Amendment #325 to H3600

Establish the Finish Line Grant for Public Higher Education Students

Ms. Higgins of Leominster moves to amend the bill by inserting after section 80 the following section: “SECTION 81. There shall be a Finish Line Scholarship Program to provide scholarships to cover the entire cost of tuition and fees for one year other than the first, in a program leading to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at a Massachusetts public college or university. The scholarships will be available to residents of the Commonwealth in need of financial assistance whose family income is less than one hundred seventy five percent of median family income in Massachusetts.

The Department of Higher Education shall establish guidelines governing said program, which shall include but not be limited to eligibility requirements, selection criteria (such as acceptable grades and an academic plan for timely degree completion), and other guidelines designed to help meet the department’s goals, such as increasing overall student success and graduation rates, and lowering achievement gaps for high-risk students; provided, further, that no funds from this scholarship program may be used to pay the tuition or fees for any course or program offered or administered by a non-public entity and that no student shall be eligible to receive a scholarship from this program more than one time.

The funds for the program are meant to supplement and not supplant existing scholarship funds; funds for this program shall not be derived from existing financial aid programs the Commonwealth administers.

The department shall provide the Joint Committee on Higher Education of the General Court a report analyzing the usage, achievements and costs of this program, together with recommendations for its future, no later than 120 days following the program’s first year of operation.”

Amendment #325 to H3600

Establish the Finish Line Grant for Public Higher Education Students


David Paul Linsky

Mary S. Keefe

Solomon Goldstein-Rose

John C. Velis

Brendan P. Crighton

RoseLee Vincent

Carmine L. Gentile

Paul R. Heroux

Frank I. Smizik

Denise Provost

Carole A. Fiola

Edward F. Coppinger

Sean Garballey

Jennifer E. Benson

Jonathan Hecht

Denise C. Garlick

Thomas M. Stanley

Stephan Hay

Lori A. Ehrlich

Mike Connolly

David M. Rogers

Jack Lewis

Steven Ultrino

Jay R. Kaufman

Peter V. Kocot

Bud Williams

Paul McMurtry

Daniel Cahill