Higher Ed Funding Bills Will Get Public Hearing, Includes ISA Initiative and Criminal Justice Reform 

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By: Joseph Oliveri

 

The State Capitol will host a public hearing for bills regarding higher education on Thursday, Feb. 14 in Hartford. Connecticut’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee plans to hear testimonies for 12 bills, which directly address both private and public colleges and universities.

Among the bills before the committee, several propose measures to increase funds for university departments and services. Penned by state Senator Matt Lesser, Proposed Bill 748  aims to create “A pilot program to fund tuition-free and debt free programs of study at institutions.”

Lesser’s vision would rely “primarily” on Income Sharing Agreements (ISAs) in order to substitute traditional financial aid solutions. ISAs are between a student and a university, where a fixed percentage of the student’s future income will be used to pay their school or private investors.

Other bills include Rep. J.P Sredzinski’s, Proposed Bill 6072, which would amend general statutes to increase funding for “Mentoring, housing or work for students enrolled in degree programs related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics-related fields at institutions of higher education within the jurisdiction of said boards.”

Proposed Bill No. 6883 is Representatives Christopher Rosario and Andre Baker’s plan to create a “‘Correction to College Pipeline’ for Youthful Offenders.” The program would assign newly released college-age offenders to “An education and career counselor,” and offer “Outpatient therapy concerning trauma from incarceration.”

The Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee is a body which oversees all matters relating to the state Board of Regents, the Office of Higher Education, and any other scholastic or job-training program which receives state funding.

Students or faculty interested in submitting a testimony or testifying in person can send one to HEDtestimony@cga.ct.gov in Word or PDF format by 1:30 PM on Thursday, February 14th. For additional information, visit this page.

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