Senate Approves Bill Modifying
OHLAP Income Eligibility
More Oklahoma students could qualify
for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program
(OHLAP) under legislation approved Thursday by
the Senate. SB 354, by Sen. David
Myers, would modify the state tuition program
by allowing the income requirement to be based
on a family’s yearly salary or a three-year
"Unfortunately, we don't have the funding
this year to increase the income eligibility requirements,
but we can help more students qualify or stay
in the program by making this small change,"
said Myers, R-Ponca City. "We have many families
whose annual incomes are so close to the $50,000
a year income cap that if they have a better than
normal year and make over that amount, their child
is kicked out of the program. Allowing for a three-year
average would help keep more of our students in
Myers explained that an amount as small as last
year's tax rebate check has put families over
the limit and made their children ineligible.
Currently, students of families with annual incomes
of $50,000 or less are eligible for the program.
Under Myers' bill, the income level would still
have to be below $50,000 but could be based on
a three-year average.
"This provides families with a little cushion
if they're close to the cutoff," said Myers.
"It's unfair to punish students by taking
away this incredible opportunity because their
parents made a little more than normal one year.
This bill will fix this problem and help ensure
that more of our students can obtain their dream
of a higher education."
SB 354 now moves to the House for further consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Myers' Office: 405-521-5628