chapter 72 EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

 

sECTION .0100 - GENERAL

 

10A NCAC 72 .0101 SCOPE

The rules in this Chapter implement the North Carolina Child Welfare Postsecondary Educational Support Program established by section 10.34(a) of Session Law 2007-323.

 

History Note: Authority S.L. 2007-323, s. 10.34;

Eff. June 1, 2008.

10A NCAC 72 .0102 DEFINITIONS

Unless the context indicates some other meaning, the words and terms below have the following meanings:

(1) "Academic Year" means a period of time in which a student normally completes the equivalent of at least two semesters or three quarters of academic work.

(2) "Approved Institution" means one of the branches of the University of North Carolina or one of the North Carolina community colleges.

(3) "Case Management Services" are a set of services provided by an agency contracting with the North Carolina Division of Social Services (DSS) for participating students and their families which are designed to support the student's successful postsecondary education experience. Such services include:

(a) processing and accepting applications for the program;

(b) certifying each eligible student and the amount of the Eligible Student's Scholarship and communicating this information to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority to authorize release of funds;

(c) compiling accurate databases of resources in the students' academic communities that can help students succeed in school;

(d) providing or arranging for counseling regarding academic issues as well as other concerns that may affect the performance of the student;

(e) communicating with and advising students on academic issues;

(f) providing consistent, regular contact with students throughout their postsecondary experience;

(g) being available to students experiencing crisis;

(h) providing or arranging for emergency housing up to two weeks for students who have no safe place to live when school is out of session;

(i) if allowed by the student, being available to consult with student's families and staff of local Departments of Social Services regarding student's postsecondary experiences;

(j) monitoring grades and the individual's course of study, and evaluating progress toward goal achievement;

(k) maintaining records for each individual student regarding their academic progress and assistance provided; and

(l) providing quarterly program reports of case management services to the contract administrator at the Division of Social Services.

(4) "Cost of Attendance" Costs of attendance are defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965(20 U.S.C. 108711), which includes tuition, fees, room, board, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. This amount is established by each institution. This grant is limited to cost of attendance less other grants or scholarships from federal, state, or other sources.

(5) "Education Training Voucher" (ETV) means the Federal scholarship program funded by the John Chafee Foster Care Independence Act 42 U.S.C. 677, which benefits young adults who were in the custody of the Department of Social Services at or after age 17 or were adopted from public foster care after the age of 12.

(6) "Eligible Student" means a student who:

(a) has completed the requirements for secondary education (high school diploma or GED) and has not yet achieved his or her 26th birthday;

(b) is pursuing an undergraduate degree, diploma, or certificate at an approved institution on at least a half-time basis;

(c) was in the custody of a North Carolina local Department of Social Services on his or her 18th birthday, or was adopted from the North Carolina foster care system on or after his or her 12th birthday;

(d) is making satisfactory progress toward completion of the course of undergraduate study as defined in Rule .0201 of this Chapter.

(7) "Fiscal Year" means each annual period which begins on July 1 in any calendar year and ends on June 30 the following calendar year.

(8) "Higher Education Act" means Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1070, et seq.

(9) "Matriculated Status" means the student is recognized by the approved institution as a student in a defined program of study leading to an associate's degree, baccalaureate degree, diploma or certificate.

(10) "Pell Grant" means the needs based scholarship program administered by the federal government to benefit low income baccalaureate and postgraduate students.

(11) "Program" means the Postsecondary Educational Support Scholarship program (NC Reach) established by Section 10.34(a) of Session Law 2007-323.

(12) "Residence Manual" means the most current edition of A Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of Student Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes as adopted by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina.

(13) "Scholarship" means an award for education awarded to an eligible student under the program.

 

History Note: Authority S.L. 2007-323, s. 10.34;

Eff. June 1, 2008.

 

section .0200 - Student Eligibility for Scholarships, Satisfactory Progress Requirements

 

10A NCAC 72 .0201 GENERAL RULE

Subject to availability of funds a student may receive a scholarship for an academic year if the approved institution at which the student is enrolled, or admitted for enrollment, determines that the student:

(1) Meets all of the eligibility requirements established in this Chapter;

(2) Is a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes under G.S. 116-143.1 and the Residence Manual;

(3) Has complied with the registration requirements of the Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. A. 451 et seq.) or is exempt from registration requirements;

(4) Is not in default, or does not owe a refund, under any federal or state loan or grant program.

 

History Note: Authority S.L. 2007-323, s. 10.34;

Eff. June 1, 2008.

 

10A NCAC 72 .0202 SATISFACTORY PROGRESS REQUIREMENT

An eligible student may receive a scholarship for the eligible student's subsequent academic years provided that, for each subsequent academic year, the eligible student meets the standards by which the approved institution measures a student's satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a program of study for the purposes of determining eligibility for federal financial aid under the Higher Education Act. Any eligible student who is placed on academic probation may continue to receive a NC Reach scholarship for one additional semester if the approved institution allows the student to continue in matriculated status. If the student fails to make satisfactory academic progress in the semester or term subsequent to the term in which he received academic probation, NC Reach assistance shall be discontinued for at least one full academic year.

 

History Note: Authority S.L. 2007-323, s. 10.34;

Eff. June 1, 2008.

 

10A NCAC 72 .0203 LIMITATION OF AWARD

An eligible student may not receive an NC Reach scholarship for more than a total of four school years, to include the Spring and Fall terms and summer school.

 

History Note: Authority S.L. 2007-323, s. 10.34;

Eff. June 1, 2008.

 

section .0300 - Application

 

10A NCAC 72 .0301 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCEDURES

(a) Method of Applying for Scholarships. Students shall apply directly for NC Reach through the agency which contracts with the Division of Social Services to provide case management services for the NC Reach recipients.

(b) Determination of eligible students. Eligibility for the NC Reach program shall be verified by employees of the custodial county Department of Social Services or the State Division of Social Services.

(c) Scholarships within an Academic Year. An Eligible Student may receive a scholarship for one or more semesters or quarters, provided that the eligible student's total financial aid from the Education Training Voucher and Pell Grant and the NC Reach scholarship does not exceed the total cost of attendance.

(d) Denial of Scholarship Applications. The Case Management contractor shall notify any student whose application is denied regarding the reasons for the denial.

 

History Note: Authority S.L. 2007-323, s. 10.34;

Eff. June 1, 2008.