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TO AMEND ARTICLE 6, CHAPTER 111, TITLE 59, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ONE-HALF TUITION FOR MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A FULL TUITION EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD PURSUANT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS AND TO DEFINE TUITION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 6, Chapter 111, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
Section 59-111-410. As used in this article, 'tuition' means the amount charged for registering for a credit hour of instruction and
shall must not be construed to mean any other fees or charges, or costs of textbooks, or costs of room or board.
Section 59-111-420. (A) A member of the South Carolina National Guard enrolled as a student in state-supported institutions of higher learning or technical colleges, as these institutions are enumerated in Section 59-111-340, is exempt from
one-half of the tuition charges for up to twelve credit hours as long as the student is a member in good standing of the South Carolina National Guard. The student must be a resident of South Carolina in order to be eligible for such one-half this tuition exemption. This one-half tuition exemption may be claimed for a period of five years as long as the member is in the National Guard or until the receipt of member receives a bachelor's degree , whichever occurs first. The State Commission on Higher Education shall administer the provisions of this section and has the authority to issue an exemption for one-half of the tuition fees for up to twelve credit hours per semester to a member of the South Carolina National Guard so qualifying to a student who qualifies. This exemption shall remain in effect for one full academic year and may be renewed in accordance with regulations prescribed by the commission.
The one-half tuition benefits provided by this section are optional with the particular institution or college and are based on availability of seats. Availability of seats shall be determined on a course-by-course basis during registration by the institution or college.
(C) If the student terminates his enlistment in or ceases to be a member in good standing of the South Carolina National Guard or if the student's work and conduct are no longer satisfactory to the governing body of the institution the student attends, the exemption is forfeited immediately, and the student shall pay the institution all tuition charges from which the student was exempt for that period.
(D) To receive the exemption, a student
must be a member in good standing of the South Carolina National Guard for the entire semester for which the exemption is claimed shall maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average each semester. If the student fails to achieve the minimum grade point average, the student shall pay the institution all charges from which the student was exempt for that semester.
(E) The Adjutant General shall promulgate the regulations necessary for the implementation of this article and submit a list of eligible participants to the State Commission on Higher Education for validation.
(F) The State Commission on Higher Education shall validate the South Carolina National Guard list and forward an exemption certificate for each student to the registrar of the appropriate institution.
Section 59-111-430. The credit hours generated by students who are members of the South Carolina National Guard receiving
one-half tuition under the tuition exemption pursuant to this article shall must not be used in computing the higher education funding formula and shall may not have an impact on the level of funding an institution receives.
Section 59-111-440. The provisions of this article are applicable beginning with the fall semester or quarter of
1995 and thereafter 2006."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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