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TO AMEND SECTIONS 59-111-110 AND 59-111-170, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BOTH RELATING TO FREE TUITION FOR CHILDREN OF FIREMEN, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, AND GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES TOTALLY DISABLED OR KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, SO AS TO INCLUDE CERTAIN CHILDREN IN THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 59-111-110 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-111-110. (A) No tuition may be charged for a period of four school years by any state-supported college or university or any state-supported vocational or technical school for
(1) children of firemen, both regularly employed and members of volunteer organized units, organized rescue squad members, members of the Civil Air Patrol, law enforcement officers, or corrections officers, as defined herein, including reserve and auxiliary units of counties or municipalities who become totally disabled or are killed in the line of duty on or after July 1, 1964;
(2) children of government employees who become totally disabled or are killed in the line of duty while working on state time on or after July 1, 1996, as a result of a criminal act committed against them which constitutes a felony under the laws of this State; or
(3) children in the custody of the Department of Social Services pursuant to court order or children formerly in the custody of the Department of Social Services who currently are participating in a Department of Social Services program for children transitioning from foster care to independent living.
(B) The tuition authorized to be paid by this section applies only to undergraduate courses or curriculum and may be paid for a period not exceeding four years, regardless of the number of state-supported colleges, universities, or state-supported vocational or technical schools the child attends. As used in this section, 'four years' is defined as a maximum of eight semesters, including a fall and a spring semester, and does not include a summer term."
SECTION 2. Section 59-111-170 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-111-170. (A) An
Application application for the free tuition provided for in this article shall must be filed with the governing body of the institution and shall must be accompanied by:
(1) proof or evidence of the death or total disability of the parent of the applicant and
such proof or evidence that the injury or death occurred in the line of duty as considered necessary by such the governing body , which shall have; or
(2) verification by the Department of Social Services that the applicant is a child in the custody of the Department of Social Services pursuant to court order or is a child formerly in the custody of the Department of Social Studies who currently is participating in a Department of Social Services program for children transitioning from foster care to independent living.
(B) The governing body of the institution has sole discretion in granting or not granting free tuition."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and applies to the first complete semester that a student attends after the effective date of this act.
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