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H.B. 269

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SCOTT B. LUNDELL MILITARY

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SURVIVORS' TUITION WAIVER

             3     
AMENDMENTS

             4     
2008 GENERAL SESSION

             5     
STATE OF UTAH

             6     
Chief Sponsor: Michael T. Morley

             7     
Senate Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

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             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill modifies the undergraduate tuition waiver available for certain surviving
             12      dependents of military members.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    expands the undergraduate tuition waiver to surviving dependents of Utah resident
             16      military members killed on state active duty;
             17          .    clarifies that tuition waivers are available for surviving dependents, beginning on
             18      September 11, 2001; and
             19          .    requires the Department of Veterans' Affairs to certify the eligibility of surviving
             20      dependents to state institutions of higher education.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27          53B-8-107, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 163


             28     
             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 53B-8-107 is amended to read:
             31           53B-8-107. Military member surviving dependents -- Tuition waiver.
             32          (1) This section shall be known as the Scott B. Lundell Military Survivors' tuition
             33      waiver.
             34          (2) If a Utah resident who is a member of the armed forces of the United States,
             35      including a member of the National Guard or reserve component of the armed forces on or after
             36      September 11, 2001, is killed or dies of wounds or injuries received while serving on state or
             37      federal active duty, under orders of competent authority and not as a result of the member's
             38      own misconduct, a state institution of higher education shall waive undergraduate tuition for
             39      that member's dependents under the following conditions:
             40          (a) the dependent has been accepted by the institution in accordance with the
             41      institution's admissions guidelines;
             42          (b) the dependent is a resident student as determined under Section 53B-8-102 ;
             43          (c) the dependent may not have already completed a course of studies leading to an
             44      undergraduate degree;
             45          (d) the dependent may only utilize the waiver for courses that are applicable toward the
             46      degree or certificate requirements of the program in which the dependent is enrolled; and
             47          (e) the dependent may not be excluded from the waiver if the dependent has previously
             48      taken courses at or has been awarded credit by a state institution of higher education.
             49          (3) The tuition waiver in this section is applicable for undergraduate study only.
             50          (4) The [adjutant general] Department of Veterans' Affairs, after consultation with
             51      [federal officials] the adjutant general if necessary, shall certify to the institution that the
             52      dependent is a surviving dependent eligible for the tuition waiver in accordance with this
             53      section.
             54          (5) The waiver in this section does not apply to fees, books, or housing expenses.
             55          (6) The State Board of Regents may request reimbursement from the Legislature for
             56      costs incurred in providing the tuition waiver under this section.





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