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Establishing the evergreen investment scholarship program (Ranker, Frockt, Palumbo)

Creates the evergreen investment scholarship program to help make four years of college affordable and accessible to the citizens of the state by offering a tuition waiver for eligible students. Requires the office of student financial assistance to administer the program for resident students seeking a bachelor's degree, an associate degree, or certificate from an institution of higher education under certain terms and conditions. Requires the student achievement council to develop a plan to provide program students, who are enrolled at an institution of higher education, with a quarter-long student success course, that teaches essential skills for college success. Requires the state institute for public policy to conduct a study on the effectiveness of the program. Requires the caseload forecast council to estimate the anticipated caseload of the program.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE
Changes the name of the program to the Evergreen Free College Program. Modifies the due date of the WSIPP study to December 1, 2024. Removes the requirement for matching funds if insufficient funds for implementation are appropriated.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 2ND SUBSTITUTE (Ways & Means)
Makes the following requirements subject to amounts appropriated: (1) student achievement council must develop a plan to provide a student success course. (2) The Washington State Institute for Public Policy must study the effectiveness of the program. (3) The Caseload Forecast Council must estimate the program’s caseload.

Hearing Date: Monday, February 05, 2018 -- 10:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6101&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)