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them more marketable in the job market, thus eligible for higher paying jobs in the health care area. This will also provide a larger pool of highly trained healthcare workers for Louisiana employers to fill jobs in high demand areas currently experiencing staffing shortages.

IV.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON COMPETITION AND EMPLOYMENT (Summary)

The Health Care Educator Loan Forgiveness Program gives colleges and universities a tool to use to eventually increase student enrollment and thus output in high demand occupational fields. This helps the private and public healthcare sectors to find and hire qualified and competent staff to provide healthcare services to the residents of Louisiana. This makes the state’s healthcare industry more competitive and reduces staffing shortages in critical areas.

George Badge Eldredge

H. Gordon Monk

General Counsel

Legislative Fiscal Officer

0810#008

Legislative Fiscal Office

NOTICE OF INTENT

Student Financial Assistance Commission

Office of Student Finanical Assistance

Scholarship/Grant Programs (LAC 28:IV.103, 301, 504, 701, 703, 803, 1001, 1401-1409, 1413-1417, 1705, and 1901)

The Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission (LASFAC) announces its intention to amend its Scholarship/Grant rules (R.S. 17:3021-3025, R.S. 3041.10-3041.15, R.S. 17:3042.1, R.S. 17:3048.1, R.S. 17:3048.5 and R.S. 17:3048.6).

This rulemaking implements Acts 460, 652, and 754 of the 2008 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. These Acts (1) allow eligible nonpublic high school and home school students to participate in the Early Start program; (2) extend the alternative eligibility requirements for students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to students graduating from high school or completing the 12th grade level of a BESE approved home study course during the 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 high school academic years; (3) rename the TOPS program as the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students; and (4) authorize the use of the TOPS Tech award at certain cosmetology and proprietary schools beginning the 2009-2010 academic year.

This rulemaking will also amend Chapter 14 to LASFAC's Scholarship/Grants rules to rename the Dual Enrollment Program as the Early Start Program; amend the initial eligibility requirements; provide definitions for Career Area of Concentration, Census Day, and LAICU; and add LAICU members to the postsecondary institutions authorized to participate in the program.

The proposed Rule has no known impact on family formation, stability, or autonomy, as described in R.S. 49:972. (SG0997NI)

Title 28

EDUCATION

Part IV.  Student Financial Assistance―Higher Education Scholarship and Grant Programs

Chapter 1.Scope

§103.Purpose

A. - C.

D.LAC 28:IV shall be amended and updated as necessary. Such updates will be forwarded to institutions in the form of Scholarship and Grant Program Memoranda (SGPM), or Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) Bulletins. These memoranda and bulletins will cover additions, deletions, revisions and clarifications to the rules and regulations. In compliance with Act 1302 of the 1999 Regular Session of the Legislature, information shall be mailed to the president and superintendent of each city and parish school board in the state, the principal and counselors of each high school in the state, the chancellor, director of financial aid, business office, auditor and registrar of each public post-secondary school in the state and each regionally accredited independent college or university which is a member of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:3021-3036.

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Student Financial Assistance Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance, LR 22:338 (May 1996), repromulgated LR 24:632 (April 1998), amended LR 24:1897 (October 1998), LR 26:65 (January 2000), repromulgated LR 27:1841 (November 2001), amended LR 35:

Chapter 3.Definitions

§301.Definitions

A.Words and terms not otherwise defined in these rules shall have the meanings ascribed to such words and terms in this Section. Where the masculine is used in these rules, it includes the feminine, and vice versa; where the singular is used, it includes the plural, and vice versa.

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Eligible Colleges or Universities―Louisiana public colleges or universities and regionally accredited independent colleges or universities in the state that are members of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; and, for recipients of the TOPS Tech Award only, beginning with the 2009-2010 Academic Year (College), any school that has a valid and current certificate of registration issued by the State Board of Cosmetology in accordance with law and that is accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education and any proprietary school that has a valid and current license issued by the Board of Regents in accordance with law and that is accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education.

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AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:3021-3025, R.S. 17:3042.1 and R.S. 17:3048.1.

HISTORICAL NOTE:HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Student Financial Assistance Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance, LR 22:338 (May 1996), repromulgated LR 24:632 (April 1998), amended LR 24:1898 (October 1998), LR 24:2237 (December 1998), LR 25:256 (February 1999), LR 25:654 (April 1999), LR 25:1458 and 1460 (August 1999), LR 25:1794 (October 1999), LR 26:65 (January 2000), LR 26:688 (April 2000), LR 26:1262 (June 2000), LR 26:1601 (August 2000), LR 26:1993, 1999 (September 2000), LR 26:2268 (October 2000), LR 26:2752 (December 2000), LR 27:36 (January 2001), LR 27:284 (March 2001), LR 27:1219 (August 2001), LR 27:1840 (November 2001), LR 27:1875 (November 2001), LR 28:45 (January 2002), LR 28:446 (March 2002), LR 28:772 (April 2002), LR 28:2330, 2331 (November 2002), LR 29:555 (April 2003), LR 29:879 (June

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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