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June 11, 2003

House Bill 1449: Prohibiting Discrimination of Financial Aid Grants to Homeschoolers

Sponsor:
Representative Charlie Howard

Summary:
This bill will prohibit discrimination in awarding STATE scholarships or other financial aid for higher education to homeschoolers.

Status:
02/28/2003 INTRODUCED.
03/05/2003 To HOUSE Committee on HIGHER EDUCATION.
Died in Committee. Session is now closed.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports H.B. 1449.

Background:
H.B. 1449, introduced by Representative Charlie Howard, is consistent with HSLDA's clarifications issued by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department of Education recently updated the 2002-2003 Federal Student Aid Handbook to correctly reflect Federal law relating to financial aid for homeschoolers. Volume 1, chapter 1 of the Handbook specifically states that a homeschool "student is eligible to receive FSA [Federal Student Aid] funds if the student's secondary school education was in a homeschool that state law treats as a home or private school."

 Other Resources

3/11/2003 - Texas--Legislative Update: Partial Victory in Homeschool Registration Battle

Bill Text

Financial Aid Article