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WVC 18 C- CHAPTER 18C. STUDENT LOANS; SCHOLARSHIPS AND STATE AID.

WVC 18 C- 1 - ARTICLE 1. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GENERALLY.


WVC 18 C- 1 - 1 §18C-1-1. Legislative findings; purpose; administration generally; reporting.
(a) The Legislature makes the following findings:

(1) Although enrollments in institutions of higher education in this state and throughout the nation continue to increase at a rapid pace, West Virginia has not developed sufficiently the state's human talent and resources because many able, but needy, students are not able to finance a higher education program;

(2) The state can achieve its full economic and social potential only when the following elements are in place:

(A) Every individual has the opportunity to contribute to the full extent of his or her capability; and

(B) The state assists in removing financial barriers to the individual's education goals that remain after he or she has used all resources and work opportunities available;

(b) The ultimate state goal in providing student financial aid is to create a culture that values education, to improve the quality of the workforce and to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of West Virginia.

(c) The Vice Chancellor for Administration has a ministerial duty to administer, oversee and monitor all state and federal student financial aid programs administered at the state level in accordance with established rules under the direction of the commission and council and in consultation with the Higher Education Student Financial Aid Advisory Board.

(d) These programs include, but are not limited to, the following programs:

(1) The Guaranteed Student Loan Program, which may be administered by a private nonprofit agency;

(2) The Medical Student Loan Program;

(3) The Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program;

(4) The Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship Program;

(5) The West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program;

(6) The Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student Grant Program;

(7) The West Virginia Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-State Student Excellence (PROMISE) Scholarship Program;

(8) The Higher Education Student Assistance Loan Program established pursuant to article twenty-two-d, chapter eighteen of this code;

(9) The West Virginia College Prepaid Tuition and Savings Program established pursuant to article thirty, chapter eighteen of this code, which is administered by the State Treasurer;

(10) The state aid programs for students of optometry, pursuant to article three of this chapter;

(11) The state aid programs for students of veterinary medicine pursuant to section six-a, article eleven, chapter eighteen of this code;

(12) Any reciprocal program and contract program for student aid established pursuant to sections three and four, article four, chapter eighteen-b of this code;

(13) Any other state-level student aid programs in this code; and

(14) Any federal grant or contract student assistance or support programs administered at the state level.

(e) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, the Vice Chancellor for Administration shall prepare a single, comprehensive report regarding the implementation of the financial aid programs identified in subsection (d) of this section which are administered under his or her supervision. The report shall be provided to the commission and the council and shall be presented to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability no later than November 30, 2009, and annually thereafter. The report shall address all financial aid issues for which reports are required in this code, as well as any findings and recommendations.


WVC 18 C- 1 - 2 §18C-1-2. Definitions.

                       Definitions for terms used in this chapter have the meanings ascribed to them in section two, article one, chapter eighteen-b of this code unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

                       (a) "Board" or "governing board" in the singular or plural means the vice chancellor for administration employed pursuant to section two, article four, chapter eighteen-b of this code when a power or duty assigned to a governing board is delegated by it to the senior administrator. In other instances as used in this chapter, "board" or "governing board" in the singular or plural means the Higher Education Policy Commission or the Council for Community and Technical College Education, as appropriate.

                       (b) "Senior administrator" means the vice chancellor for administration employed pursuant to section two, article four, chapter eighteen-b of this code.
WVC 18 C- 1 - 3 §18C-1-3. Additional legislative findings; purpose of financial aid programs.
(a) Legislative findings:

(1) Education attainment is inextricably linked to economic development, and, in the current global economy, the state is competing not only with other states, but also with other countries;

(2) The federal government no longer funds student financial aid as generously as it has in the past. Therefore, the state must commit to increase both access and affordability to higher education opportunities for its citizens;

(3) In recent years the state has substantially increased appropriations to both merit-based and need-based student financial aid programs;

(4) The ultimate state goal in providing student financial aid is to create a culture that values education and improves the quality of the state's workforce, thereby enhancing the quality of life for its citizens;

(5) The state can provide a successful system of student financial aid only by balancing the needs of students from all levels of financial need and academic ability;

(6) A comprehensive system of student financial aid will yield the maximum return on the state's investment by increasing the skills, qualifications and education achievement of citizens from all backgrounds; and

(7) Sources of student financial aid can be distinguished as providing either access or affordability to higher education opportunities;

(8) Access refers to a student's financial ability to pursue post-secondary education. Affordability refers a student's freedom to choose where to attend college based on available resources;

(9) West Virginia is committed to making post-secondary education both accessible and affordable for its citizens. To this end, it is essential that the state provide multiple financial aid programs which accomplish different goals;

(b) Purposes of financial aid programs:

(1) The West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program is a need-based program that provides funding primarily to traditional college-age students who do not have sufficient financial resources to attempt post-secondary education. This grant program is a vitally important source of financial assistance for needy residents of the state and should continue to receive strong financial support.

(2) The HEAPS Grant Program is a need-based program that provides funding primarily to non-traditional college students, including:

(A) Adult students who desire to pursue post-secondary education on a part-time basis and who do not qualify for other forms of financial assistance;

(B) Place-bound students, often parents employed full-time, who require evening and weekend access to college courses; and

(C) Individuals pursuing workforce training or skill development training necessary to enter the job market quickly.

(3) The Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program is a merit-based program that encourages students who have demonstrated outstanding academic abilities to pursue teaching careers. This program serves to meet West Virginia's statewide, geographic and discipline-specific needs for highly qualified teachers.

(4) The West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship Program is a merit-based program that encourages talented students to pursue baccalaureate degrees in engineering, science and technology-related disciplines. This program serves to increase the size and quality of the pool of individuals pursuing careers in engineering, science and technology-related fields.

(5) The PROMISE Scholarship Program is a merit-based program that enhances student achievement by encouraging high school students to work harder to attain the necessary grades and test scores to qualify for a PROMISE scholarship and provides an incentive for the most capable students to attend college in the state. PROMISE provides affordability to traditional college-age students.

(c) An appropriate blend of student financial aid programs provides the state with the necessary tools to educate its citizenry for a broad range of economic opportunities:

(1) Without proper funding for need-based programs, lower income students may not be able to realize their full potential; (2) Adults may not obtain the training they need to compete in the current and future job market;

(3) High-achieving students may not pursue rigorous courses in high school or attend college in West Virginia, all of which contribute to devaluing post-secondary education and perpetuating the culture of educational underachievement; and

(4) The state must continue to strive to support equally the need-based and merit-based student financial aid programs.


WVC 18 C- 1 - 4 §18C-1-4. Eligibility of commuting students and children of military personnel for state funded student financial aid, grants and scholarships.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or rule to the contrary, a student who attended a public or private high school outside the state is eligible for state funded student financial aid, grants and scholarships if:

(1) The student meets all other eligibility requirements for the aid, grant or scholarship; and

(2) The student resided in West Virginia while attending high school in another state, and:

(A) The student resided with his or her parent or legal guardian who:

(i) Was a resident of this state; and

(ii) Had been a resident of this state for at least two years immediately preceding the student's attendance at the school;

(B) The student commuted during the school term on a daily basis from this state to the school;

(C) The student is a dependent of the parent or legal guardian upon which eligibility is based;

(D) The student has not established domicile outside the state; and

(E) At the discretion of the State Superintendent of Schools, as defined in section one, article one, chapter eighteen of this code:

(i) The school is fully accredited in that state to the degree acceptable to the State Superintendent of Schools; and

(ii) The school's curriculum requirements for graduation are equivalent to the curriculum requirements for graduation in this state, or sufficiently similar to those requirements, as determined by the State Superintendent of Schools; or

(3) The student resided and attended high school in another state or a United States territory, United States possession or foreign country and:

(A) The student resided with his or her parent or legal guardian; and

(B) The student's parent or legal guardian:

(i) Served in the United States armed forces while the student attended high school in such state, territory, possession or country;

(ii) Was stationed for military purposes in such state, territory, possession or country; and

(iii) Maintained legal residence in West Virginia while stationed in such state, territory, possession or country.

(b) This section does not alter, amend or extend any application deadlines or other requirements established by law or policy.


WVC 18 C- 1 - 5 §18C-1-5. Higher Education Student Financial Aid Advisory Board.
(a) The Higher Education Student Financial Aid Advisory Board is established.

(b) The purpose of the board is to provide financial aid expertise and policy guidance to the commission, the council and the Vice Chancellor for Administration on all matters related to federal, state and private student financial aid resources and programs.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the advisory board:

(1) Recommend methods to balance the needs of state students from all levels of financial need and academic ability;

(2) Recommend methods for achieving a comprehensive system of student financial aid to maximize the return on the state's investment in student financial aid programs by increasing the skills, qualifications and education achievement of the citizens receiving the benefits;

(3) Recommend methods to coordinate state-funded student financial aid programs so that the state achieves the appropriate blend of programs to expand the range of economic opportunities available to state citizens;

(4) Recommend ways to improve state-level administration of financial aid programs for the benefit of students and institutions;

(5) Recommend ways to improve financial aid outreach activities;

(6) Make recommendations, consistent with the nature of the PROMISE scholarship program as a merit-based student financial aid program;

(7) Study feasibility of including for-profit institutions as eligible institutions for PROMISE scholarship awards and requirements, if any, for inclusion; and

(8) Recommend rules that align with the goals, objectives and priorities set forth in section one-a, article one, chapter eighteen-b of this code and article one-d of said chapter and with other state and system public policy goals, objectives and priorities.

(d) Advisory board membership. --

(1) The advisory board shall consist of seven members selected as follows:

(A) Three members appointed by the commission;

(B) Two members appointed by the council;

(C) One member appointed by the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities; and

(D) One member appointed by the West Virginia School Counselor Association.

(2) Members appointed by the commission and the council shall possess a broad knowledge of state and federal higher education student financial aid programs and have experience in administering these programs, preferably at the campus or system level.

(3) The initial appointments of members shall be made as follows:

(A) The commission shall appoint one member to a one-year term, one member to a two-year term and one member to a three-year term;

(B) The council shall appoint one member to a one-year term and one member to a three-year term;

(C) The West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities shall appoint one member to a one-year term; and

(D) The West Virginia School Counselor Association shall appoint one member to a two-year term.

(4) After the initial terms are completed, appointments shall be made as follows:

(A) Members shall be appointed for three-year terms; and

(B) Members are eligible to succeed themselves for one additional consecutive term.

(5) The term of each member begins on July 1 of the year in which the appointment is made and ends on June 30 of the year in which the appointment expires.

(e) The first meeting of the advisory board shall be called by the Vice Chancellor for Administration, at which time the members shall elect a chairperson for an initial term ending on July 31, 2010. The chairperson may succeed himself or herself for an additional one-year term as chairperson. Thereafter, the term of the chairperson is for one year beginning on August 1 of the year in which elected and ending on July 31 of the following year. A member may not serve more than two consecutive terms as chairperson.

(f) In the event of a vacancy, a successor shall be appointed by the entity which appointed the vacating member for the unexpired term of the vacating member. A person appointed to fill a vacancy is eligible for reappointment for one additional consecutive term unless the time remaining in the unexpired term is less than six months in which case the person filling the vacancy is eligible for reappointment for two additional terms.

(g) Members of the advisory board serve without compensation, but are entitled to reimbursement by the commission for expenses, including travel expenses, which are actually incurred by the member in the official conduct of the business of the advisory board.


WVC 18 C- 2 - ARTICLE 2. GUARANTEED STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM.


WVC 18 C- 2 - 1 §18C-2-1. Purpose of provisions of article relating to guaranteed student loan program; loan program to be administered by senior administrator of governing boards.

The Legislature enacts the provisions of this article which relate to the establishment of the guaranteed student loan program to continue and encourage education of citizens of this state who are in need of financial assistance, such assistance and education being for the welfare of this state, and the Legislature hereby declares such to be a public purpose.

The guaranteed student loan program established and authorized by this article shall be administered by the senior administrator of the board of trustees and board of directors acting under their direction.


WVC 18 C- 2 - 2 §18C-2-2. "Act," "undertaking" and "obligations" defined.

As used in this article, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context shall indicate another or different meaning or intent:

(a) The words "act" or "undertaking" shall mean the official act of the governing boards, or senior administrator acting under the direction of the boards, in connection with the acquisition or disposition of all or any part of obligations or interest therein which the governing boards are authorized to buy or sell hereunder.

(b) The word "obligations" shall mean those evidences of debt which the governing boards may buy, sell, endorse, or guarantee under the provisions of this article.


WVC 18 C- 2 - 3 §18C-2-3. Authority to buy and sell certain student obligations; undertakings not to constitute state debt; undertakings limited to available funds.
In order to facilitate the education of residents in this state and promote the industrial and economic development of the state, the governing boards are hereby authorized and empowered to buy and sell obligations of students who are residents of West Virginia, and who have been residents of this state for at least one year and are students or have been accepted as students at state supported or private institutions of higher education, or vocational schools accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or by a state agency designated by the governor and representing loans made to such students who have met the requirement of financial need as determined by the governing boards, such loans having been made for the purpose of an education.

No act or undertaking of the governing boards shall be deemed to constitute a debt of the state or of any political subdivision thereof or a pledge of the faith and credit of the state or of any such political subdivision, and shall be payable solely from the funds of the governing boards specifically appropriated for the guaranteed student loan program. All such acts and undertakings shall contain on the face thereof a statement to the effect that neither the state nor the governing boards shall be obligated to pay the same or the interest thereon except from revenues of the governing boards and that neither the faith and credit nor the taxing power of the state or of any political subdivision thereof is pledged to the payment of the principal of or the interest on such acts and undertakings.

All expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this article dealing with the guaranteed student loan program shall be payable solely from funds provided for the purpose and no liability or obligation shall be incurred by the governing boards hereunder beyond the extent to which money shall have been provided under the applicable provisions of this article for the guaranteed student loan program.


WVC 18 C- 2 - 4 §18C-2-4. Powers and duties of senior administrator regarding loan program.
The senior administrator acting under direction of the governing boards is hereby authorized and empowered:

(1) To fix and revise from time to time and charge and collect fees for its acts and undertakings;

(2) To establish rules concerning the acts and undertakings;

(3) To acquire, hold and dispose of personal property in the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties;

(4) To make and enter into all contracts and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties and the execution of its powers under this article;

(5) To employ in its discretion such employees as it may deem necessary to carry out its powers and duties as enumerated in this article;

(6) To receive and accept from any federal or private agency, corporation, association or person, grants to be expended in accomplishing the objectives of this article and to receive and accept from the state, from any municipality, county or other political subdivision thereof and from any other source, aid or contributions of either money, property, or other things of value to be held, used and applied only for the purposes for which such grants and contributions may be made;

(7) To sue and be sued as provided by law;

(8) To do all other acts and things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers expressly granted by the provisions of this article which relate to the guaranteed student loan program. Nothing in this article shall be construed to empower the governing boards to engage in the business of banking or insurance.


WVC 18 C- 2 - 5 §18C-2-5. Title to property.
Title to any property acquired by the governing boards under the provisions of this article which relate to the guaranteed student loan program shall be taken and held in the name of the governing boards.


WVC 18 C- 2 - 6 §18C-2-6. Acquisition of contingent interests in obligations from lending institutions; collection of delinquent obligations.
With funds available to the governing boards for purposes other than the payment of compensation to personnel and the lease or rental of offices or equipment, the governing boards may acquire from any bank or other lending institution of this state a contingent interest in student obligations. The total contingent interest of the governing boards on all such obligations shall not exceed at any one time a sum of twelve and one-half times the total funds which the governing boards can employ to acquire such contingent interests. When a governing board acquires any such contingent interest, it may require the payment to it of a portion of the interest payable upon any such obligation. In each such acquisition, the governing board shall provide that at such time as the obligation becomes delinquent, the bank or other lending institution shall notify the governing board forthwith and shall transfer forthwith to the governing board, by assignment or otherwise, an interest in such obligation equal to the contingent interest of the governing board therein. The bank or other lending institution and the governing board shall forthwith take such steps as may be necessary to recover the balance due upon any such obligation, and such recovery shall be apportioned between the governing board and the bank or other lending institution as their respective interests may appear.


WVC 18 C- 2 - 7 §18C-2-7. Terms of acquisitions.

Each governing board shall prescribe the terms, conditions and limitations upon which it will acquire a contingent or direct interest in any obligation and such terms, conditions and limitations shall include, but without limiting the generality thereof, the terms for payment of principal and interest, applicable life or other insurance which may be required in connection with any such obligation and who shall pay the premiums thereon, the safekeeping of assets pledged to secure any such undertaking, and any and all matters in connection with the foregoing as will protect the assets of the governing board.


WVC 18 C- 2 - 8 §18C-2-8. Trust fund established; limitations on use of fund; duties of treasurer in connection therewith; special account created.

The appropriation made to the governing boards under the provisions of this article which relate to the guaranteed student loan program shall be used exclusively for the purpose of acquiring contingent or vested rights in obligations which it may acquire under this article, and such appropriation, payments, revenue and interest, as well as other income received in connection with such obligations, is hereby established as a trust fund. Such fund shall be used for the purposes of the governing boards other than for maintenance and operation.

The maintenance and operating expenses of the governing board shall be paid from funds specifically appropriated for such purposes. No part of the trust fund established under this section shall be expended for such purposes.

The governing board shall be the trustee of the trust fund hereby created, and all investments to be made from the assets of such trust shall be made by the state treasurer in the manner provided by law. For the purposes of this article, there is hereby created in the treasury of this state a special revolving account for deposits and withdrawals as herein provided. The state treasurer shall be the custodian of the assets of the board. All payments from the accounts thereof shall be made by the treasurer upon warrants issued by the auditor and upon vouchers signed by such persons as are designated by the governing board. A duly attested copy of a resolution of the governing board designating such persons shall be filed with the state treasurer as the authority for issuing warrants upon such vouchers.


WVC 18 C- 2 - 9 §18C-2-9. Construction of provisions of article relating to loan program.
The provisions of this article which relate to the guaranteed student loan program shall be liberally construed to the end that its beneficial purposes may be effectuated.


WVC 18 C- 3 - ARTICLE 3. HEALTH PROFESSIONALS STUDENT LOAN PROGRAMS.


WVC 18 C- 3 - 1 §18C-3-1. Health Education Loan Program; establishment; administration; eligibility and loan cancellation; required report.
(a) For the purposes of this section, "Vice Chancellor for Administration" means the person employed pursuant to section two, article four, chapter eighteen-b of this code.

(b) There is continued a special revolving fund account administered by the commission in the state treasury to be known as the Health Education Student Loan Fund which shall be used to carry out the purposes of this section. The fund consists of the following:

(1) All funds on deposit in the medical student loan fund in the state treasury or which are due or become due for deposit in the fund as obligations made under the previous enactment of this section;

(2) Those funds provided for medical education pursuant to the provisions of section four, article ten, chapter eighteen-b of this code;

(3) Appropriations provided by the Legislature;

(4) Repayment of any loans made under this section;

(5) Amounts provided by medical associations, hospitals or other medical provider organizations in this state, or by political subdivisions of the state, under an agreement which requires the recipient to practice his or her health profession in this state or in the political subdivision providing the funds for a predetermined period of time and in such capacity as set forth in the agreement; and

(6) Other amounts which may be available from external sources.

(c) Balances remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year do not expire or revert. All costs associated with administering this section shall be paid from the Health Education Student Loan Fund.

(d) The Vice Chancellor for Administration may utilize any funds in the Health Education Student Loan Fund for the purposes of the Medical Student Loan Program. The commission shall give priority for the loans to residents of this state, as defined by the commission. An individual is eligible for loan consideration if the individual meets the following conditions:

(1) Demonstrates financial need;

(2) Meets established academic standards;

(3) Is enrolled or accepted for enrollment at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, the Marshall University School of Medicine, or the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in a program leading to the degree of medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.);

(4) Has not yet received one of the degrees provided in subdivision (3) of this subsection; and

(5) Is not in default of any previous student loan.

(e) At the end of each fiscal year, any individual who has received a medical student loan and who has rendered services as a medical doctor or a doctor of osteopathy in this state in a medically underserved area or in a medical specialty in which there is a shortage of physicians, as determined by the Division of Health at the time the loan was granted, may submit to the commission a notarized, sworn statement of service on a form provided for that purpose. Upon receipt of the statement the commission shall cancel ten thousand dollars of the outstanding loan or loans for every full twelve consecutive calendar months of such service.

(f) No later than thirty days following the end of each fiscal year, the Vice Chancellor for Administration shall prepare and submit a report to the commission for inclusion in the statewide report card required under section eight, article one-d, chapter eighteen-b of this code to be submitted to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability established under section eleven, article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. At a minimum, the report shall include the following information:

(1) The number of loans awarded;

(2) The total amount of the loans awarded;

(3) The amount of any unexpended moneys in the fund; and

(4) The rate of default during the previous fiscal year on the repayment of previously awarded loans.


WVC 18 C- 3 - 2 §18C-3-2. State aid for students of optometry.
The board of trustees is hereby authorized to enter into a contract with an educational institution or institutions outside the state that offer training in optometry, by the terms of which the board of trustees may obligate itself to pay the institution, within the limits of any appropriation made for the purpose, a stated amount per year for each West Virginia student the institution will agree to accept for training in optometry.

The board of trustees shall each year send to any such institution a certified list of all persons applying to the trustees for training in optometry who are bona fide citizens and residents of this state prior to the filing of their applications, and who have completed either within or without the state the course of study required by the institution as a prerequisite to the study of optometry.


WVC 18 C- 3 - 3 §18C-3-3. Health sciences scholarship program; establishment; administration; eligibility.
(a) Legislative findings. -- The Legislature finds that there is a critical need for additional practicing health care professionals in West Virginia. Therefore, there is hereby created a health sciences scholarship program to be administered by the vice chancellor for health sciences. The purpose of this program is to provide an incentive for health professional students to complete their training and provide primary care in underserved areas of West Virginia.

(b) Establishment of special account. -- There is hereby established a special revolving fund account under the higher education policy commission in the state treasury to be known as the "Health Sciences Scholarship Fund" that shall be used to carry out the purposes of this section. The fund shall consist of one or more of the following: (1) All unexpended health sciences scholarship funds on deposit in the state treasury on the effective date of this section; (2) appropriations as may be provided by the Legislature; (3) repayments, including interest as set by the vice chancellor for health sciences, collected from scholarship recipients who fail to practice or teach in West Virginia under the terms of the scholarship agreement as set forth under this section; or (4) amounts that may become available from other sources. Balances remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall not expire or revert to the general revenue. All costs associated with the administration of this section shall be paid from the health sciences scholarship fund under the direction of the vice chancellor for health sciences.

(c) Eligibility requirements. -- An individual is eligible for consideration for a health sciences scholarship if the individual: (1) Either: (A) Is a fourth-year medical student at the Marshall university school of medicine, West Virginia school of osteopathic medicine or West Virginia university school of medicine who has been accepted in a primary care internship/residency program in West Virginia; or (B) is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an approved education program at a West Virginia institution leading to a degree or certification in the field of nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, physician assistant or other disciplines identified as shortage fields by the vice chancellor for health sciences; and (2) signs an agreement to practice for at least two years in an underserved area of West Virginia as determined by the bureau for public health. An individual also is eligible for consideration for a health sciences scholarship if the individual is pursuing a master's degree in nursing and signs an agreement to teach at least two years for a school of nursing located in West Virginia, as may be determined by the vice chancellor for health sciences, after receiving her or his master's degree. Awarding preference will be given to West Virginia residents.

(d) Scholarship awards. -- Scholarships shall be in the amount of twenty thousand dollars for medical students and ten thousand dollars for all others and may be awarded by the vice chancellor for health sciences, with the advice of an advisory panel, from the pool of all applicants with a commitment to practice in an underserved area of West Virginia as determined by the bureau for public health. Nothing herein shall be construed as granting or guaranteeing any applicant any right to such a scholarship.

(e) Repayment provisions. -- A scholarship recipient who fails to practice in an underserved area of West Virginia within six months of the completion of his or her training, who fails to complete his or her training or who fails to complete the required teaching is in breach of contract and is liable for repayment of the total scholarship amount received plus interest. The granting or renewal of a license to practice in West Virginia or to reciprocal licensure in another state based upon licensure in West Virginia shall be contingent upon beginning payment and continuing payment until complete repayment of the total scholarship amount if the recipient fails to practice in an underserved area. No license, renewal or reciprocity shall be granted to persons whose repayments are in arrears. The appropriate regulatory board shall inform all other states where a recipient has reciprocated based upon West Virginia licensure of any refusal to renew licensure in West Virginia as a result of failure to repay the scholarship amount. This provision shall be explained in bold type in the scholarship contract. Repayment terms, not inconsistent with this section, shall be established by the vice chancellor for health sciences pursuant to rules as required under subsection (f) of this section.

(f) Promulgation of rules. -- The higher education policy commission shall promulgate rules pursuant to article three-a, chapter twenty nine-a of this code necessary for the implementation and administration of this section.

(g) Definitions. -- For purposes of the repayment provisions of this section, the term "training" means the entire degree program or certification program for nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other disciplines identified as shortage field by the vice chancellor. The term also means the completion of a degree program and includes completion of an approved residency/internship program for students pursuing a degree in medicine or a degree in osteopathy.


WVC 18 C- 4 - ARTICLE 4. UNDERWOOD-SMITH TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.


WVC 18 C- 4 - 1 §18C-4-1. Scholarship and loan assistance fund created; purposes; funding.

              (a) It is the purpose of this article and article four-a of this chapter to improve the quality of education in the public schools of West Virginia by encouraging and enabling individuals who have demonstrated outstanding academic abilities to pursue teaching careers at the preschool, elementary, middle or secondary levels in the public schools of this state. In addition, of those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding academic abilities to pursue teaching careers, for scholarships initially awarded for the fall semester, 2014, and thereafter, particular efforts shall be made in the scholarship selection criteria and procedures to reflect the state's present and projected subject and geographic areas of critical need.

              (b) In consultation with the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Schools the commission shall propose legislative rules in accordance with the provisions of article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. The rules shall provide for the administration of the Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship and Loan Assistance programs by the vice chancellor for administration in furtherance of the purposes of this article and article four-a of this chapter, including, but not limited to, the following:

              (1) Establishing scholarship selection criteria and procedures;

              (2) Establishing criteria and procedures for identifying subject areas, public schools or geographic areas in critical need of teachers;

              (3) Awarding loan assistance, including establishing conditions under which partial awards may be granted for less than a full year of teaching in an area of critical need;

              (4) Determining eligibility for loan assistance renewal;

              (5) Establishing procedures ensuring that loan assistance funds are paid directly to the proper lending entity; and

              (6) Establishing criteria for determining participant compliance or noncompliance with terms of the agreement and establishing procedures to address noncompliance including, but not limited to, repayment, deferral and excusal; and

              (7) Developing model agreements.

              (c) There is created in the State Treasury a special revolving fund to be known as the Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship and Loan Assistance Fund to be administered by the vice chancellor for administration solely for granting scholarships and loan assistance to teachers and prospective teachers in accordance with this article and article four-a of this chapter. Any moneys which may be appropriated by the Legislature, or received by the vice chancellor for administration from other sources, for the purposes of this article and article four-a of this chapter, shall be deposited in the fund. Any moneys remaining in the fund at the close of a fiscal year shall be carried forward for use in the next fiscal year. Any moneys repaid to the vice chancellor for administration by reason of default of a scholarship or loan assistance agreement under this article or article four-a of this chapter also shall be deposited in the fund. Fund balances shall be invested with the state's consolidated investment fund, and any and all interest earnings on these investments shall be used solely for the purposes for which moneys invested were appropriated or otherwise received.

              (d) The vice chancellor for administration may accept and expend any gift, grant, contribution, bequest, endowment or other money for the purposes of this article and article four-a of this chapter and shall make a reasonable effort to encourage external support for the scholarship and loan assistance programs.

              (e) For the purpose of encouraging support for the scholarship and loan assistance programs from private sources, the vice chancellor for administration may set aside no more than half of the funds appropriated by the Legislature for Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarships and Loan Assistance Awards to be used to match two state dollars to each private dollar from a nonstate source contributed on behalf of a specific institution of higher education in this state.
WVC 18 C- 4 - 2 §18C-4-2. Selection criteria and procedures for awarding           scholarships.

     (a) The Governor shall designate the Higher Education Student Financial Aid Advisory Board created by section five, article one of this chapter to select the recipients of Underwood-Smith teacher scholarships who meet the eligibility criteria set forth in subsection (b) of this section.

     (b) Eligibility for an Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship award shall be limited to students who meet the following criteria:

     (1) Have graduated or are graduating from a West Virginia high school and rank in the top ten percent of their graduating class or the top ten percent statewide of those West Virginia students taking the ACT test;

     (2) Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on a possible scale of four after successfully completing two years of course work at an approved institution of higher education in West Virginia;

     (3) Are public school aides or paraprofessionals as defined in section eight, article four, chapter eighteen-a of this code and who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on a possible scale of four after successfully completing two years of course work at an approved institution of higher education in West Virginia; or

     (4) Are graduate students at the master's degree level who have graduated or are graduating in the top ten percent of their college graduating class.

     (c) In accordance with the rules of the commission, the vice chancellor for administration shall develop criteria and procedures for the selection of scholarship recipients. The selection criteria shall reflect the purposes of this article and shall specify the areas in which particular efforts will be made in the selection of scholars as set forth in section one of this article. Selection procedures and criteria also may include, but are not limited to, the grade point average of the applicant, involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need, current academic standing and an expression of interest in teaching as demonstrated by an essay written by the applicant.  These criteria and procedures further may require the applicant to furnish letters of recommendation from teachers and others.

     It is the intent of the Legislature that academic abilities be the primary criteria for selecting scholarship recipients. However, the qualified applicants with the highest academic abilities who intend to pursue teaching careers in areas of critical need and shortage pursuant to section one of this article shall be given priority.

     (d) In developing the selection criteria and procedures to be used by the Higher Education Student Financial Aid Advisory Board, the vice chancellor for administration shall solicit the views of public and private education agencies and institutions and other interested parties. Input from interested parties shall be solicited by means of written and published selection criteria and procedures in final form for implementation and may be solicited by means of public hearings on the present and projected teacher needs of the state or any other methods the vice chancellor for administration may determine to be appropriate to gather the information.

     (e) The vice chancellor for administration shall make application forms for Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarships available to public and private high schools in the state and in other locations convenient to applicants, parents and others, and shall make an effort to attract students from low-income backgrounds, ethnic or racial minority students, students with disabilities, and women or minority students who show interest in pursuing teaching careers in mathematics and science and who are underrepresented in those fields.
WVC 18 C- 4 - 3 §18C-4-3. Scholarship agreement.

     (a) Each recipient of an Underwood-Smith teacher scholarship shall enter into an agreement with the vice chancellor for administration under which the recipient shall meet the following conditions:

     (1) Provide the commission with evidence of compliance with subsection (a), section four of this article;

     (2) Within a ten-year period after completing the teacher education for which the scholarship was awarded:

     (A) Teach full time under contract with a county board of education in a public education program in the state for a period of not fewer than two years for each year for which a scholarship was received; or

     (B) Teach full time under contract for not less than one year for each year for which a scholarship was received with a county board of education in this state in a teacher shortage area pursuant to section one of this article, in an exceptional children program in this state, in a school having less than average academic results or in a school in an economically disadvantaged area of this state; or

     (C) Within the ten-year period, while seeking and unable to secure a full-time teaching position under contract with a county board of education which satisfies the conditions of paragraph (A) of this subdivision:

     (i) Teach full-time in a private school, parochial or other school approved for the instruction of students of compulsory school age pursuant to section one, article eight, chapter eighteen of this code; or

     (ii) Teach in an institution of higher education in this state as defined in section two, article one, chapter eighteen-b of this code or in a post-secondary vocational education program in this state for a period of not fewer than two years for each year for which a scholarship was received; or

     (iii) Perform alternative service or employment in this state pursuant to rules promulgated by the commission, in federal, state, county or local supported programs with an educational component, including mental or physical health care, or with bona fide tax exempt charitable organizations dedicated to the above, for a period of not fewer than two years for each year for which a scholarship was received.

     Any teaching time accrued as a substitute teacher for a county board of education under paragraph (A) or (B) of this subdivision shall be credited pro rata in accordance with rules promulgated by the commission; or

     (3) Repay all or part of an Underwood-Smith teacher scholarship received under this article plus interest and, if applicable, reasonable collection fees in accordance with subsection (c), section four of this article, except as provided in subsection (d) of section four of this article.

     (b) Scholarship agreements shall disclose fully the terms and conditions under which assistance under this article is provided and under which repayment may be required. The agreements shall include the following:

     (1) A description of the conditions and procedures to be established under section four of this article; and

     (2) A description of the appeals procedure required to be established under section four of this article.

     (c) Individuals who were awarded an Underwood-Smith teacher scholarship prior to the effective date of this section may apply the provisions of paragraph (A), (B) or (C), subdivision (2), subsection (a) of this section to teaching or other service performed by them after July 1, 1997.
WVC 18 C- 4 - 4 §18C-4-4. Renewal conditions; noncompliance; deferral; excusal.

     (a) The recipient of an Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship is eligible for scholarship renewal only during those periods when the recipient meets the following conditions:

     (1) Is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited institution of higher education in this state;

     (2) Is pursuing a course of study leading to teacher certification at the preschool, elementary, middle or secondary level in this state;

     (3) Is maintaining satisfactory progress as determined by the institution of higher education the recipient is attending; and

     (4) Is complying with such other standards as the commission may establish by rule.

     (b) Recipients found to be in noncompliance with the agreement entered into under section three of this article shall be required to repay the amount of the scholarship awards received, plus interest, and, where applicable, reasonable collection fees, on a schedule and at a rate of interest prescribed in the program guidelines. Guidelines also shall provide for proration of the amount to be repaid by a recipient who teaches for part of the period required under subsection (a), section three of this article and for appeal procedures under which a recipient may appeal any determination of noncompliance.

     (c) A recipient is not in violation of the agreement entered into under section three of this article during any period in which the recipient is meeting any of the following conditions:

     (1) Pursuing a full-time course of study at an accredited institution of higher education;

     (2) Serving, not in excess of four years, as a member of the armed services of the United States;

     (3) Seeking and unable to find full-time employment in accordance with paragraph (A), subdivision (2), subsection (a), section three of this article and is fulfilling any of the alternatives specified in paragraph (B) or (C) of that subdivision;

     (4) Satisfying the provisions of additional repayment exemptions that may be prescribed by the commission by rule; or

     (5) Failing to comply with the terms of the agreement due to death or permanent or temporary disability as established by sworn affidavit of a qualified physician.

     (d) The rules adopted by the commission may provide guidelines under which the vice chancellor for administration may extend the period for fulfilling the obligation to fifteen years, if extenuating circumstances exist.
WVC 18 C- 4 - 5 §18C-4-5. Amount and duration of scholarship; relation to other assistance.

(a) Subject to subsection (b) of this section, each recipient of an Underwood-Smith teacher scholarship is eligible to receive assistance of up to five thousand dollars for each academic year of higher education in preparation for becoming a preschool, elementary, middle or secondary teacher in the public schools of this state. No individual may receive scholarship assistance for more than four academic years for the completion of a bachelor's degree and two academic years for completion of a master's degree.

(b) No individual shall receive a scholarship award under this article which exceeds the cost of attendance at the institution the individual is attending. The cost of attendance shall be based upon the actual cost of tuition and fees, and reasonable allowances for books, educational supplies, room and board and other expenses necessitated by individual circumstances, in accordance with the program guidelines. For the purposes of establishing an award amount, the senior administrator shall take into account the amount of financial aid assistance the recipient has or will receive from all other sources. If the amount of the Underwood-Smith teacher scholarship assistance award and the amount of assistance awards which the recipient has received from all other sources exceed the cost of attendance, the institution's financial aid officer, in consultation with the scholar, will determine what aid is to be reduced and shall do so in a manner to the best advantage of thescholar.


WVC 18 C- 4 A- ARTICLE 4A. UNDERWOOD-SMITH TEACHER LOAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
WVC 18 C- 4 A- 1 §18C-4A-1. Selection criteria and procedures for loan assistance.

     (a) The Governor shall designate the Higher Education Student Financial Aid Advisory Board created by section five, article one of this chapter to select recipients to receive Underwood-Smith Teacher Loan Assistance Awards.

     (b) The advisory board shall make decisions regarding loan assistance pursuant to section one, article four of this chapter and the following criteria:

     (A) Eligibility for an award is limited to a teacher who has earned a teaching degree and is certified to teach a subject area of critical need in the public schools of West Virginia. A certified teacher in a subject area of critical need who is enrolled in an advanced in-field degree course or who has earned an advanced in-field degree may apply for an award to be paid toward current education loans;

     (B) To be eligible for a loan award, a teacher shall agree to teach, or shall currently be teaching, a subject area of critical need in a state school or geographic area of the state identified as an area of critical need pursuant to section one, article four of this chapter.

     (c) In accordance with the rule promulgated pursuant to section one, article four of this chapter, the vice chancellor for administration shall develop criteria and procedures for the administration of the loan program.

     (d) The vice chancellor for administration shall make available program application forms to public and private schools in the state via the commission and the State Department of Education's websites and in other locations convenient to potential applicants.
WVC 18 C- 4 A- 2 §18C-4A-2. Loan assistance agreement.

     (a) Before receiving an award, each eligible teacher shall enter into an agreement with the vice chancellor for administration and shall meet the following criteria:

     (1) Provide the commission with evidence of compliance with subsection (b), section four, article four of this chapter;

     (2) Teach in a subject area or geographic area of critical need full time under contract with a county board for a period of two school years for each year for which loan assistance is received pursuant to this article. The vice chancellor for administration may grant a partial award to an eligible recipient whose contract term is for less than a full school year pursuant to criteria established by commission rule.

     (3) Acknowledge that an award is to be paid to the recipient's educational loan institution, not directly to the recipient, only after the commission determines that the recipient has complied with all terms of the agreement; and

     (4) Repay all or part of an award received pursuant to this article if the award is not paid to the educational loan institution or if the recipient does not comply with the other terms of the agreement.

     (b) Each loan agreement shall disclose fully the terms and conditions under which an award may be granted pursuant to this article and under which repayment may be required. The agreement also is subject to and shall include the terms and conditions established by section five, article four of this chapter.
WVC 18 C- 4 A- 3 §18C-4A-3. Amount and duration of loan assistance; limits.

     (a) Each award recipient is eligible to receive loan assistance of up to $2,000 annually subject to limits set forth in subsection (b) of this section:

     (1) If the recipient has taught math or science for a full school year under contract with a county board in a school or geographic area of critical need; and

     (2) If the recipient otherwise has complied with the terms of the agreement and with applicable provisions of this article and article four of this chapter, and any rules promulgated pursuant thereto.

     (b) The recipient is eligible for renewal of loan assistance only during the periods when the recipient is under contract with a county board to teach in a subject area of critical need in a school or geographic area of critical need, and complies with other criteria and conditions established by rule, except that a teacher who is teaching under a contract in a position that no longer meets the definition of critical need under rules established in accordance with section one, article four of this chapter is eligible for renewal of loan assistance until the teacher leaves his or her current position.

     (c) No recipient may receive loan assistance pursuant to this article which accumulates in excess of $15,000.
WVC 18 C- 5 - ARTICLE 5. HIGHER EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM.


WVC 18 C- 5 - 1 §18C-5-1. Grant program established; legislative purpose and intent; rule required.
(a) The Higher Education Grant Program is continued.

(b) It is the policy of the Legislature and the purpose of this article to continue the Higher Education Grant Program within the limits of appropriations made therefor from time to time for such purpose by the Legislature.

(1) The Grant Program is designed to guarantee that the most able and needy students from all sectors of the state are given the opportunity to continue their program of self-improvement in an approved institution of higher education of their choice located in this state.

(2) The Grant Program is a vitally important source of financial assistance for needy residents of the state; and

(3) The Grant Program aids lower income students to realize their full academic potential;

(c) Therefore, in recent years the state has substantially increased appropriations to need-based student financial aid programs.

(d) The commission, in consultation with the council and the advisory board, shall propose a legislative rule in accordance with the provisions of article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to implement the provisions of this article. The commission shall file the rule with the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability no later than the first day of September, two thousand six. The rule shall address administration of the grant program, including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) Eligibility criteria for awards;

(2) Coordination with other student financial aid programs; and

(3) Appeal procedures.


WVC 18 C- 5 - 2 §18C-5-2. Definitions.
(a) "Approved institution of higher education" means:

(1) A state institution of higher education as defined in section two, article one, chapter eighteen-b of this code; Alderson-Broaddus College, Appalachian Bible College, Bethany College, Mountain State University, Davis and Elkins College, Ohio Valley University, Salem International University, the University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wheeling Jesuit University, all in West Virginia; and

(2) Any other regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher education in this state, public or private, approved by the vice chancellor if the institution has been licensed for a minimum of fifteen years subject to the provisions of section nine, article two-b, chapter eighteen-b of this code and section six, article two-b of said chapter.

(b) "Grant" or "grant program" means a higher education grant or the higher education grant program authorized and established by the provisions of this article.

(c) "Senior administrator" and "vice chancellor" mean the Vice Chancellor for Administration, as provided in section two, article four, chapter eighteen-b of this code.


WVC 18 C- 5 - 3 §18C-5-3. Grant program administered by Vice Chancellor for Administration; Higher Education Grant Fund created.
(a) The grant program established in this article is administered by the Vice Chancellor for Administration.

(b) There is hereby created a special revenue fund in the state treasury which is designated and known as the "Higher Education Grant Fund".

(1) The fund consists of:

(A) All appropriations by the Legislature for the higher education grant program;

(B) Any gifts, grants or contributions received for the higher education grant program; and

(C) All interest or other income earned from investment of the fund.

(2) The fund does not consist of federal funds received nor higher education resource assessment funds received pursuant to section two, article ten, chapter eighteen-b of this code.

(3) Any moneys remaining in the fund at the close of the fiscal year are carried forward for use in the next fiscal year.

(4) The allocations to the fund are subject to appropriation by the Legislature.

(5) Nothing in this article requires any specific level of funding by the Legislature nor guarantees nor entitles any individual to any benefit or grant of funds.

(c) For the fiscal year beginning the first day of July, two thousand six, it is the intent of the Legislature to appropriate twenty-five million dollars for the grant program. For each fiscal year thereafter until and including the fiscal year ending the thirtieth day of June, two thousand eleven, it is the intent of the Legislature to appropriate two percent more than each prior year's appropriation for the grant program. For the fiscal year beginning the first day of July, two thousand eleven, and in each fiscal year thereafter, it is the intent of the Legislature to appropriate an amount for the grant program equal to the amount appropriated for the fiscal year beginning the first day of July, two thousand eleven.

(d) The vice chancellor may expend the moneys in the fund to implement the provisions of this article.


WVC 18 C- 5 - 4 §18C-5-4. Powers and duties of Vice Chancellor for Administration.
Subject to the provisions of this article and within the limits of appropriations made by the Legislature, the vice chancellor may:

(1) Prepare and supervise the issuance of public information concerning the grant program;

(2) Prescribe the form and regulate the submission of applications for grants;

(3) Select qualified recipients of grants;

(4) Award grants;

(5) Accept grants, gifts, bequests and devises of real and personal property for the purposes of the grant program;

(6) Administer federal and state financial loan programs;

(7) Cooperate with approved institutions of higher education in the state and their governing boards in the administration of the grant program;

(8) Make the final decision pertaining to residency of an applicant for grant or renewal of grant;

(9) Employ, fix the duties of and compensate such employees as may be necessary to assist the vice chancellor in the performance of his or her duties; and

(10) Administer the higher education adult part-time student grant program established in section seven of this article.


WVC 18 C- 5 - 5 §18C-5-5. Eligibility for a grant.
A person is eligible for consideration for a grant if the person:

(1) Is a citizen of the United States;

(2) Has been a resident of the state for one year immediately preceding the date of application for a grant;

(3) Meets the admission requirements of, and is admitted into, the approved institution of higher education to which admission is sought; and

(4) Satisfactorily meets the qualifications of financial need, academic promise and academic achievement established by the vice chancellor.


WVC 18 C- 5 - 6 §18C-5-6. Recipients, awards and distribution of grant awards; authority of vice chancellor to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states concerning grants.
(a) A grant recipient may attend any approved institution of higher education. An institution is not required to accept a grant recipient for enrollment, but may exact compliance with its own admission requirements, standards and policies.

(b) Grants may only be awarded to undergraduate students.

(c) Each grant is renewable until the course of study is completed, but not to exceed an additional three academic years beyond the first year of the award. The academic years are not required to be consecutive years, and the grant will be terminated if the student receives a bachelor's degree in a shorter period of time.

(d) Qualifications for renewal include the following, as determined by the vice chancellor:

(1) Maintaining satisfactory academic standing;

(2) Making normal progress toward completion of the course of study; and

(3) Continued eligibility.

(e) Grants are awarded:

(1) Without regard to the applicant's race, creed, color, sex, national origin or ancestry; and

(2) In accordance with the provisions of this article.

(f) The vice chancellor shall treat all approved institutions of higher education in a fair and equitable manner when awarding grants.

(g) The vice chancellor periodically shall identify areas of professional, vocational and technical expertise that are, or will become, of critical need in this state. To the extent feasible the vice chancellor may direct grants to students who are pursuing instruction in those areas.

(h) The vice chancellor may enter into reciprocal agreements with state grant and grant program agencies in other states which provide financial assistance to their residents attending institutions of higher education located in West Virginia. In connection therewith, the vice chancellor may authorize residents of West Virginia to use financial assistance under this article to attend institutions of higher education in such other states. Residents of West Virginia requesting financial assistance to attend institutions of higher education located in any such state must meet all of the eligibility standards set forth in section five of this article.

(i) Grant awards may not exceed the cost of the tuition and those related compulsory fees charged by an institution to all West Virginia undergraduate students.

(j) Grant payments are made directly to the institution.

(k) In the event that a grant recipient transfers from one approved institution of higher education to another, the grant is transferable only with the approval of the vice chancellor.

(l) If a recipient terminates enrollment for any reason during the academic year, the unused portion of the grant shall be returned by the institution to the commission in accordance with the commission's policy for issuing refunds. The commission shall transfer such funds to the appropriate account for allocation and expenditure pursuant to the provisions of this article.


WVC 18 C- 5 - 7 §18C-5-7. Higher education adult part-time student grant program.
(a) There is established the higher education adult part-time student grant program, referred to in this section as the HEAPS grant program. The grant program established and authorized by this section is administered by the vice chancellor for administration. Moneys appropriated or otherwise available for the grant program shall be allocated by line item to an appropriate account. Any moneys remaining in the fund at the close of a fiscal year shall be carried forward for use in the next fiscal year.

(b) As used in this section, the following terms have the meanings ascribed to them:

(1) "Approved distance education" means a course of study offered via electronic access that has been approved for inclusion in the applicant's program of study by the eligible institution of higher education at which the applicant is enrolled or has been accepted for enrollment;

(2) "Part-time" means enrollment for not less than three nor more than eleven semester or term hours: Provided, That in the case of enrollment in postsecondary certificate, industry recognized credential and other skill development programs in demand occupations in this state, "part-time" means enrollment on such basis as is established for the program in which enrolled.

(3) "Satisfactory academic progress" means maintaining a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale with a goal of obtaining a certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree. In the case of postsecondary certificate, industry recognized credential and other skill development programs, satisfactory academic progress means continuous advancement toward completion of the program on the normal schedule established for the program in which enrolled;

(4) "Eligible institution" means:

(A) Any community college; community and technical college; adult technical preparatory education program or training;

(B) Any state college or university, as those terms are defined in section two, article one, chapter eighteen-b of this code;

(C) Any approved institution of higher education as that term is defined in section two of this article; and

(D) Any approved distance education, including world wide web based courses;

(5) "Eligible program or programs" or "eligible course or courses" means, in addition to programs and courses offered by eligible institutions as defined in subdivision (4) of this subsection:

(A) Programs and courses offered by any nationally accredited degree granting institution of higher learning permitted pursuant to section five, article three, chapter eighteen-b of this code and approved by the joint commission for vocational-technical-occupational education; and

(B) Any postsecondary certificate, industry recognized credential and other skill development programs of study as defined in this section in a demand occupation in this state;

(6) "State resident" means a student who has lived in West Virginia continuously for a minimum of twelve months immediately preceding the date of application for a HEAPS grant or renewal of a grant;

(7) "Postsecondary certificate program" means an organized program of study, approved by the joint commission for vocational-technical-occupational education, with defined competencies or skill sets that may be offered for credit or noncredit and which culminates in the awarding of a certificate: Provided, That postsecondary certificate programs offered by eligible institutions as defined in subdivision (4) of this subsection do not require the approval of the joint commission for vocational-technical-occupational education;

(8) "Demand occupation" means any occupation having documented verification from employers that job opportunities in that occupation are currently available or are projected to be available within a year within the state or regions of the state. The joint commission for vocational-technical-occupational education shall prepare and update annually a list of occupations that they determine meet the requirements of this definition;

(9) "Industry recognized credential program" means an organized program that meets nationally recognized standards in a particular industry, is approved by the joint commission for vocational-technical-occupational education and which culminates in the awarding of a certification or other credential commonly recognized in that industry: Provided, That industry recognized credential programs offered by eligible institutions as defined in subdivision (4) of this subsection do not require the approval of the joint commission for vocational-technical-occupational education; and

(10) "Skill development program" means a structured sequence or set of courses, approved by the joint commission for vocational-technical-occupational education, with defined competencies that are designed to meet the specific skill requirements of an occupation and which culminates in the awarding of a certificate of completion that specifically lists the competencies or skills mastered: Provided, That skill development programs offered by eligible institutions as defined in subdivision (4) of this subsection do not require the approval of the joint commission.

(c) A person is eligible for consideration for a HEAPS grant if the person:

(1) Demonstrates that he or she has applied for, accepted, or both, other student financial assistance in compliance with federal financial aid rules, including the federal Pell grant;

(2) Demonstrates financial need for funds, as defined by legislative rule;

(3) Is a state resident and may not be considered a resident of any other state;

(4) Is a United States citizen or permanent resident thereof;

(5) Is not incarcerated in a correctional facility;

(6) Is not in default on a higher education loan; and

(7) Is enrolled in a program of study at less than the graduate level on a part-time basis in an eligible institution or program of study and is making satisfactory academic progress at the time of application: Provided, That the requirement that the student be making satisfactory academic progress may not preclude a HEAPS grant award to a student who has been accepted for enrollment in an eligible institution or program of study but has not yet been enrolled.

(d) Each HEAPS grant award is eligible for renewal until the course of study is completed, but not to exceed an additional nine years beyond the first year of the award.

(e) The higher education policy commission shall propose a legislative rule pursuant to article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the provisions of this section which shall be filed with the legislative oversight commission on education accountability by the first day of September, two thousand three. The Legislature hereby declares that an emergency situation exists and, therefore, the policy commission may establish, by emergency rule, under the procedures of article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, a rule to implement the provisions of this section, after approval by the legislative oversight commission on education accountability.

(f) The legislative rule shall provide at least the following:

(1) That consideration of financial need, as required by subdivision (3), subsection (c) of this section, include the following factors:

(A) Whether the applicant has dependents as defined by federal law;

(B) Whether the applicant has any personal hardship as determined at the discretion of the vice chancellor for administration; and

(C) Whether the applicant will receive any other source of student financial aid during the award period.

(2) That an appropriate allocation process be provided for distribution of funds directly to the eligible institutions or programs based on the part-time enrollment figures of the prior year;

(3) That not less than twenty-five percent of the funds appropriated in any one fiscal year be used to make grants to students enrolled in postsecondary certificate, industry recognized credential and other skill development programs of study: Provided, That after giving written notice to the legislative oversight commission on education accountability, the vice chancellor for administration may allocate less than twenty-five percent of the funds for such grants;

(4) That ten percent of the funds appropriated in any one fiscal year shall be granted to state community and technical colleges by the council for community and technical college education in accordance with a process specified in the rule for noncredit and customized training programs which further the economic development goals of the state, help meet the training and skill upgrade needs of employers in the state, and for which funds are not available from other sources;

(5) That any funds not expended by an eligible institution or program at the end of each fiscal year shall be returned to the vice chancellor for administration for distribution under the provisions of this section;

(6) That grants under this section shall be available for approved distance education throughout the calendar year, subject only to the availability of funds; and

(7) That the amount of each HEAPS grant award be determined using the following guidelines:

(A) The amount of any HEAPS grant awarded to a student per semester, term hour or program for those students who are enrolled in eligible institutions or programs operated under the jurisdiction of an agency of the state or a political subdivision thereof shall be based upon the following:

(i) Actual cost of tuition and fees;

(ii) The portion of the costs determined to be appropriate by the commission; and

(iii) In addition to factors (i) and (ii) above, in determining the amount of the award, the vice chancellor may consider the demand for the program pursuant to subdivision (8), subsection (b) of this section; and

(B) The amount of any HEAPS grant awarded to a student who is enrolled in any other eligible institution, program or course shall be no greater than the average amount for comparable programs or courses as determined pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (A) above.

(g) The vice chancellor for administration shall report annually, by the first day of December, on the status of the HEAPS grant program to the legislative oversight commission on education accountability.

(h) The HEAPS grant program is subject to any provision of this article not inconsistent with the provisions of this section.


WVC 18 C- 5 - 8 §18C-5-8.
Repealed.

Acts, 2006 Reg. Sess., Ch. 79.


WVC 18 C- 6 - ARTICLE 6. WEST VIRGINIA ENGINEERING, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.


WVC 18 C- 6 - 1 §18C-6-1. Scholarship fund created; purposes; funding; limit on number of new scholarships per year.
(a) The purpose of this article is to attract talented students to West Virginia colleges and universities to major in engineering, science and technology. The Legislature recognizes that a larger pool of engineering, science and technology talent in West Virginia will build the state's economy and businesses. In addition, long-term population increases for West Virginia will develop a strong economic base. The new economy requires that West Virginia retain its education infrastructure in order to maintain economic growth.

(b) The higher education governing boards shall propose a joint legislative rule in accordance with the provisions of article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to implement the provisions of this article and shall file the rule with the legislative oversight commission on education accountability no later than the first day of December, one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine. The rule shall provide for the administration of the West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarship program by the senior administrator in furtherance of the purposes of this article, including, but not limited to, an expression of legislative intent that academic ability be the primary criteria for selecting scholarship recipients, scholarship selection criteria and procedures, renewal, compliance, noncompliance and repayment, deferral and excusal. The rules also shall provide for appeal procedures under which a recipient may appeal any determination of noncompliance. The rules may provide for satisfaction of the work requirement provided in paragraph (A), subdivision (2), subsection (a), section four of this article through community service relating to engineering, science or technology. In accordance with the rules, the senior administrator shall establish appropriate guidelines for program operation.

(c) There is hereby created in the state treasury a special revolving fund known as the "West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship Fund" to be administered by the senior administrator solely for granting scholarships to prospective engineers, scientists and technologists in accordance with this article. Any moneys which may be appropriated by the Legislature, or received by the senior administrator from other sources, for the purposes of this article shall be deposited in the fund. Any moneys remaining in the fund at the close of the fiscal year shall be carried forward for use in the next fiscal year. Any moneys repaid to the senior administrator by reason of default of a scholarship agreement under this article also shall be deposited in the fund. Fund balances shall be invested with the state's consolidated investment fund, and any and all interest earnings on these investments shall be used solely for the purposes for which moneys invested were appropriated or otherwise received.

(d) The senior administrator may accept and expend any gift, grant, contribution, bequest, endowment or other money for the purposes of this article and shall make a reasonable effort to encourage external support for the scholarship program.

(e) For the purpose of encouraging support for the scholarship program from private sources, the senior administrator may set aside no more than half of the funds appropriated by the Legislature for West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarships to be used to match two state dollars to each private dollar from a nonstate source contributed on behalf of a specific institution of higher education in this state.

(f) West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarships are limited to three hundred new scholarships per year and a maximum of one thousand outstanding scholarships during any year.

(g) Nothing in this article requires any specific level of funding by the Legislature.


WVC 18 C- 6 - 2 §18C-6-2. Definitions.
When used in this article the following terms have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

(a) "ABET" means the accrediting board for engineering and technology.

(b) "ABET approved engineering major" means a major approved by ABET's engineering accreditation commission.

(c) "ABET approved technology major" means a major approved by ABET's technology accreditation commission.

(d) "Eligible institution of higher education" means:

(1) A state institution of higher education as defined in section two, article one, chapter eighteen-b of this code; and (2) Alderson-Broaddus College, Appalachian Bible College, Bethany College, the College of West Virginia, Davis and Elkins College, Ohio Valley College, Salem-Teikyo College, the University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wheeling Jesuit College, all in West Virginia, and any other institution of higher education in this state, public or private, approved by the senior administrator: Provided, That if any institution listed in this paragraph is not regionally accredited, it shall not be included as an eligible institution;

(e) "Engineering, science and technology-related field" means any position for which the employer provides a written statement that engineering, science or technology skill, knowledge and ability, as evidenced by the attainment of a certificate, associate or baccalaureate degree in engineering, science or technology, are preferred or required or where an industry-based certification requirement exists.

(f) "Industry-based certification" means any special certification required, necessary or deemed preferred for employment in the field.

(g) "Science" means a major in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics or mathematics at an eligible institution of higher education or any other major as approved by the higher education governing boards by rule.


WVC 18 C- 6 - 3 §18C-6-3. Selection criteria and procedures.
(a) The higher education governing boards shall designate an existing scholarship selection agency or panel to select the recipients of West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarships from among those applicants who meet eligibility criteria set forth in subsection (b) of this section. If no such agency or panel exists, the higher education governing boards shall appoint a scholarship selection panel for this purpose which shall consist of seven persons representative of West Virginia engineering, science and technology higher education administrators and educators, with a minimum of one voting member representing community colleges, and one member representing West Virginia engineering, science and technology professionals.

(b) To be eligible to receive a scholarship under the provisions of this article, applicants must meet the following conditions:

(1) Be a United States citizen or resident alien who meets the definition of an eligible noncitizen under federal Title IV requirements;

(2) Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale upon graduation from high school or the equivalent or have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale after completing two semesters of course work at an eligible institution of higher education; and

(3) Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an engineering, science or technology program leading to a certificate, associate or baccalaureate degree at an eligible institution of higher education. The program must be:

(A) An ABET approved technology major;

(B) An ABET approved engineering major;

(C) A science major;

(D) An engineering or technology program or major that has been approved by the senior administrator; or

(E) A program leading directly to specialized certification as established by appropriate industry standards.

(c) In accordance with the rules of the governing boards, and the intent of this article, the senior administrator shall develop criteria and procedures for the selection of scholarship recipients that reflect the purposes of this article and the areas in which particular efforts will be made in the selection of recipients as set forth in section one of this article and which may include, but not be limited to:

(1) The grade point average of the applicant;

(2) Involvement in extracurricular activities;

(3) Financial need;

(4) Current academic standing; and

(5) An expression of interest in a career in engineering, science or technology as demonstrated in an essay written by the applicant.

The criteria and procedures further may require the applicant to furnish letters of recommendation from teachers and others.

(d) In developing the selection criteria and procedures to be used by the panel, the senior administrator shall solicit the views of public and private engineering, science and technology agencies and institutions and other interested parties. The senior administrator shall collect this information by means of written and published selection criteria and procedures in final form for implementation. The senior administrator may call public hearings on the present and projected engineering, science and technology needs of the state or may use other appropriate methods to gather such information.

(e) The senior administrator shall make application forms for West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarships available to public and private high schools in the state and other locations convenient to applicants, parents and others and shall make an effort to attract students from low-income backgrounds, ethnic or racial minority students, students with disabilities and women or minority students who show interest in pursuing careers in engineering, science and technology and who are under-represented in those fields.

(f) In awarding the scholarships, the panel shall give preference to applicants who are West Virginia residents.

(g) In awarding scholarships, not less than twenty percent of appropriated funds may be awarded to students enrolled in certificate and associate degree programs. Further awards will be determined based on established statewide need.


WVC 18 C- 6 - 4 §18C-6-4. Scholarship agreement.
(a) Each recipient of a West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarship shall enter into an agreement with the senior administrator under which the recipient shall:

(1) Provide the governing boards with evidence of compliance with subsection (a), section five of this article;

(2) Agree that within one year following the date the recipient ceases to be a full-time student at an eligible institution in a program of engineering, science or technology education for which the scholarship was awarded he or she will:

(A) Begin working full-time in an engineering, science or technology-related field in this state for a duration of not less than one year for each year the scholarship was received; or

(B) Begin repayment of all or part of the West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarship received under this article plus interest and, if applicable, reasonable collection fees, in accordance with subsection (b), section five-b of this article, except as provided in subsections (c) and (d), section five of this article.

(b) A scholarship agreement shall disclose fully the terms and conditions of this article under which the scholarship is provided and under which repayment of the scholarship may be required.


WVC 18 C- 6 - 5 §18C-6-5. Renewal conditions; noncompliance; deferral; excusal.
(a) The recipient of a West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarship is eligible for scholarship renewal if the recipient is:

(1) Enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible institution of higher education;

(2) Pursuing a course of study leading to a certificate, associate or baccalaureate degree in engineering, science or technology or leading to specialized certification as established by industry-based standards;

(3) Maintaining satisfactory progress as determined by the eligible institution of higher education the recipient is attending; and

(4) Complying with any other standards established by the governing boards by rule.

(b) A recipient who violates a scholarship agreement is required to repay the amount of any scholarship award received, plus interest, and, where applicable, reasonable collection fees, on a schedule and at a rate of interest prescribed in the guidelines of the senior administrator. The legislative rules required in section one of this article shall provide for a method of prorating repayment amounts against any amount of the work requirement that has been fulfilled by the recipient.

(c) A recipient is not in violation of the agreement entered into under section three of this article during any period in which the recipient is:

(1) Pursuing a full-time course of study at an accredited institution of higher education;

(2) Serving as a member of the armed services of the United States for a period not in excess of four years; or

(3) Satisfying the provisions of additional repayment exemptions that may be prescribed by the governing boards by rule.

(d) A recipient is excused from repayment of a West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarship received under this article if the recipient dies or becomes permanently and totally disabled as established by sworn affidavit of a physician qualified to make such a determination as determined by the rules established by the governing boards.

(e) The rules adopted by the governing boards shall provide that the length of the repayment period may not exceed ten years: Provided, That the rules may include provisions under which the senior administrator may, if extenuating circumstances exist, extend the period for fulfilling the obligation to fifteen years.


WVC 18 C- 6 - 6 §18C-6-6. Amount and duration of scholarship; relation to other assistance.
(a) Subject to subsection (b) of this section, each recipient of a West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarship is eligible to receive an award of up to three thousand dollars for each academic year of higher education. No individual may receive a scholarship award for more than four academic years for the completion of a baccalaureate degree.

(b) No individual may receive a scholarship award under this article which exceeds the cost of attendance at the institution the individual is attending. The cost of attendance shall be based upon the actual cost of tuition and fees. If the amount of the West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarship award and the amount of financial assistance which the recipient has received from all other sources exceed the cost of attendance, the institution's financial aid officer, in consultation with the recipient, will determine which source of financial aid is to be reduced and shall do so in a manner to the best advantage of the recipient.


WVC 18 C- 7 - ARTICLE 7. WEST VIRGINIA PROVIDING REAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR MAXIMIZING IN-STATE STUDENT EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.


WVC 18 C- 7 - 1 §18C-7-1. Title.
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "West Virginia providing real opportunities for maximizing in-state student excellence (PROMISE) scholarship program".


WVC 18 C- 7 - 2 §18C-7-2. Legislative findings and purpose.
(a) The Legislature finds and declares that:

(1) West Virginia must have an educated work force in order to attract and retain the high wage, high skill jobs of the twenty-first century;

(2) A large percentage of West Virginia residents who graduate from the state's colleges and universities do not work in the state following graduation;

(3) The percentage of West Virginia's adult population over the age of twenty-five with at least a baccalaureate degree is less than fifteen percent and does not compare favorably with the member states of the Southern Regional Education Board average nor with the national average of twenty-five percent;

(4) Higher levels of education attainment result in higher levels of personal income over a lifetime;

(5) Students who acquire a baccalaureate degree will earn an estimated one million dollars more over their lifetimes than those who attain only a high school diploma. This translates into an increased tax base and economic development for West Virginia and more discretionary income for its citizens;

(6) Students at all education levels should have an incentive to perform at a high academic level;

(7) There is a need to provide parents with all tools possible to aid them in helping their children understand the importance of high academic achievement in high school and college;

(8) The PROMISE Scholarship Program is highly successful and should be maintained with merit as its strongest component. The merit component:

(A) Provides an incentive for students to set high academic standards in high school;

(B) Encourages students to increase their high school achievement levels;

(C) Encourages students to enroll in more rigorous courses;

(D) Effects a culture change in West Virginia towards increased education attainment;

(E) Results in improved ACT scores in the state since the inception of the program; and

(F) Influences increased numbers of students, including those students who are the highest academic achievers, to remain in West Virginia to attend college.

(b) It is the purpose of this article to continue the West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship Program to deal effectively with the findings set forth in this section.

(c) Nothing in this article guarantees:

(1) A PROMISE scholarship award or any specific amount of a PROMISE scholarship award to any student; or

(2) That the requirements necessary for a student to qualify for a PROMISE scholarship will not be changed by legislation or rule before the student is eligible to receive an award.


WVC 18 C- 7 - 3 §18C-7-3. Definitions.
(a) General. -- For the purposes of this article, terms have the meaning ascribed to them in section two, article one of this chapter, unless the context in which the term is used clearly requires a different meaning or a specific definition is provided in this section.

(b) Definitions. -- (1) "Eligible institution" means:

(A) A state institution of higher education as defined in section two, article one, chapter eighteen-b of this code;

(B) Alderson-Broaddus College, Appalachian Bible College, Bethany College, Davis and Elkins College, Mountain State University, Ohio Valley University, the University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wheeling Jesuit University, all in West Virginia. Any institution listed in this subdivision ceases to be an eligible institution if it meets either of the following conditions:

(i) It loses regional accreditation; or

(ii) It changes its status as a private, not-for-profit institution;

(C) Any other public or private regionally accredited institution in this state approved by the commission.

(2) "Tuition" means the quarter, semester or term charges imposed by an eligible state institution of higher education and, additionally, all mandatory fees required as a condition of enrollment by all students. For the purposes of this article, the following conditions apply:

(A) West Virginia University, Potomac State College and West Virginia University Institute of Technology are considered separate institutions for purposes of determining tuition rates; and

(B) The tuition amount paid by undergraduate health sciences students at West Virginia University is considered to be the same as the amount of tuition paid by all other West Virginia University undergraduate students.

(3) "Enrolled" means either currently enrolled or in the process of enrolling in an eligible institution.


WVC 18 C- 7 - 4 §18C-7-4. Dissolution of the PROMISE Scholarship Board; transfer of funds.
(a) The West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship Board is hereby dissolved.

(b) All funds administered by the former PROMISE Scholarship Board shall be administered by the Higher Education Policy Commission.


WVC 18 C- 7 - 5 §18C-7-5. Powers and duties of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission regarding the PROMISE Scholarship.
(a) Powers of commission. -- In addition to the powers granted by any other provision of this code, the commission has the powers necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes and provisions of this article including, but not limited to, the following express powers:

(1) To promulgate legislative rules in accordance with the provisions of article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to effectuate the purposes of this article;

(2) To invest any of the funds of the West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship Fund established in section seven of this article with the West Virginia Investment Management Board in accordance with the provisions of article six, chapter twelve of this code. Any investments made pursuant to this article shall be made with the care, skill, prudence and diligence under the circumstances then prevailing that a prudent person acting in a like capacity and familiar with such matters would use in conducting an enterprise of a like character and with like aims. Fiduciaries shall diversify plan investments to the extent permitted by law to minimize the risk of large losses, unless under the circumstances it is clearly prudent not to do so;

(3) To execute contracts and other necessary instruments;

(4) To impose reasonable requirements for residency for students applying for the PROMISE scholarship. Except as provided in section four, article one of this chapter, a student shall have met the following requirements to be eligible:

(A) Completed at least one half of the credits required for high school graduation in a public or private high school in this state; or

(B) Received instruction in the home or other approved place pursuant to subsection (c), section one, article eight, chapter eighteen of this code for the two years immediately preceding application;

(C) This subsection does not establish residency requirements for matriculation or fee payment purposes at state institutions of higher education;

(5) To contract for necessary goods and services, to employ necessary personnel and to engage the services of private persons for administrative and technical assistance in carrying out the responsibilities of the scholarship program. Any services provided or secured to implement or administer the provisions of this section remain under the direction and authority of the Vice Chancellor for Administration;

(6) To solicit and accept gifts, including bequests or other testamentary gifts made by will, trust or other disposition, grants, loans and other aid from any source and to participate in any federal, state or local governmental programs in carrying out the purposes of this article;

(7) To define the terms and conditions under which scholarships are awarded with the minimum requirements being set forth in section six of this article; and

(8) To establish other policies, procedures and criteria necessary to implement and administer the provisions of this article.

(b) Duties of commission. -- In addition to any duty required by any other provision of this code, the commission has the following responsibilities:

(1) To operate the program in a fiscally responsible manner and within the limits of available funds;

(2) To operate the program as a merit-based program;

(3) To adjust academic eligibility requirements should projections indicate that available funds will not be sufficient to cover future costs; and

(4) To maintain contact with graduates who have received PROMISE scholarships and to provide a written statement of intent to recipients who are selected to receive a PROMISE scholarship notifying them that acceptance of the scholarship entails a responsibility to supply the following:

(A) Information requested by the commission to determine the number and percentage of recipients who shall:

(i) Continue to live in West Virginia after graduation;

(ii) Obtain employment in West Virginia after graduation; and

(iii) Enroll in post-graduate education programs;

(B) For PROMISE scholars who enroll in post-graduate education programs, the name of the state in which each post-graduate institution is located; and

(C) Any other relevant information the commission reasonably requests to implement the provisions of this subdivision;

(5) To analyze and use the data collected pursuant to subdivision (4) of this subsection to:

(A) Report the findings annually to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability; and

(B) Make annual recommendations to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability regarding any actions the commission considers necessary or expedient to encourage PROMISE recipients to live and work in the state after graduation.


WVC 18 C- 7 - 6 §18C-7-6. Promise scholarship program requirements; legislative rule.
(a) A PROMISE scholarship annual award shall meet the following conditions:

(1) For a student enrolled in a state institution of higher education, the annual award is equal to the lesser of the cost of tuition or $4,750, except that a student who was awarded and used a PROMISE scholarship annual award prior to January 1, 2010, shall continue to receive the annual award calculated under the same terms and conditions that applied on the day before the effective date of this article;

(2) For a student enrolled in an eligible institution other than a state institution of higher education, the annual award is equal to, but may not exceed, the lesser of the cost of tuition or $4,750, except that a student who was awarded and used a PROMISE scholarship annual award prior to January 1, 2010, shall continue to receive the annual award calculated under the same terms and conditions that applied on the day before the effective date of this article;

(3) The annual award may exceed $4,750, if the commission determines that adequate funds are available, but in any case, may not be greater than the actual cost of tuition;

(4) The annual award shall be used by an eligible institution to supplement, but may not supplant, a tuition and fee waiver for which the individual is eligible pursuant to section five, six-a, seven or seven-b, article ten, chapter eighteen-b of this code.

(b) The total cost of all scholarships awarded by the commission in any year may not exceed the amount of funds available to the commission during that fiscal year.

(c) In order to be eligible to receive a PROMISE scholarship award an individual shall:

(1) Submit a scholarship award application to the commission:

(A) Within two years of graduating from high school or within two years of acquiring a general equivalency degree if provided instruction in the home or other approved place pursuant to subsection (c), section one, article eight, chapter eighteen of this code; or

(B) Within seven years of initially entering military service, and within one year of discharge from military service, if the individual has entered the United States armed services within two years after graduating from high school;

(2) Apply for and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid;

(3) Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale in the required core and elective course work necessary to prepare students for success in post-secondary education at the associate and baccalaureate degree levels as determined by the commission, if the individual has completed not more than one semester or term at an institution of higher education, excluding credits earned in advanced placement, international baccalaureate, dual credit and comparable courses while the student is enrolled in high school;

(4) Maintain appropriate academic progress toward the completion of a degree at the undergraduate education level as determined by the commission if the individual has completed more than one semester or term at an institution of higher education, excluding credits earned in advanced placement, international baccalaureate, dual credit and comparable courses while the student is enrolled in high school;

(5) Be a United States citizen or legal immigrant to the United States;

(6) Meet additional objective standards the commission considers necessary to promote academic excellence and to maintain the financial stability of the fund; and

(7) Enroll in an eligible institution. A student enrolled at an eligible institution who receives a PROMISE scholarship award may retain and renew the scholarship to complete his or her undergraduate education at that institution or any other eligible institution under the following circumstances:

(A) The institution at which the student is enrolled loses its status as an eligible institution pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (1), subsection (b), section three of this article; and

(B) The student meets all other renewal requirements of this code and of commission rules.

(d) It is the intent of the Legislature that the commission shall strongly encourage prospective candidates for the PROMISE scholarship to perform at least twenty hours of unpaid community service while in high school to help prepare them for success in post-secondary education. The community service may include, but is not limited to, participation with nonprofit, governmental or community-based organizations designed with any or all of the following purposes:

(1) Improving the quality of life for community residents;

(2) Meeting the needs of community residents; or

(3) Fostering civic responsibility.

(e) The commission shall promulgate a legislative rule in accordance with the provisions of article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

(1) The rule shall include at least the following provisions:

(A) The amount of a PROMISE scholarship award in combination with aid from all other sources may not exceed the cost of education at the institution the recipient is attending. This provision does not apply to members of the West Virginia National Guard, recipients of an Underwood-Smith teacher scholarship and recipients of a West Virginia engineering, science and technology scholarship;

(B) Additional objective standards the commission considers necessary:

(i) To promote academic excellence;

(ii) To maintain the financial stability of the fund; and

(iii) To operate the program within the limits of available funds.

(C) Provisions for making the highest and best use of the PROMISE Scholarship Program in conjunction with the West Virginia College Prepaid Tuition and Savings Program Act set forth in article thirty, chapter eighteen of this code;

(D) A provision defining the relationship of PROMISE scholarship awards to all other sources of student financial aid to ensure maximum coordination. The provision shall include the following:

(i) Methods to maximize student eligibility for federal student financial aid;

(ii) A requirement that PROMISE scholarship awards not supplant tuition and fee waivers; and

(iii) Clarification of the relationship between the PROMISE Scholarship Program, tuition savings plans and other state-funded student financial aid programs;

(E) A method for awarding scholarships within the limits of available appropriations, including circumstances when program funds are not sufficient to provide awards to all eligible applicants. The commission may not use any of the following methods:

(i) Providing for an annual PROMISE scholarship award that is less than the amounts provided for in this section; or

(ii) Eliminating any current recipient from eligibility; and

(F) A method for applicants to appeal determinations of eligibility and renewal.

(2) The rule may provide for or require the following at the commission's discretion:

(A) Requiring repayment of the amount of the scholarship, in whole or in part, if a scholarship recipient chooses to work outside the state after graduation. The rule may not require a recipient to repay a scholarship, in whole or in part, unless the prospective recipient has been informed of this requirement in writing before initial acceptance of the PROMISE scholarship award;

(B) Targeting a portion of the scholarship funds to be used for applicants enrolled in an engineering, science, technology or other designated program;

(C) Determining what other sources of funding for higher education are to be deducted from the PROMISE scholarship award; and

(D) Providing additional criteria as determined by the commission.

(3) The Legislature finds that an emergency exists and, therefore, the commission shall file a rule to implement the provisions of this section as an emergency rule pursuant to the provisions of article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. The rule is subject to the prior approval of the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability.

(4) Any rule promulgated by the commission pursuant to previous enactments of this article in effect on the effective date of the amendment and reenactment of this article in the year 2009 remains in effect until amended, modified, repealed or replaced by the commission.


WVC 18 C- 7 - 7 §18C-7-7. West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship Fund continued.
(a) The special revenue fund in the State Treasury designated and known as the PROMISE Scholarship Fund is continued. The fund consists of moneys from the following sources:

(1) All appropriations to the fund from the West Virginia Lottery, video lottery and taxes on amusement devices;

(2) All appropriations by the Legislature for the PROMISE Scholarship Fund;

(3) Any gifts, grants or contributions received for the PROMISE Scholarship Program; and

(4) All interest or other income earned from investment of the fund.

(b) The allocations to the fund are subject to appropriation by the Legislature. Nothing in this article requires any specific level of funding by the Legislature nor guarantees nor entitles any individual to any benefit or grant of funds.

(c) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2006, it is the intent of the Legislature that the aggregate of the amount of moneys transferred to the fund pursuant to section eighteen-a, article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of this code, and any other amounts of public moneys that may be transferred to the fund by appropriation of the Legislature, shall equal, but may not exceed, $40 million. For each fiscal year thereafter until and including the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, it is the intent of the Legislature that this aggregate be an amount two percent greater than the aggregate established by this subsection for the prior fiscal year. For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009, it is the intent of the Legislature that the aggregate of the amount of moneys transferred to the fund pursuant to section eighteen-a, article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of this code and any other amounts of public moneys that may be transferred to the fund by appropriation of the Legislature shall equal $45 million. For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, it is the intent of the Legislature that the aggregate of the amount of moneys transferred to the fund shall equal $48 million. For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, and every fiscal year thereafter, it is the intent of the Legislature that the aggregate of the amount of moneys transferred to the fund shall equal $47,500,000.

(d) The commission may expend the moneys in the fund to implement the provisions of this article.


WVC 18 C- 7 - 8 §18C-7-8.
Repealed.

Acts, 2009 Reg. Sess., Ch. 84.


WVC 18 C- 7 - 9 §18C-7-9.
Repealed.

Acts, 2006 Reg. Sess., Ch. 79.


WVC 18 C- 8 - ARTICLE 8. WEST VIRGINIA FINANCIAL AID COORDINATING COUNCIL.


WVC 18 C- 8 - 1 §18C-8-1.
Repealed.

Acts, 2006 Reg. Sess., Ch. 79.


WVC 18 C- 8 - 2 §18C-8-2.
Repealed.

Acts, 2006 Reg. Sess., Ch. 79.


WVC 18 C- 8 - 3 §18C-8-3.
Repealed.

Acts, 2006 Reg. Sess., Ch. 79.


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