52-5-112. University aid to residents of schools. The department of corrections may, on the recommendation of the superintendent, authorize a resident of a correctional facility who has completed high school and who is otherwise eligible to receive up to $800 per year toward the resident's expenses incurred in attending a unit of the Montana university system. The money may be used for transportation, clothing, books, board, and room and must be paid in the same manner as other expenses of the school. The board of regents of higher education may waive fees and tuition for these residents pursuant to 20-25-421. No more than eight residents of each correctional facility may receive these benefits each year. The department shall notify the board of regents before August 1 of each year of the residents that it has designated to receive the benefits for the next school year.