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H.R. 3989 (ih) To provide for the enactment of user fees proposed by the President in his budget submission under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, for fiscal year 1999. ...
108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 3988 To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 by strengthening and expanding the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) in order to facilitate the transition of low-income high school students into post-secondary education. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 17, 2004 Mr. Fattah introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 by strengthening and expanding the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) in order to facilitate the transition of low-income high school students into post-secondary education. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; REFERENCES. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``GEAR UP & GO Act''. (b) References.--Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.). SEC. 2. CONTINUUM OF SERVICES. (a) Awards.--Section 404A(b)(2)(B) (20 U.S.C. 1070a-21(b)(2)(B)) is amended by inserting after ``through the completion of secondary school'' the following: ``or through the first year of attendance at a postsecondary education institution''. (b) Cohort Approach.--Section 404B(g)(1)(B) (20 U.S.C. 1070a- 22(g)(1)(B)) is amended by inserting after ``through the 12th grade'' the following ``or through the first year of attendance at a postsecondary education institution to students in the participating grade level''. (c) Early Intervention.-- (1) Uses of funds.--Section 404D(b)(2) (20 U.S.C. 1070a- 24(b)(2)) is amended by inserting after ``through grade 12'' the following: ``or through the first year of attendance at a postsecondary education institution''. (2) Priority students.--Section 404D(c) is amended by inserting after ``through grade 12'' the following ``or through the first year of attendance at a postsecondary education institution''. SEC. 3. CONTINUING ELIGIBILITY. Section 404A (20 U.S.C. 1070a-21) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(d) Continuing Eligibility.--An eligible entity shall not cease to be an eligible entity upon the expiration of any grant under this chapter (including a continuation award). The Secretary shall require any such entity seeking a new grant to demonstrate the effectiveness of the prior programs under this chapter in its plan submitted under section 404C.''. SEC. 4. FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND COUNSELING. Section 404D (20 U.S.C. 1070a-24) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a)(1)(B)(i), by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following: ``, and counseling and education regarding financial cost requirements for college''; and (2) in subsection (b)(2)(A)(ii), by striking ``career mentoring'' inserting ``career planning and mentoring, academic counseling, and financial literacy, education, or counseling pertaining to the process of going to college''. SEC. 5. SCHOLARSHIP COMPONENT. Section 404E(b)(2) (20 U.S.C. 1070a-25(b)(2)) is amended by inserting after ``section 401 for such fiscal year'' the following ``, or $5,800, whichever is less''. SEC. 6. DUAL/CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT. (a) Amendment.--Chapter 2 of part A of title IV is amended-- (1) by redesignating section 404G and 404H (20 U.S.C. 1070a-27) as sections 404H and 404I, respectively; and (2) by inserting after section 404F the following: ``SEC. 404G. DUAL/CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT. ``(a) Program Authority.--The Secretary is authorized to carry out a program to be known as `GEAR UP & GO', to provide growing opportunities for dual/concurrent enrollment, which shall be designed to provide low-income high school students participating in GEAR UP partnerships or State programs the opportunity to enroll in college courses while still enrolled in high school. In such program, students shall not be required to apply for admission to the institution of higher education in order to participate, but may receive college credit. ``(b) Student Eligibility.--Except as provided in subsection (e)(2), a student shall be eligible for the purpose of this section, if the student-- ``(1) is enrolled in GEAR UP partnerships or State programs; ``(2) is enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade; and ``(3) has demonstrated academic readiness for college courses as determined by the applying entity. ``(c) Permissible Services.--An entity receiving funding under this section may provide services such as-- ``(1) the offering of core non-remedial college courses as determined by the post secondary institution in which participating students-- ``(A) receive instruction from a postsecondary institution faculty member at the secondary site; ``(B) take courses from a postsecondary institution faculty member on-site at the postsecondary institution; ``(C) receive college level instruction from high school faculty who hold the same credentials as postsecondary faculty or who meet qualifications and standards approved by the postsecondary institution; or ``(D) enroll in an early/middle college high school in which students may earn college credit through a coherent course of study leading to a postsecondary degree and high school diploma in an accelerated timeframe; ``(2) underwriting the per-credit costs of college courses; ``(3) assistance with the selection of core non-remedial college courses by students; ``(4) tutorial services pertaining to the core non-remedial college courses in which students are enrolled; and ``(5) purchasing books, supplies, and transportation. ``(d) Requirements for Approval of Applications.--In approving applications for GEAR UP & GO under this section for any fiscal year, the Secretary shall-- ``(1) award funds under this program on an annual basis and determine the average award; ``(2) take into consideration whether participating students in a dual/concurrent enrollment program will receive college credit; ``(3) require an assurance that an entity applying for funding under this section meet the requirements of section 404A(c); and ``(4) not approve a plan unless such a plan-- ``(A) details the criteria used for determining student academic readiness or qualifications for participation in the dual/concurrent enrollment program; and ``(B) specifies the methods by which funds will be spent for carrying out the program. ``(e) Early/Middle College High School.-- ``(1) Reservation for grants.--The Secretary of Education shall reserve, at a maximum, 25 percent of the funds appropriated under subsection (f) for any fiscal year for a program of grants to early/middle college high school. ``(2) Eligible programs.--For purposes of this subsection, an early/middle college high school is a school that is designed to provide 9th through 12th grade low-income and first-generation college students with a coherent course of study enabling them to earn simultaneously a high school diploma and college credit toward a postsecondary degree. ``(3) Requirements.--Except as provided in paragraph (4), the programs provided funds under this subsection shall comply with the requirements of subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section. ``(4) Exception.--Notwithstanding subsections (b)(1) and (d)(3)-- ``(A) a student served in a program funded by a grant under this subsection is not required to be enrolled in a GEAR UP partnership or State program; and ``(B) an entity applying for funding under this subsection is not required to meet the requirements of section 404A(c). ``(f) Authorization of Appropriations.--In addition to the sums authorized by section 404I, there are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2005 and such sums necessary for each of the 5 succeeding years.''. (b) Conforming Amendments.--Chapter 2 of part A of title IV is further amended by striking ``section 404H'' each place it appears and inserting ``section 404I''. SEC. 7. EVALUATION, REPORT, AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE. Section 404H (20 U.S.C. 1070a-27), as redesignated by section 5(1) of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(e) Technical Assistance.--In order to assist current grantees in strengthening partnerships, leveraging resources, and sustaining programs, the Secretary shall award not more than 0.75 percent of the funds appropriated under section 404I for a fiscal year to the national education organization that has served as technical assistance provider for this program.''. SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. Section 404I (20 U.S.C. 1070a-28), as redesignated by section 5(1) of this Act, is amended to read as follows: ``SEC. 404I. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. ``There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this chapter $500,000,000 for fiscal year 2005 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 5 succeeding fiscal years.''. <all>
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