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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1602         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 42

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

James B. Eldridge

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act improving the educational rewards grant program to assist low income workers.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

James B. Eldridge

 

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Susan C. Fargo

 

Michael O. Moore

 

Harriette L. Chandler

 

Michael F. Rush

Suffolk and Norfolk

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex and Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1602        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 42

By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 42) of James B. Eldridge, Michael O. Moore, Sal N. DiDomenico, Linda Dorcena Forry and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to Workers’ Pathways to Self Sufficiency.  [Higher Education]

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 37 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act improving the educational rewards grant program to assist low income workers.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  The second sentence of section 2SSS of chapter 29 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting the words “public or nonprofit” after the word “accredited”.

              SECTION 2.  Section 2SSS of chapter 29 of the General Laws is hereby amended by deleting the words “The grant program shall serve as a last resort, after other federal and state grants have been exhausted” in the second to the last sentence and inserting in lieu thereof the words, “The amount of the award shall be applied towards student financial need in excess of the financial need met by other federal, state or private grants without regard to the amount that may be available through loans”.

              SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a portion of the Educational Rewards Grant Program Fund established pursuant to section 2SSS of chapter 29 of the General Laws shall be used for a “Supports for Success” pilot program to assist Educational Rewards recipients complete their degree or certificate programs; provided further, that supports provided through said pilot may include but need not be limited to intensive advising and counseling, college and career success courses, work study jobs in the students’ field of study, learning communities, curricula redesign to support  blended or accelerated remediation, mentoring or tutoring, and child care and transportation assistance.

              SECTION 4.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, on or before December 1 of each year, the Department of Higher Education in collaboration with the Office of Student Financial Assistance shall submit to the house and senate clerks and the chairs of house and senate committees on ways and means a report on use in the prior fiscal year of the Educational Rewards Grant Program Fund established pursuant to section 2SSS of chapter 29 of the General Laws; provided further, that such report shall include but need not be limited to the number of grants awarded, the amount of each grant, the level of educational attainment of grant recipients before the grant was awarded, degrees and certificates awarded to recipients, recipient demographic information, recipient retention rates while receiving the grant, and analysis of the strengths and areas of needed improvement in Educational Rewards Grant Program and the “Supports for Success” pilot program and recommendations for such improvements.

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