Virginia National Guard; institutions of higher education, tuition grants. (SB71)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) with support from co-patron Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102405D
01/04/2022Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/25/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB71)
02/09/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Read second time
02/11/2022Reading of amendment waived
02/11/2022Committee amendment agreed to
02/11/2022Amendment by Senator agreed to
02/11/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended SB71E
02/11/2022Printed as engrossed 22102405D-E
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB71E)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Education
02/23/2022Reported from Education with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Read second time
02/28/2022Read third time
02/28/2022Committee amendment agreed to
02/28/2022Engrossed by House as amended
02/28/2022Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/28/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB71ER)
03/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB71ER)
03/08/2022Signed by President
03/08/2022Signed by Speaker
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 604 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0604)

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