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Bill Detail: HB24-1226

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Title Tuition Assistance for Colorado National Guard & Dependents
Status House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (05/14/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Higher Education
  • Military & Veterans
House Sponsors M. Lukens (D)
A. Hartsook (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/08/2024
Summary

Under existing law, the department of military and veterans affairs
(department) pays up to the full amount of tuition for members of the
Colorado National Guard (members) pursuing a degree or certificate at
certain institutions of higher education via a tuition assistance program
(program). The tuition is paid from the Colorado National Guard tuition
assistance fund (fund).
The bill expands the program to include spouses and children
(dependents) of members and to pay for fees charged by the institution of
higher education. To qualify for tuition assistance, a dependent must be
a dependent of a member who has served in the Colorado National Guard
for at least 6 years and either is serving during the period of time that the
dependent is receiving tuition and fee assistance or previously served in
the Colorado National Guard for at least 12 years.
The bill creates the National Guard dependents tuition assistance
account (account) in the fund. Tuition for dependents is paid from the
account. If the balance in the account is more than the amount necessary
to pay for dependents' tuition in a fiscal year and the money in the fund
is insufficient to satisfy the demand for tuition assistance for members,
the adjutant general of the department may notify the state treasurer to
transfer excess money from the account to the fund to pay for members'
tuition assistance.

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