§ 16-62-2. Findings.
The purpose of this chapter is to authorize a system of financial assistance, consisting of grants, loans, and other aids, for qualified inhabitants of the state to enable them to obtain a postsecondary education by attending public or private educational institutions both within and without the state. The general assembly has found and declares that it is in the public interest and essential to the welfare and well being of the inhabitants of the state and to the proper growth and development of the state to foster and provide financial assistance to inhabitants of the state, properly qualified for it, in order to help them to obtain a postsecondary education. The general assembly has found that many inhabitants of the state who are fully qualified to enroll in appropriate educational institutions for furthering their education beyond the high school level lack the financial means and are unable, without financial assistance as authorized under this chapter, to pay the cost of that education, with a consequent irreparable loss to the state of valuable talents vital to its welfare. The general assembly has determined that the establishment of a proper system of financial assistance for that objective purpose serves a public purpose and is fully consistent with the long established policy of the state to encourage, promote and assist the education of the people of the state.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 44, § 1.)