House of Representatives

House Passes Bill to Extend OHLAP to Older Students When Parents Die


3/12/2019 3:45:00 PM

Contact: State Rep. Todd Russ

Office: (405) 557-7312

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill today that extends eligibility to the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), granting access to college tuition funding for students who otherwise might not be able to attend college.

 

House Bill 2227, authored by State Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, extends OHLAP for qualifying students in 11th or 12th grades or who are between the ages of 16 and 18 who are educated by other means, such as homeschooling, if their parents have become deceased after the students 10th-grade year. Currently, students are eligible to apply for OLAP between the ages of 13 and 15 in their 8th, 9th or 10th-grade years. The scholarship is for students based on financial need and who meet academic requirements.

 

The measure also sets annual income requirements for adoptive parents. The income cannot exceed $55,000 in the 2019-2020 school year of $60,000 for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

“OHLAP has proven to be very popular, allowing many Oklahoma students who would not otherwise be able to afford college to attend and succeed in receiving their degrees,” Russ said. “This change will help those students whose life circumstances radically change because of the death of their parents after the normal cutoff date for application for this program.”

 

HB 2227 passed the House with a vote of 85-0. It now passes to the state Senate for consideration.