CHAPTER 186

STATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Table of Contents

Sec. 10a-161. (Formerly Sec. 10-116l). Duties of Office of Higher Education re student financial assistance.

Sec. 10a-161a. Report on trends in attendance cost and student financial aid.

Sec. 10a-161b. Student Financial Aid Information Council.

Sec. 10a-162. (Formerly Sec. 10-116m). State scholarship program. Eligibility for awards after July 1, 1982; termination of program.

Sec. 10a-162a. State scholarship program for nursing education and program for the forgiveness of loans provided by the state for nursing education.

Secs. 10a-163 (Formerly Sec. 10-116n), 10a-163a and 10a-163b. Teacher incentive loan program for training in areas of teacher shortages; eligibility requirements; loan repayment and forgiveness provisions. Teacher incentive loan program and academic scholarship loan program funds. Loan servicing and administering.

Sec. 10a-164. (Formerly Sec. 10-116o). State supplemental grant program.

Sec. 10a-164a. Connecticut aid to public college students grant program.

Sec. 10a-165. (Formerly Sec. 10-116p). Work-study programs.

Sec. 10a-166. (Formerly Sec. 10-116q). Education grant to child of deceased or disabled veteran or missing in action member of armed forces.

Sec. 10a-167. (Formerly Sec. 10-116r). Scholarships for Vietnam era veterans.

Sec. 10a-168. (Formerly Sec. 10-116s). Scholarship aid for teachers of children requiring special education.

Sec. 10a-168a. Minority teacher incentive program.

Sec. 10a-169. Capitol scholarship grant program.

Sec. 10a-169a. Information technology scholarship pilot program.

Sec. 10a-169b. Information technology loan reimbursement pilot program.

Secs. 10a-170 to 10a-170m. Administrative support for capitol scholarship grant program. High technology graduate assistantship program. Eligibility requirements for high technology graduate assistantships. Award of high technology assistantships, renewal, limitations, amounts. Selection of high technology assistantship recipients; regulations. Academic scholarship loan program. Eligibility requirements for high school students. Eligibility requirements for persons other than high school students. Selection of academic scholarship loan recipients, maintenance of eligibility; distribution of loan awards. Loan repayment; loan forgiveness provisions. Interest charge on loan; legal capacity of minors. Loan deferments; loan forgiveness upon death or disability of loan recipient. Servicing and administering of loans. Adoption of regulations.

Secs. 10a-170n to 10a-170q. Reserved

Secs. 10a-170r to 10a-170v. Academic scholarship graduate student loan program; eligibility requirements. Selection of academic scholarship graduate student loan recipients, maintenance of eligibility; amount of loan awards. Loan repayment; loan forgiveness provisions; interest charges; loan deferments. Servicing and administering of loans. Academic Scholarship Graduate Student Loan Program Fund.

Sec. 10a-170w. Gear up for Connecticut futures account.

Sec. 10a-171. Transfer of functions.

Sec. 10a-172. Information re students receiving financial aid from certain grants. Report.

Sec. 10a-173. Governor’s Scholarship program.

Secs. 10a-174 and 10a-175. Reserved


Sec. 10a-161. (Formerly Sec. 10-116l). Duties of Office of Higher Education re student financial assistance. The Office of Higher Education shall: (1) Establish state-wide policy pertaining to student financial assistance; (2) establish procedure by regulation, for the award of financial assistance under sections 10a-167 and 10a-173; (3) review and approve applications for financial assistance under sections 10a-168 and 10a-173; (4) receive and review records of all financial assistance granted pursuant to section 10a-167; (5) increase the availability of the state financial assistance programs to all segments of the state population, with significant attention to those with special needs; and (6) assist financial aid officers at institutions of higher education and secondary school guidance counselors in becoming better informed about matters concerning student financial assistance affairs.

(P.A. 77-530, S. 2, 11; 77-573, S. 24, 30; P.A. 78-331, S. 27, 58; P.A. 81-157, S. 2, 14; 81-408, S. 2, 3; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; 82-472, S. 152, 183; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; P.A. 87-256, S. 2; 87-450, S. 12, 17; P.A. 88-136, S. 33, 37; P.A. 11-48, S. 285; P.A. 13-247, S. 180.)

History: P.A. 77-573 substituted board of higher education for commission for higher education; P.A. 78-331 made technical change in Subsec. (c)(1), substituting “and” for “or”; P.A. 81-157 deleted Subsecs. (a) and (b) re appointment of chairman and committees and re board of higher education’s duties concerning financial assistance programs and transferred duties formerly held by state student financial assistance commission under former Subsec. (c) to board of higher education, adding policy-making power and provisions re appointment of five-member advisory committee; P.A. 81-408 clarified board’s policy-making powers by listing specific statute sections in Subdiv. (1); P.A. 82-218 reorganized higher education system, replacing board of higher education with board of governors, effective March 1, 1983; P.A. 82-472 made no change; Sec. 10-116l transferred to Sec. 10a-161 in 1983; P.A. 84-241 added “of higher education” to board of governors’ title; P.A. 87-256 added two Connecticut students to the advisory committee, one from a public institution and one from an independent institution; P.A. 87-450 deleted references to Secs. 10a-164 and 10a-165 which were repealed elsewhere in the act; P.A. 88-136 deleted references to Sec. 10a-162 which was repealed by the same act; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, “Board of Governors of Higher Education” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Board of Regents for Higher Education”, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 13-247 replaced reference to Board of Regents for Higher Education with reference to Office of Higher Education, deleted references to Secs. 10a-163 and 10a-167 to 10a-169, added references to Sec. 10a-173 and deleted provisions re advisory committee on student financial assistance matters, effective July 1, 2013.

Sec. 10a-161a. Report on trends in attendance cost and student financial aid. The president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Office of Higher Education shall report, biennially, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education on state, northeast regional and national trends in (1) the cost of attendance at public and independent institutions of higher education and private occupational schools, and (2) the availability and utilization of all forms of student financial aid for academic and noncredit vocational courses and programs relative to economic conditions and personal income.

(P.A. 94-180, S. 9, 17; P.A. 11-48, S. 285; P.A. 12-156, S. 51; P.A. 14-225, S. 8.)

History: P.A. 94-180 effective July 1, 1994; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, “Commissioner of Higher Education” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education”, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 12-156 added “and the Office of Higher Education”, and made a technical change, effective June 15, 2012; P.A. 14-225 added provision re academic and noncredit vocational courses and programs in Subdiv. (2) and made a technical change.

Sec. 10a-161b. Student Financial Aid Information Council. Section 10a-161b is repealed, effective July 1, 2013.

(P.A. 94-180, S. 10, 17; P.A. 11-48, S. 285; P.A. 13-240, S. 12; 13-299, S. 95.)

Sec. 10a-162. (Formerly Sec. 10-116m). State scholarship program. Eligibility for awards after July 1, 1982; termination of program. Section 10a-162 is repealed.

(P.A. 77-530, S. 3, 11; 77-573, S. 24, 30; P.A. 78-331, S. 28, 58; P.A. 81-157, S. 3, 14; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; P.A. 88-136, S. 36, 37.)

Sec. 10a-162a. State scholarship program for nursing education and program for the forgiveness of loans provided by the state for nursing education. The Board of Regents for Higher Education, in consultation with the State Board of Examiners for Nursing and the Commissioner of Public Health, shall administer a scholarship program for nursing education within the state and shall establish a program for the forgiveness of loans provided by the state to residents for nursing education within the state. The loans shall be forgiven if the resident remains in the nursing field in Connecticut for five years. For purposes of this section, “nursing education” includes any program of study and courses taken to enter or to advance in the profession or to upgrade knowledge and skills. The board of regents, in consultation with the State Board of Examiners for Nursing and the Commissioner of Public Health, shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to establish procedures to administer the scholarship program for nursing education and the program for the forgiveness of loans provided by the state to residents for nursing education.

(P.A. 88-207, S. 3; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 11-48, S. 285.)

History: P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, “Board of Governors of Higher Education” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Board of Regents for Higher Education”, effective July 1, 2011.

Secs. 10a-163 (Formerly Sec. 10-116n), 10a-163a and 10a-163b. Teacher incentive loan program for training in areas of teacher shortages; eligibility requirements; loan repayment and forgiveness provisions. Teacher incentive loan program and academic scholarship loan program funds. Loan servicing and administering. Sections 10a-163 to 10a-163b, inclusive, are repealed, effective July 1, 2013.

(P.A. 77-530, S. 4, 11; P.A. 81-157, S. 5, 14; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; P.A. 83-556, S. 1, 4, 5; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; 84-376, S. 1, 3; P.A. 85-377, S. 4, 13; 85-479, S. 1, 6; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 86-1, S. 40, 41, 58; P.A. 87-416, S. 10, 24; P.A. 90-147, S. 14, 20; P.A. 92-262, S. 34, 42; P.A. 93-201, S. 16, 24; P.A. 94-180, S. 8, 17; P.A. 95-259, S. 25, 32; P.A. 98-252, S. 54, 80; P.A. 11-48, S. 266, 285; P.A. 12-156, S. 56, 61; P.A. 13-118, S. 18; 13-247, S. 389.)

Sec. 10a-164. (Formerly Sec. 10-116o). State supplemental grant program. Section 10a-164 is repealed.

(P.A. 77-530, S. 5, 11; 77-573, S. 24, 30; P.A. 81-157, S. 6, 14; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; P.A. 87-450, S. 15, 17.)

Sec. 10a-164a. Connecticut aid to public college students grant program. Section 10a-164a is repealed, effective July 1, 2013.

(P.A. 87-450, S. 1, 17; P.A. 88-252, S. 3, 6; P.A. 89-260, S. 35, 41; P.A. 90-147, S. 13, 20; P.A. 91-208, S. 9, 11; P.A. 92-126, S. 28, 48; P.A. 94-180, S. 5, 17; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7, S. 8; P.A. 08-55, S. 1; P.A. 09-159, S. 8; P.A. 11-48, S. 267; P.A. 12-156, S. 56; P.A. 13-247, S. 389.)

Sec. 10a-165. (Formerly Sec. 10-116p). Work-study programs. Section 10a-165 is repealed.

(P.A. 77-530, S. 6, 11; P.A. 81-157, S. 7, 14; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; P.A. 87-450, S. 15, 17.)

Sec. 10a-166. (Formerly Sec. 10-116q). Education grant to child of deceased or disabled veteran or missing in action member of armed forces. (a) Any child between the ages of sixteen and twenty-three, inclusive, of any person who served in the armed forces in time of war, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103, and who was killed in action or who died as a result of accident or illness sustained while performing active military duty with the armed forces of the United States or who has been rated totally and permanently disabled by the Veterans’ Administration of the United States, or who is missing in action in Vietnam, if such person was a resident of this state at the time of his induction or reenlistment, shall receive, upon application to and approval of such application therefor by the Board of Regents for Higher Education, state aid for tuition, matriculation fees, board, room rent, books and supplies for such child attending any of the following-named institutions approved by said board: An educational or training institution of college grade or any other institution of higher learning or commercial training, a state college, a technical high school or technical institute or any accredited military preparatory school if such beneficiary is preparing to enter the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, the United States Coast Guard Academy at New London or the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. The application submitted to the Board of Regents for Higher Education shall include an affidavit signed by the applicant which states that the applicant has not applied for and will not apply for or receive state aid from another state which is similar to that provided for in this section. Such grant may be used for the matriculation fees of any such beneficiary at any of said United States government academies. Such aid shall be based on need and shall not exceed four hundred dollars per year for each beneficiary and shall be paid to such institution on vouchers approved by the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

(b) To be eligible for a grant under this section, a child of a person missing in action in Vietnam must apply for such aid while his or her serviceman parent is still missing in action. Once the application of such child has been approved, the return of the parent of such child shall not result in the termination of such aid.

(P.A. 77-530, S. 7, 11; 77-573, S. 24, 30; P.A. 81-157, S. 8, 14; 81-273, S. 1, 2; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; P.A. 83-392, S. 1, 2; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; P.A. 11-48, S. 285; P.A. 12-116, S. 87.)

History: P.A. 77-573 replaced commission for higher education with board of higher education; P.A. 81-157 transferred administration of grant program from student financial assistance commission to board of higher education; P.A. 81-273 amended Subsec. (a) to require the grant be based on need; P.A. 82-218 reorganized system of higher education, replacing board of higher education with board of governors, effective March 1, 1983; Sec. 10-116q transferred to Sec. 10a-166 in 1983; P.A. 83-392 amended Subsec. (a) to expand eligibility for grant to children of veteran who was a resident of this state at time of reenlistment and to require submission of affidavit which states that applicant has not applied for and will not apply for or receive similar aid from another state; P.A. 84-241 added “of higher education” to board of governors’ title; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, “Board of Governors of Higher Education” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Board of Regents for Higher Education” in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2011; pursuant to P.A. 12-116, “vocational school” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “technical high school” in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2012.

Sec. 10a-167. (Formerly Sec. 10-116r). Scholarships for Vietnam era veterans. A scholarship fund shall be established for Vietnam era veterans, as defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103, who have been accepted for admission on a full-time basis in a degree-granting program at any independent, nontheological college in the state, provided such veteran is a resident of the state at the time of his acceptance, as defined in sections 10a-28, 10a-29 and 10a-30. The board shall adopt, by regulation, guidelines for qualifying for scholarship funds, taking into consideration the special needs of such veterans, such as marital status, parental responsibilities and sources of support.

(P.A. 77-530, S. 8, 11; P.A. 81-157, S. 9, 14; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46.)

History: P.A. 81-157 transferred administration of scholarship program from student financial assistance commission to board of higher education and clarified residency requirement; P.A. 82-218 made no change in language of section; Sec. 10-116r transferred to Sec. 10a-167 pursuant to reorganization of higher education system.

Sec. 10a-168. (Formerly Sec. 10-116s). Scholarship aid for teachers of children requiring special education. If the Office of Higher Education determines that no approved program of teacher education within the state is available for the preparation of teachers of children requiring special education as defined in part V of chapter 164, said office may provide scholarship aid for such undergraduate and graduate students as it may designate to attend approved programs in institutions in other states. The office may determine the amount of such scholarship aid in each case. In order to be eligible for such scholarship aid, any applicant shall agree to teach children requiring special education in Connecticut for at least three years.

(P.A. 77-530, S. 9, 11; 77-573, S. 24, 30; P.A. 81-157, S. 10, 14; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; P.A. 87-450, S. 13, 17; P.A. 88-136, S. 34, 37; P.A. 11-48, S. 285; P.A. 13-247, S. 181.)

History: P.A. 77-573 replaced commission for higher education with board of higher education; P.A. 81-157 transferred administration of any program awarding scholarship aid to teachers of children requiring special education from student financial assistance commission to board of higher education; P.A. 82-218 replaced board of higher education with board of governors pursuant to reorganization of higher education system, effective March 1, 1983; Sec. 10-116s transferred to Sec. 10a-168 in 1983; P.A. 84-241 added “of higher education” to board of governors’ title; P.A. 87-450 deleted reference to Sec. 10a-164 which was repealed by the same act; P.A. 88-136 deleted a reference to Sec. 10a-162 which was repealed by the same act; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, “Board of Governors of Higher Education” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Board of Regents for Higher Education”, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 13-247 replaced references to Board of Regents for Higher Education with references to Office of Higher Education and deleted provision re limitations of Sec. 10a-169, effective July 1, 2013.

Sec. 10a-168a. Minority teacher incentive program. (a) There is established a Connecticut minority teacher incentive program administered by the Office of Higher Education.

(b) Within available appropriations, the program shall provide grants to minority students (1) in teacher education programs for their junior or senior year, or both such years, at any four-year institution of higher education, (2) completing the requirements of such a teacher education program as a graduate student, provided such student received a grant pursuant to this section for one year at the undergraduate level, or (3) enrolled in the alternate route to certification program administered through the Office of Higher Education. No student shall receive a grant under the program for more than two years. Maximum grants shall not exceed five thousand dollars per year. The office shall ensure that at least ten per cent of the grant recipients are minority students who transfer from a Connecticut regional community-technical college.

(c) A minority student who received grants under subsection (b) of this section, and who teaches in a Connecticut public school upon graduation, shall be eligible for reimbursement of federal or state educational loans up to a maximum of two thousand five hundred dollars per year for up to four years of teaching service.

(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of this section, the combined dollar value of grants and loan reimbursements shall not exceed twenty thousand dollars per student.

(P.A. 98-168, S. 13, 26; 98-252, S. 65, 80; P.A. 00-220, S. 37, 43; P.A. 01-173, S. 37, 67; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 8, 54; P.A. 11-48, S. 268; 11-61, S. 109; P.A. 12-156, S. 56.)

History: P.A. 98-168 effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 98-252 removed the limitation on the program to students in “public” institutions of higher education, effective June 8, 1998; P.A. 00-220 amended Subsec. (b) to remove a cap on the number of students who may receive grants, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-173 amended Subsec. (e) to extend the use of funds to the fiscal years ending June 30, 2001, and June 30, 2002, and to reduce percentage from 5% to 2%, effective July 6, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (b) to designate portions of existing provisions as Subdivs. (1) and (3), to add Subdiv. (2) re graduate students and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsecs. (a), (b) and (e) to replace “Department of Higher Education” and “department” with “Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education” and “office”, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-61 deleted former Subsec. (e) re use of up to 2% of appropriated funds for program administration, effective July 1, 2011; pursuant to P.A. 12-156, “Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Office of Higher Education” in Subsecs. (a) and (b), effective June 15, 2012.

Sec. 10a-169. Capitol scholarship grant program. Section 10a-169 is repealed, effective July 1, 2013.

(P.A. 81-157, S. 4, 14; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; P.A. 87-450, S. 14, 17; P.A. 98-252, S. 55, 80; P.A. 05-245, S. 42; P.A. 06-196, S. 76; P.A. 11-48, S. 208, 285; P.A. 12-128, S. 1; P.A. 13-247, S. 389.)

Sec. 10a-169a. Information technology scholarship pilot program. (a) There is established a Connecticut information technology scholarship pilot program administered by the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

(b) Within available appropriations, the program shall provide grants for students entering or enrolling in an information technology related degree or certification program at any public or independent institution of higher education in this state. The scholarship shall not exceed three thousand dollars per student per year. The scholarship shall not exceed the combined costs of tuition and fees of an institution at which a recipient is or will be enrolled. The Board of Regents for Higher Education shall develop eligibility requirements for recipients. Such requirements may include income guidelines. Students shall be eligible for such scholarships for each year they are enrolled in an information technology related degree or certification program for a total of not more than four years per student. Students may apply for such scholarships to the Board of Regents for Higher Education at such time and in such manner as the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education prescribes.

(c) The Board of Regents for Higher Education may accept donations for such scholarship program.

(d) The recipients of scholarships pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, shall constitute a cohort and scholarships for succeeding years shall only be available to members of such cohort.

(e) Any unexpended funds appropriated for purposes of this section shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year but shall be available for expenditure during the next fiscal year.

(f) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, the Board of Regents for Higher Education may use up to five per cent of the funds appropriated for purposes of this section for program administration, promotion, recruitment and retention activities.

(P.A. 00-187, S. 30, 75; P.A. 01-173, S. 38, 67; P.A. 11-48, S. 285.)

History: P.A. 00-187 effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-173 amended Subsec. (b) to make a technical change, effective July 1, 2001; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, “Board of Governors of Higher Education” and “Commissioner of Higher Education” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Board of Regents for Higher Education” and “president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education”, respectively, effective July 1, 2011.

See Secs. 32-8a, 32-8b re duties of Commissioner of Economic and Community Development with respect to this program and cooperative internship program for students majoring in information technology fields.

Sec. 10a-169b. Information technology loan reimbursement pilot program. (a) There is established an information technology loan reimbursement pilot program administered by the Board of Regents for Higher Education.

(b) Within available appropriations, the program shall provide a student loan reimbursement grant for persons who meet the eligibility requirements for the information technology scholarship program pursuant to section 10a-169a, and (1) attended an institution of higher education in this state, (2) majored in an information technology related field, and (3) are newly employed on or after January 1, 2001, by a company in this state in an information technology related position.

(c) Persons who qualify under subsection (b) of this section and meet any additional requirements established by the Board of Regents for Higher Education pursuant to this subsection shall be reimbursed on an annual basis for qualifying student loans. Such reimbursement shall not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars for each year of employment and for no more than a total of two years per person. A person qualifying under subsection (b) of this section shall only be reimbursed if such person is employed by a qualifying company at the time of application for loan reimbursement pursuant to this section. The Board of Regents for Higher Education may develop additional eligibility requirements for recipients. Such requirements may include income guidelines. Persons may apply for grants to the Board of Regents for Higher Education at such time and in such manner as the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education prescribes.

(d) The recipients of reimbursements pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, shall constitute a cohort and reimbursements for succeeding years shall only be available for members of such cohort.

(e) Any unexpended funds appropriated for purposes of this section shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year but shall be available for expenditure during the next fiscal year.

(f) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, the Board of Regents for Higher Education may use up to five per cent of the funds appropriated for purposes of this section for program administration, promotion and recruitment activities.

(P.A. 00-187, S. 31, 75; P.A. 01-173, S. 39, 67; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 40, 54; P.A. 11-48, S. 285.)

History: P.A. 00-187 effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-173 amended Subsec. (b) to make a technical change, effective July 1, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (b) to apply the eligibility requirements for the information technology scholarship program pursuant to Sec. 10a-169a to the loan program, to require attendance at an institution “in this state”, to change the employment requirement by allowing employment for a company in this state in an information technology related position rather than an electronic commerce or information technology intensive company, and amended Subsec. (c) to require persons to meet any additional requirements established by the department, to eliminate limitation on reimbursement to an amount equal to the loan payments made by the person for the previous taxable year and apply only the existing cap of $2,500, to require the person to be employed by a qualifying company at the time of application, to change “shall develop eligibility requirements” to “may develop additional eligibility requirements” and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 2001; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, “Board of Governors of Higher Education” and “Commissioner of Higher Education” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Board of Regents for Higher Education” and “president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education”, respectively, effective July 1, 2011.

See Secs. 32-8a, 32-8b re duties of Commissioner of Economic and Community Development with respect to this program and cooperative internship program for students majoring in information technology fields.

Secs. 10a-170 to 10a-170m. Administrative support for capitol scholarship grant program. High technology graduate assistantship program. Eligibility requirements for high technology graduate assistantships. Award of high technology assistantships, renewal, limitations, amounts. Selection of high technology assistantship recipients; regulations. Academic scholarship loan program. Eligibility requirements for high school students. Eligibility requirements for persons other than high school students. Selection of academic scholarship loan recipients, maintenance of eligibility; distribution of loan awards. Loan repayment; loan forgiveness provisions. Interest charge on loan; legal capacity of minors. Loan deferments; loan forgiveness upon death or disability of loan recipient. Servicing and administering of loans. Adoption of regulations. Sections 10a-170 to 10a-170m, inclusive, are repealed, effective July 1, 2013.

(P.A. 81-157, S. 11, 14; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-6, S. 1–4, 6; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; P.A. 84-513, S. 1–10; P.A. 85-479, S. 2, 3, 6; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 86-1, S. 42–44, 58; P.A. 87-416, S. 11, 24; P.A. 88-136, S. 35, 37; P.A. 90-147, S. 15, 20; P.A. 92-262, S. 35, 42; P.A. 93-201, S. 17–21, 24; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 00-220, S. 26, 43; P.A. 03-170, S. 3; P.A. 09-159, S. 9; P.A. 11-48, S. 269, 285; P.A. 12-156, S. 56; P.A. 13-240, S. 10, 12; 13-247, S. 389.)

Secs. 10a-170n to 10a-170q. Reserved for future use.

Secs. 10a-170r to 10a-170v. Academic scholarship graduate student loan program; eligibility requirements. Selection of academic scholarship graduate student loan recipients, maintenance of eligibility; amount of loan awards. Loan repayment; loan forgiveness provisions; interest charges; loan deferments. Servicing and administering of loans. Academic Scholarship Graduate Student Loan Program Fund. Sections 10a-170r to 10a-170v, inclusive, are repealed, effective July 1, 2013.

(May Sp. Sess. P.A. 86-1, S. 35–39, 58; P.A. 92-262, S. 36, 42; P.A. 94-245, S. 14, 46; P.A. 11-48, S. 285; P.A. 13-247, S. 389.)

Sec. 10a-170w. Gear up for Connecticut futures account. (a) The Board of Regents for Higher Education may establish and administer an account to be known as the gear up for Connecticut futures account. The account shall be a separate and nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall be used for scholarships pursuant to the federal GEAR UP program, 20 USC 1070a-21 et seq. The board may deposit state funds appropriated as a state match to the federally funded GEAR UP grant in the account.

(b) The Treasurer may invest in accordance with section 3-31a any moneys in the account not needed for current disbursement for scholarships. The interest derived from such investment shall be credited to the account.

(P.A. 02-88, S. 1; P.A. 11-48, S. 285.)

History: P.A. 02-88 effective July 1, 2002; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, “Board of Governors of Higher Education” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Board of Regents for Higher Education” in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10a-171. Transfer of functions. The transfer of functions, powers, duties, obligations, including but not limited to contract obligations, the continuance of orders and regulations, the effect upon pending actions and proceedings, the completion of unfinished business and the transfer of records and property between the state Student Financial Assistance Commission as it existed prior to July 1, 1981, and the Board of Regents for Higher Education established pursuant to section 10a-1a shall be governed by the provisions of subsections (a) to (d), inclusive, and subsection (f) of section 4-38d.

(P.A. 81-157, S. 12, 14; P.A. 82-218, S. 37, 46; P.A. 84-241, S. 2, 5; P.A. 11-48, S. 285.)

History: P.A. 82-218, which reorganized system of higher education, used as authority for replacing board of higher education with board of governors, effective March 1, 1983; P.A. 84-241 added “of higher education” to board of governors’ title; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, “Board of Governors of Higher Education” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Board of Regents for Higher Education”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 10a-172. Information re students receiving financial aid from certain grants. Report. Section 10a-172 is repealed, effective July 1, 2013.

(P.A. 12-94, S. 1; 12-156, S. 56; P.A. 13-247, S. 389.)

Sec. 10a-173. Governor’s Scholarship program. (a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) “Family contribution” means the expected family contribution for educational costs as computed from the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid;

(2) “Full-time or part-time undergraduate student” means a student who is enrolled at an institution of higher education in a course of study leading to such student’s first associate or bachelor degree and who is carrying, for a full-time student, twelve or more semester credit hours, or, for a part-time student, between six and eleven semester credit hours at such institution of higher education;

(3) “Independent institution of higher education” means a nonprofit institution established in this state (A) that has degree-granting authority in this state; (B) that has its main campus located in this state; (C) that is not included in the Connecticut system of public higher education; and (D) whose primary function is not the preparation of students for religious vocation;

(4) “Public institution of higher education” means the constituent units of the state system of higher education identified in subdivisions (1) to (4), inclusive, of section 10a-1;

(5) “Eligible educational costs” means the tuition and required fees for an individual student that are published by each institution of higher education participating in the grant program established under this section, plus a fixed amount for required books and educational supplies as determined by the Office of Higher Education.

(b) The state, acting through the Office of Higher Education, shall establish the Governor’s Scholarship program to annually make need-based financial aid available for eligible educational costs for Connecticut residents enrolled at Connecticut’s public and independent institutions of higher education as full-time or part-time undergraduate students beginning with new or transfer students in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Any award made to a student in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, under the capitol scholarship grant program, established under section 10a-169 of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, the Connecticut aid to public college students grant program, established under section 10a-164a of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, Connecticut aid to Charter Oak, established under subsection (c) of section 10a-164a of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, or the Connecticut independent college student grant program, established under section 10a-36 of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, shall be offered under the Governor’s Scholarship program and be renewable for the life of the original award, provided such student meets and continues to meet the need and academic standards established for purposes of the program under which such student received the original award.

(c) Within available appropriations, the Governor’s Scholarship program shall be comprised of a need and merit-based grant, a need-based grant, a Charter Oak grant, and a performance incentive pool. The need and merit-based grant shall be funded at not less than twenty per cent of available appropriations. The need-based grant shall be funded at up to eighty per cent of available appropriations. The Charter Oak grant shall be not less than one hundred thousand dollars of available appropriations. The incentive pool shall be not less than two and one-half per cent of available appropriations. There shall be an administrative allowance based on one-quarter of one per cent of the available appropriations, but not less than one hundred thousand dollars. Not less than thirty-eight per cent of the annual appropriation shall be allocated to the independent institutions of higher education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and not less than thirty-six per cent of such appropriation shall be allocated to such institutions for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.

(d) The Governor’s Scholarship need and merit-based grant shall be available to any Connecticut resident who is a full-time or part-time undergraduate student at any public or independent institution of higher education beginning in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. The Office of Higher Education shall determine eligibility by financial need based on family contribution and eligibility by merit based on either previous high school academic achievement or performance on standardized academic aptitude tests. The Office of Higher Education shall make awards according to a sliding scale, annually determined by said office, up to a maximum family contribution and based on available appropriations and eligible students. The Governor’s Scholarship need and merit-based grant shall be awarded in a higher amount than the need-based grant awarded pursuant to subsection (e) of this section. Recipients of the need and merit-based grant shall not be eligible to receive an additional need-based award. The accepting institution of higher education shall disburse sums awarded under such grant for payment of the student’s eligible educational costs.

(e) The Governor’s Scholarship need-based grant shall be available to any Connecticut resident who is a full-time or part-time undergraduate student at any public or independent institution of higher education beginning in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. The Office of Higher Education shall determine eligibility based on family contribution. The amount of the annual appropriation to be allocated to each institution of higher education shall be determined by its actual eligible enrollment based on family contribution during the fiscal year one year prior to the grant year. Participating institutions of higher education shall make awards according to a sliding scale, annually determined by the Office of Higher Education, up to a maximum family contribution and based on available appropriations and the number of eligible students. Each participating institution of higher education shall expend all of the moneys received under the Governor’s Scholarship program as direct financial assistance only for eligible educational costs based on the sliding scale determined by the Office of Higher Education and the maximum award amounts set by said office.

(f) Participating institutions of higher education shall annually provide the Office of Higher Education with data and reports on all Connecticut students who applied for financial aid, including, but not limited to, students receiving a Governor’s Scholarship grant, in a form and at a time determined by said office. If an institution of higher education fails to submit information to the Office of Higher Education as directed, such institution shall be prohibited from participating in the scholarship program in the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which such institution failed to submit such information. Each participating institution of higher education shall maintain, for a period of not less than three years, records substantiating the reported number of Connecticut students and documentation utilized by the institution of higher education in determining eligibility of the student grant recipients. Such records shall be subject to audit. Funds not obligated by an institution of higher education shall be returned by February fifteenth in the fiscal year the grant was made to the Office of Higher Education for reallocation. Financial aid provided to Connecticut residents under this program shall be designated as a grant from the Governor’s Scholarship program.

(g) The Governor’s Scholarship Charter Oak grant shall be available to any full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in Charter Oak State College beginning in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. The Office of Higher Education shall allocate any appropriation to Charter Oak State College to be used to provide grants for eligible educational costs to residents of this state who demonstrate substantial financial need and who are matriculated in a degree program at Charter Oak State College. Individual awards shall not exceed a student’s calculated eligible educational costs. Financial aid provided to Connecticut residents under this program shall be designated as a grant from the Governor’s Scholarship program.

(h) The Governor’s Scholarship incentive pool shall be created to encourage retention and completion for any student who (1) receives the Governor’s Scholarship need-based grant, (2) returns with sufficient credits to complete such student’s associate degree in two years or bachelor degree in four years, and (3) exceeds the minimum satisfactory academic performance standards as determined by the Office of Higher Education. Such student shall be eligible beginning in the second year of such student’s need-based grant. The pool shall be distributed to participating institutions of higher education based on eligibility as determined by the Office of Higher Education.

(i) In administering the Governor’s Scholarship program, the Office of Higher Education shall develop and utilize fiscal procedures designed to ensure accountability of the public funds expended. Such procedures shall include provisions for compliance audits that shall be conducted by the Office of Higher Education on any institution of higher education that participates in the program. Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, and biennially thereafter, each such institution of higher education shall submit the results of an audit done by an independent certified public accountant for each year of participation in the program. Any institution of higher education determined by the Office of Higher Education not to be in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Governor’s Scholarship program shall be ineligible to receive funds under the program for the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the institution of higher education was determined not to be in substantial compliance. Funding shall be restored when the Office of Higher Education determines that the institution of higher education has returned to substantial compliance.

(P.A. 13-247, S. 182.)

History: P.A. 13-247 effective July 1, 2013.

Secs. 10a-174 and 10a-175. Reserved for future use.