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108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4788 To provide grants to States for tuition assistance for undergraduate studies for members of the Selected Reserve at public institutions of higher learning. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 8, 2004 Mr. Wu introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To provide grants to States for tuition assistance for undergraduate studies for members of the Selected Reserve at public institutions of higher learning. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``National Guard and Reservists Education Benefits Act''. SEC. 2. BLOCK GRANTS TO STATES FOR TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE. (a) Establishment of Program.-- (1) In general.--The Secretary of Education shall carry out a program of block grants to States under this section to provide for the payment of tuition and fees for undergraduate studies at public institutions of higher learning otherwise payable by a member of the Selected Reserve attending those institutions for those studies. (2) Limitation.--Tuition assistance under this section shall not be made available to a member of the Selected Reserve who participates in the program of educational assistance under chapter 1606 of title 10, United States Code, or under chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code. (b) State Certifications.--Not later than October 1 of each of fiscal year for which a State desires to receive an allotment under this section, the chief executive officer of the State shall submit to the Secretary a certification that the State will-- (1) use such funds to defray the costs of tuition and fees for undergraduate studies of members of the Selected Reserve attending public institutions of higher learning in the States; (2) return any unused funds to the Secretary in accordance with the reconciliation process under subsection (d); and (3) comply with the reporting requirements under subsection (e). (c) Payments to States.--For each of fiscal years 2005 through 2010, the Secretary shall pay to each State that submits a certification under subsection (b), from any funds appropriated under subsection (g), for the fiscal year an amount equal to the amount of the allotment determined for the fiscal year under subsection (f). (d) Reconciliation Process.-- (1) 3-year availability of amounts allotted.--Each State that receives an allotment under this section shall return to the Secretary any unused portion of the amount allotted to a State under this section for a fiscal year not later than the last day of the second succeeding fiscal year together with any earnings on such unused portion. (2) Procedure for redistribution of unused allotments.--The Secretary shall establish an appropriate procedure for redistributing to States that have expended the entire amount allotted under this section any amount that is-- (A) returned to the Secretary by States under paragraph (1); or (B) not allotted to a State under this section because the State did not submit a certification under subsection (b) by October 1 of a fiscal year. (e) Reporting Requirements.-- (1) Monitoring and evaluation.--Each State receiving an allotment under this section for a fiscal year shall monitor and evaluate the tuition assistance program carried out under this section using funds made available under this section in such manner as the Secretary, in consultation with the States, determines appropriate. (2) Annual reports.--Not less frequently than annually, each State receiving an allotment under this section for a fiscal year shall submit to the Secretary reports on the tuition assistance programs carried out under this section at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require. (f) Amount of Allotments.-- (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), of the amount appropriated for the purpose of making allotments under this section for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall allot to each State that submits a certification under subsection (b) for the fiscal year an amount equal to the amount that bears the same ratio to the number of members of the Selected Reserve residing in the State (as determined by the Secretary based on the most recent March supplement to the Current Population Survey of the Bureau of the Census before the beginning of the calendar year in which such fiscal year begins) as bears to the number of members of the Selected Reserve residing in all States. (2) Minimum allotments.--No allotment for a fiscal year under this section shall be less than-- (A) in the case of a State other than the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 1 percent of the amount appropriated for the fiscal year under subsection (g); and (B) in the case of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 0.5 percent of such amount. (3) Pro rata reductions.--The Secretary shall make such pro rata reductions to the allotments determined under paragraph (1) as are necessary to comply with the requirements of paragraph (2). (g) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated $100,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2005 through 2010 for purposes of making allotments to States under this section. (h) Definitions.--In this section: (1) Selected reserve.--The term ``Selected Reserve'' means the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve of any of the reserve components (including the Army National Guard of the United States and the Air National Guard of the United States) of the Armed Forces, as required to be maintained under section 10143(a) of title 10, United States Code. (2) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of Education. (3) Institution of higher learning.--The term ``institution of higher education'' has the meaning given that term under section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)). (4) State.--The term State'' means each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (5) Tuition and fees for undergraduate studies.--The term ``tuition and fees for undergraduate studies'' means the actual cost of tuition and fees for undergraduate studies charged by a public institution of higher learning to similarly circumstanced individuals who are not members of the Selected Reserve for enrollment in courses of education at the institution, and includes the average cost of books and supplies payable by such individuals for those studies. <all>
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