HB20-1002 College Credit For Work Experience 
Comment: Passed with Amendments
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: College Credit For Work Experience
Sponsors: B. McLachlan (D) | M. Baisley (R) / R. Zenzinger (D) | T. Story (D)
Summary:

The act requires the department of higher education to conduct a study concerning awarding academic credit for prior learning within all state institutions of higher education (institutions).

An existing council charged with examining general education courses shall implement a plan for determining and awarding academic credit for postsecondary education based on work-related experience. The plan must not be created, adopted, or implemented unless sufficient money is available from gifts, grants, or donations to cover the costs of creating, adopting, and implementing a plan.

Beginning in the 2022-23 academic year, unless a plan is implemented prior to then, institutions shall accept and transfer academic credit awarded for work-related experience as courses with guaranteed-transfer designation or part of a statewide degree transfer agreement.

Beginning March 1, 2024, and each year thereafter, the council shall report to the education committees of the senate and house of representatives, or any successor committees, regarding the implementation of the credit for work-related experience plan.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
1/28/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/1/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/2/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/4/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/5/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
6/6/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Finance
6/8/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/9/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/9/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/10/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/26/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/26/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/26/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
7/8/2020 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1247 Department of Higher Education Supplemental 
Comment: Passed with no amendments Governor signed
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Department of Higher Education Supplemental
Sponsors: D. Esgar (D) / D. Moreno (D)
Summary:

The 2019 general appropriation act is amended to balance and make adjustments to the total amount appropriated to the department of higher education. The general fund portion of the appropriation is increased and the federal funds portion is decreased, resulting in no change in the total amount appropriated to the department.

Appropriations made in House Bill 19-1196, concerning student financial assistance for students who are classified as in-state students for tuition purposes, are amended to add another appropriation to the department for a financial aid assessment tool and 0.2 FTE.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
2/4/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/5/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/12/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
2/25/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
2/25/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
2/26/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/4/2020 Governor Signed
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HB20-1275 In-state Tuition At Community College For Military 
Comment: Passed with amendments Governor signed
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: In-state Tuition At Community College For Military
Sponsors: B. Buentello / D. Hisey (R) | P. Lee (D)
Summary:

The act allows an active member of the armed forces of the United States or a veteran of the armed forces of the United States, or a dependent of the member or veteran, to be eligible for in-state tuition status at a community college, regardless of whether the person satisfies Colorado domicile or residency status.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
2/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/18/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/21/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/24/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
3/11/2020 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/14/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/17/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/27/2020 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1280 CDHE Data For Student Return On Investment Metrics 
Comment: Passed with no amendments Governor signed
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: CDHE Data For Student Return On Investment Metrics
Sponsors: C. Kipp (D) | C. Larson (R) / J. Bridges (D) | J. Smallwood (R)
Summary:

The act authorizes the department of higher education to collect the data necessary to calculate return on investment metrics for certain higher education institutions not currently covered in the department's annual return on investment report. The department may include the information collected in its annual return on investment report.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
2/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/20/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/25/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/28/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
3/11/2020 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/17/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/27/2020 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1341 State Higher Education Capital Construction Long-range Planning 
Comment: DEAD
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(9) in house calendar.
Short Title: State Higher Education Capital Construction Long-range Planning
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | J. Rich (R) / R. Fields (D) | J. Sonnenberg (R)
Summary:

Capital Development Committee. Current statute requires the Colorado commission on higher education (commission) to request annually from the governing board of each state institution of higher education (institution) a 2-year projection (projection) of capital construction projects to be undertaken by an institution that is estimated to require total project expenditures exceeding $2 million if the capital construction project is for new acquisitions of real property or new construction and funded solely from cash funds held by the institution or the project is funded through the higher education revenue bond intercept program, or exceeding $10 million if the project is not for new acquisitions of real property or new construction and is funded solely from cash funds held by the institution.

The bill adjusts the law to current practice and instead requires the projection to be reviewed at the commission's next available meeting and repeals the requirement that an institution amend the projection prior to commencing a project if the project is not in the institution's most recent projection.

The bill repeals the requirement that the commission annually prepare a unified, 2-year report for capital construction or capital renewal projects acquired or constructed and operated and maintained solely from cash funds held by the institution that are not for new acquisitions of real property or new construction and are estimated to require total project expenditures exceeding $10 million.

The bill repeals the requirement that the commission annually prepare a unified, 2-year report for capital construction projects for new acquisitions of real property or for new construction, estimated to require total project expenditures exceeding $2 million.

Current law requires the capital development committee (CDC) to review the projections at a hearing but does not specify what to do when the legislature is not in session. The bill clarifies deadlines for when such hearings must be held. The bill also requires each state institution of higher education, for informational purposes only, to annually present its current projections at the capital development committee's December hearings.

Current law requires the CDC to have a hearing regarding projections whenever a projection is amended. The bill repeals this requirement.

Current law specifies that the CDC is required to review and approve guidelines prepared by the office of the state architect regarding the classification of facilities as academic facilities or auxiliary facilities. The bill repeals this requirement.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/2/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
3/9/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1366 Higher Education Funding Allocation Model 
Comment: Passed with no amendments
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Higher Education Funding Allocation Model
Sponsors: D. Esgar (D) | J. McCluskie (D) / R. Zenzinger (D) | B. Rankin (R)
Summary:

The act makes revisions to the higher education funding provisions creating a new higher education funding allocation model (new funding model).

The new funding model begins in the 2021-22 state fiscal year and includes new provisions for calculating fee-for-service contracts for institutions and makes related changes to the calculation of state funding to support specialty education programs, area technical colleges, and local district colleges. Under the new funding model, fee-for-service contracts for institutions are based on 3 components: Ongoing additional funding, performance funding, and temporary additional funding. The Colorado commission on higher education (commission), in conjunction with the department of higher education (department) and in collaboration with the institutions, shall calculate and make funding recommendations to the joint budget committee for these components as part of the annual budget request process.

Ongoing additional funding is base building and may be awarded to an institution to make progress toward the commission's master plan goals, which may include addressing base funding disparities or funding priorities not addressed through performance funding metrics. An institution may also receive ongoing additional funding through a formula set forth in the act to recognize an institution's additional costs associated with educating and providing services to first-generation undergraduate students.

Performance funding is calculated based on an institution's change over time in performance on each performance funding metric compared to other institutions' change in performance and adjusted based on each institution's share of funding in the previous state fiscal year. The performance funding metrics include:

  • Resident student full-time equivalent enrollment;
  • Credential completion;
  • Resident Pell-eligible student population share;
  • Resident underrepresented minority student population share;
  • Retention rate;
  • One-hundred-percent-of-time graduation rate;
  • One-hundred-fifty-percent-of-time graduation rate; and
  • Resident first-generation undergraduate student population share.

The joint budget committee determines the amount of funding allocated to each performance funding metric for a fiscal year after considering recommendations from the commission and department that are developed in collaboration with the institutions.

Finally, temporary additional funding, which is not base building, may be awarded to an institution for a specified period of time to address commission master plan goals or other areas the commission identifies.

Under current law and the new model, minimum funding for specialty education programs, local district colleges, and area technical colleges is based on their previous year's funding, increased or decreased by the average percentage change in state funding for all institutions (percentage change). However, the act modifies how the percentage change is calculated so that it does not include amounts awarded to institutions for ongoing additional funding or temporary additional funding in the applicable state fiscal year.

The act requires the annual budget request that the commission and the department submit relating to the new funding model to include detailed information and funding recommendations. The act also requires the commission, in conjunction with the department and in collaboration with the institutions, to identify and make recommendations to the joint budget committee by July 1, 2022, concerning ways to better measure success for students who are not first-time, full-time students. This may include a recommendation for a statutory change to the calculation of one of the graduation rate performance funding metrics.

The act repeals fiscal limits, reporting requirements, and budget provisions that do not apply to the new funding model.

The act amends statutory references to reflect the creation of a new higher education funding model.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 5/26/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
5/26/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/1/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/2/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/3/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/3/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
6/4/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/5/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/6/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/19/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/19/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/22/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/29/2020 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-004 Postsecondary Education Loan Repayment Assistance 
Comment: DEAD
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Postsecondary Education Loan Repayment Assistance
Sponsors: S. Fenberg (D) / L. Herod (D) | J. McCluskie (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the "Get on Your Feet Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program" to provide no more than 24 monthly payments on a qualified loan on behalf of a qualified recipient.

A qualified recipient is required to satisfy eligibility and program participation requirements.

The department of higher education is required to administer the program pursuant to guidelines promulgated by the commission on higher education.

A person who received a program award but did not satisfy all eligibility and program participation requirements may be required to fully or partially reimburse the state.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/13/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/10/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-006 Amend Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative 
Comment: Passed with amendments Signed by the Governor
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Amend Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | T. Story (D) / C. Kipp (D) | M. Baisley (R)
Summary:

The act amends provisions relating to the Colorado opportunity scholarship initiative (COSI), including:

  • Removing the definition of "tuition assistance" and replacing it with a definition for "financial assistance", which is tied to cost of attendance, and making amendments throughout to reflect the changed terms;
  • Removing the statutory restriction that not more than 10% of money in the COSI fund in any fiscal year may be awarded to state agencies and nonprofit organizations for student success and support services and for other services, and the requirement that a certain percentage of the money awarded for student success and support services and for other services be awarded to nongovernmental entities;
  • Changing the current provision that, to the extent practicable, scholarships must be equally distributed between students who are eligible for federal PELL grants and students within a certain range of income. Instead, the act requires scholarships to be equitably distributed between students with an expected family contribution, as defined in the act, of less than 100% of the annual federal PELL grant award and students with an expected family contribution between 100% and 250% of the annual federal PELL grant award.
  • Removing references to obsolete reports and requirements.

The act amends provisions relating to the payment of administrative expenses by authorizing the department of higher education to spend from the COSI fund an amount equal to not more than 7.5% of total expenditures from the fund for the prior fiscal year unless the general assembly modifies the percentage in the annual budget act.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
1/22/2020 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/12/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/13/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/14/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/27/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/3/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/14/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/14/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/20/2020 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-112 College Trust Scholarship For Early Graduation 
Comment: DEAD
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: College Trust Scholarship For Early Graduation
Sponsors: K. Priola (R) / B. Buentello
Summary:

The bill creates the college trust scholarship program (scholarship program) in the department of higher education (department) to disburse scholarship awards to institutions of higher education, as defined in the bill, on behalf of eligible graduates who are awarded a high school diploma from a Colorado public high school prior to enrolling in the fourth year of high school.

The savings to the state due to the student graduating high school early is used for the scholarship award and to add money to the state education fund to eliminate the budget stabilization factor applied to total program funding under the public school finance formula.

The scholarship award is equal to the greater of a portion of the average state share amount of the statewide average per pupil funding for public elementary and secondary schools or $3,000. The scholarship award is disbursed to the postsecondary program on behalf of the eligible graduate and may be used for the eligible graduate's cost of attendance for the postsecondary program, as determined by the department.

An eligible graduate must enroll in a postsecondary program by the eligible graduate's twenty-first birthday or the eligible graduate forfeits the award; except that the department has the ability to waive this requirement in exceptional or unforseen circumstances. An eligible graduate may continue to use any unused portion of the scholarship award until the eligible graduate's twenty-sixth birthday, at which time the unused portion of the scholarship award is forfeited. Forfeited scholarship awards are transferred to the state education fund to be used first to eliminate the budget stabilization factor in the public school finance formula.

The bill requires the department to report annually to certain committees of the general assembly certain information relating to the scholarship program.

The bill creates the college trust scholarship fund and specifies the characteristics of the fund. Interest and income from the fund and any money from forfeited scholarships is transferred to the state education fund.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/4/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Lay Over Amended
2/13/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-219 Lease-purchase Issuance For Capital Construction 
Comment: Passed with no Amendments
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Lease-purchase Issuance For Capital Construction
Sponsors: R. Fields (D) | J. Sonnenberg (R) / A. Valdez (D) | J. Rich (R)
Summary:

The act requires the state treasurer, on behalf of the state, to execute a lease-purchase agreement in an amount up to $65,500,000 plus reasonable and necessary costs to fund certain capital construction needs for state institutions of higher education that are continuations of previously funded projects as specified by the capital development committee. The capital development committee is required to post the list of specific projects and the cost of each project on its official website no later than August 15, 2020. The capital development committee is also required to specify in this list, in the event of any excess money as a result of the issuance, what any remainder money must be used for.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 6/5/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
6/6/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/6/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
6/9/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/10/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/10/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/11/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/13/2020 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/19/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/22/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/22/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/14/2020 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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