The Senate Universities and Colleges Subcommittee unanimously passed a bill Monday that allows community and junior colleges to collect unpaid college debts through a set off against a debtor’s income tax return.
“Right now, colleges are owed an estimate of $98 million from students who previously attended the institutions,” said Kell Smith, a spokesman for the Mississippi Community College Board.
Sponsored by Sen. Josh Harkins, R-Rankin, Senate Bill 2326, goes to the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee for action.
SB 2326 died in committee on Tuesday.
A similar House bill passed that chamber easily last week.