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Jim Bologa, Porter and Chester (MA & CT)
Tiana Dompierre, NETTTS (North Andover) (MA)
Joel Honig, Universal Technical Institute (MA)
Donald Lane, NETTTS (North Andover) (MA)
Brian Martin, Heavy Construction Academy (NH)
NEPCSA members met with Massachusetts
Representative Tackey Chan to discuss the
Student Tuition Recovery Fund.
The following bills have been filed for the 2019 Maine legislative session that could impact private career schools:
LD 103 -- Act To Ensure the Integrity of For-profit Colleges
This bill requires annual review of for-profit colleges by the State Board of Education to ensure that they are meeting adequate educational standards. If the board finds that a for-profit college is not meeting the standards, the board may terminate the degree-granting authority of the for-profit college
LD 860 -- An Act To Establish the Maine Community College System No-cost Tuition Program
This bill establishes the Maine Community College System No-cost Tuition Program. Under the program, Maine residents who are determined to be eligible students and who are enrolled in an eligible course of study at a college within the Maine Community College System are eligible for a grant to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees, less any federal financial aid or other financial assistance that the student receives that is not required to be repaid.
LD -155 -- Act To Ensure Transparency in College Costs
This bill prohibits a postsecondary institution from assessing a student fees unless the institution uses the standardized financial aid offer form developed by the Commissioner of Education. The bill directs the Commissioner of Education to develop a standard format for written and electronic financial aid offers to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a postsecondary institution. The bill specifies that the standardized financial aid offer form must clearly identify each student fee to be paid to the postsecondary institution.
LD 161 -- An Act To Increase Access to Career and Technical Education
This bill proposes to enact measures designed to increase access to career and 6 technical education.
LD 504 -- An Act To Enhance the Development of Innovative Career and Technical Education Programs
This bill streamlines the procedure for authorizing career and technical education satellite programs. Current law requires any affiliated unit that wishes to operate a career and technical education satellite program to submit a written request to operate a satellite program to the governing body of the center or region with which the unit is affiliated. The governing body of the center or region considers the request and then forwards its recommendation to the Commissioner of Education. Instead, the bill provides that the written request be submitted directly to the Commissioner of Education for approval.
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The following bills have been filed for the 2019 Connecticut legislative session that could impact private career schools:
HB 5784 - An Act Creating Education Savings Accounts. (T - Track)
Would create education savings accounts.
HB 5834 - An Act Concerning Student Loan Interest Rates And Consolidation. (T - Track)
To allow for lower interest rates and consolidation of student loans.
HB 5836 - An Act Concerning A Study On The Impact Of Proposed Changes To Title IX On Students At Institutions Of Higher Education In The State. (T - Track)
To study the impact of the changes proposed by the United States Department of Education to Title IX of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1972.
SB 116 - An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Employers That Make Payments Towards Employees' Student Loans. (T - Track)
To establish a tax credit for employers that make payments towards employees' student loans.
SB 149 - An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Businesses That Provide Student Loan Repayment Assistance To Employees. (T - Track)
To reduce student loan debt by establishing a tax credit for businesses that provide student loan repayment assistance to their employees
SB 435 - An Act Providing A Tax Credit To Businesses That Provide Employees With Student Loan Repayment Assistance. (T - Track)
To provide a tax credit for employers that make education loan payments for employees.
SB 449 - An Act Establishing A Tax Credit For Businesses That Offer Student Loan Repayment To Graduates Of Institutions Of Higher Education And Private Occupational Schools In The State. (T - Track)
To establish a tax credit for businesses that provide student loan repayment assistance to graduates of institutions of higher education and private occupational schools in the state.
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The following bills have been filed for the 2019 New Hampshire legislative session that could impact private career schools:
SB 276FNA - AN ACT relative to career readiness credentials for high school students.
This bill defines certain terms related to career and technical education programs, creates ways for New Hampshire high school students to earn career ready credentials, adds to the reporting requirement of the advisory council on career and technical education, permits students in grade 10 to enroll in career and technical education courses, and makes an appropriation.
SB 108 - AN ACT relative to eligibility for the governor's scholarship program.
This bill removes private postsecondary educational institutions from participation in the governor's scholarship program and inserts new definitions applicable to the program.
SB 318 - AN ACT relative to donations to the education tax credit program.
This bill extends the education tax credit program to public schools and workforce development programs. The bill also establishes an education tax credit management commission.
H 570 - AN ACT establishing a commission to study career pathways from fulltime service year programs to postsecondary education and employment opportunities in support of New Hampshire's future workforce needs.
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The following bills have been filed for the 2019 Rhode Island legislative session that could impact private career schools:
Senate Resolution No. 118 - Senate resolution respectfully requesting that the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner form a work group to conduct a thorough review into how Rhode Island can protect student loan borrowers
Senate Bill No. 178 - An Act Relating To Education - Fees For State Colleges And Universities - Veterans (Authorizes state higher education institutions to waive application and transcript fees for veterans.)
House Bill No. 5250 - An Act Relating To Education -- Federal Aid (Requires the same access to high school students by military recruiters enjoyed by other private recruiters regarding postsecondary institutions.)
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