Rep. Anielski Applauds Passage Of Higher Education MBR Bill
Legislation expands tuition guarantee programs, creates group to study financial aid
 
 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) has announced the Ohio House’s concurrence on changes to House Bill 484, legislation that modifies laws regarding the state’s colleges and universities.


“At a time when families are seeing increased costs for everything from food to gasoline, ensuring that their children are able to attend college and see no increase in tuition, will help provide stability for family budgets and ensure peace of mind,” said Rep. Anielski.


One of the many bills included in the Mid-Biennial Review (MBR), House Bill 484 authorizes community colleges to create a tuition guarantee program, where schools establish a tuition cost for incoming freshmen with the promise that the costs will not increase over the course of the student’s time at the college. This bill includes new performance based funding formulas for both Ohio Community Colleges and Ohio Technical Centers that are based on student outcomes and attainment.


Additionally, the bill creates the Higher Education Student Financial Aid Workgroup to examine the range of student financial aid in Ohio and submit recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by the end of this year. The workgroup consists of the Chancellor of the Board of Regents, members from several associations representing universities and community colleges, state legislators, and representatives from the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Officers.


HB 484 also repeals existing enrollment limits for the central campuses of Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Miami University, Ohio University and The Ohio State University.


Finally, the legislation requires each state university, as well as the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), to issue a report of its faculty workload policy and practices, and to submit recommendations to the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to modify those policies by June 30, 2017.


House Bill 484 now awaits Governor Kasich’s signature.

 
 
 
  
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