WSR 02-14-060




[ Filed June 27, 2002, 11:42 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 02-10-005.

Title of Rule: Amending WAC 250-40-030 of the Washington state work study program.

Purpose: To expand the definition of institutions eligible to participate in the Washington state work study program.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.80.240 and 28B.12.060.

Statute Being Implemented: SSB 5166.

Summary: In March 2002, SSB 5166 changed the program provisions governing institutional eligibility in the state work study program. Revised rules are needed to reflect statutory changes to the "eligible institution" definition. The proposed revised rules will recognize as eligible those institutions accredited by any of the six regional accrediting associations. The institution must operate as a nonprofit college or university, have a record of delivering on-site classroom instruction for a minimum of twenty consecutive years within the state of Washington, and be eligible to administer federal financial aid.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To align program administrative rules to correspond to recently amended program statute.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Betty Gebhardt, 917 Lakeridge Way, Olympia, WA 98501-3430, (360) 753-7852.

Name of Proponent: Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, governmental.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: This change is expected to initially add one or two schools to a program that currently has over fifty institutions participating.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: In 1974 when the state work study program was created, its statute specified as eligible institutions only those schools accredited by one regional association, the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. SSB 5166 passed in March 2002 and amended the statute to include branches of a member institution of an accrediting association recognized by rule of the board that has operated as a nonprofit college or university delivering on-site classroom instruction for a minimum of twenty consecutive years within the state of Washington. The proposed change would have the board recognize in the program rules that an eligible institution could also be accredited by one of five other regional associations.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: WAC 250-40-030 would now recognize all six regional accrediting associations.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. No impact on small business is anticipated.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. RCW [34.05.328] does not appear to apply in this matter.

Hearing Location: Higher Education Coordinating Board, 917 Lakeridge Way, Olympia, WA 98501-3430, on August 23, 2002, at 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Colleen Scovill at (360) 753-7850, TDD (360) 753-7809, by August 16, 2002.

Submit Written Comments to: Betty Gebhardt, Education Services, Associate Director, 917 Lakeridge Way, Olympia, WA 98501.

Date of Intended Adoption: September 27, 2002.

June 27, 2002

Betty Gebhardt

Associate Director


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 93-20-044, filed 9/29/93, effective 10/30/93)

WAC 250-40-030   Definitions.   (1) "Financial need" shall be the difference between the budgetary cost to the student attending an institution of postsecondary education and the total family contribution which the institutional financial aid administrator determines can reasonably be expected to be available to the student for meeting such costs.

(2) "Budgetary cost" of attending an institution shall consist of those costs required to support the individual and other costs in accordance with federal costs of attendance calculations during the period of enrollment. Budgets will reflect the applicable year's cost levels for tuition, room and board, transportation, books, supplies, personal expenses, and any other cost factors deemed necessary for consideration, consistent with WAC 250-40-040 (2)(a).

(3) "Total family contribution and resources" shall be consistent with amounts recognized by federal need analysis criteria, unless otherwise modified in accordance with these rules and program guidelines.

(4) "Washington resident" shall be defined as an individual who satisfies the requirements of RCW 28B.15.011 - 28B.15.013 except resident students defined in RCW 28B.15.012 (2)(e) and board-adopted rules and regulations pertaining to the determination of residency.

(5) "Eligible institution of postsecondary education" shall mean any postsecondary educational institution in the state of Washington accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges((,)); or a branch campus of a member institution accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, or Western Association of Schools and Colleges that is eligible for federal student financial aid assistance and has operated as a nonprofit college or university delivering on-site classroom instruction for a minimum of twenty consecutive years in the state of Washington; or any public technical colleges in the state of Washington.

(6) "Eligible employer" shall be defined as any eligible public institution of postsecondary education; any other nonprofit organization which is nonsectarian; or any profit-making nonsectarian employer producing a good or providing a service for sale or resale to others, which can and agrees to provide employment of a demonstrable benefit related to the student's postsecondary educational pursuits and which conducts business within the state of Washington; or any other employer approved by the higher education coordinating board. In approving an employer as eligible, the board or an institution acting as its agent will consider at the minimum:

(a) The relationship of the jobs to the students' educational objectives;

(b) The potential for displacement of regular employees;

(c) The rate of pay as compared to salaries and wages provided other employees engaged in similar work;

(d) The employer compliance with appropriate federal and state civil rights laws.

(7) "Dependent student" shall mean any post-high school student attending an eligible institution of postsecondary education who does not qualify as an independent student in accordance with subsection (8) of this section.

(8) "Independent student" shall mean any student who qualifies as an independent student for federal student aid.

(9) "Half-time student" means any student enrolled in at least one-half the credit hour or clock hour load defined by the institution as constituting expected full-time progress toward the particular degree or certificate.

(10) "Off-campus community service placements" shall include direct service, planning, or applied research that is designed to improve the quality of life for residents of the community served, particularly low-income residents, in such fields as health care, child care, education, literacy training, welfare, social services, public safety, crime prevention and control, transportation, recreation, housing and neighborhood improvement, rural development, and community improvement. Placements are identified by an institution through formal or informal consultation with local nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.12.020 - 28B.12.070. 93-20-044, 250-40-030, filed 9/29/93, effective 10/30/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.12.060. 88-10-002 (Order 3/88, Resolution No. 88-11), 250-40-030, filed 4/21/88; 87-16-047 (Order 1-87, Resolution No. 87-59), 250-40-030, filed 7/29/87; 82-15-054 (Order 5-82, Resolution No. 82-53), 250-40-030, filed 7/20/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.10.806. 81-13-037 (Order 3/81, Resolution No. 81-68), 250-40-030, filed 6/16/81; 79-07-020 (Order 4-79, Resolution No. 79-33), 250-40-030, filed 6/15/79; Order 5-77, 250-40-030, filed 5/11/77; Order 6-75, 250-40-030, filed 8/18/75; Order 6-74, 250-40-030, filed 9/17/74.]

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