2024 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Part 4- Waivers (language only)

Item 4-5.01 #2c

Item 4-5.01 #2c

Special Conditions and Restrictions on Expenditures
Transactions with Individuals


Page 604, after line 45, insert:

"7. Waiver Programs

a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, individuals eligible for any financial aid waivers contained in § 23.1, Chapter 6 shall:

1)  Establish domicile as provided in § 2 3.1-502 and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) domicile guidelines.

2)  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or equivalent state financial aid application.

3)  Make satisfactory academic progress as defined by the institution for the purposes of eligibility under Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act, as amended.

b) Waivers  under this section are limited to a certificate or associate degree at a public two-year institution and certificate or first bachelor's degree at a public four-year institution of higher education. Eligibility is restricted to a combined  total of no more than four years or its equivalent.

c) 1) Waivers granted under this section shall cover the last-dollar cost of the in- state undergraduate tuition, mandatory Education & General Program (E & G) fees and mandatory non-E & G fees after applying, in the following order: (i) all federal aid under 38 USC Part III dollar-for-dollar; (ii) all state grants and scholarships dollar-for-dollar; and (iii) a proportion of all federal gift aid (Pell) and expected family contribution (EFC) or its equivalent under FAFSA Simplification as determined by SCHEV.

2) The proportion in c)1) (iii) shall be determined by SCHEV based on undergraduate tuition, mandatory Education & General Program (E & G) fees and mandatory non-E & G fees as a percentage of the total cost of attendance.

3) Mandatory non-E & G fees in c. 1) are fees charged to all students regardless of degree program or as defined by SCHEV. Mandatory non-E & G fees do not include room and board.

d) Students eligible for the Program and enrolled in 2023-2024 shall not be subject to the provisions of this section until July 1, 2025. For all other students, the provisions of this section are applicable July 1, 2024."


(This amendment clarifies state financial aid policy with regard to the conditions for calculating waivers under § 23.1, Chapter 6, Code of Virginia.)