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Bill Detail: SB20-143

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Title Funding Higher Education Student Transition Programs
Status Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations (02/13/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Higher Education
House Sponsors M. Young (D)
Senate Sponsors T. Story (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 01/27/2020
Description

The bill establishes the higher education student transition pilot
program (pilot program) in the department of higher education
(department) to provide grants to partnering 2-year and 4-year institutions
of higher education that establish a transition program that allows
students to enroll in courses and access student services at both of the
partnering institutions. Grants are awarded for one year and are renewed

annually if the partnering institutions continue to operate a transition
program. The pilot program is repealed, effective June 30, 2026.
In order to be eligible for a grant, a 2-year institution and a 4-year
institution must enter into a memorandum of understanding to establish
a transition program. An individual institution is not eligible for a grant.
Participation in the transition program must be free for each student,
though students are responsible for tuition and fees for enrolling in
courses and using student services. A transition program must:
  • Classify each participating student as a student of both
partnering institutions and allow the student to enroll in
courses at either partnering institution;
  • Provide participating students with access to the same
student services and benefits available to a student enrolled
in either partnering institution and offer wraparound
support services; and
  • Include a comprehensive advising program to ensure that
the courses students are taking satisfy the requirements for
a degree at both the 2-year institution and the 4-year
institution.

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