Session of 1997
HOUSE BILL No. 2458
By Representatives Reardon, Burroughs, Dean, Dillon, Garner,
Gilbert, Grant, Helgerson, Henderson, Krehbiel, Kuether, Larkin, E.
Peter- son, Phelps, Ruff, and Sawyer
11 AN ACT establishing the student tuition assistance recognition scholar-
12 ship (STARS) program to provide financial aid to Kansas residents who
13 are students in Kansas postsecondary educational institutions; pre-
14 scribing powers, duties and functions for the state board of regents;
15 amending K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 79-4801 and repealing the existing
18 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
19 New Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the
20 Kansas STARS program act.
21 New Sec. 2. As used in sections 1 through 5, and amendments
23 (a) ``Board'' means the state board of regents.
24 (b) ``Educational program'' means an educational program that leads
25 to a certificate, diploma or degree upon satisfactory completion of course-
26 work requirements at a Kansas educational institution.
27 (c) ``Kansas educational institution'' means any area vocational school,
28 area vocational-technical school, community college, the municipal uni-
29 versity, state educational institution under the control and supervision of
30 the state board of regents, technical college or accredited independent
31 postsecondary educational institution located and operating in Kansas.
32 (d) ``Kansas high school'' means a Kansas public high school, an ac-
33 credited private Kansas high school, or the equivalent thereof which is
34 located in Kansas.
35 (e) ``STARS program'' means the student tuition assistance recogni-
36 tion scholarship program established by this act.
37 New Sec. 3. (a) There is hereby established the student tuition as-
38 sistance recognition scholarship (STARS) program to provide financial
39 aid for eligible Kansas residents enrolled in educational programs at Kan-
40 sas educational institutions. The STARS program shall be administered
41 by the state board of regents in accordance with the eligibility require-
42 ments and other guidelines prescribed for the STARS program by sec-
43 tions 1 through 5, and amendments thereto, and policies and rules and
1 regulations adopted by the board. The board shall adopt all necessary
2 policies and rules and regulations that may be required for the imple-
3 mentation and administration of the STARS program.
4 (b) Subject to available appropriations, the amount of each STARS
5 program scholarship awarded to an eligible student for study in an edu-
6 cational program at a Kansas educational institution shall be the amount
7 equal to the tuition and fees charged the student by the Kansas educa-
8 tional institution for each semester, or other equivalent academic period,
9 of classes in which such student is enrolled in the student's educational
10 program during an academic year, less all amounts of free federal financial
11 aid received or approved to be received by the student for that academic
12 year, except that the amount of any STARS program scholarship shall not
13 be more than $1,200 per semester or other equivalent academic period.
14 (c) Subject to available appropriations, the board shall implement the
15 STARS program commencing with the fall semester of the 1997-98 ac-
16 ademic year, or the equivalent academic period that commences in the
17 fall of 1997.
18 New Sec. 4. (a) To be eligible for a STARS program scholarship, a
19 person applying therefor shall:
20 (1) Be a Kansas resident;
21 (2) have an adjusted gross family income of less than $50,000 per
23 (3) (A) have graduated from a Kansas high school, have attained a
24 cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a four-point scale,
25 or the equivalent thereof, at that Kansas high school and have applied for
26 and have been accepted for enrollment at a Kansas educational institu-
27 tion; or
28 (B) have satisfactorily completed a normal course load for the stu-
29 dent's educational program at the Kansas educational institution and have
30 attained a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a four-
31 point scale, or the equivalent thereof, in the first or any succeeding se-
32 mester, or other comparable academic period, if the student is currently
33 enrolled at a Kansas educational institution;
34 (4) have applied for all available free financial assistance from federal
35 sources; and
36 (5) if the student is enrolled in an undergraduate degree program,
37 have not previously received a baccalaureate degree.
38 (b) Each eligible Kansas student awarded a STARS program schol-
39 arship and maintaining eligibility therefor may renew the scholarship an-
40 nually for a maximum of the total number of semesters, or other equiv-
41 alent academic periods, required to complete the student's educational
42 program at the Kansas educational institution.
43 (c) Each student receiving a STARS program scholarship shall main-
1 tain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a four-point
2 scale, or the equivalent thereof, in each semester, or other equivalent
3 academic period, in a normal course load for the student's educational
4 program at a Kansas educational institution in order to continue to receive
5 financial aid under the scholarship and to continue to be eligible for re-
6 newal of the STARS program scholarship for the ensuing semester, or
7 other equivalent academic period, at the Kansas educational institution.
8 New Sec. 5. There is hereby established in the state treasury the
9 STARS scholarship program fund which shall be administered by the state
10 board of regents. All moneys credited to the STARS scholarship program
11 fund shall be used for STARS program scholarships in accordance with
12 this act. All expenditures from the STARS scholarship program fund shall
13 be made in accordance with appropriation acts upon warrants of the di-
14 rector of accounts and reports issued pursuant to vouchers approved by
15 the executive officer of the state board of regents or the executive officer's
17 Sec. 6. K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 79-4801 is hereby amended to read as
18 follows: 79-4801. There is hereby created the state gaming revenues fund
19 in the state treasury. All moneys credited to such fund shall be expended
20 or transferred only for the purposes and in the manner provided by this
21 act and all expenditures from the state gaming revenues fund shall be
22 made in accordance with appropriation acts. All moneys credited to such
23 fund shall be allocated and credited monthly to the funds and in the
24 amounts specified by this act except that the total of the amounts credited
25 to such funds in any one fiscal year pursuant to this act shall not exceed
26 $50,000,000. All amounts credited to such fund in any one fiscal year
27 which are in excess of $50,000,000 shall be transferred and credited to
state general fund on July 15, 1996, and June 25, 1997, and each year
29 thereafter STARS scholarship program fund on June 25 of each year.
30 Sec. 7. K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 79-4801 is hereby repealed.
31 Sec. 8. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
32 publication in the Kansas register.