration status" means any person who (A) is entitled to classification as an in-state student for tuition purposes pursuant to subdivision (9) of section 10a-29 of the general statutes, (B) was thirty years of age or younger on June 15, 2012, (C) was sixteen years of age or younger when he or she arrived in the United States and has continuously resided in the United States since such arrival, and (D) has not been convicted of a felony in this state or in another state;

(2) "Eligible veteran without legal immigration status" means any person who (A) is an honorably discharged veteran of the armed forces of the United States without legal immigration status, (B) was thirty years of age or younger on June 15, 2012, (C) was fifteen years of age or younger when he or she arrived in the United States and has continuously resided in the United States since such arrival, and (D) has not been convicted of a felony in this state or in another state;

(3) "Institutional financial aid" means funds set aside from the anticipated tuition revenue of an institution of higher education for the purposes of providing tuition waivers, tuition remissions, grants for educational expenses and student employment for full-time or part-time students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program or a precollege remedial program and who demonstrate substantial financial need; and

(4) "Public institution of higher education" means those institutions of higher education identified in subdivisions (1) and (2) of section 10a-1 of the general statutes.

(b) On and after the effective date of this section, and upon approval by a majority vote of the student body pursuant to subsection (f) of section 10a-77 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, subsection (f) of section 10a-99 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, or subsection (g) of section 10a-105 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, in accordance with 8 USC 1621(d), any eligible veteran without legal immigration status who files an affidavit with an institution of higher education pursuant to subdivision (9) of section 10a-29 of the general statutes, stating that such eligible veteran has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file such application as soon as he or she is eligible, shall be eligible to apply for and receive, to the extent permitted by federal law, institutional financial aid to attend a public institution of higher education in the state.

(c) On January 1, 2020, or the effective date of an Act of Congress that provides a pathway to United States citizenship for an eligible student without legal immigration status, whichever is earlier, and upon approval by a majority vote of the student body pursuant to subsection (f) of section 10a-77 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, subsection (f) of section 10a-99 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, or subsection (g) of section 10a-105 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, in accordance with 8 USC 1621(d), any eligible student without legal immigration status who files an affidavit with an institution of higher education pursuant to subdivision (9) of section 10a-29 of the general statutes, stating that such eligible student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file such application as soon as he or she is eligible, shall be eligible to apply for and receive, to the extent permitted by federal law, institutional financial aid to attend a public institution of higher education in the state.

(d) Not later than July 1, 2018, the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut shall establish procedures and develop forms to enable persons who are eligible for institutional financial aid under subsections (b) and (c) of this section to apply for and receive, to the extent permitted by federal law, such institutional financial aid.

(e) Nothing in this section is intended to require or compel a public institution of higher education to match the amount of federal student financial aid a person who is eligible for institutional financial aid under subsection (a) of this section would receive if such person was eligible for such federal student financial aid.

(f) The Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut may adopt policies as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.

Sec. 2. Subsection (f) of section 10a-77 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(f) Said board shall set aside from its anticipated regional community-technical college tuition revenue, an amount not less than that required by said board's tuition policy. Such funds shall be used to provide tuition waivers, tuition remissions, grants for educational expenses and student employment for residents enrolled in regional community-technical colleges as full or part-time matriculated students in a degree-granting program, or enrolled in a precollege remedial program, who demonstrate substantial financial need. Said board may also set aside from its anticipated tuition revenue an additional amount equal to one per cent of said tuition revenue for financial assistance for students who would not otherwise be eligible for financial assistance but who do have a financial need as determined by the college in accordance with this subsection. In determining such financial need, the college shall exclude the value of equity in the principal residence of the student's parents or legal guardians, or in the student's principal residence if the student is not considered to be a dependent of his parents or legal guardians and shall assess the earnings of a dependent student at the rate of thirty per cent. Beginning in the fall semester of 2018, and for each semester thereafter, said board, upon approval by a majority vote of the student body of the regional community-technical colleges, shall set aside institutional financial aid, as defined in section 1 of this act, to eligible students without legal immigration status and eligible veterans without legal immigration status, as those terms are defined in section 1 of this act.

Sec. 3. Subsection (f) of section 10a-99 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(f) Said board shall set aside from its anticipated tuition revenue, an amount not less than that required by the board of governors' tuition policy established under subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 10a-6. Such funds shall be used to provide tuition waivers, tuition remissions, grants for educational expenses and student employment for any undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled as a full or part-time matriculated student in a degree-granting program, or enrolled in a precollege remedial program, and who demonstrates substantial financial need. Said board may also set aside from its anticipated tuition revenue an additional amount equal to one per cent of said tuition revenue for financial assistance for students who would not otherwise be eligible for financial assistance but who do have a financial need as determined by the university in accordance with this subsection. In determining such financial need, the university shall exclude the value of equity in the principal residence of the student's parents or legal guardians, or in the student's principal residence if the student is not considered to be a dependent of his parents or legal guardians and shall assess the earnings of a dependent student at the rate of thirty per cent. Beginning in the fall semester of 2018, and for each semester thereafter, said board, upon approval by a majority vote of the student body of the Connecticut State University System, shall set aside institutional financial aid, as defined in section 1 of this act, to eligible students without legal immigration status and eligible veterans without legal immigration status, as those terms are defined in section 1 of this act.

Sec. 4. Subsection (g) of section 10a-105 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(g) Said board of trustees shall set aside from its anticipated tuition revenue, an amount not less than that required by the board of governors' tuition policy established under subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 10a-6. Such funds shall be used to provide tuition waivers, tuition remissions, grants for educational expenses and student employment for any undergraduate, graduate or professional student who is enrolled as a full or part-time matriculated student in a degree-granting program, or enrolled in a precollege remedial program, and who demonstrates substantial financial need. Said board may also set aside from its anticipated tuition revenue an additional amount equal to one per cent of said tuition revenue for financial assistance for students who would not otherwise be eligible for financial assistance but who do have a financial need as determined by the university in accordance with this subsection. In determining such financial need, the university shall exclude the value of equity in the principal residence of the student's parents or legal guardians, or in the student's principal residence if the student is not considered to be a dependent of his parents or legal guardians and shall assess the earnings of a dependent student at the rate of thirty per cent. Beginning in the fall semester of 2018, and for each semester thereafter, said board, upon approval by a majority vote of the student body of The University of Connecticut, shall set aside institutional financial aid, as defined in section 1 of this act, to eligible students without legal immigration status and eligible veterans without legal immigration status, as those terms are defined in section 1 of this act."

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

Section 1

from passage

New section

Sec. 2

July 1, 2018

10a-77(f)

Sec. 3

July 1, 2018

10a-99(f)

Sec. 4

July 1, 2018

10a-105(g)