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Second Special Session of the 118th


H.P. 1453 - L.D. 2044

An Act to Promote Access to Public Higher Education

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA c. 208 is repealed.

     Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA c. 208-A is enacted to read:



§4771. Eligible institution; defined

     As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, "eligible institution" means the institutions of the University of Maine System, the Maine Technical College System and the Maine Maritime Academy.

§4772. Postsecondary courses; student eligibility

     A secondary school student may be eligible to receive state subsidy for postsecondary courses, as specified in section 4775, if the following requirements are satisfied:

     1. Availability. The eligible institution has space available for the secondary school student;

     2. Academic standing. The student is maintaining a minimum secondary school grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, or the equivalent of a "B" average, as determined by the school unit;

     3. Course prerequisites. The eligible institution has determined that the student has satisfactorily completed all course prerequisites;

     4. School approval. The school unit approves; and

     5. Parental approval. The student's parent approves.

§4773. Dissemination of information

     School administrative units shall provide general information concerning postsecondary education options available to parents and students.

§4774. Credits

     1. High school credit. A school administrative unit may grant academic credit toward a high school

     diploma to a student who successfully completes a course under this chapter.

     2. Postsecondary credit. The eligible institution shall grant full credit to any student who successfully completes a course at the eligible institution under this chapter. The course must apply to graduation requirements at the eligible institution in which it was taken or be transferable to another eligible institution on an equal basis with a course taken by any other student at the eligible institution.

§4775. Payment; appropriations

     The department shall pay 50% of the in-state tuition for the first 3 credit hours taken each semester by a student at an eligible institution and up to 6 credit hours per academic year. The eligible institution may not make any additional tuition charges for the course but may impose fees and charges, other than tuition, that are ordinarily imposed on students not covered by this chapter. Funds appropriated to the department to carry out the purposes of this chapter must be in addition to the customary and ongoing amounts appropriated for general purpose aid for local schools.

     Sec. 3. Appropriation. The following funds are appropriated from the General Fund to carry out the purposes of this Act.



Support Systems

Provides funds to the Department of Education to enable 250 secondary school students per semester to take postsecondary courses at eligible institutions.

Effective July 9, 1998, unless otherwise indicated.

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