Family-income Check For Okla. Scholarship Debated

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A second income check requirement for a college scholarship program is being debated.

The Oklahoman reports the Oklahoma's Promise program is touted as a tax-supported scholarship for students whose families earn less than $50,000 a year, provided the students meet certain requirements.

But almost 500 students whose family income was $100,000 or more received the scholarship in the 2009-10 school year. Legislators have set a second income check requirement that takes effect with students starting college in 2012. It will allow students with family incomes up to $100,000 to still receive the scholarship.

Jonathan Smith, the fiscal policy director for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, says the $100,000 cap is too high. But Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, says lawmakers want to allow for growth in family income over time.