2000 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Darner
Tuition Assistance for Foster Care Children

Item 227 #31h

Item 227 #31h

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Education: Higher Education
Virginia Community College System FY2001 $100,000 FY2002 $100,000 GF

Page 182, line 21, strike "$424,310,797" and insert "$424,410,797".
Page 182, line 21, strike "$429,406,539" and insert "$429,506,539".
Page 188, after line 5, insert:
"V.1. Out of this appropriation, $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for tuition and fee assistance at Virginia community colleges for a Virginia resident who (i) has received a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate and was in foster care or in the custody of the Department of Social Services at the time such diploma or certificate was awarded; (ii) is enrolled or has been accepted for enrollment as a full-time student in a degree or certificate program of at least one academic year in length in a Virginia community college; (iii) has not been enrolled in postsecondary education as a full-time student for more than five years; (iv) maintains the required grade point average established by the State Board for Community Colleges; (v) has submitted applications for federal student financial aid programs; and (vi) meets any additional financial need requirements established by the State Board for Community Colleges for the purposes of such waiver.
2. The tuition assistance shall be awarded on a yearly basis and will continue to be available if the person is otherwise eligible as long as the person remains in good academic standing at a two-year college in the
Virginia Community College System.
The State Board for Community Colleges, in cooperation with the State Council of Higher Education and the State Board of Social Services, is to establish regulations governing the tuition and fee assistance that shall address financial need; the calculation of the assistance amount, renewal of financial assistance; consideration of any additional financial resources or aid the student may have available; the grade point average required to retain such assistance; and procedures for the repayment of tuition and fees for failure to meet the financial assistance requirements. "

(This amendment is provides for financial assistance for tuition and fees at Virginia community colleges for children in foster care at the time of graduating from high school or completing a general education diploma, pursuant to House Bill 980.)