WSR 03-19-108

PROPOSED RULES

HIGHER EDUCATION

COORDINATING BOARD

[ Filed September 16, 2003, 1:01 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-15-096.

Title of Rule: Promise scholarship satisfactory progress policy.

Purpose: To implement an academic satisfactory progress policy for the promise scholarship program.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.80.370, 28B.119.010(9), and 28B.119.020(3).

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28B.119.010(9).

Summary: Students receiving the promise scholarship must meet the satisfactory progress policy requirements at the school through which the scholarship has been disbursed, before an additional disbursement can be made. The satisfactory progress standards should be those used by the school for federal student aid.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: All other state student financial aid programs have satisfactory progress requirements. RCW 28B.119.020(3) gives the Higher Education Coordinating Board the authority to develop a satisfactory progress policy for the promise scholarship program. In addition, aid administrators have requested that the board implement a policy similar to the one proposed here.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: John Klacik, 917 Lakeridge Way, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 753-7851.

Name of Proponent: Higher Education Coordinating Board, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Students receiving a promise scholarship must meet certain credit completion standards in order to receive the succeeding term's payment. The academic standards are the same requirements that students meet for the continued receipt of federal student aid at the institution.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: WAC 250-80-060(1) is changed to add the satisfactory progress standard as a condition for the receipt of the scholarship.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule affects students at educational institutions, not businesses.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. The Higher Education Coordinating Board is not one of the named agencies affected by the RCW.

Hearing Location: Higher Education Coordinating Board, 917 Lakeridge Way, Conference Room, Olympia, WA 98504-3430, on October 21, 2003, at 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Belma Villa, (360) 753-7810, by October 17, 2003.

Submit Written Comments to: John Klacik, 917 Lakeridge Way, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430, e-mail johnk@hecb.wa.gov, fax (360) 704-6251, by 5:00 p.m., October 21, 2003.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 29, 2003.

September 16, 2003

John Klacik

Associate Director

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-08-082, filed 4/4/00, effective 5/5/00)

WAC 250-80-060   Grant disbursement.   (1) In order to receive a scholarship disbursement, eligible students must enroll ((on)) with at least a half-time status ((in order to receive a scholarship disbursement)) and be considered by the school to be making satisfactory progress in their course of study, according to the school's satisfactory progress policy for federal student aid.

(2) Grants to students will be disbursed in equal payments, once per term, across the three quarter or two semester academic year.

(3) State of Washington public colleges and universities may request payment for funds up to the limit of the per term award for each enrolled eligible student. The state public college or university may apply the proceeds of the scholarship to any outstanding debt owed by the student to the institution. The institution must disburse any remainder directly to the eligible student.

(4) Nonstate institutions may request that checks be written to eligible students attending their schools. The board will write individual warrants payable to each eligible student and delivered to the school for disbursement.

(5) The independent university and the private vocational school must disburse the warrant once the student's half-time or greater enrollment has been verified. The school may not withhold or delay disbursement for any reason other than for less than half-time enrollment. The school has thirty days to either disburse the warrant or return it to the board.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28B.80 RCW and 1999 c 309 611(6). 00-08-082, 250-80-060, filed 4/4/00, effective 5/5/00.]

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