House votes to lower income cap for scholarships
OKLAHOMA CITY—The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted to lower the income cap on Oklahoma’s Promise scholarships for students.
House Bill 1721 changes the income requirements on the scholarship, lowering the income cap for the families of students entering college on an OHLAP scholarship from $100,000 to $60,000.
Families of middle school students will not be able to make more than $50,000 when the student initially qualifies for the program.
Critics of the bill say children who followed the requirements throughout high school may now have their scholarships revoked before entering college if their parents make too much money.
“We stand by Gov. Fallin’s initiative to increase the number of college graduates in the state,” said Democratic Leader Scott Inman. “HB 1721 would make that initiative harder. Increasing access to higher education is integral to the future economic development of Oklahoma. It mystifies me why Republicans would want to jeopardize our state’s growth by cutting the dreams of so many Oklahoma families.”
“Those who stood up and argued against House Bill 1721 may have thought they were arguing on behalf of low-income families in their district, but they are actually arguing to take scholarships from low-income families and give it to families who can afford to send their children to college,” Rep. Leslie Osborn said.
HB 1721 now advances to the state Senate.