Higher educational institutions; alternative tuition or fee structures offered to students. (HB1692)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Four-year public institutions of higher education; alternative tuition or fee structures. Permits a four-year public institution of higher education, with the approval of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (Council), to offer alternative tuition or fee structures, including discounted tuition, four-year flat tuition rates, discounted student fees, or student fee and student services flexibility, to any Virginia-domiciled, first-time, incoming freshman undergraduate student who enrolls full time with the intent to earn a degree in a program that leads to employment in a high-demand field in the region, according to guidelines established by the Council. Such an alternative tuition or fee structure may be renewed each year if the recipient maintains continuous full-time enrollment. The bill requires such student to pay to the institution as a financial obligation the financial benefits of the alternative tuition or fee structure if he fails to maintain continuous full-time enrollment, subsequently enrolls in an ineligible degree program, or fails to complete the eligible degree program within four years. The bill requires each student who receives the benefits of an alternative tuition or fee structure to count one and a half times for the purpose of (i) targeted economic and innovation incentives pursuant to subdivision 3 of 23-38.87:16, (ii) the base adequacy funding guidelines adopted and periodically updated by the Joint Subcommittee Studying Higher Education Funding Policies, or (iii) biennial assessments of institutional performance as set forth in Part 4 of the general appropriation act and consistent with 23-9.6:1.01. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101165D
01/12/2015Referred to Committee on Education
01/23/2015Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/27/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/27/2015Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2015Reported from Education with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2015Committee substitute printed 15104491D-H1
02/03/2015Read first time
02/04/2015Read second time
02/04/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104491D-H1
02/04/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1692H1
02/05/2015Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
02/05/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/05/2015Passed House (98-Y 0-N)
02/05/2015VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2015Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/13/2015Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/19/2015Reported from Education and Health with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Rereferred to Finance
02/23/2015Passed by indefinitely in Finance with letter (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)