House Bill 481
151st General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE HIGHER EDUCATION OFFICE AND APPROVAL OF POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS.
This Act will amend the Delaware Code relating to the powers of the Delaware Higher Education Office and the state authorization of private postsecondary institutions. The intent of the Act is to increase consumer protections for students enrolled in private postsecondary institutions as it relates to student loans, distance education, and predatory practices. The Act will also clarify the current functions of the Delaware Higher Education Office relating to student support for transitions into postsecondary education and execution of state financial aid programs through the elimination of functions that are no longer under the purview of the Delaware Higher Education Office. This Act establishes responsibilities for certain postsecondary institutions, private schools, and trade schools prior to ceasing operation. This Act changes the penalty for an individual violating chapter 85 from a fine not to exceed $500 to a fine of a minimum of $500 for each offense and changes the penalty for a person violating chapter 85 from a fine not to exceed $1,000 to a fine of a minimum of $1000 for each offense. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. Finally, this Act requires a greater than majority vote for passage because § 11 of Article VIII of the Delaware constitution requires the affirmative vote of three-fifths of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly to impose a fee.