Chapter 28B.119 RCW

WASHINGTON PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Sections

28B.119.005IntentFinding.
28B.119.010Program designParameters.
28B.119.020Implementation and administration.
28B.119.030Funding for state need grant program not impaired.
28B.119.040Requirements for students receiving home-based instruction not affected.
28B.119.050Washington promise scholarship account.
28B.119.900Effective date2002 c 204.


28B.119.005
Intent—Finding.

The legislature intends to strengthen the link between postsecondary education and K-12 education by creating the Washington promise scholarship program for academically successful high school graduates from low and middle-income families. The legislature finds that, increasingly, an individual's economic viability is contingent on postsecondary educational opportunities, yet the state's full financial obligation is eliminated after the twelfth grade. Students who work hard in kindergarten through twelfth grade and successfully complete high school with high academic marks may not have the financial ability to attend college because they cannot obtain financial aid or the financial aid is insufficient.



28B.119.010
Program design—Parameters.

The office of student financial assistance shall design the Washington promise scholarship program based on the following parameters:
(1) Scholarships shall be awarded to students graduating from public and approved private high schools under chapter 28A.195 RCW, students participating in home-based instruction as provided in chapter 28A.200 RCW, and persons twenty-one years of age or younger receiving a high school equivalency certificate as provided in RCW 28B.50.536, who meet both an academic and a financial eligibility criteria.
(a) Academic eligibility criteria shall be defined as follows:
(i) Beginning with the graduating class of 2002, students graduating from public and approved private high schools under chapter 28A.195 RCW must be in the top fifteen percent of their graduating class, as identified by each respective high school at the completion of the first term of the student's senior year; or
(ii) Students graduating from public high schools, approved private high schools under chapter 28A.195 RCW, students participating in home-based instruction as provided in chapter 28A.200 RCW, and persons twenty-one years of age or younger receiving a high school equivalency certificate as provided in RCW 28B.50.536, must equal or exceed a cumulative scholastic assessment test I score of twelve hundred on their first attempt or must equal or exceed a composite American college test score of twenty-seven on their first attempt.
(b) To meet the financial eligibility criteria, a student's family income shall not exceed one hundred thirty-five percent of the state median family income adjusted for family size, as determined by the office of student financial assistance for each graduating class. Students not meeting the eligibility requirements for the first year of scholarship benefits may reapply for the second year of benefits, but must still meet the income standard set by the office for the student's graduating class.
(2) Promise scholarships are not intended to supplant any grant, scholarship, or tax program related to postsecondary education. If the office of student financial assistance finds that promise scholarships supplant or reduce any grant, scholarship, or tax program for categories of students, then the office shall adjust the financial eligibility criteria or the amount of scholarship to the level necessary to avoid supplanting.
(3) Within available funds, each qualifying student shall receive two consecutive annual awards, the value of each not to exceed the full-time annual resident tuition rates charged by Washington's community colleges. The office of student financial assistance shall award scholarships to as many students as possible from among those qualifying under this section.
(4) By October 15th of each year, the office of student financial assistance shall determine the award amount of the scholarships, after taking into consideration the availability of funds.
(5) The scholarships may only be used for undergraduate coursework at accredited institutions of higher education in the state of Washington.
(6) The scholarships may be used for undergraduate coursework at Oregon institutions of higher education that are part of the border county higher education opportunity project in RCW 28B.76.685 when those institutions offer programs not available at accredited institutions of higher education in Washington state.
(7) The scholarships may be used for college-related expenses, including but not limited to, tuition, room and board, books, and materials.
(8) The scholarships may not be awarded to any student who is pursuing a degree in theology.
(9) The office of student financial assistance may establish satisfactory progress standards for the continued receipt of the promise scholarship.
(10) The office of student financial assistance shall establish the time frame within which the student must use the scholarship.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Part headings not law2004 c 275: See note following RCW 28B.76.090.



28B.119.020
Implementation and administration.

The office of student financial assistance, with the assistance of the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall implement and administer the Washington promise scholarship program described in RCW 28B.119.010 as follows:
(1) The first scholarships shall be awarded to eligible students enrolling in postsecondary education in the 2002-03 academic year.
(2) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall provide information to the office of student financial assistance that is necessary for implementation of the program. The office of student financial assistance and the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall jointly establish a timeline and procedures necessary for accurate and timely data reporting.
(a) For students meeting the academic eligibility criteria as provided in RCW 28B.119.010(1)(a), the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall provide the office of student financial assistance with student names, addresses, birth dates, and unique numeric identifiers.
(b) Public and approved private high schools under chapter 28A.195 RCW shall provide requested information necessary for implementation of the program to the office of the superintendent of public instruction within the established timeline.
(c) All student data is confidential and may be used solely for the purposes of providing scholarships to eligible students.
(3) The office of student financial assistance may adopt rules to implement this chapter.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.119.030
Funding for state need grant program not impaired.

The Washington promise scholarship program shall not be funded at the expense of the state need grant program as defined in chapter 28B.92 RCW. In administering the state need grant and promise scholarship programs, the office of student financial assistance shall first ensure that eligibility for state need grant recipients is at least fifty-five percent of state median family income.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Part headings not law2004 c 275: See note following RCW 28B.76.090.



28B.119.040
Requirements for students receiving home-based instruction not affected.

This chapter shall not be construed to change current state requirements for students who received home-based instruction under chapter 28A.200 RCW.



28B.119.050
Washington promise scholarship account.

(1) The Washington promise scholarship account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. The account shall be a nontreasury account retaining its interest earnings in accordance with RCW 43.79A.040.
(2) The office of student financial assistance shall deposit in the account all money received for the program. The account shall be self-sustaining and consist of funds appropriated by the legislature for the Washington promise scholarship program, private contributions to the program, and refunds of Washington promise scholarships.
(3) Expenditures from the account shall be used for scholarships to eligible students.
(4) With the exception of the operating costs associated with the management of the account by the treasurer's office as authorized in chapter 43.79A RCW, the account shall be credited with all investment income earned by the account.
(5) Disbursements from the account are exempt from appropriations and the allotment provisions of chapter 43.88 RCW.
(6) Disbursements from the account shall be made only on the authorization of the office of student financial assistance.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.119.900
Effective date—2002 c 204.

This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [March 27, 2002].