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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill repeals an exemption from the nonresident portion of total tuition within the
10 State System of Higher Education.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . repeals the provision that, if allowed under federal law, a student, other than a
14 nonimmigrant alien, is exempt from the nonresident portion of total tuition if the
16 . attended high school in this state for three or more years; and
17 . graduated from a high school or received its equivalent in this state; and
18 . makes technical corrections.
19 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
22 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 53B-13a-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 10
26 63G-11-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 138
28 53B-8-106, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 230
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 53B-13a-102 is amended to read:
32 53B-13a-102. Definitions.
33 As used in this chapter:
34 (1) "Cost of attendance" means the total of costs payable to the institution, plus other
35 direct educational expenses and transportation and living expenses while attending the
36 institution, set forth in institutional cost-of-attendance budgets which meet criteria established
37 by board rules.
38 (2) (a) "Eligible student" means a financially needy student who is:
39 (i) unconditionally admitted to and enrolled at a Utah postsecondary institution on at
40 least a half-time basis, as defined by the board, in an eligible postsecondary program leading to
41 a defined education or training objective, as defined by the board; and
42 (ii) [
45 (b) "Eligible student" does not include a graduate student.
46 (3) "Federal poverty guideline" means the federal poverty measure issued each year by
47 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register.
48 (4) "Financial aid" means grants or work-study stipends to financially needy students
49 enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a Utah postsecondary institution.
50 (5) "Financially needy student" means a student who demonstrates, on the basis of
51 criteria established by the board, the financial inability, either through the student's parents or
52 family, or personally, to meet all or a portion of the total cost of attendance at an institution for
53 any period of attendance as defined by the board.
54 (6) "Fiscal year" means the fiscal year of the state.
55 (7) "Program" means the Utah Centennial Opportunity Program for Education.
56 (8) "Utah postsecondary institution" or "institution" means:
57 (a) an institution of higher education listed in Section 53B-1-102 ; or
58 (b) a Utah private, nonprofit postsecondary institution that is accredited by a regional
59 accrediting organization recognized by the board.
60 Section 2. Section 63G-11-104 is amended to read:
61 63G-11-104. Receipt of state, local, or federal public benefits -- Verification --
62 Exceptions -- Fraudulently obtaining benefits -- Criminal penalties -- Annual report.
63 (1) Except as provided in Subsection (3) or where exempted by federal law, an agency
64 or political subdivision of the state shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of an
65 individual at least 18 years of age who has applied for:
66 (a) a state or local public benefit as defined in 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1621; or
67 (b) a federal public benefit as defined in 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1611, that is administered by an
68 agency or political subdivision of this state.
69 (2) This section shall be enforced without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or
70 national origin.
71 (3) Verification of lawful presence under this section is not required for:
72 (a) any purpose for which lawful presence in the United States is not restricted by law,
73 ordinance, or regulation;
74 (b) assistance for health care items and services that are necessary for the treatment of
75 an emergency medical condition, as defined in 42 U.S.C., Sec. 1396b(v)(3), of the individual
76 involved and are not related to an organ transplant procedure;
77 (c) short-term, noncash, in-kind emergency disaster relief;
78 (d) public health assistance for immunizations with respect to immunizable diseases
79 and for testing and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases whether or not the
80 symptoms are caused by the communicable disease;
81 (e) programs, services, or assistance such as soup kitchens, crisis counseling and
82 intervention, and short-term shelter, specified by the United States Attorney General, in the
83 sole and unreviewable discretion of the United States Attorney General after consultation with
84 appropriate federal agencies and departments, which:
85 (i) deliver in-kind services at the community level, including through public or private
86 nonprofit agencies;
87 (ii) do not condition the provision of assistance, the amount of assistance provided, or
88 the cost of assistance provided on the income or resources of the individual recipient; and
89 (iii) are necessary for the protection of life or safety;
93 with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and files an application with the state
94 Division of Securities through the Central Registration Depository;
96 Retirement and Insurance Benefit Act;
98 (i) the Federal Housing Administration, the Veterans Administration, or any other
99 federal agency; or
100 (ii) an enterprise as defined in 12 U.S.C., Sec. 4502; and
102 with a home loan that does not require verification under Subsection (3)[
103 (4) An agency or political subdivision required to verify the lawful presence in the
104 United States of an applicant under this section shall require the applicant to certify under
105 penalty of perjury that:
106 (a) the applicant is a United States citizen; or
107 (b) the applicant is:
108 (i) a qualified alien as defined in 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1641; and
109 (ii) lawfully present in the United States.
110 (5) An agency or political subdivision shall verify a certification required under
111 Subsection (4)(b) through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program,
112 hereafter referred to in this section as the "program," operated by the United States Department
113 of Homeland Security or an equivalent program designated by the Department of Homeland
115 (6) (a) An individual who knowingly and willfully makes a false, fictitious, or
116 fraudulent statement or representation in a certification under Subsection (4) is subject to the
117 criminal penalties applicable in this state for:
118 (i) making a written false statement under Subsection 76-8-504 (2); and
119 (ii) fraudulently obtaining public assistance program benefits under Sections 76-8-1205
120 and 76-8-1206 or unemployment compensation under Section 76-8-1301 .
121 (b) If the certification constitutes a false claim of U.S. citizenship under 18 U.S.C.,
122 Sec. 911, the agency or political subdivision shall file a complaint with the United States
123 Attorney General for the applicable district based upon the venue in which the application was
125 (7) An agency or political subdivision may adopt variations to the requirements of this
126 section which:
127 (a) clearly improve the efficiency of or reduce delay in the verification process; or
128 (b) provide for adjudication of unique individual circumstances where the verification
129 procedures in this section would impose an unusual hardship on a legal resident of Utah.
130 (8) It is unlawful for an agency or a political subdivision of this state to provide a state,
131 local, or federal benefit, as defined in 8 U.S.C., Sec. 1611 and Sec. 1621, in violation of the
132 provisions of this section.
133 (9) Each state agency or department that administers a program of state or local public
134 benefits shall:
135 (a) provide an annual report to the governor, the president of the Senate, and the
136 speaker of the House regarding its compliance with this section; and
137 (b) (i) monitor the program for application verification errors and significant delays;
138 (ii) provide an annual report on the errors and delays to ensure that the application of
139 the program is not erroneously denying a state or local benefit to a legal resident of the state;
141 (iii) report delays and errors in the program to the United States Department of
142 Homeland Security.
143 Section 3. Repealer.
144 This bill repeals:
145 Section 53B-8-106, Resident tuition -- Requirements -- Rules.
146 Section 4. Effective date.
147 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.
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