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H.R. 4787 (116th): Working Students Act


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 22, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4787

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 22, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To amend title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 in order to increase the amount of financial support available for working students.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Working Students Act.

2.

Increasing support for working students by 35 percent

(a)

Dependent students

Section 475(g)(2)(D) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087oo(g)(2)(D)) is amended to read as follows:

(D)

an income protection allowance (or a successor amount prescribed by the Secretary under section 478) of $9,010 for academic year 2020–2021;

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(b)

Independent students without dependents other than a spouse

Section 476(b)(1)(A)(iv) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087pp(b)(1)(A)(iv)) is amended to read as follows:

(iv)

an income protection allowance (or a successor amount prescribed by the Secretary under section 478)—

(I)

for single or separated students, or married students where both are enrolled pursuant to subsection (a)(2), of $14,010 for academic year 2020–2021; and

(II)

for married students where 1 is enrolled pursuant to subsection (a)(2), of $22,460 for academic year 2020–2021;

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(c)

Independent students with dependents other than a spouse

Section 477(b)(4) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087qq(b)(4)) is amended to read as follows:

(4)

Income protection allowance

The income protection allowance is determined by the following table (or a successor table prescribed by the Secretary under section 478), for academic year 2020–2021:

Income Protection Allowance
Family
Size
Number in College
(including
student)
12345For each additional subtract:
2$36,370$30,160$6,180
345,29039,100$32,890
455,92049,72043,540$37,300
565,99059,75053,57047,360$41,180
677,17070,96064,79058,54052,370
For each
additional
add:8,710

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(d)

Updated tables and amounts

Section 478(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087rr(b)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking subparagraphs (A) and (B) and inserting the following:

(A)

In general

For each academic year after academic year 2020–2021, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register a revised table of income protection allowances for the purpose of sections 475(c)(4) and 477(b)(4), subject to subparagraphs (B) and (C).

(B)

Table for independent students

For each academic year after academic year 2020–2021, the Secretary shall develop the revised table of income protection allowances by increasing each of the dollar amounts contained in the table of income protection allowances under section 477(b)(4) by a percentage equal to the estimated percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (as determined by the Secretary for the most recent calendar year ending prior to the beginning of the academic year for which the determination is being made), and rounding the result to the nearest $10.

; and

(2)

in paragraph (2), by striking shall be developed and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting shall be developed for each academic year after academic year 2020–2021, by increasing each of the dollar amounts contained in such section for academic year 2020–2021 by a percentage equal to the estimated percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (as determined by the Secretary for the most recent calendar year ending prior to the beginning of the academic year for which the determination is being made), and rounding the result to the nearest $10..

(e)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect beginning on July 1, 2020 and shall apply to grant and award determinations made under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.) beginning with the 2020–2021 award year.