IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 28, 2015
Mr. Portman (for himself and Mr. Warner) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to allow the Secretary of Education to award Early College Federal Pell Grants.
This Act may be cited as the
Go to High School, Go to College Act of 2015.
Early college Federal Pell Grant
Section 401 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Early College Federal Pell Grants
Notwithstanding the requirement under section 484(a)(1) that a student not been enrolled in an elementary or secondary school to be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant under this section, for the award years beginning on July 1, 2015, and ending on June 30, 2021, the Secretary shall carry out a program to award Early College Federal Pell Grants to eligible students to support enrollment in, and completion of, postsecondary courses offered through an early college high school.
Maximum period for Early College Federal Pell Grants
An eligible student may receive an Early College Federal Pell Grant under this subsection in an amount equal to the cost of not more than 4 full-time postsecondary semesters, or the equivalent of 4 full-time postsecondary semesters, as determined by the Secretary by regulation, while enrolled in postsecondary courses offered by an early college high school.
Counting of awards for purposes of Federal Pell Grants
An Early College Federal Pell Grant received under this subsection shall be counted toward the maximum period for which a student may receive Federal Pell Grants under this section, as provided under subsection (c)(5).
The Secretary may waive the requirement under subparagraph (A) on a case-by-case basis for any student demonstrating evidence of a credible disruption or redirection in course of study necessitating additional time to complete a postsecondary degree or credential.
Terms and conditions
Except as provided in this subsection, an Early College Federal Pell Grant received under this subsection shall have the same terms and conditions, and be awarded in the same manner, as Federal Pell Grants awarded under this section.
An eligible student may only receive an Early College Federal Pell Grant under this subsection upon completion of a full-time postsecondary semester, or the equivalent of a full-time postsecondary semester, as determined by the Secretary by regulation.
The Secretary shall pay an eligible institution that is engaged in a partnership as part of an early college high school an amount equal to the cost of tuition, fees, and books for each postsecondary course (including with respect to the postsecondary courses completed to satisfy the requirement under subparagraph (B)) an eligible student completes through such early college high school, provided such eligible student satisfies the requirement under subparagraph (B).
Each early college high school shall annually submit to the Secretary a report on the program of postsecondary courses provided to eligible students that includes the following information:
Total number and percentage of eligible students who enroll in and subsequently complete the program at the early college high school.
The number of postsecondary credits earned by eligible students while enrolled in the early college high school that may be applied toward a postsecondary degree or credential program.
The percentage of eligible students enrolled in the early college high school who concurrently earn a secondary school diploma and an associate degree or equivalent.
The percentage of early college high school graduates completing the program who enroll in a postsecondary institution.
The total amount of Early College Federal Pell Grants awarded to eligible students served by the early college high school.
In this subsection:
Early college high school
early college high school means a partnership between a public secondary school and at least 1 eligible institution—
that enables a student enrolled at such secondary school to simultaneously earn a secondary school diploma and postsecondary credits that are transferable to such eligible institution as part of an organized course of study toward a postsecondary degree or credential at no cost to the student or the family of the student;
that offers students enrolled at such secondary school postsecondary courses provided by an eligible institution as part of a State-approved program of study that leads to a postsecondary degree, certificate, or general education core that is transferable to such eligible institution;
that provides such students the opportunity to earn not less than 12 credit hours in such postsecondary courses; and
that provides support, placement test prep strategies, tutoring, or comparable strategies to ensure student preparation for and success in college courses.
eligible student means a student enrolled at an early college high school who, if such student met the requirements of section 484 for eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, would be awarded a Federal Pell Grant after the determination of the expected family contribution for such student.