Virginia National Guard; institutions of higher education, issuance of tuition grants. (HB857)

Introduced By

Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun) with support from co-patrons Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), and Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia National Guard; institutions of higher education; tuition grants. Adds parameters around grants distributed by the Department of Military Affairs (the Department) to members of the Virginia National Guard who are enrolled in any course or program at any public institution of higher education or accredited nonprofit private institution of higher education. The bill provides that an application for a grant shall be made to the Department no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of an academic semester. The bill provides that the Department shall determine whether an applicant is eligible for the grant and communicate acceptance and any additional requirements determined by the Department in writing no later than 30 days after receipt of an application. The bill requires individuals who are eligible for such grants to satisfy all financial obligations with the institution and provide written proof of acceptable academic performance and good standing for the current term no later than 30 days following the end of a term or semester. The bill provides that individuals receiving grants pursuant to the bill incur a single two-year service obligation to the Virginia National Guard and that this two-year obligation commences on the last day of the last term or semester for which tuition assistance was awarded. The bill provides that federal active duty mobilizations occurring while still a member of the Virginia National Guard and state active duty for the Commonwealth count toward such two-year service obligation. The bill provides that grants shall be subject to limitation based on the amount of funds appropriated for such purpose and that if applications for grants exceed the amount of funding appropriated, the Department shall issue grants to eligible recipients based on the order in which applications were received. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102403D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Education
01/25/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB857)
01/26/2022Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/31/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (10-Y 0-N)
01/31/2022Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2022Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
02/02/2022Reported from Education with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2022Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/07/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2022Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Read first time
02/10/2022Read second time
02/10/2022Committee amendment agreed to
02/10/2022Engrossed by House as amended HB857E
02/10/2022Printed as engrossed 22102403D-E
02/11/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB857E)
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/24/2022Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/01/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Read third time
03/03/2022Reading of amendment waived
03/03/2022Committee amendment agreed to
03/03/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/03/2022Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Senate amendment agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Adoption (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB857ER)
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/10/2022Signed by President
03/11/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB857ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 605 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0605)

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