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Bill Detail: SB23-205

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Title Universal High School Scholarship Program
Status Governor Signed (05/16/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Higher Education
House Sponsors M. Martinez (D)
D. Wilson (R)
Senate Sponsors P. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 03/20/2023

The bill establishes the universal high school scholarship program
(program) in the office of economic development (office) to provide
scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year to students who pursue an
in-demand or high-priority postsecondary pathway, including degrees,
certificates, and registered apprenticeships, with a provider on the eligible
training provider lists disseminated by the department of labor and
employment, a provider in the Colorado state apprenticeship resource
directory, a public or private institution of higher education operating in
Colorado, or an organization approved by the office (service providers).
The office, or a vendor contracted by the office, administers the
program. The office shall develop policies and procedures necessary to
administer the program.
A student is eligible for the program if the student graduated from
a Colorado high school or was awarded a high school equivalency
credential during the 2023-24 academic year; completes the free
application for federal student aid or the Colorado application for state
financial aid; and did not receive a grant from the Colorado opportunity
scholarship initiative.
Scholarships are awarded in the following priority: To all eligible
students who intend to enroll at a service provider to pursue an in-demand
or high-priority postsecondary pathway, then to other eligible students
who intend to enroll at a service provider. Each scholarship award is for
up to $1,500. Scholarship money is distributed to the service provider for
use by the student for tuition, fees, and books.
The bill requires the office to contract with vendors to provide
postsecondary and career advising at schools identified by the office.
The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate $25 million
for the program.

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