THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1413

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII RESIDENT TUITION FEE.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that facilitating postsecondary education and training for all interested high school graduates serves the State's interest. Postsecondary options assist graduates by preparing them for jobs and career pathways that typically pay higher wages, which enable them to achieve their educational and career goals and afford the State's high cost of living. Increased enrollment and completion of postsecondary education and training will increase the State's human capital.

The legislature further finds that the University of Hawaii amended its administrative rules to streamline the enrollment process for all applicants for admission into the University of Hawaii system; however, the existing statutory requirements regarding residency for tuition purposes pose challenges for some local graduating high school seniors or recent graduates. Specifically, some students experiencing homelessness have difficulty providing evidence of bona fide residency as required by statute, and students who have complex family situations may be incorrectly considered nonresidents. The legislature further finds that recognizing local high school graduates as residents to qualify for resident tuition fees would facilitate the enrollment of these students at one of the University of Hawaii's campuses.

Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to simplify the residency determination for the State's high school graduates to enroll in postsecondary education and training at the University of Hawaii by considering graduates of the State's high schools to be residents for tuition purposes.

SECTION 2. Section 304A-402, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]304A-402[]] Residence for tuition purposes; basic rule. The board of regents shall adopt the necessary rules defining residence for tuition purposes herein; provided that the basic rule shall be that a student shall qualify for the resident tuition fee only if the following criteria are met:

(1) The adult student, or in the case of a minor student, the student's parents or guardians, has or have been a bona fide resident of this State for at least twelve consecutive months next preceding the student's first day of officially scheduled instruction for any semester or term in which the student is enrolling at the particular college or campus; and

(2) The adult or minor student [has]:

(A) Has not been claimed as a dependent for tax purposes for at least twelve months next preceding the student's first day of officially scheduled instruction for any semester or term in which the student is enrolling at the particular college or campus by the student's parents or guardians who are nonresidents of the State; provided further that this provision shall not apply in cases where the parent claiming the student as a dependent is entitled to do so under a child support order or agreement issued or entered into in conjunction with a divorce proceeding or legal separation agreement and the other parent and the student meet the criteria [set forth] described in paragraph (1)[.]; or

(B) Graduated from high school in the State within two years preceding the student's first day of officially scheduled instruction for any semester or term in which the student is enrolling at the particular college or campus; provided further that the adult or minor student will enroll in an undergraduate degree program; provided further that the adult or minor student shall not have:

(i) Claimed resident status of another state; or

(ii) Submitted an application to another state's institution of higher learning as a resident of that state;

within two years preceding the student's first day of officially scheduled instruction for any semester or term in which the student is enrolling at the particular college or campus."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.


 


 

Report Title:

University of Hawaii; Residence for Tuition Purposes

 

Description:

Requires the University of Hawaii to grant resident tuition fees for enrollment at any University of Hawaii campus to individuals who have graduated from a Hawaii high school and are enrolling in an undergraduate degree program, under certain conditions. (SD1)

 

 

 

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