NORWALK, Conn. – A measure designed to ensure that college students use financial aid only for classes that will help them graduate was signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy Wednesday at Norwalk Community College.
The law will add extra support for college students who need help in their regular courses and make sure graduating high school seniors are better prepared for the rigors of higher education, according to a statement.
"We do a disservice to our college students when we burn through their financial aid to pay for remedial learning which doesn't fulfill graduation requirements," Malloy said in a statement. "The strength of our economy depends on the skill of our workforce. The more our college students spend their time and their financial aid preparing for entry into the job market, the better trained our workforce will be."
Public Act 12-40 requires state schools governed by the state Board of Regents for Higher Education to offer certain students remedial support embedded with corresponding entry-level courses, and certain other students an intensive college readiness program. This requirement goes into effect beginning by the 2014 fall semester.
The new law also requires public high schools and state colleges and universities to align their curricula by the fall semester of 2016 and to use multiple assessments for placement.