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To reform the GEAR UP program.
Mr. Hurd (for himself and Mrs. Davis of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
To reform the GEAR UP program.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the “GEAR UP for Success Act of 2018”.
Chapter 2 of part A of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a–21 et seq.) is amended—
(1) in section 404A (20 U.S.C. 1070a–21)—
(A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) of subsection (a)(1), by inserting “for college readiness” after “academic support”; and
(i) by striking paragraph (3) and inserting the following:
“(I) on the day before the date of enactment of the GEAR UP for Success Act of 2018, carried out successful educational opportunity programs under this chapter (as this chapter was in effect on such day); and
“(II) have a prior, demonstrated commitment to early intervention leading to college access and readiness through collaboration and replication of successful strategies;
“(ii) to eligible entities that ensure that students served under this chapter on the day before the date of enactment of the GEAR UP for Success Act of 2018 continue to receive assistance through the completion of secondary school; or
“(iii) to eligible entities that meet the requirements of clauses (i) and (ii); and
“(B) shall not give a competitive priority on any other basis.”; and
(ii) by adding at the end the following:
“(4) MULTIPLE AWARD PROHIBITION.—Any eligible entity described in subsection (c)(1) that receives a grant under this chapter shall not be eligible to receive an additional grant under this chapter until after the date on which the initial grant period expires.”;
(2) in section 404B(d)(1) (20 U.S.C. 1070a–22(d)(1))—
(A) in subparagraph (A), by inserting “and” after the semicolon;
(B) in subparagraph (B), by striking “; and” and inserting a period; and
(C) by striking subparagraph (C);
(3) in section 404C (20 U.S.C. 1070a–23)—
(i) by inserting “matching funds” after “will provide”;
(ii) by inserting “equaling” after “private funds,”; and
(iii) by striking “the cost of the program, which matching funds” and inserting “total Federal grant award, which”; and
(B) by striking subsection (d) and inserting the following:
“(1) shall convene peer review panels to assist in making determinations regarding the awarding of grants under this chapter; and
“(2) shall host a grant competition to make new awards under this chapter in any year in which there are funds available to make new awards.”;
(4) in section 404D (20 U.S.C. 1070a–24)—
(i) in paragraph (1), by striking “or former participants of a program under this chapter” and inserting “, former participants of a program under this chapter, or peers and near peers” after “adults”;
(ii) in paragraph (3), by inserting “academic, social, and postsecondary planning” after “supportive”;
(I) by redesignating subparagraphs (E) through (K) as subparagraphs (F) through (L), respectively;
(II) by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following:
“(E) counseling or referral services to address the behavioral, social-emotional, and mental health needs of at-risk students;”;
(III) in subparagraph (I), as redesignated by subclause (I), by inserting “, cognitive, non-cognitive, and credit-by-examination” after “skills”;
(IV) in subparagraph (K), as redesignated by subclause (I), by striking “and” after the semicolon;
(V) in subparagraph (L), as redesignated by subclause (I), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and
(VI) by adding at the end the following:
“(M) capacity building activities that create college-going cultures in participating schools and local educational agencies.”; and
(iv) by adding at the end the following:
“(16) Creating or expanding secondary school drop-out recovery programs that allow students who have dropped out of secondary school to complete a regular secondary school diploma and begin college-level work.
“(17) Establishing data collection and data sharing agreements to obtain, analyze, and report postsecondary outcome data for eligible students for a period of not more than 72 months after the end of the grant award period, which may include postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion data.
“(A) foster collaborative approaches to research and evaluation;
“(B) improve the quality of data collection, data sharing, analysis and reporting; and
“(C) apply evidence to improve programs and evaluation under this chapter.
“(19) Providing services under this chapter to students who have received services under a previous grant award under this chapter but have not yet completed grade 12.”;
(i) in paragraph (3), by inserting “and technical assistance” after “support”; and
(ii) by striking paragraph (9); and
(i) in paragraph (3), by striking “or”;
(ii) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5); and
(iii) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following:
“(4) eligible for free or reduced-price lunch under the Richard B Russell National School Lunch Act; or”;
(5) in section 404E (20 U.S.C. 1070a–25)—
(i) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively;
(ii) by inserting before paragraph (2), as redesignated by clause (i), the following:
“(A) PLAN FOR MAINTENANCE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.—An eligible entity proposing to establish or maintain a financial assistance program providing scholarships for students assisted by the program of the eligible entity under this chapter shall include a plan regarding the financial application program with the application submitted under section 404C.
“(i) may elect to offer one or more types of scholarships; and
“(I) the minimum and maximum awards for the scholarships, consistent with section 404E(d), based on criteria and disbursement priorities established by the eligible entity;
“(II) the duration of the scholarships, which may be single-year or multi-year awards;
“(III) the enrollment requirements for participating students, which may include providing scholarships for participating students who are enrolled in an institution of higher education on less than a full-time basis during any award year; and
“(aa) financial need;
“(bb) meeting participation milestones in the activities offered by the eligible entity under section 404D;
“(cc) meeting and maintaining satisfactory academic milestones; and
“(dd) other criteria aligned with State and local goals to incentivize postsecondary readiness, access, and success.”; and
(iii) in paragraph (3), as redesignated by clause (i), by striking “may award” and inserting “may use not less than 10 percent and not more than 50 percent of funds made available under this chapter to award”;
(i) in the subsection heading, by inserting “State” before “Limitation”; and
“(I) demonstrates that the eligible entity has another means of providing the students with the financial assistance described in this section or eligible students have reasonable access to State and local financial assistance programs; and
“(II) describes such means or access in the application submitted under section 404C.”;
(i) by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following:
“(A) SCHOLARSHIP PLAN.—Each eligible entity described in section 404A(c)(1) that receives a grant under this chapter shall hold in reserve, for the students served by such grant as described in section 404B(d)(1)(A) or 404D(d), an estimated amount that is based on the eligible entity's scholarship plan described in subsection (a)(1).
“(B) INTEREST USE.—Interest earned on funds held in reserve under subparagraph (A) may be used by the eligible entity to administer the scholarship program during the award period and through the post-award period described in paragraph (4).”;
(ii) in paragraph (2)(B), by inserting “, or been accepted for enrollment,” after “enrolled”; and
(I) in subparagraph (A), by striking “and” after the semicolon;
(II) by redesignating subparagraph (B) as subparagraph (C); and
(III) by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following:
“(B) the costs associated with enrolling in an institution of higher education; and”; and
(I) by inserting “ or, if the eligible entity chooses, in another program of study or credential program for which an individual could use funds received under a Federal Pell Grant to attend,” before “that is located”; and
(II) by striking “except that, at the State's option” and inserting “except that, at the eligible entity's option”; and
(ii) in paragraph (4), by inserting “and qualifies for an award, consistent with the eligible entity's scholarship plan as described in subsection (a)(1)” after “404D(a)”;
(6) in section 404G (20 U.S.C. 1070a–27)—
(i) in paragraph (1), by striking “and” after the semicolon;
(ii) in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and
(iii) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:
“(A) The number of students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid under section 483.
“(B) If applicable, the number of students receiving a scholarship under section 404E.
“(C) The graduation rate of participating students from high school.
“(D) The enrollment of participating students into postsecondary education.
“(E) Such other metrics as the Secretary may require.”; and
(i) in the subsection heading, by inserting “and technical assistance” after “Federal evaluation”;
(I) by inserting “after consultation with the community of eligible entities receiving grants under this chapter and” after “Secretary shall,”;
(II) by striking “0.75” and inserting “1”; and
(III) by striking “evaluate the effectiveness of the program and, as appropriate, disseminate the results of the evaluation. Such evaluation shall include a separate analysis of”;
(iii) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively, and indenting the margins appropriately; and
(iv) before subparagraph (A) (as redesignated by clause (iii)), by inserting the following:
“(1) provide pre-application technical assistance workshops for eligible entities and potential applicants in any year in which new awards are expected to be made;
“(2) support initiatives designed to improve the research, data collection and infrastructure, and evaluation capacity of eligible entities; and
“(3) evaluate the effectiveness of the program and, as appropriate, disseminate the results of the evaluation. Such evaluation may include a separate analysis of—”; and
(7) in section 408H (20 U.S.C. 1070a–28), by striking “2009” and inserting “2019”.