Bill would mandate repaying scholarships if recipients don’t graduate quicker

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require students to repay state scholarships and grants if they fail to graduate within six years of starting their programs. Members of the House Education Committee on Monday questioned Rep. Tammie Wilson (R-North Pole/Fairbanks) about her bill.

The measure would put the time limit requirements on students who receive money from an Alaska Performance Scholarship or an Alaska Education Grant. Wilson says students who accept the state’s financial gifts have an obligation to finish their programs within a reasonable time.

But critics worry that the bill has no provisions for students who must leave school for health or family issues.

The House Education Committee will schedule another hearing on the measure.

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