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WAC 250-65-030

Eligibility criteria.

(1) Student eligibility. In order to be eligible for a conditional scholarship under this program the student must:
(a) Be registered for a minimum of ten credit hours or the equivalent, at the time of disbursement, during any term for which a scholarship disbursement is issued.
Calculation of equivalency. In recognition of the fact that participating institutions have different academic calendars and apply different full-time enrollment definitions, the ten credit hour equivalent standard is defined as follows: As ten credit hours is 5/6's (10/12) of the minimum twelve credit hours required for full-time undergraduate enrollment, a course load that by institutional standard is the equivalent of 5/6's of a minimum full-time course load satisfies the threshold course load requirement of the future teacher conditional scholarship program.
(b) Demonstrate achievement of at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average for students entering an eligible institution of higher education directly from high school; or maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average or the equivalent for each academic year in an institution of higher education, calculated at the end of each academic year. In the case of extenuating circumstances, the board may waive the grade point average requirement, with cause.
(c) Be classified as a resident student of the state of Washington for tuition and fee purposes.
(d) Be capable, in the opinion of the institution, of maintaining good standing in a course of study while funded by the program, and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward degree or certificate completion.
(e) Have declared an intention to complete an approved preparation program as determined by the institution leading to initial teacher certification or required for earning an additional endorsement, or a college or university graduate who is registered for at least ten credit hours per term, or the equivalent, and is seeking an additional teaching endorsement or initial teaching certification.
(f) Not be pursuing a degree in theology.
(2) While evidence of documented financial need is not a prerequisite for program participation, the board may include need as an element of the criteria for the screening and selection of recipients for approximately half of the program's recipients.
(3) Criteria for institutional determination of financial need and the making of awards:
(a) Budgetary costs will be determined by the institution subject to approval by the higher education coordinating board.
(b) Total applicant resources shall be determined according to the federal methodology system of need analysis. Institutional financial aid officers may make reasonable adjustments to the computed total applicant resources if individual circumstances warrant such adjustments. In addition, nonliquid assets in the form of equity in the primary residence and net worth of business or farm may be disregarded in the computation of total applicant resources.
(c) The conditional scholarship, when offered in conjunction with other forms of governmentally provided student financial assistance, shall be designed in such a manner that the sum total of financial aid awarded any one student will not exceed the difference between the total applicant's resources and the budgetary cost of education.
(4) Institutional eligibility criteria.
Each institution must have a policy relating to the continuance of aid for students who enroll in but do not complete the number of credit or clock hours required to maintain satisfactory progress toward completion of his or her degree or program objective. The institution must submit its policy to the board annually for approval.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 28B.80 and 28B.102 RCW. WSR 93-19-022, § 250-65-030, filed 9/3/93, effective 10/4/93. Statutory Authority: Chapter 28B.102 RCW. WSR 88-03-008 (Order 1/88, Resolution No. 87-81), § 250-65-030, filed 1/8/88.]
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