The Senate Education Committee is expecting at least one resolution and one bill to come from the education subcommittees.
The larger committee heard reports Thursday. Education Subcommittee B adopted both pieces of legislation - a resolution calling on Congress to look into student loan and repayment and a bill that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed last year on technicalities.
The bill, House Bill 2738, would have affected scholarships for students studying health sciences and the Academic Common Market, a program that allows West Virginia students to study at out-of-state schools that offer programs not available in West Virginia.
The tuition is funded through a Southern Regional Education Board program at $1.3 million annually, said Rob Anderson, executive vice chancellor for administration for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
The bill affected the study areas of veterinary science, podiatry and optometry.
But Anderson said there should be some changes to the program to shore up funding for the future.
"There needs to be some type of service for the state of West Virginia," Anderson said.
For example, if a student goes out-of-state to study optometry, the student should return to West Virginia after graduation to practice. For each year the student practices in-state, part of the loan would be forgiven. If a student doesn't return to West Virginia, he would be expected to repay the loan, and that money would go into an account to help fund the program's future students.
"These funds are tight and competitive," Anderson said. But, he noted tracking down students who don't return to the Mountain State could be difficult.
Despite that, Anderson said the program is working and sets higher standards for student participants. The HEPC is working to establish relationships with regional schools, such as Virginia Tech, to expand the number of slots available in these programs to West Virginia students.
"Some of these programs are so costly it makes sense for us to send our students to these schools and come back to West Virginia to practice and use those skills," Anderson said.