CHAPTER 86

APPROPRIATION -

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE FOR AID TO NEEDY STUDENTS

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 55, TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE BY ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM FOR FINANCIAL AID TO NEEDY STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE WHO ARE DELAWARE RESIDENTS AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR.

WHEREAS, it is the belief of the General Assembly that in a democracy persons of all economic levels should have an opportunity to obtain a college education, and

WHEREAS, recognition is made of the need in the State for more highly trained personnel in order to advance the economy and culture of the State, and

WHEREAS, the present aid opportunities, in the form of scholarships, grants or employment, are not sufficiently great to guarantee that persons of varying aptitude and academic record can obtain the necessary assistance to meet the average cost per school year at the University of Delaware,

NOW THEREFORE

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. §§ 5501-5503 of Chapter 55, Title 14 of the Delaware Code in their present form are hereby designated as Subchapter 1 to be entitled "General" and Chapter 55, Title 14 of the Delaware Code is amended by adding a new subchapter to read as follows:

SUBSCHAPTER II Aid to Needy Delaware Students

§ 5520. Establishment of aid program; purpose

There is hereby established a program to provide financial aid to needy Delaware residents who are enrolled or selected as students at the University of Delaware to the end that no resident of this State shall be denied an opportunity for a college education because of financial need.

§ 5521. Administration of program

The aid program shall be administered by the Officer of the University of Delaware who is designated by the President as responsible for the total University financial aid program.

§ 5522. Application; grants; duration

Each applicant for aid shall provide on forms supplied by the University, biographical information, a financial budget, and a parents' financial statement. Financial grants shall not be for any fixed amount per student and grants shall be made available to students who are qualified to matriculate or to continue their courses of study solely upon the basis of economic need. All grants shall be for one year or for one semester and may be renewed if a qualified student reapplies in the same manner required for an initial request for assistance.

§ 5523. Principles governing administration

In the administration of this subchapter no discrimination shall be made on the basis of field of study, county residence, sex, campus residence or commutation. As long as funds are available to meet the needs of all qualified students, no preference shall be given to one student over another because of superior ability or academic accomplishment.

§ 5524. Annual reports to General Assembly

Within a reasonable time after the end of each fiscal year the University officer responsible for the administration of this subchapter shall submit through the appropriate University channels a written report to the General Assembly in which shall be outlined the number of grants given, the amount received by each student and an analysis of whether the aim of this subchapter to eliminate economic need as a bar to an education at the University of Delaware has been accomplished.

Section 2. This act shall be known as the "Delaware Right To Education Act".

Section 3. The amount of $30,000.00 is hereby appropriated to the University of Delaware for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1957, and the amount of $57,000.00 is hereby appropriated to the University of Delaware for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1958, in order to carry out the purposes of this act.

Section 4. This act shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Act and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State.

Approved May 8, 1957.