Ark. lawmakers back $1.1M for scholarship program - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Ark. lawmakers back $1.1M for scholarship program

Posted:

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have approved tapping $1.1 million in reserve funds to make up for a shortfall in a program that helps students pursuing medical degrees that Arkansas schools don't offer pay for tuition at schools in other states.

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday approved transferring money from the state's Rainy Day Fund to the Health Education Grants program.

The grants help students pay out-of-state tuition for medical programs not offered at Arkansas schools, including veterinary medicine, dentistry and optometry. Dwindling fund balances have left the state with enough money to continue existing aid, but the program faces cuts in new awards for incoming students.

The money will pay for assistance for 47 incoming students. Gov. Mike Beebe asked lawmakers to approve the transfer last month.

RELATED STORIES
Arkansas lawmakers to look at scholarship programs
Funding out-of-state tuition for medical specialties

  • PoliticalMore>>

  • AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

    AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:02:54 GMT
    Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in five American cities.More >>
    Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend...More >>
  • House passes 'no welfare for weed' bill

    House passes 'no welfare for weed' bill

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:52:06 GMT
    The House has passed a bill that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.More >>
    The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.More >>
  • House passes bills highlighting IRS controversy

    House passes bills highlighting IRS controversy

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:44:30 GMT
    The House passed three bills Tuesday designed to highlight complaints that the IRS mistreated conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.More >>
    The House passed three bills Tuesday designed to highlight complaints that the IRS mistreated conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.More >>