WSR 98-22-062

PERMANENT RULES

STATE BOARD FOR

COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES

[Filed November 2, 1998, 2:00 p.m.]



Date of Adoption: October 31, 1998.

Purpose: Tuition and fees and description of state board organization.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: New section WAC 131-28-005; repealing WAC 131-28-080, 131-28-085, and 131-28-090; and amending WAC 131-28-015, 131-28-025, 131-28-02501, 131-28-026, 131-28-027, 131-28-045, and 131-276-030.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 28.50 [28B.50] RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 98-18-064 on August 31, 1998.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Minor revisions approved by the state board in June 1998 in compliance with Governor's Executive Order 97-02, regarding regulatory reform.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, amended 7, repealed 3.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, amended 7, repealed 3.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, amended 7, repealed 3.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

October 31, 1998

Claire C. Krueger

Executive Assistant

OTS-1973.3

NEW SECTION



WAC 131-28-005  Tuition and fees for community colleges established. Tuition and fees for community colleges are established in chapter 28B.15 RCW. Technical colleges are required to administer tuition and tuition waivers under policies and procedures of their respective boards of trustees. This chapter applies only to community colleges unless technical colleges are specified.



[]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-13-070, filed 6/20/95, effective 7/21/95)



WAC 131-28-015  Assessment of tuition and fee charges. It shall be the general policy of the state board that all tuition and services and activities fees shall be assessed on a uniform and equitable basis, except when the requirement to pay all or part of such fees has been specifically waived or altered by law or by regulation of the state board or the district board of trustees. Students must pay tuition and fees to be enrolled in courses unless a waiver is allowed.



[Statutory Authority: Chapters 28B.15 and 28B.50 RCW. 95-13-070, 131-28-015, filed 6/20/95, effective 7/21/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502. 89-14-037 (Order 116, Resolution No. 89-16), 131-28-015, filed 6/29/89; Order 12, 131-28-015, filed 7/22/71.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-13-070, filed 6/20/95, effective 7/21/95)



WAC 131-28-025  Method of assessing tuition and fee charges. (1) For academic and occupational regular or short courses, tuition and fees charged to students:

(a) Shall be based upon the number of credits assigned to such courses as listed in the official and current catalog of the college, or for courses not given such credit designations, the number of credit equivalents as computed by the method for deriving such equivalents established by the state board.

(b) Shall be assessed on a per-credit basis at uniform rates for resident and for nonresident students, ((provided:

That)) respectively. Partial credits shall be assessed on a proportionate basis. The respective maximums charged to any resident or nonresident student shall not exceed the amount specified in chapter 28B.15 RCW.

(c) Shall be assessed for part-time students, for each credit of registration or its equivalent, at the rate of one-tenth of the total combined tuition and services and activities fees charged to full-time students consistent with chapter 28B.15 RCW.

(d) Shall include an additional operating fee for each credit in excess of eighteen at the rate of one-tenth of the tuition fee charged to full-time students.

(e) Shall be no less than two times the amount of tuition and services and activities fees charged for one credit.

(2) For student funded courses, fees charged to students:

(a) Shall be designated as a special fee, all revenue from which shall be used for the general operations and maintenance of the college;

(b) Shall be assessed at a rate sufficient to defray the direct and indirect costs of offering such courses.

(3) Nothing herein shall be construed to be a restriction on the right of the district board of trustees to assess additional noninstructional fees and special fees to cover unique instructional costs or expendable instructional materials related to any course offered by a college district.



[Statutory Authority: Chapters 28B.15 and 28B.50 RCW. 95-13-070, 131-28-025, filed 6/20/95, effective 7/21/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502 and 1992 c 231, 232 and 238. 92-14-033 (Order 139, Resolution No. 92-06-39), 131-28-025, filed 6/23/92, effective 7/24/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502. 89-14-037 (Order 116, Resolution No. 89-16), 131-28-025, filed 6/29/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502 and 28B.15.740. 82-22-023 (Order 94, Resolution No. 82-37), 131-28-025, filed 10/26/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.500 as amended by chapter 257, Laws of 1981. 81-19-060 (Order 89, Resolution No. 81-65), 131-28-025, filed 9/14/81. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.04 RCW and WAC 1-12-065. 78-07-064 (Order 71, Resolution No. 78-29), 131-28-025, filed 6/30/78; Order 39, 131-28-025, filed 6/27/75; Order 24, 131-28-025, filed 3/21/74; Order 12, 131-28-025, filed 7/22/71.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-13-070, filed 6/20/95, effective 7/21/95)



WAC 131-28-02501  Waivers. Community college boards may grant waivers from the standard tuition and fees rate for ungraded courses designated in WAC 131-28-026(3) and to students who qualify under a waiver created in Title 28B RCW.

Except for ungraded courses, colleges shall ((not waiver)) waive the building fee ((or)), services and activities fees ((at a percentage rate greater than the percentage rate of waiver for)), and operating fees in equal proportion.

Colleges may not impose conditions or eligibility criteria beyond that specified in this chapter or Title 28B RCW. Colleges may restrict the number of waivers granted.

Colleges may round the amount waived to the nearest dollar.



[Statutory Authority: Chapters 28B.15 and 28B.50 RCW. 95-13-070, 131-28-02501, filed 6/20/95, effective 7/21/95.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-03-049, filed 1/12/96, effective 1/12/96)



WAC 131-28-026  Tuition charges for certain ungraded courses. (1) The state board shall designate ungraded courses. These courses may be offered at tuition rates that differ from the standard rates set by WAC 131-28-025.

(2) Ungraded courses shall meet the following qualifications:

(a) The primary intent of offering the course is other than providing academic credit applicable to an associate or higher degree.

(b) The course has a specialized purpose in that it is intended to meet the unique educational needs of a specific category or group of students.

(c) The course is offered for the purpose of providing the individual student with a discrete skill or basic body of knowledge other than that intended to lead to initial employment.

(d) The course cannot be administered as a contract course pursuant to WAC 131-28-027, 131-32-010, or 131-32-020.

(e) The course is not offered primarily as an integral part of any lower-division curriculum or program.

(f) The course is not one specifically or primarily intended to satisfy requirements for receiving a high school diploma.

(3) Colleges may establish the amount of waiver for the following ungraded courses:

(a) Farm management and small business management;

(b) Emergency medical technician and paramedic continuing education;

(c) Retirement;

(d) Industrial first aid offered to satisfy WISHA and approved by the department of labor and industries;

(e) Journeyperson training in cooperation with joint apprenticeship and training committees.

(4) The waiver amounts for the following ungraded courses shall conform with the following schedule:

(a) Adult basic education, English as a second language, GED preparation: No charge.

(b) Parent education involving a cooperative preschool program: Eighty-five percent reduction from the standard per credit tuition and services activities fee charge. Parent education students taking eleven to eighteen credits shall not be charged for those credits.

(c) Courses offered for the purpose of satisfying related or supplemental educational requirements for apprentices indentured with the Washington state apprenticeship council or federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training: ((Sixty percent)) Two-thirds reduction from the standard per credit tuition and services and activities fee charge. The college may convert the credit hour charge to a rounded amount per clock hour((: Provided, That until June 1, 1997, the waiver shall be two-thirds)). Colleges may not deduct the tuition owed from training contract with apprentice organizations.

(5) Students taking both regular and ungraded courses will be charged separately for the courses.

(6) Application of this section shall be subject to administrative procedures established by the state director with respect to maximum credit values of such ungraded courses, curriculum, or any unique circumstances related to enrollment in such courses.

(7) Ungraded course fees received pursuant to this section shall be accounted for and deposited in local community college operating fee accounts established in RCW 28B.15.031.

(8) Ungraded course fees may be paid by the sponsoring entity rather than an individual student.



[Statutory Authority: Chapters 28B.15 and 28B.50 RCW. 96-03-049, 131-28-026, filed 1/12/96, effective 1/12/96; 95-13-070, 131-28-026, filed 6/20/95, effective 7/21/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502 and 1992 c 231, 232 and 238. 92-14-033 (Order 139, Resolution No. 92-06-39), 131-28-026, filed 6/23/92, effective 7/24/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502. 91-21-011 (Order 133, Resolution No. 91-49), 131-28-026, filed 10/4/91, effective 11/4/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.090 (7)(d) and (10), 28B.50.851, 28B.15.502(4), 28B.15.522, 28B.50.140(3) and 1990 c 29. 90-20-009 (Order 122, Resolution Nos. 90-42 and 90-43), 131-28-026, filed 9/20/90, effective 10/21/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502. 89-14-037 (Order 116, Resolution No. 89-16), 131-28-026, filed 6/29/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502 and 28B.15.740. 82-22-023 (Order 94, Resolution No. 82-37), 131-28-026, filed 10/26/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502. 82-11-035 (Order 93, Resolution No. 82-16), 131-28-026, filed 5/11/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.500 as amended by chapter 257, Laws of 1981. 81-19-060 (Order 89, Resolution No. 81-65), 131-28-026, filed 9/14/81. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.04 RCW and WAC 1-12-065. 78-07-064 (Order 71, Resolution No. 78-29), 131-28-026, filed 6/30/78; Order 63 and Emergency Order 64, 131-28-026, filed 9/13/77, effective 9/13/77; Order 25, 131-28-026, filed 4/22/74, effective 7/1/74.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 101, Resolution No. 84-58, filed 10/23/84)



WAC 131-28-027  Community and technical college costs and special fees for contracted educational services. (1) College districts that choose to offer contractual educational courses or services, as authorized by RCW 28B.50.140(16), to private or governmental entities shall establish a special fee for the service or course to be paid by the entity involved. Such special fee shall be set forth in the contractual agreement establishing such courses or services.

(2) Contractual educational courses or services may be offered when a district makes a determination that it is not reasonably feasible for financial or other reasons, to offer such courses or services as a part of the regular curriculum. Upon making such determination, the district may offer such courses or services and shall limit participation therein to employees, agents, or members of the particular entity.

(3) ((Contractual educational courses or services are those instructional courses which may be provided to meet special instructional needs of military, corporate, or other governmental or private entities where enrollments will be limited to the membership of the entity and includes administrative, organizational, research, public service or program development services of the college district.

(4))) Any enrollments generated through contracts for educational courses or services developed ((pursuant to this regulation)) shall be excluded from the official state funded enrollment level of the college so that there will not be any state funding for such courses or services.

(((5))) (4) The special fee charged for any such contractual educational course or service shall be retained by the college district to defray the cost of such course or service and may be used for the general operations and maintenance of the college district.

(((6))) (5) The special fees charged pursuant to this regulation shall be sufficient to offset the full instructional costs of offering the course or service. Calculation of the full instructional cost level shall include all direct and indirect costs ((such as those for salaries and related benefits; supplies, public information; business services for budgeting, auditing, financial reporting, purchasing, payroll, and cashiering; mail service, postage, telephone; admissions; registration; data processing; and maintenance of any public facilities used)).

(((7))) (6) If the instructor for any course performs such services as a paid employee or personal services contractor of another state agency, the course shall be considered a contract course subject to the provisions of this section, except when reimbursement for such services is made to the other agency by the college district.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140(16). 84-21-111 (Order 101, Resolution No. 84-58), 131-28-027, filed 10/23/84. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.04 RCW and WAC 1-12-065. 78-07-064 (Order 71, Resolution No. 78-29), 131-28-027, filed 6/30/78; Order 65, 131-28-027, filed 9/13/77.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-13-070, filed 6/20/95, effective 7/21/95)



WAC 131-28-045  Procedure for implementing tuition and fee waivers authorized pursuant to RCW 28B.15.740. (1) ((Tuition and fee waivers for needy students in any fiscal year shall not exceed three percent of any community college district's estimated total collections of tuition and services and activities fees had no such waivers been made, after deducting the portion of that total amount which is attributable to the difference between resident and nonresident tuition and fees.

(2) The estimated total collection of tuition and service and activities fees shall be based on budgeted, state supported, four-quarter annual average enrollment.

(3) Each district may waive an amount not to exceed three percent of the estimated collections in the event that actual enrollments or collections exceed estimated collections. Conversely, the three percent waiver capacity based upon estimated collections is allowable even though actual collections may not be as high as the estimate.

(4) Districts desiring to exceed their individual three percent waiver capacity may do so only upon written approval from the state director of the state board, or designee. This waiver capacity can only be granted to a district after it has been determined that the total waiver capacity for the community college system is not being utilized as a result of other districts waiving at levels less than the three percent capacity.

(5) At least three-fourths of the total amount waived by any district shall be for needy students who are eligible to pay resident tuition and fee rates as defined in RCW 28B.15.012 through 28B.15.015 and the remainder may be for other students as determined by the board of trustees, except that no such waivers shall be based on participation in intercollegiate athletic programs.)) Community colleges may waive the tuition and service and activities fees for needy resident students under the provisions of RCW 28B.15.740. The amount that can be waived under this provision is limited by the waiver limits set forth in RCW 28B.15.910.

(2) In addition, colleges may waive up to three-quarters of one percent of the estimated gross collection of tuition and service and activities fees for other students. These waivers are not to be awarded based on participation in intercollegiate athletics. The estimated gross collection of tuition and service and activities fees shall be based on budgeted, state supported, annual average enrollment, after deducting the portion of the gross amount which is attributed to the difference between resident and nonresident tuition and fees.



[Statutory Authority: Chapters 28B.15 and 28B.50 RCW. 95-13-070, 131-28-045, filed 6/20/95, effective 7/21/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502. 89-14-037 (Order 116, Resolution No. 89-16), 131-28-045, filed 6/29/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.740. 86-22-026 (Order 110, Resolution No. 86-42), 131-28-045, filed 10/30/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.502 and 28B.15.740. 82-22-023 (Order 94, Resolution No. 82-37), 131-28-045, filed 10/26/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.530. 80-08-045 (Order 83, Resolution No. 80-29), 131-28-045, filed 6/30/80. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.15.520, 28B.15.525, and 28B.15.530. 78-06-058 (Order 70, Resolution No. 78-24), 131-28-045, filed 5/24/78; Order 47, 131-28-045, filed 9/12/75.]



REPEALER



The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:



WAC 131-28-080 Tuition and fee waivers for senior citizens.

WAC 131-28-085 Tuition and fee waivers for full-time community college employees.

WAC 131-28-090 Tuition and fee waivers for unemployed and underemployed resident students.

OTS-2436.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 18, filed 7/2/73)



WAC 131-276-030  Description of organization of the state board for community and technical colleges ((education)). The state board for community and technical colleges ((education)) is a state agency organized under RCW 28B.50.050. The administrative office of the board and its staff are located at the WEA Building, 319 East 7th Avenue, Olympia, Washington.



[Order 18, 131-276-030, filed 7/2/73.]