Bill No.: SF0023 Drafter: JWL

 

LSO No.: 09LSO-0245 Effective Date: 3/2/2009

 

Enrolled Act No.: SEA0042

 

Chapter No.: 111

 

Prime Sponsor: Senator Massie

 

Catch Title: Accelerated nursing degree loan repayment program.

 

Subject: Creates accelerated RN degree and loan repayment program.

 

Summary/Major Elements:  This act:

         Creates a new program at the University of Wyoming to grant bachelor of science in nursing degrees to persons who have another bachelor's degree;

 

         Creates a special account for the accelerated nursing degree program to be operated by the University;

 

         Requires that students enrolling in the program have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing and be approved by the president and the board of nursing;

 

         Provides up to $25,000/year/student in financial aid;

 

         Requires students to work as a registered nurse in Wyoming for two years following graduation or to repay the financial aid, except in cases of hardship as determined by the president and board of trustees;

 

         Authorizes loan deferral during military service.

 

Comments:

Creates the accelerated baccalaureate nursing degree program.

 

Reappropriates $250,000 general funds from the Wyoming investment in nursing program to the University for loans to up to six nursing students per class cohort.

 

Requires annual report by Oct. 1 from UW to the joint labor, health and social services interim committee regarding repayment waivers and expenditures from the accelerated nursing special account.