BILL REQ. #: H-1104.1
|State of Washington||63rd Legislature||2013 Regular Session|
Read first time 02/05/13. Referred to Committee on Higher Education.
AN ACT Relating to authorizing recognition of institutions of postsecondary study in order to retain federal financial aid eligibility; adding a new section to chapter 18.16 RCW; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 It is the intent of the legislature to
maintain and expand access to postsecondary education and improve
opportunities for students. The legislature recognizes that access to
federal financial aid is a major avenue for overcoming financial
barriers to higher education for many students in Washington. The
legislature recognizes that recent federal changes in federal
regulations require the adjustment of definitions of certain
postsecondary institutions in state statutes to ensure that those
schools that currently meet the requirements are eligible for student
financial aid programs provided by the federal government.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 A new section is added to chapter 18.16 RCW
to read as follows:
Schools shall be recognized as institutions of postsecondary study under the following conditions:
(1) The school admits as regular students only those individuals who have earned a recognized high school diploma or the equivalent of a recognized high school diploma, or who are beyond the age of compulsory education as provided in RCW 28A.225.010; and
(2) The school is licensed by name by the department under this chapter to offer one or more training programs beyond the secondary level.