Legislative Update for Feb. 2, 2015

HB 1043 (TUITION FREEZE) Would prohibit increases in tuition rates at two-year institutions under the control of the state board of higher education. In House Appropriations
HB 1233 (TUITION FREEZE) Would prohibit tuition increases at four-year institutions under the control of the state board of higher education. In House Appropriations
HB 1303 (TUITION RATES) Would allow the Legislature to set tuition for all North Dakota University System institutions Passed in the House, now goes to the Senate
HB 1044 (STATE LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEM) Would require that the ND State Longitudinal Data System be used to compile college graduation rates for students who received the ND Acad/Career & Technical Merit Scholarships In House Appropriations
HB 1452 (GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS) Creates an entirely new fund for Promise Grants — these would essentially replace the ND Acad & Tech. Merit Scholarship with a larger and more sustainable funding source. The bill doesn’t specify where the funds shall come from, only that they are appropriated by the legislature into a special fund with interest reapplied to the Promise Grant principle. It would use same eligibility requirements of 3.0 GPA & a 24 ACT . In House Education
HB 1419 (GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS) Would change eligibility for the ND Acad. Merit & Career/Tech Merit Scholarship by removing the ACT score as a mechanism for eligibility and changing the high school GPA requirement from 3.0 to 2.5 In House Education
HB 1413 (GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS) Creates a scholarship program for veterans. ( $15 M appropriation ) In House Education
SB 2288 (GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS) Relates to development & operation of a “gap scholarship” through collaboration of NDUS & Bank of ND. It is designed to give more relief to middle income families by reducing student need after federal and state aid has been subtracted. ($5 M appropriation ) In Senate Education
SB 2165 (GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS) Relating to the allocation of resources at the time of a child’s birth. (5000 at birth for later postsecondary education, home purchases or to start a business.) Unanimous DO PASS from House Vets Affairs, up for vote by full House
HB 1049 (LOAN FORGIVENESS) Education loan forgiveness for certain behavioral health professionals on loans through the Bank of North Dakota and other participating lenders. ($200 K appropriation ) In House Human Services Cmte.
SB 2162 (LOAN FORGIVENESS) Forgiveness of any outstanding education loans for certain social workers and licensed addiction counselors working for the state in high need areas. ($360, 000) In Senate Human Services
SB 2281 (TUITION REDUCTION) Relating to tuition reduction and an income tax credit for child care providers and certain members of their families. In Senate Finance & Taxation
SB 2344 (LEGACY FUND) Would create a Legacy Fund Foundation to oversee the Legacy Fund and develop priorities for its use In Senate Gov. & Vets Affairs
SCR 4014 (LEGACY FUND) Calls for an interim study on uses for the Legacy Fund. In Senate Gov. & Vets Affairs
HB 1261 ( HIGHER EDUCATION OPEN EDUC. RESOURCES ) Would create a higher education open educational resources incentive grant program with $1 Million to NDUS ( could help students save money on textbooks and other learning materials) In House Education
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