PRINTER'S NO. 1542
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY QUINN, ADOLPH, CLYMER, PEIFER, AUMENT, BARRAR, BISHOP, BIZZARRO, BRIGGS, V. BROWN, CALTAGIRONE, D. COSTA, CUTLER, DAVIDSON, DeLUCA, EVERETT, FABRIZIO, FLECK, GINGRICH, GOODMAN, HARKINS, HARPER, HELM, LONGIETTI, MACKENZIE, MURT, NEUMAN, READSHAW, REED, ROCK, ROEBUCK, SCHLOSSBERG, STEPHENS, STERN, STEVENSON, THOMAS, VEREB, WATSON, SIMMONS, KAUFFMAN AND HAGGERTY, APRIL 17, 2013
REFERRED TO COMMITEE ON EDUCATION, APRIL 17, 2013
8Section 101. Short title.
11Section 102. Definitions.
3"Family financial data." Income information submitted to the
4agency by a middle income student applicant, an applicant's
5parents and stepparent and the applicant's spouse, as required
6under 22 Pa. Code § 121.44 (relating to required family
13(1) Twelve semester credits.
16(3) If the schedule of a program of study offered on a
17clock-hour basis does not permit the equivalent of 450 clock
18hours of instruction per academic term, 24 clock hours of
19instruction per week.
24"Middle income requirement." As follows:
25(1) A middle income student whose family financial data
26indicates an annual family income of at least $80,000 but not
27more than $110,000 and has demonstrated financial need as
28determined by the agency.
8Section 103. Legislative purpose.
9The General Assembly finds as follows:
10(1) Since 1965, the Pennsylvania Higher Education
11Assistance Agency has provided over 5,000,000 financial aid
12awards to needy Pennsylvania students attending and pursuing
13a postsecondary education through its administration of the
14PHEAA grant program.
15(2) The income limits for the agency's student financial
16assistance program, however, are set at a range that
17precludes many middle income students from the opportunity of
18receiving a State grant to pursue their postsecondary
23(4) It is the intent of this General Assembly and the
24purpose of this act to establish a targeted State grant
25program to assist the Commonwealth's students from middle-
26income families and give them the opportunity to continue
27their program of self-improvement in an approved institution
28of higher education of their choice.
3Section 201. Administration.
4This act shall be administered by the agency.
5Section 202. Agency.
14(4) To select qualified recipients.
15(5) To award the appropriate grants.
21Section 203. Additional responsibilities.
1Section 301. Eligibility.
15Section 302. Choice.
16The grant recipient shall be free to attend any approved
17institution of higher education of the recipient's choice and
18apply the grant toward the agency's allowable education costs of
19that institution. The institution shall not be required to
20accept the grant recipient for enrollment, but may require
21compliance with its admission requirements, standards and
23Section 303. Special provisions.
27(b) Eligibility.--Students who are declared eligible for
28first year undergraduate awards but do not receive a grant
29because they are not able to demonstrate that they meet the
30middle income requirements may be awarded a grant during their
1undergraduate study at any time that they are able to
2demonstrate that they meet the eligibility requirements under
3this act. Nothing under this act shall preclude a student who
4fails to meet the middle income requirement from applying for or
5receiving a grant, loan or award from the agency.
6(c) Limit.--Undergraduate awards granted during the first
7year shall be limited to students currently enrolled or accepted
8for enrollment at an approved institution of higher education.
9Awards shall be based on the level of appropriation provided
10annually by the Commonwealth's enacted budget for this program
11and as determined by the agency. Awards shall be renewable under
12Chapter 6 and agency policy.
13(d) Age.--Any middle income student qualifying for a grant
14may not be disqualified because the student is under 18 years of
15age. For the purpose of applying for and receiving grants, an
16individual under 18 years of age shall be deemed to have full
17legal capacity to act and shall have all the rights, powers,
18privileges and obligations of an individual of full age.
19(e) Other grants.--If a student fails to meet the middle
20income requirements under this act, but meets the requirements
21of another grant, loan or award issued by the agency, the agency
22shall notify the student applicant of the other grant, loan or
23award that the student may be eligible for and direct the
24student's application to the appropriate administrative office
25within the agency for consideration, except that a student
26eligible for an award under this act may not simultaneously be
27eligible for a Pennsylvania State Grant award.
30Section 401. Grouping of applicants.
1The agency shall select from among current applicants those
2students currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an
3approved institution of higher education who, in the agency's
4sole discretion, are successfully pursuing a course of study or
5who have been accepted as first year undergraduate students and
6who need financial assistance to complete their educational
8Section 402. Grant awards.
9(a) Amount.--The amount of the grant to a middle income
10student shall be determined on the basis of the financial need
11of the applicant, the funds available for grants and the number
12of eligible applicants for grants.
13(b) Need analysis procedures.--Grants awarded to eligible
14middle income student applicants shall be determined according
15to the need analysis procedures established annually by the
16agency and published in the State Higher Education Grant Program
17Manual as required under 22 Pa. Code § 121.47 (relating to State
18Higher Education Grant Program Manual). Financial need shall be
19computed according to policies established by the agency.
22Section 501. Appropriation and financial need.
23(a) Appropriation.--For fiscal year 2013-2014, the sum of
24$36,000,000 is appropriated to the agency for middle income
25higher education grants. Funding for the middle income higher
26education grant program shall be provided from an annual
27appropriation by the General Assembly.
1annually by the board of directors of the agency. The maximum
2grant for middle income students shall be established annually
3by the board of directors of the agency at a level so as to keep
4expenditures within the funds available through reenactment of
5appropriations relating to the forward funding of the PHEAA
6grant program as provided for under the act of March 28, 1974
7(P.L.228, No.50), referred to as the Higher Education Assistance
8Continuation Law, and from funds appropriated or made available
9from Federal, State or other sources for grants during a fiscal
11(c) Limitation.--The total State financial assistance may
12not exceed the financial need of the applicant or the annual
13limits established under the authority of this act and the act
14of August 7, 1963 (P.L.549, No.290), referred to as the
15Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Act. If awards
16exceed available resources, applicants shall be funded as the
17agency shall determine.
20Section 601. Use of grants.
22(1) Each grant shall be renewable until the program of
23study is completed, but may not exceed an additional three
24full-time academic years or its equivalent beyond the first
25year of the award or an additional four academic years for
26students enrolled in five-year undergraduate programs of
27study approved by the agency. Additional years may be
28consecutive or nonconsecutive years.
10(d) Payments.--Payments of grants shall be made by the
11agency in accordance with this act and the rules and regulations
12established by the agency. If the recipient terminates
13enrollment during the academic year, the unused portion of the
14grant shall be returned to the agency by the institution
15according to the institution's own policy for issuing refunds.
18Section 701. Procedure.
3(c) Information.--Each approved institution of higher
4education shall, within ten business days, furnish to the
5agency, the name and address of a student who is a resident of
6this Commonwealth and who is expelled, dismissed or denied
7enrollment or of whom the approved institution of higher
8education has knowledge that the student has been convicted of
9an offense under subsection (a)(1).
13(e) Status.--Any institution of higher learning which
14refuses to execute an agreement with the agency to comply with
15subsection (c) shall be denied the status of an approved
16institution of higher education under this act.
19Section 901. Effective date.