WSR 07-22-015

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HIGHER EDUCATION

COORDINATING BOARD

[ Filed October 26, 2007, 8:11 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: 1. Accommodate the statutory extension of the less-than-halftime pilot study, adjustments needed in rules.

2. Consider potential revisions to the grant structure for part-time and full-time students.

3. Make minor technical changes and corrections.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 28B.92 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Recognize statutory changes from the 2007 legislative session that extended the state need grant (SNG) less-than-halftime pilot for four more years, opened it up to all SNG participating schools, and required certain changes in how income from child support is considered in eligibility determinations.

Accommodate possible recommendations and board action on the method of computing part-time student awards. A student financial assistance workgroup is currently analyzing options and may be making recommendations to the board. The resulting recommendations could potentially affect the full-time award structure as well.

Technical changes needed to accommodate previous changes to statutes and for clarifying purposes.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and student financial assistance workgroup.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by submitting Julie Japhet, Higher Education Coordinating Board, 919 Lakeridge Way, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

October 26, 2007

Julie Japhet

Assistant Director

Student Financial Assistance Division

Washington State Code Reviser's Office