CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
HOUSE BILL 1232
Chapter 174, Laws of 2023
2023 REGULAR SESSION
COLLEGE BOUND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM—VARIOUS PROVISIONS
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 23, 2023
Passed by the House February 27, 2023
Yeas 92 Nays 3
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 11, 2023
Yeas 39 Nays 10
President of the Senate
I, Bernard Dean, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1232 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Chief ClerkChief Clerk
Approved April 25, 2023 3:27 PM
April 26, 2023
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
HOUSE BILL 1232
Passed Legislature - 2023 Regular Session
State of Washington
2023 Regular Session
ByRepresentatives Bergquist, Chambers, Entenman, Slatter, Paul, Ramos, Mena, Street, Riccelli, Pollet, Callan, Hackney, Thai, Reeves, Reed, Ortiz-Self, Kloba, Duerr, Doglio, Morgan, Ramel, Goodman, Tharinger, Lekanoff, Gregerson, and Santos
Read first time 01/11/23.Referred to Committee on Postsecondary Education & Workforce.
AN ACT Relating to enhancing the college bound scholarship program by increasing opportunities for students to attend community and technical colleges; amending RCW 28B.118.010
; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature finds that the college bound scholarship is an important financial aid program that prompts students to begin to have a college going mindset early in high school. The data indicates that since the first cohort of college bound scholarship students, there were just under 5,000 students who were college bound scholarship applicants but had grade point averages below 2.0. Despite not meeting the requirements to receive the college bound scholarship, these students still went on to pursue postsecondary education. The legislature recognizes that community and technical colleges do not require a certain grade point average to enroll, but that strong academic performance is still a requirement for direct admittance to a four-year institution of higher education from high school. Since the legislature believes that many students who may not have performed well academically in high school can still thrive at a community and technical college, it is the legislature's intent to keep students' dreams of higher education alive by allowing students without a "C" average to still qualify for college bound scholarships.
and 2021 c 283 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
The office of student financial assistance shall design the Washington college bound scholarship program in accordance with this section and in alignment with the Washington college grant program in chapter 28B.92
RCW unless otherwise provided in this section. The right of an eligible student to receive a college bound scholarship vest upon enrollment in the program that is earned by meeting the requirements of this section as it exists at the time of the student's enrollment under subsection (2) of this section.
(1) "Eligible students" are those students who:
(a) Qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
(i) If a student qualifies in the seventh or eighth grade, the student remains eligible even if the student does not receive free or reduced-price lunches thereafter.
(ii) Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, if a student qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches in the ninth grade and was previously ineligible during the seventh or eighth grade while he or she was a student in Washington, the student is eligible for the college bound scholarship program;
(b) Are dependent pursuant to chapter 13.34
(i) In grade seven through ((twelve))12; or
(ii) Are between the ages of ((eighteen))18 and ((twenty-one))21 and have not graduated from high school; or
(c) Were dependent pursuant to chapter 13.34
RCW and were adopted between the ages of ((fourteen
with a negotiated adoption agreement that includes continued eligibility for the Washington state college bound scholarship program pursuant to RCW 74.13A.025
(2)(a) Every eligible student shall be automatically enrolled by the office of student financial assistance, with no action necessary by the student, student's family, or student's guardians.
(b) Eligible students and the students' parents or guardians shall be notified of the student's enrollment in the Washington college bound scholarship program and the requirements for award of the scholarship by the office of student financial assistance. To the maximum extent practicable, an eligible student must acknowledge enrollment in the college bound scholarship program and receipt of the requirements for award of the scholarship.
(c) The office of the superintendent of public instruction and the department of children, youth, and families must provide the office of student financial assistance with a list of eligible students when requested. The office of student financial assistance must determine the most effective methods, including timing and frequency, to notify eligible students of enrollment in the Washington college bound scholarship program. The office of student financial assistance must take reasonable steps to ensure that eligible students acknowledge enrollment in the college bound scholarship program and receipt of the requirements for award of the scholarship. The office of student financial assistance shall also make available to every school district information, brochures, and posters to increase awareness and to enable school districts to notify eligible students directly or through school teachers, counselors, or school activities.
(3) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, an eligible student must:
Graduate ((with at least a "C" average
)) from a public high school under RCW 28A.150.010
, an approved private high school under chapter 28A.195
RCW in Washington, or have received home-based instruction under chapter 28A.200
(ii) For eligible students enrolling in a postsecondary educational institution for the first time beginning with the 2023-24 academic year, graduate with at least a "C" average for consideration of direct admission to a public or private four-year institution of higher education;
(b) Have no felony convictions;
(c) Be a resident student as defined in RCW 28B.15.012
(2) (a) through (e); and
(d) Have a family income that does not exceed 65 percent of the state median family income at the time of high school graduation.
(4)(a) An eligible student who is a resident student under RCW 28B.15.012
(2)(e) must also provide the institution, as defined in RCW 28B.15.012
, an affidavit indicating that the individual will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to do so and a willingness to engage in any other activities necessary to acquire citizenship, including but not limited to citizenship or civics review courses.
(b) For eligible students as defined in subsection (1)(b) and (c) of this section, a student may also meet the requirement in subsection (3)(a) of this section by receiving a high school equivalency certificate as provided in RCW 28B.50.536
(((c) For a student who does not meet the "C" average requirement, and who completes fewer than two quarters in the running start program, under chapter 28A.600 RCW, the student's first quarter of running start course grades must be excluded from the student's overall grade point average for purposes of determining if the requirement in subsection (3)(a) of this section is met.
(5)(a) For students attending two or four-year institutions of higher education as defined in RCW 28B.10.016
, the value of the award shall be (i) the difference between the student's tuition and required fees, less the value of any state-funded grant, scholarship, or waiver assistance the student receives; (ii) plus five hundred dollars for books and materials.
(b) For students attending private four-year institutions of higher education in Washington, the award amount shall be the representative average of awards granted to students in public research universities in Washington or the representative average of awards granted to students in public research universities in Washington in the 2014-15 academic year, whichever is greater.
(c) For students attending private vocational schools in Washington, the award amount shall be the representative average of awards granted to students in public community and technical colleges in Washington or the representative average of awards granted to students in public community and technical colleges in Washington in the 2014-15 academic year, whichever is greater.
(6) Eligible students must enroll no later than the fall term, as defined by the institution of higher education, one academic year following high school graduation. Eligible students may receive no more than four full-time years' worth of scholarship awards within a five-year period.
(7) Institutions of higher education shall award the student all need-based and merit-based financial aid for which the student would otherwise qualify. The Washington college bound scholarship is intended to replace unmet need, loans, and, at the student's option, work-study award before any other grants or scholarships are reduced.
(8) The first scholarships shall be awarded to students graduating in 2012.
(9) The eligible student has a property right in the award, but the state of Washington retains legal ownership of tuition units awarded as scholarships under this chapter until the tuition units are redeemed. These tuition units shall remain separately held from any tuition units owned under chapter 28B.95
RCW by a Washington college bound scholarship recipient.
(10) The scholarship award must be used within five years of receipt. Any unused scholarship tuition units revert to the Washington college bound scholarship account.
(11) Should the recipient terminate his or her enrollment for any reason during the academic year, the unused portion of the scholarship tuition units shall revert to the Washington college bound scholarship account.
and 2021 c 283 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Beginning January 1, 2015, and at a minimum every year thereafter, the student achievement council and all institutions of higher education eligible to participate in the college bound scholarship program shall ensure data needed to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the college bound scholarship program is promptly transmitted to the education data center created in RCW 43.41.400
so that it is available and easily accessible. The data to be reported should include but not be limited to:
(a) The number of enrolled students for the college bound scholarship program in seventh, eighth, or ninth grade;
(b) The number of college bound scholarship students who graduate from high school;
(c) The number of college bound scholarship students who enroll in postsecondary education, including how many enroll who graduated high school with less than a "C" average;
(d) Persistence and completion rates of college bound scholarship recipients disaggregated by institutions of higher education and by high school grade point average;
(e) College bound scholarship recipient grade point averages;
(f) The number of college bound scholarship recipients who did not remain eligible and reasons for ineligibility;
(g) College bound scholarship program costs; and
(h) Impacts to the Washington college grant program.
(2) Beginning May 12, 2015, and at a minimum every December 1st thereafter, the student achievement council shall submit student unit record data for the college bound scholarship program applicants and recipients to the education data center.
(3) Beginning July 1, 2024, and annually thereafter, the education data center shall submit to the student achievement council the data listed in this section that is submitted by institutions of higher education for the purposes of completing the annual legislative report required by this section.
(4) Beginning November 1, 2024, and annually thereafter, the student achievement council shall submit a report to the higher education committees of the legislature in accordance with RCW 43.01.036 on the data listed in this section.
Passed by the House February 27, 2023.
Passed by the Senate April 11, 2023.
Approved by the Governor April 25, 2023.
Filed in Office of Secretary of State April 26, 2023.
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