S61 - Community Colleges Budget/2019-2021 Biennium. (SL 2019-235)
Session Year 2019
Overview: S.L. 2019-235 makes changes related to the North Carolina Community College System.

Section 3.1: Codify Reorganization Authority of Community Colleges System Office

Section 3.1 of S.L. 2019-235 codifies the authority of the President of the North Carolina Community Colleges System Office to reorganize that office with approval of the State Board of Community Colleges.

This section became effective July 1, 2019.

Section 3.2: Community College Tuition Waiver/Campus Police of Private Institutions of Higher Education

Section 3.2 of S.L. 2019-235 allows the State Board of Community Colleges to provide waivers of tuition and registration fees to the campus police agencies of private institutions of higher education that have been certified by the Attorney General to be campus police agencies pursuant to Chapter 74G of the General Statutes.

This section became effective July 1, 2019, and applies beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

Section 3.3: North Carolina Career Coaches/Local Matching Funds

Section 3.3 of S.L. 2019-235 makes changes to the requirements for the local matching funds for the North Carolina Career Coach Program (Program).

This section became effective July 1, 2019.

Section 3.4: Community Colleges Earn FTE for Instruction in Local Jails

Section 3.4 of S.L. 2019-235 allows community colleges to earn regular budget full-time equivalents for instruction offered in local jails beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.

This section became effective July 1, 2019.

Section 3.5: Waive Tuition/Dependents of Fallen Correctional Officers

Section 3.5 of S.L. 2019-235 waives tuition at public universities and community colleges for spouses and dependents of correctional officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

This section became effective July 1, 2019, and applies beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.

Section 3.8: Community College System Transition

Section 3.8 of S.L. 2019-235 requires the Community College System Office to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Information to coordinate information technology systems and policies. This section repeals a report due by October 1, 2019, and instead requires a report by February 1, 2020, from the Community College System Office and State CIO to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology and the Fiscal Research Division on the memorandum of understanding.

This section became effective July 1, 2019.

Section 4.1: Education Lottery Scholarship Modifications

Section 4.1 of S.L. 2019-235 increases the threshold for students who are eligible for education lottery scholarships in North Carolina. Under this section, students are considered "needy North Carolina students" if their expected family contribution under federal methodology does not exceed $6,000. Additionally, this section increases the limit on annual scholarship awards from $4,000 to $5,100, including any federal Pell Grant.

This section became effective July 1, 2019, and applies beginning with the award of scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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