State Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green) yesterday announced the introduction of House Bill 593, legislation that will prohibit state institutions of higher education from charging overload fees to students enrolled in eighteen credit hours or less per semester.

An overload fee is an increased tuition rate charged when students exceed the hours deemed a full course load. If students are taking eighteen credit hours or less of courses per semester, or the equivalency in quarters, House Bill 593 states that an overload fee shall not be charged.

“Students should not be punished for attempting to complete a degree in a timely fashion,” said Representative DeVitis.  “It is my goal to help college students keep tuition costs down, and House Bill 593 is a small step in working towards reducing the cost of higher education.”

House Bill 593 was filed with the clerk’s office yesterday and is waiting to be assigned to a committee.

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