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TO DISAPPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION, RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE INCENTIVES FOR FUTURE EXCELLENCE (LIFE) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 2753, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The regulations of the Commission on Higher Education, relating to Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship Program, designated as Regulation Document Number 2753, and submitted to the General Assembly pursuant to the provisions of Article 1, Chapter 23, Title 1 of the 1976 Code, are disapproved.
SECTION 2. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
The Commission on Higher Education proposes to add in its entirety R.62-900.1-70 for the Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship Program. The LIFE Scholarship Program was established under Act 418 in 1998 and amended by the S.C. Education Lottery Act during the 2002 legislative session to authorize funding for scholarships up to the cost-of-tuition, not to exceed four thousand seven hundred dollars, plus a three hundred dollar book allowance (maximum $5,000 including cost-of-tuition plus book allowance) for students attending a four-year public institution. Eligible students attending a four-year independent institution may receive funding to cover the cost-of-attendance up to a maximum of the average annual cost-of-tuition at the state's four-year public institutions, not to exceed four thousand seven hundred dollars, plus a three hundred dollar book allowance (maximum $5,000 including cost-of-tuition plus book allowance). Two-year public or technical colleges may award up to the cost-of-tuition plus a three hundred dollar book allowance. The two-year independent institution may award the maximum cost-of-tuition at the two-year USC regional institutions plus a three hundred dollar book allowance. The Commission on Higher Education shall develop the LIFE Scholarship Program in order to increase access to higher education, improve the employability of South Carolina students so as to attract business to the State, provide incentives for students to be better prepared for college, and to encourage students to graduate from college on time. The law authorizes the Commission on Higher Education to promulgate regulation to administer and set forth the terms of the LIFE Scholarship Program.
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