Bill Summary for S 225 (2019-2020)

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Mar 12 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 225 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 12, 2019
AN ACT TO REPEAL THE TUITION SURCHARGE IMPOSED BY THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS ON STUDENTS WHO TAKE MORE THAN 140 DEGREE CREDIT HOURS TO COMPLETE A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE IN A FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM OR MORE THAN 110% OF THE CREDIT HOURS TO COMPLETE A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE IN A FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM.
Intro. by Perry, Tillman, Horner.

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Repeals GS 116-143.7, which imposed a 50% tuition surcharge by the Board of Governors of the UNC System on students who take more than 140 degree credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year program or more than 110% of the credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a five-year program at a constituent institution. Makes conforming changes to GS 116-143.9 regarding fixed tuition payments at constituent institutions of UNC. Further amends GS 116-143.9 to specifically identify what constitutes a substantial disruption or interruption in a student pursuit of a degree, thereby qualifying tuition to be tolled (previously referenced GS 116-143.7(c) for guidance, repealed by the act). Borrows language from GS 116-143.7(c), as repealed, to include military service obligation, serious medical debilitation, a short- or long-term disability, or other extraordinary hardship as qualifying substantial disruptions or interruptions. Adds a new requirement for the Board of Governors to establish the appropriate procedures to implement the process of tolling a student's tuition upon demonstration of a substantial disruption or interruption. Effective July 1, 2019, and applies beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. 

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