State Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R- Grove City) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives accepted the Senate's addition of an emergency clause to House Bill 167, a bipartisan bill that makes obtaining a college degree more affordable.

State Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R- Grove City) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives accepted the Senate’s addition of an emergency clause to House Bill 167, a bipartisan bill that makes obtaining a college degree more affordable.

“As our students struggle to pay for college, I am pleased to co-sponsor legislation to assist our students. H.B. 167 is a much-needed update to broaden appropriate school-related expenses to a tax exempt status,” Grossman said in a press release.

Currently, students who qualify for a Pell Grant (federally funded-needs based) or an Ohio College Opportunity Grant (state funded-needs based) are able to pay for many of their education-related expenses from these federal and/or state grant funds. Tuition, fees, and books are allowable expenses and are exempt from federal and state income taxes.

However, the portion of these grants used for the purposes of room, board, and meal plans offered through the college are subject to federal and state income taxes. H.B. 167 broadens the “tax exempt” status of allowable expenses to include room, board and meal plans offered through the college.

The House unanimously concurred on the Senate’s changes, and House Bill 167 will now be sent to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.