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HF 2544

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/25/2019 09:18am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; providing funding and policy changes for the Office
of Higher Education, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the University
of Minnesota, and other related programs; modifying state grant program calculation
parameters; requiring reports; appropriating money;amending Minnesota Statutes
2018, sections 13.322, subdivision 3; 127A.70, subdivision 2; 135A.15, subdivision
2, by adding a subdivision; 136A.101, subdivision 5a; 136A.121, subdivisions 5,
6; 136A.1215, subdivision 4; 136A.1275; 136A.15, subdivision 8; 136A.16,
subdivisions 1, 2, 5, 8, 9; 136A.162; 136A.1701, subdivision 7; 136A.1789,
subdivisions 1, 3, 5; 136A.1791, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; 136A.246, subdivisions
4, 8; 136A.64, subdivisions 1, 5, by adding a subdivision; 136A.645; 136A.646;
136A.672, by adding a subdivision; 136A.821, by adding subdivisions; 136A.822,
subdivisions 6, 10, 12; 136A.8295, by adding subdivisions; 136A.87; 136F.20, by
adding a subdivision; 136F.58, subdivision 3, by adding subdivisions; Laws 2017,
chapter 89, article 1, section 2, subdivision 29; proposing coding for new law in
Minnesota Statutes, chapters 136A; 136F; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018,
sections 136A.15, subdivisions 2, 7; 136A.1701, subdivision 12.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

ARTICLE 1

HIGHER EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the agencies
and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the general fund,
or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose.
The figures "2020" and "2021" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under
them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, or June 30, 2021, respectively.
"The first year" is fiscal year 2020. "The second year" is fiscal year 2021. "The biennium"
is fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
new text end

new text begin APPROPRIATIONS
new text end
new text begin Available for the Year
new text end
new text begin Ending June 30
new text end
new text begin 2020
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginMINNESOTA OFFICE OF HIGHER
EDUCATION
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 274,318,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 270,220,000
new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each
purpose are specified in the following
subdivisions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin State Grants
new text end

new text begin 208,366,000
new text end
new text begin 203,768,000
new text end

new text begin If the appropriation in this subdivision for
either year is insufficient, the appropriation
for the other year is available for it. The base
for this appropriation in fiscal year 2022 and
all years thereafter is $198,356,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Child Care Grants
new text end

new text begin 6,694,000
new text end
new text begin 6,694,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin State Work-Study
new text end

new text begin 14,502,000
new text end
new text begin 14,502,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Interstate Tuition Reciprocity
new text end

new text begin 11,018,000
new text end
new text begin 11,018,000
new text end

new text begin If the appropriation in this subdivision for
either year is insufficient, the appropriation
for the other year is available to meet
reciprocity contract obligations.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Safety Officer's Survivors
new text end

new text begin 100,000
new text end
new text begin 100,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is to provide educational
benefits under Minnesota Statutes, section
299A.45, to eligible dependent children and
to the spouses of public safety officers killed
in the line of duty.
new text end

new text begin If the appropriation in this subdivision for
either year is insufficient, the appropriation
for the other year is available for it.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin American Indian Scholarships
new text end

new text begin 3,500,000
new text end
new text begin 3,500,000
new text end

new text begin The commissioner must contract with or
employ at least one person with demonstrated
competence in American Indian culture and
residing in or near the city of Bemidji to assist
students with the scholarships under
Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.126, and
with other information about financial aid for
which the students may be eligible. Bemidji
State University must provide office space at
no cost to the Office of Higher Education for
purposes of administering the American Indian
scholarship program under Minnesota Statutes,
section 136A.126. This appropriation includes
funding to administer the American Indian
scholarship program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Tribal College Grants
new text end

new text begin 150,000
new text end
new text begin 150,000
new text end

new text begin For tribal college assistance grants under
Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1796.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Intervention for College Attendance
Program Grants
new text end

new text begin 755,000
new text end
new text begin 755,000
new text end

new text begin For the intervention for college attendance
program under Minnesota Statutes, section
136A.861.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may use no more than three
percent of this appropriation to administer the
intervention for college attendance program
grants.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Student-Parent Information
new text end

new text begin 122,000
new text end
new text begin 122,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Get Ready!
new text end

new text begin 180,000
new text end
new text begin 180,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Education Equity
Partnership
new text end

new text begin 45,000
new text end
new text begin 45,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 13. new text end

new text begin Midwest Higher Education Compact
new text end

new text begin 115,000
new text end
new text begin 115,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 14. new text end

new text begin MN Reconnect
new text end

new text begin 2,000,000
new text end
new text begin 2,000,000
new text end

new text begin (a) For the Office of Higher Education to
award grant funds to students and institutions
under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.123.
new text end

new text begin (b) $1,250,000 in fiscal year 2020 and
$1,250,000 in fiscal year 2021 are for student
grants.
new text end

new text begin (c) $560,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $560,000
in fiscal year 2021 are for institutional grants.
new text end

new text begin (d) $80,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $80,000
in fiscal year 2021 are for outreach,
communications, and marketing to eligible
students by the office.
new text end

new text begin (e) $70,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $70,000
in fiscal year 2021 are for a grant to the
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
system for program administration.
new text end

new text begin (f) $40,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $40,000 in
fiscal year 2021 are for program
administration by the office.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 15. new text end

new text begin United Family Medicine Residency
Program
new text end

new text begin 501,000
new text end
new text begin 501,000
new text end

new text begin For a grant to United Family Medicine
residency program. This appropriation shall
be used to support up to 21 resident physicians
each year in family practice at United Family
Medicine residency programs and shall
prepare doctors to practice family care
medicine in underserved rural and urban areas
of the state. It is intended that this program
will improve health care in underserved
communities, provide affordable access to
appropriate medical care, and manage the
treatment of patients in a cost-effective
manner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

new text begin MnLINK Gateway and Minitex
new text end

new text begin 5,905,000
new text end
new text begin 5,905,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 17. new text end

new text begin Statewide Longitudinal Education
Data System
new text end

new text begin 1,782,000
new text end
new text begin 1,782,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 18. new text end

new text begin Hennepin Healthcare
new text end

new text begin 645,000
new text end
new text begin 645,000
new text end

new text begin For transfer to Hennepin Healthcare for
graduate family medical education programs
at Hennepin Healthcare.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 19. new text end

new text begin College Possible
new text end

new text begin 450,000
new text end
new text begin 450,000
new text end

new text begin (a) This appropriation is for immediate transfer
to College Possible to support programs of
college admission and college graduation for
low-income students through an intensive
curriculum of coaching and support at both
the high school and postsecondary level.
new text end

new text begin (b) This appropriation must, to the extent
possible, be proportionately allocated between
students from greater Minnesota and students
in the seven-county metropolitan area.
new text end

new text begin (c) This appropriation must be used by College
Possible only for programs supporting students
who are residents of Minnesota and attending
colleges or universities within Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin (d) By February 1 of each year, College
Possible must report to the chairs and ranking
minority members of the legislative
committees and divisions with jurisdiction
over higher education and E-12 education on
activities funded by this appropriation. The
report must include, but is not limited to,
information about the expansion of College
Possible in Minnesota, the number of College
Possible coaches hired, the expansion within
existing partner high schools, the expansion
of high school partnerships, the number of
high school and college students served, the
total hours of community service by high
school and college students, and a list of
communities and organizations benefiting
from student service hours.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 20. new text end

new text begin Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic
Brain Injury Research Grant Program
new text end

new text begin 3,000,000
new text end
new text begin 3,000,000
new text end

new text begin For transfer to the spinal cord and traumatic
brain grant account in the special revenue fund
under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.901,
subdivision 1.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may use no more than three
percent of the amount transferred under this
subdivision to administer the grant program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 21. new text end

new text begin Summer Academic Enrichment
Program
new text end

new text begin 250,000
new text end
new text begin 250,000
new text end

new text begin For summer academic enrichment grants under
Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.091.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may use no more than three
percent of this appropriation to administer the
grant program under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 22. new text end

new text begin Dual Training Competency Grants;
Office of Higher Education
new text end

new text begin 3,000,000
new text end
new text begin 3,000,000
new text end

new text begin For transfer to the Dual Training Competency
Grants account in the special revenue fund
under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.246,
subdivision 10.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 23. new text end

new text begin Dual Training Competency Grants;
Department of Labor and Industry
new text end

new text begin 200,000
new text end
new text begin 200,000
new text end

new text begin For transfer to the commissioner of labor and
industry for identification of competency
standards for dual training under Minnesota
Statutes, section 175.45.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 24. new text end

new text begin Concurrent Enrollment Courses
new text end

new text begin 340,000
new text end
new text begin 340,000
new text end

new text begin For concurrent enrollment development grants
under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.071.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may use no more than three
percent of this appropriation to administer the
program under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 25. new text end

new text begin Campus Sexual Assault Reporting
new text end

new text begin 25,000
new text end
new text begin 25,000
new text end

new text begin For the sexual assault reporting required under
Minnesota Statutes, section 135A.15.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 26. new text end

new text begin Campus Sexual Violence Prevention
and Response Coordinator
new text end

new text begin 150,000
new text end
new text begin 150,000
new text end

new text begin For the Office of Higher Education to staff a
campus sexual violence prevention and
response coordinator to serve as a statewide
resource providing professional development
and guidance on best practices for
postsecondary institutions. $50,000 each year
is for administrative funding to conduct
trainings and provide materials to
postsecondary institutions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 27. new text end

new text begin Emergency Assistance for
Postsecondary Students
new text end

new text begin 175,000
new text end
new text begin 175,000
new text end

new text begin (a) This appropriation is for the Office of
Higher Education to allocate grant funds on a
matching basis to schools with a demonstrable
homeless student population.
new text end

new text begin (b) This appropriation shall be used to meet
immediate student needs that could result in
a student not completing the term or their
program including, but not limited to,
emergency housing, food, and transportation.
Emergency assistance does not impact the
amount of state financial aid received.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner shall determine the
application process and the grant amounts.
The Office of Higher Education shall partner
with interested postsecondary institutions,
other state agencies, and student groups to
establish the programs.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 28. new text end

new text begin Student Teacher Candidate Grants in
Shortage Areas
new text end

new text begin 2,700,000
new text end
new text begin 2,700,000
new text end

new text begin For the student teacher candidate grants in
shortage areas program under Minnesota
Statutes, section 136A.1275. Of this amount,
$2,200,000 each year is directed to support
candidates belonging to a racial or ethnic
group underrepresented in the teacher
workforce and meeting other eligibility
requirements. If this dedicated amount is not
fully spent because of a lack of qualifying
candidates, any remaining amount may be
awarded to qualifying teacher candidates in a
licensure shortage area.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may use no more than three
percent of the appropriation for administration
of the program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 29. new text end

new text begin Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness
new text end

new text begin 250,000
new text end
new text begin 250,000
new text end

new text begin For transfer to the teacher shortage loan
forgiveness repayment account in the special
revenue fund under Minnesota Statutes,
section 136A.1791, subdivision 8.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner may use no more than three
percent of the amount transferred under this
subdivision to administer the program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 30. new text end

new text begin Large Animal Veterinarian Loan
Forgiveness Program
new text end

new text begin 375,000
new text end
new text begin 375,000
new text end

new text begin For transfer to the large animal veterinarian
loan forgiveness program account in the
special revenue fund under Minnesota
Statutes, section 136A.1795, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 31. new text end

new text begin Agricultural Educators Loan
Forgiveness
new text end

new text begin 50,000
new text end
new text begin 50,000
new text end

new text begin For transfer to the agricultural education loan
forgiveness account in the special revenue
fund under Minnesota Statutes, section
136A.1794, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 32. new text end

new text begin Aviation Degree Loan Forgiveness
Program
new text end

new text begin 25,000
new text end
new text begin 25,000
new text end

new text begin For transfer to the aviation degree loan
forgiveness program account in the special
revenue fund under Minnesota Statutes,
section 136A.1789, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 33. new text end

new text begin Grants for Students with Intellectual
and Developmental Disabilities
new text end

new text begin 200,000
new text end
new text begin 200,000
new text end

new text begin For grants for students with intellectual and
developmental disabilities under Minnesota
Statutes, section 136A.1215.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 34. new text end

new text begin Loan Repayment Assistance Program
new text end

new text begin 25,000
new text end
new text begin 25,000
new text end

new text begin For a grant to the Loan Repayment Assistance
Program of Minnesota to provide education
debt relief to attorneys with full-time
employment providing legal advice or
representation to low-income clients or support
services for this work.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 35. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Independence College and
Community
new text end

new text begin 1,000,000
new text end
new text begin 1,000,000
new text end

new text begin For a grant to Minnesota Independence
College and Community for need-based
scholarships and tuition reduction.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 36. new text end

new text begin Student Loan Debt Counseling
new text end

new text begin 100,000
new text end
new text begin 100,000
new text end

new text begin For student loan debt counseling under
Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1788.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 37. new text end

new text begin Aspiring Minnesota Teachers of Color
Scholarships.
new text end

new text begin 1,000,000
new text end
new text begin 1,500,000
new text end

new text begin For aspiring Minnesota teachers of color
scholarships under Minnesota Statutes, section
136A.1274. The Office of Higher Education
may use no more than three percent of the
appropriation amount to administer the
program under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 38. new text end

new text begin Hunger Free Campus Grants
new text end

new text begin 77,000
new text end
new text begin 77,000
new text end

new text begin (a) For grants to campuses to meet the criteria
in Minnesota Statutes, section 136F.245, and
to address food insecurity on campus. This is
a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (b) Awards must be based on college head
counts for the most recently completed
academic year. The maximum grant award
shall be $8,000.
new text end

new text begin (c) Campuses must provide matching funds
to receive the hunger free campus grant.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner of the Office of Higher
Education may transfer unencumbered
balances from the appropriations in this
section to the emergency assistance for
postsecondary students grant. Transfers from
this appropriation may only be made to the
extent there is a projected surplus in the
appropriation. A transfer may be made only
with prior written notice to the chairs and
ranking minority members of the senate and
house of representatives committees with
jurisdiction over higher education finance.
new text end

new text begin (e) The statewide student association
representing the community and technical
colleges shall develop an application, review
all grant applications, and provide final
approval of all grant disbursements from the
Office of Higher Education.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 39. new text end

new text begin Direct Care Service Corps Pilot Project
Grant
new text end

new text begin 75,000
new text end
new text begin 75,000
new text end

new text begin For a grant to HealthForce Minnesota at
Winona State University for the direct care
service corps pilot program under article 2,
section 26. Up to $9,000 each year may be
used by HealthForce Minnesota for
administrative costs. This is a onetime
appropriation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 40. new text end

new text begin Blind or visually impaired teacher
preparation grant
new text end

new text begin 64,000
new text end
new text begin 64,000
new text end

new text begin For a grant to a Minnesota institution of higher
education to explore, develop, and establish a
teacher preparation program leading to
licensure as a teacher of the blind or visually
impaired consistent with Minnesota Rules,
part 8710.5100. This is a onetime
appropriation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 41. new text end

new text begin Agency Administration
new text end

new text begin 4,407,000
new text end
new text begin 4,407,000
new text end

new text begin Up to $330,000 in fiscal year 2020 and
$330,000 in fiscal year 2021 are available for
communications and outreach to students,
adults, and families to provide information on
the expected costs of college and the various
grant options made available to them through
the state.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 42. new text end

new text begin Balances Forward
new text end

new text begin A balance in the first year under this section
does not cancel, but is available for the second
year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 43. new text end

new text begin Transfers
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of the Office of Higher
Education may transfer unencumbered
balances from the appropriations in this
section to the state grant appropriation, the
interstate tuition reciprocity appropriation, the
child care grant appropriation, the Indian
scholarship appropriation, the state work-study
appropriation, the get ready appropriation, the
intervention for college attendance
appropriation, the student-parent information
appropriation, the summer academic
enrichment program appropriation, and the
public safety officers' survivors appropriation.
Transfers from the child care or state
work-study appropriations may only be made
to the extent there is a projected surplus in the
appropriation. A transfer may be made only
with prior written notice to the chairs and
ranking minority members of the senate and
house of representatives committees with
jurisdiction over higher education finance.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginBOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE
MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 787,244,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 815,044,000
new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each
purpose are specified in the following
subdivisions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Central Office and Shared Services
Unit
new text end

new text begin 33,074,000
new text end
new text begin 33,074,000
new text end

new text begin For the Office of the Chancellor and the
Shared Services Division.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Operations and Maintenance
new text end

new text begin 750,055,000
new text end
new text begin 777,855,000
new text end

new text begin (a) The Board of Trustees may not set the
tuition rate in any undergraduate degree
granting program for the 2019-2020 and
2020-2021 academic years at a rate greater
than the 2018-2019 academic year rate. The
student tuition relief may not be offset by
increases in mandatory fees, charges, or other
assessments to the student.
new text end

new text begin (b) $3,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 and
$3,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 are to provide
supplemental aid for operations and
maintenance to the president of each two-year
institution in the system with at least one
campus that is not located in a metropolitan
county, as defined in Minnesota Statutes,
section 473.121, subdivision 4. The board
shall transfer $100,000 for each campus not
located in a metropolitan county in each year
to the president of each institution that
includes such a campus, provided that no
institution may receive more than $300,000
in total supplemental aid each year.
new text end

new text begin (c) The Board of Trustees is requested to help
Minnesota close the attainment gap by funding
activities which improve retention and
completion for students of color.
new text end

new text begin (d) This appropriation includes $500,000 in
fiscal year 2020 and $500,000 in fiscal year
2021 for workforce development scholarships
under Minnesota Statutes, section 136F.38.
new text end

new text begin (e) $200,000 each year is for transfer to the
Cook County Higher Education Board to
provide educational programming and
academic support services to remote regions
in northeastern Minnesota. The Cook County
Higher Education Board shall continue to
provide information to the Board of Trustees
on the number of students served, credit hours
delivered, and services provided to students.
new text end

new text begin (f) $160,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $160,000
in fiscal year 2021 are for two-year Minnesota
state colleges that offer farm business
management to provide outreach, market, and
promote agricultural programming with
priority given to beginning farmers, veterans,
communities of color, indigenous people, and
women. This amount must be divided equally
among the eight colleges offering the program.
new text end

new text begin (g) $65,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $65,000
in fiscal year 2021 are for the Minnesota State
Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence
and the Minnesota State Northern Agricultural
Center of Excellence to develop and
implement online courses to be offered
throughout the state by farm business
management programs. This amount must be
divided equally between the two centers of
excellence. No later than December 15, 2020,
the centers of excellence must submit a joint
report to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over agriculture, veterans affairs,
and higher education. The report must include
information on the use of money in paragraph
(f) and this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin (h) This appropriation includes $40,000 in
fiscal year 2020 and $40,000 in fiscal year
2021 to implement the sexual assault policies
required under Minnesota Statutes, section
135A.15.
new text end

new text begin (i) This appropriation includes $10,000,000
in fiscal year 2020 and $8,000,000 in fiscal
year 2021 for upgrading the Integrated
Statewide Record System.
new text end

new text begin (j) This appropriation includes $125,000 in
fiscal year 2020 and $125,000 in fiscal year
2021 for mental health services required under
Minnesota Statutes, section 136F.20,
subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin (k) This appropriation includes $100,000 in
fiscal year 2020 and $100,000 in fiscal year
2021 for open textbook development required
under Minnesota Statutes, section 136F.58,
subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Learning Network of Minnesota
new text end

new text begin 4,115,000
new text end
new text begin 4,115,000
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginBOARD OF REGENTS OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 694,293,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 721,293,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2020
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 692,136,000
new text end
new text begin 719,136,000
new text end
new text begin Health Care Access
new text end
new text begin 2,157,000
new text end
new text begin 2,157,000
new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each
purpose are specified in the following
subdivisions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Operations and Maintenance
new text end

new text begin 623,698,000
new text end
new text begin 650,698,000
new text end

new text begin (a) This appropriation includes $43,500,000
in fiscal year 2020 and $70,500,000 in fiscal
year 2021 for tuition relief. The Board of
Regents is requested to maintain the
Minnesota undergraduate tuition rate at all
campuses for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
academic years at the 2018-2019 academic
year rate.
new text end

new text begin (b) $15,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 and
$15,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 are to: (1)
increase the medical school's research
capacity; (2) improve the medical school's
ranking in National Institutes of Health
funding; (3) ensure the medical school's
national prominence by attracting and
retaining world-class faculty, staff, and
students; (4) invest in physician training
programs in rural and underserved
communities; and (5) translate the medical
school's research discoveries into new
treatments and cures to improve the health of
Minnesotans.
new text end

new text begin (c) $7,800,000 in fiscal year 2020 and
$7,800,000 in fiscal year 2021 are for health
training restoration. This appropriation must
be used to support all of the following: (1)
faculty physicians who teach at eight residency
program sites, including medical resident and
student training programs in the Department
of Family Medicine; (2) the Mobile Dental
Clinic; and (3) expansion of geriatric
education and family programs.
new text end

new text begin (d) $4,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 and
$4,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 are for the
Minnesota Discovery, Research, and
InnoVation Economy funding program for
cancer care research.
new text end

new text begin (e) $500,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $500,000
in fiscal year 2021 are for the University of
Minnesota, Morris branch, to cover the costs
of tuition waivers under Minnesota Statutes,
section 137.16.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Primary Care Education Initiatives
new text end

new text begin 2,157,000
new text end
new text begin 2,157,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is from the health care
access fund.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Special Appropriations
new text end

new text begin (a) Agriculture and Extension Service
new text end
new text begin 42,922,000
new text end
new text begin 42,922,000
new text end

new text begin For the Agricultural Experiment Station and
the Minnesota Extension Service:
new text end

new text begin (1) the agricultural experiment stations and
Minnesota Extension Service must convene
agricultural advisory groups to focus research,
education, and extension activities on producer
needs and implement an outreach strategy that
more effectively and rapidly transfers research
results and best practices to producers
throughout the state;
new text end

new text begin (2) this appropriation includes funding for
research and outreach on the production of
renewable energy from Minnesota biomass
resources, including agronomic crops, plant
and animal wastes, and native plants or trees.
The following areas should be prioritized and
carried out in consultation with Minnesota
producers, renewable energy, and bioenergy
organizations:
new text end

new text begin (i) biofuel and other energy production from
perennial crops, small grains, row crops, and
forestry products in conjunction with the
Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI);
new text end

new text begin (ii) alternative bioenergy crops and cropping
systems; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) biofuel coproducts used for livestock feed;
new text end

new text begin (3) this appropriation includes funding for the
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural
Resources Sciences to establish and provide
leadership for organic agronomic,
horticultural, livestock, and food systems
research, education, and outreach and for the
purchase of state-of-the-art laboratory,
planting, tilling, harvesting, and processing
equipment necessary for this project;
new text end

new text begin (4) this appropriation includes funding for
research efforts that demonstrate a renewed
emphasis on the needs of the state's agriculture
community. The following areas should be
prioritized and carried out in consultation with
Minnesota farm organizations:
new text end

new text begin (i) vegetable crop research with priority for
extending the Minnesota vegetable growing
season;
new text end

new text begin (ii) fertilizer and soil fertility research and
development;
new text end

new text begin (iii) soil, groundwater, and surface water
conservation practices and contaminant
reduction research;
new text end

new text begin (iv) discovering and developing plant varieties
that use nutrients more efficiently;
new text end

new text begin (v) breeding and development of turf seed and
other biomass resources in all three Minnesota
biomes;
new text end

new text begin (vi) development of new disease-resistant and
pest-resistant varieties of turf and agronomic
crops;
new text end

new text begin (vii) utilizing plant and livestock cells to treat
and cure human diseases;
new text end

new text begin (viii) the development of dairy coproducts;
new text end

new text begin (ix) a rapid agricultural response fund for
current or emerging animal, plant, and insect
problems affecting production or food safety;
new text end

new text begin (x) crop pest and animal disease research;
new text end

new text begin (xi) developing animal agriculture that is
capable of sustainably feeding the world;
new text end

new text begin (xii) consumer food safety education and
outreach;
new text end

new text begin (xiii) programs to meet the research and
outreach needs of organic livestock and crop
farmers; and
new text end

new text begin (xiv) alternative bioenergy crops and cropping
systems; and growing, harvesting, and
transporting biomass plant material; and
new text end

new text begin (5) by February 1, 2021, the Board of Regents
must submit a report to the legislative
committees and divisions with jurisdiction
over agriculture and higher education finance
on the status and outcomes of research and
initiatives funded in this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin (b) Health Sciences
new text end
new text begin 9,204,000
new text end
new text begin 9,204,000
new text end

new text begin $346,000 each year is to support up to 12
resident physicians in the St. Cloud Hospital
family practice residency program. The
program must prepare doctors to practice
primary care medicine in rural areas of the
state. The legislature intends this program to
improve health care in rural communities,
provide affordable access to appropriate
medical care, and manage the treatment of
patients in a more cost-effective manner. The
remainder of this appropriation is for the rural
physicians associates program; the Veterinary
Diagnostic Laboratory; health sciences
research; dental care; the Biomedical
Engineering Center; and the collaborative
partnership between the University of
Minnesota and Mayo Clinic for regenerative
medicine, research, clinical translation, and
commercialization.
new text end

new text begin (c) new text beginCollege of Science and Engineering
new text end
new text end
new text begin 1,140,000
new text end
new text begin 1,140,000
new text end

new text begin For the geological survey and the talented
youth mathematics program.
new text end

new text begin (d) System Special
new text end
new text begin 7,181,000
new text end
new text begin 7,181,000
new text end

new text begin For general research, the Labor Education
Service, Natural Resources Research Institute,
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Bell
Museum of Natural History, and the
Humphrey exhibit.
new text end

new text begin $2,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $2,000,000
in fiscal year 2021 are for the Natural
Resources Research Institute to invest in
applied research for economic development.
new text end

new text begin (e) University of Minnesota and Mayo
Foundation Partnership
new text end
new text begin 7,991,000
new text end
new text begin 7,991,000
new text end

new text begin This appropriation is for the following
activities:
new text end

new text begin (1) $7,491,000 in fiscal year 2020 and
$7,491,000 in fiscal year 2021 are for the
direct and indirect expenses of the
collaborative research partnership between the
University of Minnesota and the Mayo
Foundation for research in biotechnology and
medical genomics. An annual report on the
expenditure of these funds must be submitted
to the governor and the chairs of the legislative
committees responsible for higher education
finance by June 30 of each fiscal year.
new text end

new text begin (2) $500,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $500,000
in fiscal year 2021 are to award competitive
grants to conduct research into the prevention,
treatment, causes, and cures of Alzheimer's
disease and other dementias.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Academic Health Center
new text end

new text begin The appropriation for Academic Health Center
funding under Minnesota Statutes, section
297F.10, is estimated to be $22,250,000 each
year.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginMAYO CLINIC
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 1,351,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 1,351,000
new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent are specified
in the following subdivisions.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Medical School
new text end

new text begin 665,000
new text end
new text begin 665,000
new text end

new text begin The state must pay a capitation each year for
each student who is a resident of Minnesota.
The appropriation may be transferred between
each year of the biennium to accommodate
enrollment fluctuations. It is intended that
during the biennium the Mayo Clinic use the
capitation money to increase the number of
doctors practicing in rural areas in need of
doctors.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Family Practice and Graduate
Residency Program
new text end

new text begin 686,000
new text end
new text begin 686,000
new text end

new text begin The state must pay stipend support for up to
27 residents each year.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY PROVISIONS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 127A.70, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Powers and duties; report.

(a) The partnership shall develop recommendations
to the governor and the legislature designed to maximize the achievement of all P-20 students
while promoting the efficient use of state resources, thereby helping the state realize the
maximum value for its investment. These recommendations may include, but are not limited
to, strategies, policies, or other actions focused on:

(1) improving the quality of and access to education at all points from preschool through
graduate education;

(2) improving preparation for, and transitions to, postsecondary education and work;

(3) ensuring educator quality by creating rigorous standards for teacher recruitment,
teacher preparation, induction and mentoring of beginning teachers, and continuous
professional development for career teachers; and

(4) realigning the governance and administrative structures of early education,
kindergarten through grade 12, and postsecondary systems in Minnesota.

(b) Under the direction of the P-20 Education Partnership Statewide Longitudinal
Education Data System Governance Committee, the Office of Higher Education and the
Departments of Education and Employment and Economic Development shall improve and
expand the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) new text beginand the Early Childhood
Longitudinal Data System (ECLDS)
new text endto provide policymakers, education and workforce
leaders, researchers, and members of the public with data, research, and reports to:

(1) expand reporting on students' educational outcomes for diverse student populations
including at-risk students, children with disabilities, English learners, and gifted students,
among others, and include formative and summative evaluations based on multiple measures
of new text beginchild well-being, early childhood development, and new text endstudent progress toward career and
college readiness;

(2) evaluate the effectiveness of new text beginearly care, new text endeducationalnew text begin,new text end and workforce programs; and

(3) evaluate the deleted text beginrelationship betweendeleted text endnew text begin relationships among early care,new text end educationnew text begin,new text end and
workforce outcomes, consistent with section 124D.49.

To the extent possible under federal and state law, research and reports should be
accessible to the public on the Internet, and disaggregated by demographic characteristics,
organization or organization characteristics, and geography.

It is the intent of the legislature that the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System
new text begin and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System new text endinform public policy and
decision-making. The SLEDS governance committeenew text begin and ECLDS governance committeenew text end,
with assistance from staff of the Office of Higher Education, the Department of Education,
and the Department of Employment and Economic Development, shall respond to legislative
committee and agency requests on topics utilizing data made available through the Statewide
Longitudinal Education Data System new text beginand the Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System
new text end as resources permit. Any analysis of or report on the data must contain only summary data.

(c) By January 15 of each year, the partnership shall submit a report to the governor and
to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and divisions with
jurisdiction over P-20 education policy and finance that summarizes the partnership's progress
in meeting its goals and identifies the need for any draft legislation when necessary to further
the goals of the partnership to maximize student achievement while promoting efficient use
of resources.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 135A.15, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Victims' rights.

The policy required under subdivision 1 shall, at a minimum,
require that students and employees be informed of the policy, and shall include provisions
for:

(1) filing criminal charges with local law enforcement officials in sexual assault cases;

(2) the prompt assistance of campus authorities, at the request of the victim, in notifying
the appropriate law enforcement officials and disciplinary authorities of a sexual assault
incident;

(3) allowing sexual assault victims to decide whether to report a case to law enforcement;

(4) requiring campus authorities to treat sexual assault victims with dignity;

(5) requiring campus authorities to offer sexual assault victims fair and respectful health
care, counseling services, or referrals to such services;

(6) preventing campus authorities from suggesting to a victim of sexual assault that the
victim is at fault for the crimes or violations that occurred;

(7) preventing campus authorities from suggesting to a victim of sexual assault that the
victim should have acted in a different manner to avoid such a crime;

(8) subject to subdivision 10, protecting the privacy of sexual assault victims by only
disclosing data collected under this section to the victim, persons whose work assignments
reasonably require access, and, at a sexual assault victim's request, police conducting a
criminal investigation;

(9) an investigation and resolution of a sexual assault complaint by campus disciplinary
authorities;

(10) a sexual assault victim's participation in and the presence of the victim's attorney
or other support person who is not a fact witness to the sexual assault at any meeting with
campus officials concerning the victim's sexual assault complaint or campus disciplinary
proceeding concerning a sexual assault complaint;

(11) ensuring that a sexual assault victim may decide when to repeat a description of
the incident of sexual assault;

(12) notice to a sexual assault victim of the availability of a campus or local program
providing sexual assault advocacy servicesnew text begin and information about legal servicesnew text end;

(13) notice to a sexual assault victim of the outcome of any campus disciplinary
proceeding concerning a sexual assault complaint, consistent with laws relating to data
practices;

(14) the complete and prompt assistance of campus authorities, at the direction of law
enforcement authorities, in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence in connection
with a sexual assault incident;

(15) the assistance of campus authorities in preserving for a sexual assault complainant
or victim materials relevant to a campus disciplinary proceeding;

(16) during and after the process of investigating a complaint and conducting a campus
disciplinary procedure, the assistance of campus personnel, in cooperation with the
appropriate law enforcement authorities, at a sexual assault victim's request, in shielding
the victim from unwanted contact with the alleged assailant, including transfer of the victim
to alternative classes or to alternative college-owned housing, if alternative classes or housing
are available and feasible;

(17) forbidding retaliation, and establishing a process for investigating complaints of
retaliation, against sexual assault victims by campus authorities, the accused, organizations
affiliated with the accused, other students, and other employees;

(18) at the request of the victim, providing students who reported sexual assaults to the
institution and subsequently choose to transfer to another postsecondary institution with
information about resources for victims of sexual assault at the institution to which the
victim is transferring; and

(19) consistent with laws governing access to student records, providing a student who
reported an incident of sexual assault with access to the student's description of the incident
as it was reported to the institution, including if that student transfers to another postsecondary
institution.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 135A.15, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Affirmative consent. new text end

new text begin The policy required under subdivision 1 shall include
a provision that establishes an affirmative consent standard. An institution's affirmative
consent standard, at a minimum, must incorporate the following elements:
new text end

new text begin (1) all parties to sexual activity must affirmatively express their consent to the activity.
Consent must be knowing and voluntary and not the result of force, coercion, or intimidation.
Consent must be active. Consent must be given by words that create mutually understandable,
unambiguous permission regarding willingness to engage in, and the conditions of, sexual
activity;
new text end

new text begin (2) silence, lack of protest, or failure to resist, without active indications of consent, is
not consent;
new text end

new text begin (3) consent to any one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to any other forms
of sexual activity;
new text end

new text begin (4) consent may be withdrawn at any time;
new text end

new text begin (5) previous relationships or prior consent do not imply consent to future sexual acts;
and
new text end

new text begin (6) a person is deemed incapable of consenting when that person is:
new text end

new text begin (i) unable to communicate or understand the nature or extent of a sexual situation due
to mental or physical incapacitation or impairment; or
new text end

new text begin (ii) physically helpless, either due to the effects of drugs or alcohol, or because the person
is asleep.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.101, subdivision 5a, is amended to read:


Subd. 5a.

Assigned family responsibility.

"Assigned family responsibility" means the
amount of a family's contribution to a student's cost of attendance, as determined by a federal
need analysis. For dependent students, the assigned family responsibility is 84 percent of
the parental contributionnew text begin in fiscal year 2020 and 83 percent of the parental contribution in
fiscal year 2021 and later
new text end. For independent students with dependents other than a spouse,
the assigned family responsibility is 76 percent of the student contributionnew text begin in fiscal year
2020 and 75 percent of the student contribution in fiscal year 2021 and later
new text end. For independent
students without dependents other than a spouse, the assigned family responsibility is 40
percent of the student contributionnew text begin in fiscal year 2020 and 39 percent of the student
contribution in fiscal year 2021 and later
new text end.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.121, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Grant stipends.

The grant stipend shall be based on a sharing of responsibility
for covering the recognized cost of attendance by the applicant, the applicant's family, and
the government. The amount of a financial stipend must not exceed a grant applicant's
recognized cost of attendance, as defined in subdivision 6, after deducting the following:

(1) the assigned student responsibility of at least 50 percent of the cost of attending the
institution of the applicant's choosing;

(2) the assigned family responsibility as defined in section 136A.101; and

(3) the amount of a federal Pell grant award for which the grant applicant is eligiblenew text begin,
unless the student is ineligible to receive a Pell grant under United States Code, title 20,
section 1091(a)(5) or (d)
new text end.

The minimum financial stipend is $100 per academic year.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.121, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Cost of attendance.

(a) The recognized cost of attendance consists of: (1) an
allowance specified in law for living and miscellaneous expenses, and (2) an allowance for
tuition and fees equal to the lesser of the average tuition and fees charged by the institution,
or a tuition and fee maximum if one is established in law. If no living and miscellaneous
expense allowance is established in law, the allowance is equal to deleted text begin101deleted text endnew text begin 110new text end percent of the
federal poverty guidelines for a one person household in Minnesota for nine months. If no
tuition and fee maximum is established in law, the allowance for tuition and fees is equal
to the lesser of: (1) the average tuition and fees charged by the institution, and (2) for
two-year programs, an amount equal to the highest tuition and fees charged at a public
two-year institution, or for four-year programs, an amount equal to the highest tuition and
fees charged at a public university.

(b) For a student registering for less than full time, the office shall prorate the cost of
attendance to the actual number of credits for which the student is enrolled.

(c) The recognized cost of attendance for a student who is confined to a Minnesota
correctional institution shall consist of the tuition and fee component in paragraph (a), with
no allowance for living and miscellaneous expenses.

(d) For the purpose of this subdivision, "fees" include only those fees that are mandatory
and charged to full-time resident students attending the institution. Fees do not include
charges for tools, equipment, computers, or other similar materials where the student retains
ownership. Fees include charges for these materials if the institution retains ownership. Fees
do not include optional or punitive fees.

Sec. 7.

new text begin [136A.123] MN RECONNECT PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Program administration. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of the Office of Higher
Education must administer a credential completion program for adult learners consistent
with this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For the purpose of this section, the terms defined in this
subdivision have the meanings given them.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Cost of attendance" means tuition and required fees charged by the institution and
the campus-based budget used for federal financial aid for food, housing, books, supplies,
transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Eligible student" means an individual who:
new text end

new text begin (1) meets the eligibility requirements in section 136A.121, subdivision 2, paragraphs
(a), clauses (1), (2), (4), and (5), and (b);
new text end

new text begin (2) is 25 years old or older and under 62;
new text end

new text begin (3) has previously completed a minimum of 15 credits in a certificate or degree-seeking
program that have been accepted by a participating institution;
new text end

new text begin (4) has not enrolled in any Minnesota institution in the two academic years prior to
enrollment at a participating institution;
new text end

new text begin (5) has not completed a certificate, diploma, or degree of 16 credits or longer in length
prior to enrollment at a participating institution in this program;
new text end

new text begin (6) has enrolled in three or more credits each term;
new text end

new text begin (7) reports a family adjusted gross income of $85,000 or less; and
new text end

new text begin (8) has applied for the grant on the form required by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Grant" means funds awarded under this section.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Participating institution" means a two-year institution within the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities System selected under subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Program" means a certificate, diploma, or degree program offered by a participating
institution.
new text end

new text begin (g) To the extent not inconsistent with this section, the definitions in section 136A.101
apply to this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Student application. new text end

new text begin Application for a grant must be made by a FAFSA or
state aid application and any additional form required by the commissioner. Applications
are due on a schedule set by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Student grants. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner must, to the extent funds are available,
make grants to eligible students to attend a program at a participating institution. The amount
of a grant per spring or fall academic term is the lesser of $1,000 or the difference between
the cost of attendance and other scholarships or grants received by the student. If the
appropriation is greater than the projected grants for the spring and fall terms, the
commissioner may award grants up to $1,000 per student for summer or interim terms.
new text end

new text begin (b) An eligible student may renew a student grant by applying for renewal on a form
provided by the commissioner and on a schedule set by the commissioner. An eligible
student may receive a student grant under this section for up to six semesters or the
equivalent.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Participating institutions. new text end

new text begin (a) A two-year institution within the Minnesota
State Colleges and Universities System may apply to become a participating institution.
The commissioner, in conjunction with a selection committee, shall select institutions
through a competitive application process. Priority must be given to institutions participating
in the most recently completed fiscal year.
new text end

new text begin (b) Participating institutions must:
new text end

new text begin (1) demonstrate a commitment to adult learners through adoption of best practice policies,
programs, and services; and
new text end

new text begin (2) complete an adult learner assessment prior to participation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Institutional grants. new text end

new text begin Participating institutions may receive funds for student
advising, resolving student financial holds, and improving services to eligible students.
new text end

Sec. 8.

new text begin [136A.1274] ASPIRING MINNESOTA TEACHERS OF COLOR
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Scholarship program established. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must establish a
scholarship program to support undergraduate or graduate students preparing to become
teachers and belonging to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the teacher workforce
who have demonstrated financial need.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligibility. new text end

new text begin To be eligible for a scholarship under this section, a teacher candidate
must:
new text end

new text begin (1) be admitted and enrolled in a teacher preparation program approved by the
Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board and be seeking initial licensure or
enrolled in an eligible institution under section 136A.103, completing a two-year program
specifically designed to prepare early childhood educators;
new text end

new text begin (2) self-identify to the teacher preparation program as a person of color or American
Indian;
new text end

new text begin (3) be meeting satisfactory academic progress as defined under section 136A.101,
subdivision 10; and
new text end

new text begin (4) demonstrate financial need.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Administration. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner must establish an application process
for individual students and institutions on behalf of all eligible students at the institution
and other guidelines for implementing the scholarship program.
new text end

new text begin (b) The maximum scholarship amount is $10,000 per year for full-time study prior to
student teaching defined as 12 or more undergraduate credits or the number of credits
determined by the institution for full-time graduate student status. If a student is admitted
and enrolled in a program for one term during the academic year, the maximum scholarship
amount is $5,000. The minimum scholarship under this section for full-time study must be
no less than $1,000 per year. The amount determined must be reduced and prorated per
credit for part-time study. The maximum total amount of a scholarship per candidate is
$25,000 in a lifetime.
new text end

new text begin (c) Established amounts are not rulemaking for purposes of chapter 14 or section 14.386.
new text end

new text begin (d) Scholarships must be paid to the teacher preparation institution on behalf of the
candidate after the institution has informed the office of candidates' names, self-identified
racial and ethnic identities, gender, licensure area sought, and full-time or part-time status.
new text end

new text begin (e) The amount of the award must not exceed the applicant's cost of attendance after
deducting: (1) the sum of all state or federal grants and gift aid received, including a Pell
Grant and state grant; (2) the sum of all institutional grants, scholarships, tuition waivers,
and tuition remission amounts; and (3) the amount of any private grants or scholarships.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2019, and initial grants must be
awarded by November 1, 2019.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1275, is amended to read:


136A.1275 new text beginSTUDENT new text endTEACHER CANDIDATE GRANTSnew text begin IN SHORTAGE
AREAS
new text end.

Subdivision 1.

Establishment.

(a) The commissioner of the Office of Higher Education
must establish a grant program for student teaching stipends for low-income students enrolled
in a Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board-approved teacher preparation
program who deleted text beginintend to teachdeleted text endnew text begin are student teachingnew text end in a new text beginlicensure new text endshortage area deleted text beginafter graduating
and receiving their teaching license
deleted text end or belong to deleted text beginan underrepresenteddeleted text endnew text begin anew text end racial or ethnic groupnew text begin
underrepresented in the teacher workforce
new text end.

(b) deleted text begin"Shortagedeleted text endnew text begin For purposes of this grant program, "licensure shortagenew text end area" means a
license field deleted text beginor economic development region within Minnesota defined as a shortage area
by the Department of Education using
deleted text endnew text begin determined by the Professional Educator Licensing
and Standards Board in which the number of surveyed districts or schools within an economic
development region reporting or predicting hiring a teacher for a specific licensure area as
"very difficult" is equal to or greater than the number of districts or schools reporting or
predicting such hiring as "easy" in
new text end data collected for the teacher supply and demand report
under section 127A.05, subdivision 6, or other surveys conducted by the Department of
Education new text beginor Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board new text endthat provide indicators
for teacher supply and demand.

Subd. 2.

Eligibility.

To be eligible for a grant under this section, a new text beginstudent new text endteacher
candidate must:

(1) be enrolled in a Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board-approved
teacher preparation program that requires at least 12 weeks of student teaching new text beginto complete
the program
new text endin order to be recommended for deleted text begina full professionaldeleted text endnew text begin any Tier 3new text end teaching licensenew text begin
from early childhood through grade 12
new text end;

(2) demonstrate financial need based on criteria established by the commissioner under
subdivision 3;

deleted text begin (3) intend to teach in a shortage area or belong to an underrepresented racial or ethnic
group; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end be meeting satisfactory academic progress as defined under section 136A.101,
subdivision 10deleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (4) intend to teach in a licensure shortage area or belong to a racial or ethnic group
underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce. Intent can be documented based on
the teacher license field the student is pursuing and a statement of intent to teach in an
economic development region defined as a shortage area in the year the student receives a
grant.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Administration; repayment.

(a) The commissioner must establish an
application process and other guidelines for implementing this programdeleted text begin, including repayment
responsibilities for stipend recipients who do not complete student teaching or who leave
Minnesota to teach in another state during the first year after student teaching
deleted text end.

(b) The commissioner must determine each academic year the stipend amount up to
$7,500 based on the amount of available funding, the number of eligible applicants, and the
financial need of the applicants.

(c) new text beginIn order to help improve all students' access to effective and diverse teachers, new text endthe
percentage of the deleted text begintotal award reserved fordeleted text endnew text begin appropriations for grants under this section directed
to
new text end teacher candidates who identify as belonging to deleted text beginan underrepresenteddeleted text endnew text begin anew text end racial or ethnic
group new text beginunderrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce new text endmust be equal to or greater than
the total percentage of students of deleted text beginunderrepresenteddeleted text end racial or ethnic groupsnew text begin underrepresented
in the Minnesota teacher workforce
new text end as measured under section 120B.35, subdivision 3. If
this percentage cannot be met because of a lack of qualifying candidates, the remaining
amount may be awarded to teacher candidates deleted text beginwho intend to teachdeleted text end in anew text begin licensurenew text end shortage
area.new text begin Student teacher candidates who are of color or American Indian who have made
satisfactory academic progress must have priority for receiving a grant from available funds
to student teach and complete their preparation programs if they meet eligibility requirements
and participated in the aspiring Minnesota teachers of color scholarship program under
section 136A.1274.
new text end

Sec. 10.

new text begin [136A.1788] STUDENT LOAN DEBT COUNSELING.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Grant. new text end

new text begin A program is established under the Office of Higher Education
to provide a grant to a Minnesota-based nonprofit qualified debt counseling organization
to provide individual student loan debt repayment counseling to borrowers who are Minnesota
residents concerning loans obtained to attend a Minnesota postsecondary institution. The
number of individuals receiving counseling may be limited to those capable of being served
with available appropriations for that purpose. A goal of the counseling program is to provide
two counseling sessions to at least 75 percent of borrowers receiving counseling.
new text end

new text begin The purpose of the counseling is to assist borrowers to:
new text end

new text begin (1) understand their loan and repayment options;
new text end

new text begin (2) manage loan repayment; and
new text end

new text begin (3) develop a workable budget based on the borrower's full financial situation regarding
income, expenses, and other debt.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Qualified debt counseling organization. new text end

new text begin A qualified debt counseling
organization is an organization that:
new text end

new text begin (1) has experience in providing individualized student loan counseling;
new text end

new text begin (2) employs certified financial loan counselors; and
new text end

new text begin (3) is based in Minnesota and has offices at multiple rural and metropolitan area locations
in the state to provide in-person counseling.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Grant application and award. new text end

new text begin (a) Applications for a grant shall be on a form
created by the commissioner and on a schedule set by the commissioner. Among other
provisions, the application must include a description of:
new text end

new text begin (1) the characteristics of borrowers to be served;
new text end

new text begin (2) the services to be provided and a timeline for implementation of the services;
new text end

new text begin (3) how the services provided will help borrowers manage loan repayment;
new text end

new text begin (4) specific program outcome goals and performance measures for each goal; and
new text end

new text begin (5) how the services will be evaluated to determine whether the program goals were
met.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall select one grant recipient for a two-year award every two
years. A grant may be renewed biennially.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Program evaluation. new text end

new text begin (a) The grant recipient must submit a report to the
commissioner by January 15 of the second year of the grant award. The report must evaluate
and measure the extent to which program outcome goals have been met.
new text end

new text begin (b) The grant recipient must collect, analyze, and report on participation and outcome
data that enable the office to verify the outcomes.
new text end

new text begin (c) The evaluation must include information on the number of borrowers served with
on-time student loan payments, the numbers who brought their loans into good standing,
the number of student loan defaults, the number who developed a monthly budget plan, and
other information required by the commissioner. Recipients of the counseling must be
surveyed on their opinions about the usefulness of the counseling and the survey results
must be included in the report.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Report to legislature. new text end

new text begin By February 1 of the second year of each grant award,
the commissioner must submit a report to the committees in the legislature with jurisdiction
over higher education finance regarding grant program outcomes.
new text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1791, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) The terms used in this section have the meanings given
them in this subdivision.

(b) "Qualified educational loan" means a government, commercial, or foundation loan
for actual costs paid for tuition and reasonable educational and living expenses related to a
teacher's preparation or further education.

(c) "School district" means an independent school district, special school district,
intermediate district, education district, special education cooperative, service cooperative,
a cooperative center for vocational education, or a charter school located in Minnesota.

(d) "Teacher" means an individual holding a teaching license issued by the Professional
Educator Licensing and Standards Board who is employed by a school district to provide
classroom instructionnew text begin or a Head Start or Early Head Start nonlicensed early childhood
professional employed by a Head Start program under section 119A.50
new text end.

(e) "Teacher shortage area" meansnew text begin any of the following experiencing a teacher shortage
as reported by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board
new text end:

(1) the licensure fields deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin specific to particularnew text end economic development regions deleted text beginreported
by the commissioner of education as experiencing a teacher shortage; and
deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

(2) new text beginindividual economic development regions; or
new text end

new text begin (3) new text endeconomic development regions where there is a shortage of licensed teachers who
deleted text begin reflect the racial or ethnic diversity ofdeleted text endnew text begin are of color or who are American Indian where the
aggregate percentage of this group of teachers is lower than the aggregate percentage of
students of color and American Indian
new text end students in the region deleted text beginas reported by the commissioner
of education
deleted text end.

(f) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education unless
indicated otherwise.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1791, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Program established; administration.

The commissioner deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end establish
and administer a teacher shortage loan forgiveness program. A teacher is eligible for the
program if the teacher is teaching in an identified teacher shortage area new text beginfor the economic
development region in which the teacher works as defined in subdivision 1 and reported
new text end under subdivision 3 and complies with the requirements of this section.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1791, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Use of report on teacher shortage areas.

The deleted text begincommissioner of education
shall
deleted text endnew text begin Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board mustnew text end use the teacher supply and
demand report to the legislature to identify the licensure fields and new text beginracial or ethnic groups
in
new text endeconomic development regions in Minnesota experiencing a teacher shortage.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1791, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Application for loan forgiveness.

Each applicant for loan forgiveness, according
to rules adopted by the commissioner, deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end:

(1) apply for teacher shortage loan forgiveness and promptly submit any additional
information required by the commissioner; and

(2) submit to the commissioner a completed affidavit, prescribed by the commissioner,
affirming the teacher is teaching indeleted text begin: (i) a licensure field identified by the commissioner as
experiencing a teacher shortage; or (ii) an economic development region identified by the
commissioner as experiencing a teacher shortage
deleted text endnew text begin a teacher shortage areanew text end.

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1791, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Amount of loan forgiveness.

(a) To the extent funding is available, the annual
amount of teacher shortage loan forgiveness for an approved applicant deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin as a teacher in
a teacher shortage area must
new text end not exceed deleted text begin$1,000deleted text endnew text begin $2,000new text end or the cumulative balance of the
applicant's qualified educational loans, including principal and interest, whichever amount
is less.new text begin To support the retention of teachers who are of color or American Indian and to the
extent there are sufficient applications, the percentage of loan repayments granted to teachers
of color and American Indian teachers must at least be equivalent to the aggregated
percentage of students of color and American Indian students in the state.
new text end

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), applicants who meet both licensure field and
underrepresented racial or ethnic group eligibility in their economic development region
may receive an annual amount of up to $4,000 or the cumulative balance of the applicant's
qualified educational loans, including principal and interest, whichever amount is less.
new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end Recipients must secure their own qualified educational loans. Teachers who
graduate from an approved teacher preparation program or teachers who add a licensure
field, consistent with the teacher shortage requirements of this section, are eligible to apply
for the loan forgiveness program.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end No teacher deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin maynew text end receive more than deleted text beginfivedeleted text endnew text begin tennew text end annual awards.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.246, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Application.

Applications must be made to the commissioner on a form provided
by the commissioner. The commissioner must, to the extent possible, make the application
form as short and simple to complete as is reasonably possible. The commissioner shall
establish a schedule for applications and grants. The application must include, without
limitation:

(1) the projected number of employee trainees;

(2) the number of projected employee trainees who graduated from high school or passed
the commissioner of education-selected high school equivalency test in the current or
immediately preceding calendar year;

(3) the competency standard for which training will be provided;

(4) the credential the employee will receive upon completion of training;

(5) the name and address of the training institution or program and a signed statement
by the institution or program that it is able and agrees to provide the training;

(6) the period of the training; and

(7) the cost of the training charged by the training institution or program and certified
by the institution or program. The cost of training includes tuition, fees, and required books
and materials.new text begin The cost of training may also include costs for travel, lodging, and meals
associated with the training provided by the training institution or program.
new text end

An application may be made for training of employees of multiple employers either by
the employers or by an organization on their behalf.

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.246, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Grant amounts.

(a) The maximum grant for an application is deleted text begin$150,000deleted text endnew text begin
$187,500
new text end. A grant may not exceed deleted text begin$6,000deleted text endnew text begin $7,500new text end per year for a maximum of four years per
employee.new text begin Any amount of the grant for the costs for travel, lodging, and meals associated
with the training provided by the training institution or program may not exceed $1,500 per
employee per year.
new text end

(b) An employee who is attending an eligible institution must apply for Pell and state
grants as a condition of payment for training that employee under this section.

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.87, is amended to read:


136A.87 PLANNING INFORMATION FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION.

(a) The office shall make available to all residents beginning in 7th grade through
adulthood information about planning and preparing for postsecondary opportunities.
Information must be provided to all 7th grade students and their parents annually by
September 30 about planning for their postsecondary education. The office may also provide
information to high school students and their parents, to adults, and to out-of-school youth.

(b) The office shall gather and share information with students and parents about the
dual credit acceptance policies of each Minnesota public and private college and university.
The office shall gather and share information related to the acceptance policies for concurrent
enrollment courses, postsecondary enrollment options courses, advanced placement courses,
and international baccalaureate courses. This information must be shared on the office's
website and included in the information under paragraph (a).

(c) The information provided under paragraph (a) may include the following:

(1) the need to start planning early;

(2) the availability of assistance in educational planning from educational institutions
and other organizations;

(3) suggestions for studying effectively during high school;

(4) high school courses necessary to be adequately prepared for postsecondary education;

(5) encouragement to involve parents actively in planning for all phases of education;

(6) information about postsecondary education and training opportunities existing in the
state, their respective missions and expectations for students, their preparation requirements,
admission requirements, and student placement;

(7) ways to evaluate and select postsecondary institutions;

(8) the process of transferring credits among Minnesota postsecondary institutions and
systems;

(9) the costs of postsecondary education and the availability of financial assistance in
meeting these costs, including specific information about the Minnesota Promise;

(10) the interrelationship of assistance from student financial aid, public assistance, and
job training programs; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(11) financial planning for postsecondary educationdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (12) postsecondary education options for students with intellectual and developmental
disabilities.
new text end

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136F.20, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Mental health services and health insurance information. new text end

new text begin (a) The board
must contract with one or more independent mental health organizations to provide mental
health care on campus at up to five state colleges. To be eligible to apply for the program,
the state college must employ one or more faculty counselors. These grants are designed to
build on the current support provided by faculty counselors and are not a replacement for
them. Mental health services must be provided without charge to students who are uninsured,
who have high co-payments, or whose health insurance does not cover the service provided.
A memorandum of understanding shall be developed between the college and the mental
health organization outlining the use of space on campus, how the students will be notified
of the service, how they will collaborate with faculty counselors, the provision of services,
and other items.
new text end

new text begin (b) A mental health organization providing mental health care under paragraph (a) must
also provide information and guidance to students seeking health insurance.
new text end

Sec. 20.

new text begin [136F.245] HUNGER FREE CAMPUS DESIGNATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin A Hunger Free Campus designation for Minnesota State
community and technical colleges is established. In order to be awarded the designation, a
campus must meet the following minimum criteria:
new text end

new text begin (1) have an established on-campus food pantry or partnership with a local food bank to
provide regular, on-campus food distributions;
new text end

new text begin (2) provide information to students on SNAP, MFIP, and other programs that reduce
food insecurity;
new text end

new text begin (3) hold or participate in one hunger awareness event per academic year;
new text end

new text begin (4) have an established emergency assistance grant that is available to students; and
new text end

new text begin (5) establish a hunger task force that meets a minimum of three times per academic year.
The task force must include at least two students currently enrolled at the college.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Designation approval. new text end

new text begin The statewide student association representing the
community and technical colleges shall create an application process and an award, and
provide final approval for the designation at each college.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin This section expires July 1, 2023.
new text end

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136F.58, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the
meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Custom textbook" means course materials that are compiled by a publisher at the
direction of a faculty member or, if applicable, the other adopting entity in charge of selecting
course materials for courses taught at a state college or university. Custom textbooks may
include items such as selections from original instructor materials, previously copyrighted
publisher materials, copyrighted third-party works, or elements unique to a specific state
college or university.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Incentive" means anything provided to faculty, to identify, review, adapt, author,
or adopt open textbooks.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Open textbook" means a textbook that is distributed using an open copyright license
that at a minimum allows a student to obtain, retain, reuse, and redistribute the material at
no cost.
new text end

new text begin (e) "System office" means the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system office.
new text end

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136F.58, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Notice to purchase.

(a) An instructor or department shall notify a college or
university bookstore of the final order for required and recommended course material at
least 45 days prior to the commencement of the term.

(b) An instructor or department must notify the bookstore, as required in paragraph (a),
if a previous edition of the textbook is acceptable as a substitute textbook for the course.

(c) The bookstore must make reasonable efforts to notify students of the following
information concerning the required and recommended course material at least 30 days
prior to the commencement of the term for which the course material is required including,
but not limited to:

(1) the title, edition, author, and International Standard Book Number (ISBN) of the
course material;

(2) the retail price charged in the college or university bookstore for the course material,
including custom textbooks;

(3) if applicable, whether a previous edition of the textbook is acceptable as required
under this subdivision;

(4) whether the material is available in an alternative format and the cost for the
alternatively formatted material; and

(5) the most recent copyright date of the printed course material and the copyright date
of the most recent prior edition of the course material, if that prior edition is acceptable for
class use.

deleted text begin (d) For purposes of this subdivision, "custom textbooks" means course materials that
are compiled by a publisher at the direction of a faculty member or, if applicable, the other
adopting entity in charge of selecting course materials for courses taught at a state college
or university. Custom textbooks may include items such as selections from original instructor
materials, previously copyrighted publisher materials, copyrighted third-party works, or
elements unique to a specific state college or university.
deleted text end

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136F.58, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Open textbook development. new text end

new text begin (a) The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
must develop a program to expand the use of open textbooks in college and university
courses. The system office must provide opportunities for faculty to identify, review, adapt,
author, and adopt open textbooks. The system office must develop incentives to academic
departments that identify, review, adapt, author, or adopt open textbooks within their
academic programs.
new text end

new text begin (b) The system office, in coordination with faculty bargaining units, must develop a
program that identifies high-enrollment academic programs and provides faculty within the
selected disciplines incentives to jointly adapt or author an open textbook.
new text end

new text begin (c) The programs and incentives developed under this subdivision must be implemented
pursuant to faculty collective bargaining agreements.
new text end

Sec. 24. new text beginREPORT.
new text end

new text begin The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities must submit
reports by January 13, 2021, and January 12, 2022, to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher education. Each report
must include (1) the number of courses transitioned to using an open textbook resulting
from the programs in Minnesota Statutes, section 136F.58, subdivision 5, and (2) the total
amount of student textbook savings resulting from the transitions.
new text end

Sec. 25. new text beginPOSTSECONDARY CHILD CARE EXPENSES.
new text end

new text begin For fiscal year 2021, the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education may adjust
the cost of attendance under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.121, subdivision 6, paragraph
(a), to include child care expenses allowable under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.125,
after consultation with institutional representatives and with prior written notice to the chairs
and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over higher
education finance.
new text end

Sec. 26. new text beginDIRECT CARE SERVICE CORPS PILOT PROJECT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin HealthForce Minnesota at Winona State University must
develop a pilot project establishing the Minnesota Direct Care Service Corps. The pilot
program must utilize financial incentives to attract postsecondary students to work as personal
care assistants. HealthForce Minnesota must establish the financial incentives and minimum
work requirements to be eligible for incentive payments. The financial incentive must
increase with each semester that the student participates in the Minnesota Direct Care Service
Corps.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Pilot sites. new text end

new text begin (a) Pilot sites must include one postsecondary institution in the
seven-county metropolitan area and at least one postsecondary institution outside of the
seven-county metropolitan area. If more than one postsecondary institution outside the
metropolitan area is selected, one must be located in northern Minnesota and the other must
be located in southern Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin (b) After satisfactorily completing the work requirements for a semester, the pilot site
or its fiscal agent must pay students the financial incentive developed for the pilot project.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Evaluation and report. new text end

new text begin (a) HealthForce Minnesota must contract with a third
party to evaluate the pilot project's impact on health care costs, retention of personal care
assistants, and patient's and provider's satisfaction of care. The evaluation must include the
number of participants, the hours of care provided by participants, and the retention of
participants from semester to semester.
new text end

new text begin (b) By January 4, 2022, HealthForce Minnesota must report the findings under paragraph
(a) to the chairs and ranking members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over
human services policy and finance.
new text end

ARTICLE 3

OFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION AGENCY POLICY

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13.322, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

(a) General. Data sharing involving
the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and other institutions is governed by section
136A.05
.

(b) Student financial aid. Data collected and used by the Minnesota Office of Higher
Education on applicants for financial assistance are classified under section 136A.162.

(c) Minnesota college savings plan data. Account owner data, account data, and data
on beneficiaries of accounts under the Minnesota college savings plan are classified under
section 136G.05, subdivision 10.

(d) School financial records. Financial records submitted by schools registering with
the Minnesota Office of Higher Education are classified under section 136A.64.

(e) Enrollment and financial aid data. Data collected from eligible institutions on
student enrollment and federal and state financial aid are governed by sections 136A.121,
subdivision 18, and 136A.1701, subdivision 11.

new text begin (f) Student complaint data. Data collected from student complaints are governed by
sections 136A.672, subdivision 6, and 136A.8295, subdivision 6.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [136A.071] CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT DEVELOPMENT GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Grant uses. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner must award grants on a competitive
basis to expand concurrent enrollment opportunities by supporting Minnesota postsecondary
institutions in:
new text end

new text begin (1) developing new concurrent enrollment programs with a focus on career and technical
education courses developed under section 124D.09, subdivision 10, that satisfy the elective
standard for career and technical education;
new text end

new text begin (2) expanding existing concurrent enrollment programs by creating new sections within
the same high school or offering the existing course in new high schools; and
new text end

new text begin (3) training and providing professional development to high school teachers by creating
online graduate tracks specifically for high school teachers to receive the necessary
credentials to teach concurrent enrollment courses in various content areas as dictated by
the Higher Learning Commission.
new text end

new text begin (b) Postsecondary institutions applying for grants under paragraph (a), clause (3), must
provide a 50 percent match of the total grant award.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Application process. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner must develop a grant application
process. The commissioner must attempt to support projects in a manner that ensures that
eligible students throughout the state have access to concurrent enrollment programs funded
by this grant program.
new text end

new text begin (b) Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to equitable access to concurrent
enrollment coursework for all eligible high school students.
new text end

new text begin (c) Grant recipients must specify both program and student outcome goals, and must
include student feedback on the development of new programs or the expansion of existing
programs.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By December 1 of each year, the office must submit a report to the
chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over
higher education regarding:
new text end

new text begin (1) the courses developed by grant recipients and the number of students who enrolled
in the courses under subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (1);
new text end

new text begin (2) the programs expanded and the number of students who enrolled in programs under
subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (2); and
new text end

new text begin (3) the graduate programs developed by postsecondary institutions and the number of
high school teachers enrolled in the courses under subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (3).
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1215, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

new text beginMaximum new text endgrant amounts.

(a) The amount of a grant under this section equals
the tuition and fees at the student's postsecondary institution, minus:

(1) any Pell or state grants the student receives; and

(2) any institutional aid the student receives.

(b) If appropriations are insufficient to provide the full amount calculated under paragraph
(a) to all eligible applicants, the commissioner must reduce the deleted text begingrants of alldeleted text endnew text begin maximum grant
amount available to
new text end recipients deleted text beginproportionallydeleted text end.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.15, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Eligible student.

"Eligible student" means a student who is officially registered
or accepted for enrollment at an eligible institution in Minnesota or a Minnesota resident
who is officially registered as a student or accepted for enrollment at an eligible institution
in another state deleted text beginor provincedeleted text end.new text begin Non-Minnesota residents are eligible students if they are enrolled
or accepted for enrollment in a minimum of one course of at least 30 days in length during
the academic year that requires physical attendance at an eligible institution located in
Minnesota. Non-Minnesota resident students enrolled exclusively during the academic year
in correspondence courses or courses offered over the Internet are not eligible students.
Non-Minnesota resident students not physically attending classes in Minnesota due to
enrollment in a study abroad program for 12 months or less are eligible students.
Non-Minnesota residents enrolled in study abroad programs exceeding 12 months are not
eligible students.
new text end An eligible student, for section 136A.1701, means a student who gives
informed consent authorizing the disclosure of data specified in section 136A.162, paragraph
(c)
, to a consumer credit reporting agency.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.16, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Designation.

Notwithstanding chapter 16C, the office is designated as
the administrative agency for carrying out the purposes and terms of sections 136A.15 to
deleted text begin 136A.1702deleted text endnew text begin 136A.1704new text end. The office may establish one or more loan programs.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.16, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Rulesnew text begin, policies, and conditionsnew text end.

The office shall adopt policies and new text beginmay
new text end prescribe appropriate rules new text beginand conditions new text endto carry out the purposes of sections 136A.15 to
deleted text begin 136A.1702deleted text end new text begin136A.1704new text end. deleted text beginThe policies and rules except as they relate to loans under section
136A.1701 must be compatible with the provisions of the National Vocational Student Loan
Insurance Act of 1965 and the provisions of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965,
and any amendments thereof.
deleted text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.16, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Agencies.

The office may contract with loan servicers, collection agencies,
credit bureaus, or any other person, to carry out the purposes of sections 136A.15 to
deleted text begin 136A.1702deleted text endnew text begin 136A.1704new text end.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.16, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Investment.

Money made available to the office that is not immediately needed
for the purposes of sections 136A.15 to deleted text begin136A.1702deleted text endnew text begin 136A.1704new text end may be invested by the
office. The money must be invested in bonds, certificates of indebtedness, and other fixed
income securities, except preferred stocks, which are legal investments for the permanent
school fund. The money may also be invested in prime quality commercial paper that is
eligible for investment in the state employees retirement fund. All interest and profits from
such investments inure to the benefit of the office or may be pledged for security of bonds
issued by the office or its predecessors.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.16, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Staff.

The office may employ the professional and clerical staff the commissioner
deems necessary for the proper administration of the loan programs established and defined
by sections 136A.15 to deleted text begin136A.1702deleted text endnew text begin 136A.1704new text end.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.162, is amended to read:


136A.162 CLASSIFICATION OF DATA.

(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c), data on applicants for financial assistance
collected and used by the office for student financial aid programs administered by that
office are private data on individuals as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12.

(b) Data on applicants may be disclosed to the commissioner of human services to the
extent necessary to determine eligibility under section 136A.121, subdivision 2, clause (5).

(c) The following data collected in the Minnesota supplemental loan program under
deleted text begin sectiondeleted text endnew text begin sectionsnew text end 136A.1701 new text beginand 136A.1704 new text endmay be disclosed to a consumer credit reporting
agency only if the borrower and the cosigner give informed consent, according to section
13.05, subdivision 4, at the time of application for a loan:

(1) the lender-assigned borrower identification number;

(2) the name and address of borrower;

(3) the name and address of cosigner;

(4) the date the account is opened;

(5) the outstanding account balance;

(6) the dollar amount past due;

(7) the number of payments past due;

(8) the number of late payments in previous 12 months;

(9) the type of account;

(10) the responsibility for the account; and

(11) the status or remarks code.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1701, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Repayment of loans.

deleted text begin(a)deleted text end The office shall establish repayment procedures for
loans made under this sectiondeleted text begin, but in no event shall the period of permitted repayment for
SELF II or SELF III loans exceed ten years from the eligible student's termination of the
student's postsecondary academic or vocational program, or 15 years from the date of the
student's first loan under this section, whichever is less.
deleted text endnew text begin in accordance with the policies,
rules, and conditions authorized under section 136A.16, subdivision 2. The office will take
into consideration the loan limits and current financial market conditions when establishing
repayment terms.
new text end

deleted text begin (b) For SELF IV loans, eligible students with aggregate principal loan balances from
all SELF phases that are less than $18,750 shall have a repayment period not exceeding ten
years from the eligible student's graduation or termination date. For SELF IV loans, eligible
students with aggregate principal loan balances from all SELF phases of $18,750 or greater
shall have a repayment period not exceeding 15 years from the eligible student's graduation
or termination date. For SELF IV loans, the loans shall enter repayment no later than seven
years after the first disbursement date on the loan.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) For SELF loans from phases after SELF IV, eligible students with aggregate principal
loan balances from all SELF phases that are:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) less than $20,000, must have a repayment period not exceeding ten years from the
eligible student's graduation or termination date;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) $20,000 up to $40,000, must have a repayment period not exceeding 15 years from
the eligible student's graduation or termination date; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) $40,000 or greater, must have a repayment period not exceeding 20 years from the
eligible student's graduation or termination date. For SELF loans from phases after SELF
IV, the loans must enter repayment no later than nine years after the first disbursement date
of the loan.
deleted text end

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1789, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) For purposes of this section, the terms in this subdivision
have the meanings given them.

(b) "Qualified aircraft technician" means an individual who (1) has earned an associate's
or bachelor's degree new text beginpreparing individuals to obtain an aviation mechanic's certificate from
the Federal Aviation Administration
new text endfrom a postsecondary institution located in Minnesota,
and (2) has obtained an aviation mechanic's certificate from the Federal Aviation
Administration.

(c) "Qualified education loan" means a government, commercial, or foundation loan
used by an individual for actual costs paid for tuition deleted text beginto a postsecondary institution located
in Minnesota for a professional flight training degree
deleted text endnew text begin and reasonable educational and living
expenses related to the postsecondary education of the qualified aircraft technician or
qualified pilot
new text end.

(d) "Qualified pilot" means an individual who (1) has earned an associate's or bachelor's
degree deleted text beginin professional flight trainingdeleted text endnew text begin preparing individuals to obtain an airline transport
pilot certificate
new text end from a postsecondary institution located in Minnesota, and (2) is in the
process of obtaining or has obtained an airline transport pilot certificate.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1789, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Eligibility.

(a) To be eligible to participate in the loan forgiveness program
under this section, an individual must:

(1) be a qualified pilot or qualified aircraft technician;

(2) have qualified education loans;

(3) reside in Minnesota; and

(4) submit an application to the commissioner in the form and manner prescribed by the
commissioner.

(b) An applicant selected to participate must sign a contract to agree to serve a deleted text beginminimum
one-year
deleted text endnew text begin five-yearnew text end full-time service obligation according to subdivision 4. To complete the
service obligation, the applicant must work full time in Minnesota as a qualified pilot or
qualified aircraft technician. A participant must complete one year of service under this
paragraph for each year the participant receives an award under this section.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1789, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Loan forgiveness.

(a) The commissioner may select eligible applicants each
year for participation in the aviation degree loan forgiveness program, within the limits of
available funding. Applicants are responsible for securing their own qualified education
loans.

(b) For each year that the participant meets the eligibility requirements under subdivision
3, the commissioner must make annual disbursements directly to:

(1) a selected qualified pilot of $5,000 or the balance of the participant's qualified
education loans, whichever is less; and

(2) a selected qualified aircraft technician of $3,000 or the balance of the participant's
qualified education loans, whichever is less.

(c) An individual may receive disbursements under this section for a maximum of five
years.

(d) The participant must provide the commissioner with verification that the full amount
of the loan repayment disbursement received by the participant has been applied toward the
designated qualified education loan. After each disbursement, verification must be received
by the commissioner and approved before the next repayment disbursement is made.

(e) If the participant receives a disbursement in the participant's fifth year of eligibility,
the participant must provide the commissioner with verification that the full amount of the
participant's final loan repayment disbursement was applied toward the designated qualified
education loan. If a participant does not provide the verification as required under this
paragraph within deleted text beginsixdeleted text endnew text begin 12new text end months of receipt of the final disbursement, the commissioner must
collect from the participant the new text begintotal new text endamount deleted text beginof the final disbursementdeleted text endnew text begin paid to the participant
under the loan forgiveness program plus interest at a rate established according to section
270C.40
new text end. The commissioner must deposit the money collected in the aviation degree loan
forgiveness program account.

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.64, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Schools to provide information.

As a basis for registration, schools
shall provide the office with such information as the office needs to determine the nature
and activities of the school, including but not limited to the following which shall be
accompanied by an affidavit attesting to its accuracy and truthfulness:

(1) articles of incorporation, constitution, bylaws, or other operating documents;

(2) a duly adopted statement of the school's mission and goals;

(3) evidence of current school or program licenses granted by departments or agencies
of any state;

(4) a fiscal balance sheet on an accrual basis, or a certified audit of the immediate past
fiscal year including any management letters provided by the independent auditor or, if the
school is a public institution outside Minnesota, an income statement for the immediate past
fiscal year;

(5) all current promotional and recruitment materials and advertisements; and

(6) the current school catalog and, if not contained in the catalog:

(i) the members of the board of trustees or directors, if any;

(ii) the current institutional officers;

(iii) current full-time and part-time faculty with degrees held or applicable experience;

(iv) a description of all school facilities;

(v) a description of all current course offerings;

(vi) all requirements for satisfactory completion of courses, programs, and degrees;

(vii) the school's policy about freedom or limitation of expression and inquiry;

(viii) a current schedule of fees, charges for tuition, required supplies, student activities,
housing, and all other standard charges;

(ix) the school's policy about refunds and adjustments;

(x) the school's policy about granting credit for prior education, training, and experience;
deleted text begin and
deleted text end

(xi) the school's policies about student admission, evaluation, suspension, and dismissaldeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;
and
new text end

new text begin (xii) the school's disclosure to students on the student complaint process under section
136A.672.
new text end

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.64, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Public information.

All information submitted to the office is public information
except financialnew text begin records, student complaint data,new text end and accreditation records and deleted text begininformationdeleted text endnew text begin
reports
new text end.new text begin Except for accreditation reports, new text endthe office may disclose deleted text beginfinancialdeleted text endnew text begin anynew text end records or
information new text beginsubmitted to the office:
new text end

new text begin (1) to law enforcement officials; or
new text end

new text begin (2) in connection with a legal or administrative proceeding to:
new text end

new text begin (i) new text enddeleted text begintodeleted text end defend its decision to approve or disapprove granting of degrees or the use of a
name deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (ii) defend new text endits deleted text begindecisionsdeleted text end new text begindecision new text endto revoke the new text begininstitution's new text endapproval deleted text beginat a hearing under
chapter 14 or other legal proceedings
deleted text endnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (iii) enforce a requirement of lawnew text end.

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.64, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Disclosure. new text end

new text begin Schools must disclose on their website, student handbook, and
student catalog the student complaint process under this section to students.
new text end

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.645, is amended to read:


136A.645 SCHOOL CLOSURE.

(a) When a school deleted text begindecidesdeleted text endnew text begin intendsnew text end to cease postsecondary education operations, deleted text beginit must
cooperate with the office in assisting students to find alternative means to complete their
studies with a minimum of disruption, and inform the office of the following
deleted text endnew text begin announces its
closure, or is informed by the office that the office anticipates the school's closure due to
its registration status or ability to meet criteria for approval under section 136A.65, the
school must provide the office
new text end:

deleted text begin (1) the planned date for termination of postsecondary education operations;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) the planned date for the transfer of the student records;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) confirmation of the name and address of the organization to receive and hold the
student records; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4) the official at the organization receiving the student records who is designated to
provide official copies of records or transcripts upon request.
deleted text end

new text begin (1) a notice of closure, including the name of the school, the name of the school owner,
an active mailing address and telephone number that the school owner may be reached at
after the school physically closes, the name of the school director, and the planned date for
termination of postsecondary operations;
new text end

new text begin (2) a report of all students currently enrolled and all students enrolled within the prior
120 days, including the following information for each student: name, address, school e-mail
address, alternate e-mail address, program of study, number of credits completed, number
of credits remaining, and enrollment status at closure;
new text end

new text begin (3) a report of refunds due to any student and the amount due;
new text end

new text begin (4) a written statement from the school's owner or designee affirming that all recruitment
efforts, school marketing, advertisement, solicitation, and enrollment of new students has
ceased;
new text end

new text begin (5) a copy of any communication between the school's accreditors about the school
closure;
new text end

new text begin (6) confirmation that the requirements for student records under section 136A.68 have
been satisfied, including:
new text end

new text begin (i) the planned date for the transfer of the student records;
new text end

new text begin (ii) confirmation of the name and address of the organization to receive and hold the
student records; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) the official at the organization receiving the student records who is designated to
provide official copies of records or transcripts upon request;
new text end

new text begin (7) academic information, including the school's most recent catalog, all course syllabi,
and faculty credential information; and
new text end

new text begin (8) copies of any teach-out, transfer, or train-out agreement between the school and a
new school for students to be able to complete their studies. A teach-out fulfills the original
contract or agreement between the closing school and the student. If a teach-out is arranged
for another approved school to do the remaining occupational training, that other school
must (i) provide comparable education and training and (ii) agree that students transferring
from the closing school pay only what the cost of tuition and fees remain unpaid according
to the terms and conditions in the enrollment agreement entered into between the student
and the closing school.
new text end

deleted text begin (b) Upon notice from a school of its intention to cease operations, the office shall notify
the school of the date on which it must cease the enrollment of students and all postsecondary
educational operations.
deleted text end

new text begin (b) new text endWithout limitation as to other circumstance, a school shall be deemed to have ceased
operations when the school:

(1) has an unscheduled nonemergency closure or cancellation of classes for more than
24 hours without prior notice to the office;

(2) announces it is closed or closing; or

(3) files for bankruptcy.

new text begin (c) When a school is deemed to have ceased operations, the office shall provide the
school a reasonable time to correct transcripts and grant credentials. After that time, the
office must revoke the school's registration. This revocation is not appealable under section
136A.65, subdivision 8.
new text end

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.646, is amended to read:


136A.646 ADDITIONAL SECURITY.

(a) New schools that have been granted conditional approval for degrees or names to
allow them the opportunity to apply for and receive accreditation under section 136A.65,
subdivision 7
, deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin shall provide a surety bond in a sum equal to ten percent of the net revenue
from tuition and fees in the registered institution's prior fiscal year, but in no case shall the
bond be less than $10,000.
new text end

new text begin (b)new text end Any registered institution that is notified by the United States Department of Education
that it has fallen below minimum financial standards and that its continued participation in
Title IV will be conditioned upon its satisfying either the Zone Alternative, Code of Federal
Regulations, title 34, section 668.175, paragraph (f), or a Letter of Credit Alternative, Code
of Federal Regulations, title 34, section 668.175, paragraph (c), shall provide a surety bond
in a sum equal to the "letter of credit" required by the United States Department of Education
in the Letter of Credit Alternative, but in no event shall such bond be less than $10,000 nor
more than $250,000.new text begin If the letter of credit required by the United States Department of
Education is higher than ten percent of the Title IV, Higher Education Act program funds
received by the institution during its most recently completed fiscal year, the office shall
reduce the office's surety requirement to represent ten percent of the Title IV, Higher
Education Act program funds received by the institution during its most recently completed
fiscal year, subject to the minimum and maximum in this paragraph.
new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end In lieu of a bond, the applicant may deposit with the commissioner of management
and budget:

(1) a sum equal to the amount of the required surety bond in cash;

(2) securities, as may be legally purchased by savings banks or for trust funds, in an
aggregate market value equal to the amount of the required surety bond; or

(3) an irrevocable letter of credit issued by a financial institution to the amount of the
required surety bond.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end The surety of any bond may cancel it upon giving 60 days' notice in writing to
the office and shall be relieved of liability for any breach of condition occurring after the
effective date of cancellation.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end In the event of a school closure, the additional security must first be used to
destroy any private educational data under section 13.32 left at a physical campus in
Minnesota after all other governmental agencies have recovered or retrieved records under
their record retention policies. Any remaining funds must then be used to reimburse tuition
and fee costs to students that were enrolled at the time of the closure or had withdrawn in
the previous 120 calendar days but did not graduate. Priority for refunds will be given to
students in the following order:

(1) cash payments made by the student or on behalf of a student;

(2) private student loans; and

(3) Veteran Administration education benefits that are not restored by the Veteran
Administration. If there are additional security funds remaining, the additional security
funds may be used to cover any administrative costs incurred by the office related to the
closure of the school.

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.672, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Private information. new text end

new text begin Student complaint data are private data on individuals,
as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12. The office may disclose student complaint data
as provided in section 136A.64, subdivision 5.
new text end

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.821, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 18. new text end

new text begin Clock hour. new text end

new text begin "Clock hour" means a period of time consisting of a 50- to
60-minute class, lecture, or recitation in a 60-minute period; a 50- to 60-minute
faculty-supervised laboratory, shop training, or internship in a 60-minute period; or 60
minutes of preparation in a correspondence course. If a school seeks to determine the number
of clock hours in an educational program by aggregating the number of minutes in that
program, it must divide those minutes by 60.
new text end

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.821, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 19. new text end

new text begin Student record. new text end

new text begin "Student record" means a transcript or record of student
attendance in a program that includes, at a minimum, the student's name; the student's
address; the school's name; the school's address; the title of the course or program; the total
number of hours or courses completed; the dates of enrollment and attendance; the grade
record of each course; any credential awarded; and cumulative grade for the program.
new text end

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.822, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Bond.

(a) No license shall be issued to any private career school which
maintains, conducts, solicits for, or advertises within the state of Minnesota any program,
unless the applicant files with the office a continuous corporate surety bond written by a
company authorized to do business in Minnesota conditioned upon the faithful performance
of all contracts and agreements with students made by the applicant.

(b)(1) The amount of the surety bond shall be ten percent of the preceding year's net
deleted text begin incomedeleted text endnew text begin revenuenew text end from student tuition, fees, and other required institutional charges collected,
but in no event less than $10,000, except that a private career school may deposit a greater
amount at its own discretion. A private career school in each annual application for licensure
must compute the amount of the surety bond and verify that the amount of the surety bond
complies with this subdivision. A private career school that operates at two or more locations
may combine net deleted text beginincomedeleted text endnew text begin revenuenew text end from student tuition, fees, and other required institutional
charges collected for all locations for the purpose of determining the annual surety bond
requirement. The net new text beginrevenue from new text endtuition and fees used to determine the amount of the
surety bond required for a private career school having a license for the sole purpose of
recruiting students in Minnesota shall be only that paid to the private career school by the
students recruited from Minnesota.

(2) A person required to obtain a private career school license due to the use of
"academy," "institute," "college," or "university" in its name and which is also licensed by
another state agency or board, except not including those schools licensed exclusively in
order to participate in state grants or SELF loan financial aid programs, shall be required
to provide a school bond of $10,000.

(c) The bond shall run to the state of Minnesota and to any person who may have a cause
of action against the applicant arising at any time after the bond is filed and before it is
canceled for breach of any contract or agreement made by the applicant with any student.
The aggregate liability of the surety for all breaches of the conditions of the bond shall not
exceed the principal sum deposited by the private career school under paragraph (b). The
surety of any bond may cancel it upon giving 60 days' notice in writing to the office and
shall be relieved of liability for any breach of condition occurring after the effective date
of cancellation.

(d) In lieu of bond, the applicant may deposit with the commissioner of management
and budget a sum equal to the amount of the required surety bond in cash, an irrevocable
letter of credit issued by a financial institution equal to the amount of the required surety
bond, or securities as may be legally purchased by savings banks or for trust funds in an
aggregate market value equal to the amount of the required surety bond.

(e) Failure of a private career school to post and maintain the required surety bond or
deposit under paragraph (d) may result in denial, suspension, or revocation of the school's
license.

Sec. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.822, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Catalog, brochure, or electronic display.

Before a license is issued to a
private career school, the private career school shall furnish to the office a catalog, brochure,
or electronic display including:

(1) identifying data, such as volume number and date of publication;

(2) name and address of the private career school and its governing body and officials;

(3) a calendar of the private career school showing legal holidays, beginning and ending
dates of each course quarter, term, or semester, and other important dates;

(4) the private career school policy and regulations on enrollment including dates and
specific entrance requirements for each program;

(5) the private career school policy and regulations about leave, absences, class cuts,
make-up work, tardiness, and interruptions for unsatisfactory attendance;

(6) the private career school policy and regulations about standards of progress for the
student including the grading system of the private career school, the minimum grades
considered satisfactory, conditions for interruption for unsatisfactory grades or progress, a
description of any probationary period allowed by the private career school, and conditions
of reentrance for those dismissed for unsatisfactory progress;

(7) the private career school policy and regulations about student conduct and conditions
for dismissal for unsatisfactory conduct;

(8) a detailed schedule of fees, charges for tuition, books, supplies, tools, student
activities, laboratory fees, service charges, rentals, deposits, and all other charges;

(9) the private career school policy and regulations, including an explanation of section
136A.827, about refunding tuition, fees, and other charges if the student does not enter the
program, withdraws from the program, or the program is discontinued;

(10) a description of the available facilities and equipment;

(11) a course outline syllabus for each course offered showing course objectives, subjects
or units in the course, type of work or skill to be learned, and approximate time, hours, or
credits to be spent on each subject or unit;

(12) the private career school policy and regulations about granting credit for previous
education and preparation;

(13) a notice to students relating to the transferability of any credits earned at the private
career school to other institutions;

(14) a procedure for investigating and resolving student complaints; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(15) the name and address of the officedeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (16) the student complaint process and rights under section 136A.8295.
new text end

A private career school that is exclusively a distance education school is exempt from
clauses (3) and (5).

Sec. 25.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.822, subdivision 12, is amended to read:


Subd. 12.

Permanent new text beginstudent new text endrecords.

A private career school licensed under sections
136A.82 to 136A.834 and located in Minnesota shall maintain a permanent new text beginstudent new text endrecord
for each student for 50 years from the last date of the student's attendance. A private career
school licensed under this chapter and offering distance instruction to a student located in
Minnesota shall maintain a permanent record for each Minnesota student for 50 years from
the last date of the student's attendance. Records include school transcripts, documents, and
files containing student data about academic credits earned, courses completed, grades
awarded, degrees awarded, and periods of attendance. To preserve permanent new text beginstudent new text endrecords,
a private career school shall submit a plan that meets the following requirements:

(1) at least one copy of the records must be held in a secure, fireproof depository;

(2) an appropriate official must be designated to provide a student with copies of records
or a transcript upon request;

(3) an alternative method, approved by the office, of complying with clauses (1) and (2)
must be established if the private career school ceases to exist; and

(4) a continuous surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit issued by a financial institution
must be filed with the office in an amount not to exceed $20,000 if the private career school
has no binding agreement approved by the office, for preserving student records. The bond
or irrevocable letter of credit shall run to the state of Minnesota. In the event of a school
closure, the surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit must be used by the office to retrieve,
recover, maintain, digitize, and destroy academic records.

Sec. 26.

new text begin [136A.8225] SCHOOL CLOSURE.
new text end

new text begin When a school intends to cease postsecondary education operations, announces its
closure, or is informed by the office that the office anticipates the school's closure due to
its licensure status or ability to meet criteria for approval under section 136A.822, subdivision
8, the school must provide the office:
new text end

new text begin (1) a notice of closure, including the name of the school, the name of the school owner,
an active mailing address and telephone number that the school owner may be reached at
after the school physically closes, the name of the school director, and the planned date for
termination of postsecondary operations;
new text end

new text begin (2) a report of all students currently enrolled and all students enrolled within the prior
120 days, including the following information for each student: name, address, school e-mail
address, alternate e-mail address, program of study, number of credits completed, number
of credits remaining, and enrollment status at closure;
new text end

new text begin (3) a report of refunds due to any student and the amount due;
new text end

new text begin (4) a written statement from the school's owner or designee affirming that all recruitment
efforts, school marketing, advertisement, solicitation, and enrollment of new students has
ceased;
new text end

new text begin (5) a copy of any communication between the school's accreditors about the school
closure;
new text end

new text begin (6) confirmation that the requirements for student records under section 136A.822,
subdivision 12, have been satisfied, including:
new text end

new text begin (i) the planned date for the transfer of the student records;
new text end

new text begin (ii) confirmation of the name and address of the organization to receive and hold the
student records; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) the official at the organization receiving the student records who is designated to
provide official copies of records or transcripts upon request;
new text end

new text begin (7) academic information, including the school's most recent catalog, all course syllabi,
and faculty credential information; and
new text end

new text begin (8) copies of any teach-out, transfer, or train-out agreement between the school and a
new school for students to be able to complete their studies. A teach-out fulfills the original
contract or agreement between the closing school and the student. If a teach-out is arranged
for another approved school to do the remaining occupational training, that other school
must (i) provide comparable education and training and (ii) agree that students transferring
from the closing school pay only what the cost of tuition and fees remain unpaid according
to the terms and conditions in the enrollment agreement entered into between the student
and the closing school.
new text end

new text begin (b) Without limitation as to other circumstance, a school shall be deemed to have ceased
operations when the school:
new text end

new text begin (1) has an unscheduled nonemergency closure or cancellation of classes for more than
24 hours without prior notice to the office;
new text end

new text begin (2) announces it is closed or closing; or
new text end

new text begin (3) files for bankruptcy.
new text end

new text begin (c) When a school is deemed to have ceased operations, the office shall provide the
school a reasonable time to correct transcripts and grant credentials. After that time, the
office must revoke the school's registration. This revocation is not appealable under section
136A.829, subdivision 2.
new text end

Sec. 27.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.8295, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Disclosure. new text end

new text begin Schools must disclose on their website, student handbook, and
student catalog the student complaint process under this section to students.
new text end

Sec. 28.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.8295, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Private information. new text end

new text begin Student complaint data are private data on individuals,
as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12. The office may disclose student complaint data
to law enforcement officials or in connection with a legal or administrative proceeding
commenced to enforce a requirement of law.
new text end

Sec. 29.

Laws 2017, chapter 89, article 1, section 2, subdivision 29, is amended to read:


Subd. 29.

Emergency Assistance for
Postsecondary Students

175,000
175,000

(a) This appropriation is for the Office of
Higher Education to allocate grant funds on a
matching basis to deleted text beginschoolsdeleted text endnew text begin eligible institutions
as defined under Minnesota Statutes, section
136A.103, located in Minnesota
new text end with a
demonstrable homeless student population.

(b) This appropriation shall be used to meet
immediate student needs that could result in
a student not completing the term or their
program including, but not limited to,
emergency housing, food, and transportation.
deleted text begin Emergency assistance does not impact the
amount of state financial aid received.
deleted text end

(c) The commissioner shall determine the
application process and the grant amounts.
Any balance in the first year does not cancel
but shall be available in the second year. The
Office of Higher Education shall partner with
interested postsecondary institutions, other
state agencies, and student groups to establish
the programs.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 30. new text beginCOLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN MATCHING GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 136G.05, subdivision 5, 136G.09,
subdivisions 10 and 12, 136G.11, and 136G.13, subdivisions 2, 3, and 4, through June 30,
2021, the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education may resolve matching grant
issues that occurred after January 1, 2013. The commissioner must act within the bounds
of the reasonable person doctrine as necessary to resolve individual account owners' situations
while limiting adverse consequences to those owners.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 31. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 136A.15, subdivisions 2 and 7; and 136A.1701,
subdivision 12,
new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: H2544-1

136A.15 DEFINITIONS.

Subd. 2.

Academic year or its equivalent.

"Academic year or its equivalent" shall be as defined in the federal regulations which govern the administration of the National Vocational Student Loan Insurance Act of 1965 and title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Subd. 7.

Eligible lender.

"Eligible lender" means an eligible institution, an agency or instrumentality of a state, or a financial or credit institution (including an insurance company) which is subject to examination and supervision by an agency of the state of Minnesota or of the United States.

136A.1701 SUPPLEMENTAL AND ADDITIONAL LOANS.

Subd. 12.

Eligible student.

"Eligible student" means a student who is a Minnesota resident who is enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an eligible institution in Minnesota or in another state or province. Non-Minnesota residents are eligible students if they are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a minimum of one course of at least 30 days in length during the academic year that requires physical attendance at an eligible institution located in Minnesota. Non-Minnesota resident students enrolled exclusively during the academic year in correspondence courses or courses offered over the Internet are not eligible students. Non-Minnesota resident students not physically attending classes in Minnesota due to enrollment in a study abroad program for 12 months or less are eligible students. Non-Minnesota residents enrolled in study abroad programs exceeding 12 months are not eligible students. For purposes of this section, an "eligible student" must also meet the eligibility requirements of section 136A.15, subdivision 8.