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S.B. 44





Chief Sponsor: Luz Robles

House Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the State System of Higher Education Code by creating a tuition
             10      waiver.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires state institutions of higher education to waive undergraduate tuition for
             14      state residents who are recipients of the federal Post-9/11 GI Bill who have
             15      maximized the federal benefit and not completed a bachelor's degree;
             16          .    defines terms;
             17          .    provides that qualifying military veterans receive the tuition waiver in proportion to
             18      an aggregate period of active duty service; and
             19          .    establishes time limits that a qualified military veteran may receive the tuition
             20      waiver.
             21      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      ENACTS:
             27          53B-8f-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             28          53B-8f-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29          53B-8f-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 53B-8f-101 is enacted to read:

             34          53B-8f-101. Title.
             35          This chapter is known as the "GI Bill Tuition Waiver Act."
             36          Section 2. Section 53B-8f-102 is enacted to read:
             37          53B-8f-102. Definitions.
             38          As used in this chapter:
             39          (1) "Federal program" means the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of
             40      2008, Pub. L. No. 110-252.
             41          (2) "Qualifying military veteran" means an individual who:
             42          (a) is a resident student under Section 53B-8-102 and rules of the board;
             43          (b) has qualified for the federal program;
             44          (c) has maximized the federal benefit under the federal program; and
             45          (d) has not completed a bachelor's degree.
             46          (3) "State institution of higher education" or "institution" means a credit-granting
             47      institution listed in Section 53B-2-101 .
             48          (4) (a) "Tuition" means tuition at the rate for residents of the state.
             49          (b) "Tuition" does not include fees.
             50          Section 3. Section 53B-8f-103 is enacted to read:
             51          53B-8f-103. Tuition waivers for qualifying GI Bill veterans -- Limitations.
             52          (1) Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, a state institution of higher education
             53      shall waive a percentage of undergraduate tuition, as determined in Subsection (2), for a
             54      qualifying military veteran who:
             55          (a) is admitted as a full-time, part-time, or summer school student in an undergraduate
             56      program of study leading to a bachelor's degree; and
             57          (b) submits verification as provided in Subsection (4) that the student is a qualifying
             58      military veteran.

             59          (2) A qualifying military veteran is eligible for a percentage of tuition to be waived that
             60      is equal to the percentage of benefits that the veteran was entitled to under the federal program,
             61      based on the veteran's aggregate period of active duty service after September 10, 2001.
             62          (3) A qualifying military veteran may receive a tuition waiver until the earlier of the
             63      following occurs:
             64          (a) the qualifying military veteran completes the requirement for a bachelor's degree; or
             65          (b) 12 months from the time when the qualifying military veteran receives the first
             66      tuition waiver.
             67          (4) (a) A qualifying military veteran seeking a tuition waiver shall request the
             68      Department of Veterans' Affairs to provide the verification required by Subsection (1)(b).
             69          (b) The Department of Veterans' Affairs shall provide the verification upon obtaining
             70      evidence satisfactory to the department that the student is a qualifying military veteran.
             71          (5) The State Board of Regents may request reimbursement from the Legislature for
             72      costs incurred in providing the tuition waiver under this section.

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