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Title XI EDUCATION AND LIBRARIES

Chapter 173

Effective - 28 Aug 2019 bottom

  173.2554.  Grant converted to loan, when — waiver, when — deferments or forbearances, when — fund created, use of moneys — rulemaking authority. — 1.  Except as provided in subsection 2 of this section, if a student who received a fast track grant under section 173.2553 fails to comply with the terms of the promissory note under subdivision (2) of subsection 11 of section 173.2553, including failure to satisfy the conditions in paragraph* (a), (b), or (c) of such subdivision, the fast track grant shall be converted to a loan.  This loan shall accrue interest at the federal direct loan interest rate for direct subsidized undergraduate loans in effect at the time the student enters the eligible program.  Interest shall be calculated from the date the recipient enters repayment.  For a recipient who fulfills some, but not all, of his or her three-year residency and employment obligations, the amount of the fast track grant that is converted to a loan shall be reduced by one-third for each period of twelve months of residency and employment as verified by the proof of residency and qualifying employment required in subsection 12 of section 173.2553.

  2.  The coordinating board shall provide for a waiver under the fast track grant if the grant is not converted to a loan under subsection 1 of this section for a recipient who fails to comply with terms of the agreement under paragraph* (a), (b), or (c) of subdivision (2) of subsection 11 of section 173.2553 due to his or her total and permanent disability or death, the total and permanent disability or death of his or her spouse or child, or if such recipient or recipient's spouse is providing service to any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and is transferred out of state and is no longer able to maintain Missouri residency as a result of such service.  The waiver shall specify standards for the board's determination of total and permanent disability or death standards for the board's determination of total and permanent disability or death, or military transfer status, and a process for seeking a waiver under this subsection.

  3.  The coordinating board shall deposit in the fast track workforce incentive grant fund all repayments of principal and interest on the loans under subsection 1 of this section.

  4.  The coordinating board shall establish a procedure and guidelines for granting deferments or forbearances of fast track grants that have converted to loans and are in repayment status for recipients who:

  (1)  Are enrolled at least half-time at an institution of higher education;

  (2)  Experience economic hardship;

  (3)  Have a medical condition limiting their ability to continue repayment including, but not limited to, illness, disability, or pregnancy; or

  (4)  Are providing service to any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States.

  5.  The coordinating board shall establish a procedure and guidelines for granting loan discharge for fast track grants that have been converted to loans and are in repayment for recipients who are unable to fulfill the repayment obligation due to their total and permanent disability or death or the total and permanent disability or death of their spouse or child.

  6.  (1)  There is hereby created in the state treasury the "Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant Fund".  The state treasurer shall be custodian of the fund.  In accordance with sections 30.170 and 30.180, the state treasurer may approve disbursements.  The fund shall be a dedicated fund and, upon appropriation, moneys in the fund shall be used solely by the coordinating board for the purposes of this section and section 173.2553.

  (2)  Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33.080 to the contrary, any moneys remaining in the fund at the end of the biennium shall not revert to the credit of the general revenue fund.

  (3)  The state treasurer shall invest moneys in the fund in the same manner as other funds are invested.  Any interest and moneys earned on such investments shall be credited to the fund.

  7.  The coordinating board shall have the authority to promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section and section 173.2553.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2019, shall be invalid and void.

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(L. 2019 S.B. 68)

*Word "paragraphs" appears in original rolls.


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