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b.the student was enrolled at the end of the 14th class day or later for semester schools, or the 9th class day or later for quarter and term schools;
c.the student's high school or the parent of a home school student has provided notice that the student is eligible for and has been approved to continue participation in the program; and
d.the student's high school or the parent of a home school student has provided notice of the course or courses approved for enrollment;
e.the student is in good standing at the institution;
7.Verify that the student is enrolled in a college course for which college credit is attempted and recorded on the student’s postsecondary permanent academic record, including the college course, credit attempted, credit earned, and course grade, unless the student withdraws before the college’s census date or the student’s enrollment is cancelled.
8.Report student level outcome data to the Board of Regents according to specifications defined by the Board of Regents.

B.Records Retention

1.Records pertaining to the Early Start Program are subject to audit as required by LOSFA, LASFAC, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. Postsecondary institutions shall maintain all records for a minimum of three years. All such records shall be made available upon request by LOSFA, LASFAC, the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:3021-3036, R.S. 17:3042.1, R.S. 17:3048.1 and R.S. 17:3048.5.

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Student Financial Assistance Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance, LR 33:2611 (December 2007), amended LR 34:241 (February 2008), LR 35:

§1415.Responsibilities of the Board of Regents

A.The Board of Regents shall provide a student application to participate in the Early Start Program.

B.The Board of Regents shall maintain a Statewide General Education Course Articulation Matrix.

C.The Board of Regents shall list the courses offered by LAICU postsecondary institutions that are approved for use in the Early Start Program. The Board of Regents shall review the list of LAICU courses at least on an annual basis and shall post the list on the Board of Regents web site.

D.In the event that the funds appropriated for the Early Start Program are insufficient to pay for all eligible public high school students, the Board of Regents shall develop, approve and deliver a plan to LOSFA to address the shortfall.

E.The Board of Regents shall provide specifications for submitting student level outcome data as required by §1413.A.8.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:3021-3036, R.S. 17:3042.1, R.S. 17:3048.1 and R.S. 17:3048.5.

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Student Financial Assistance Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance, LR 33:2611 (December 2007), amended LR 34:242 (February 2008), LR 35:

§1417.Responsibilities of LOSFA

A.Upon receipt of payment requests from institutions submitted in accordance with §1413.A, LOSFA shall pay

the institution for each eligible student in accordance with §1413.

B.LOSFA shall conduct audits of the participating eligible Louisiana postsecondary institutions to ensure compliance with program requirements.

C.LOSFA shall provide the information necessary to fully inform Louisiana public high school students and their parents on the requirements of and procedures for applying for and maintaining eligibility for the Early Start Program.

D.LOSFA shall audit high schools and postsecondary institutions to ensure compliance with these rules.

E.LOSFA shall maintain a database of all students who have participated in the Early Start Program, including social security number, college code, high school code, term, date, college course type, hours attempted, payment amount, and aggregate amount paid.

F.1.After the receipt of fall semester or term payment requests, but no later than October 15 of each year, LOSFA shall determine whether sufficient funds are available for all anticipated program payments for subsequent semesters and terms of the academic year.

2.In the event projections indicate sufficient funds are not available, LOSFA shall notify the Board of Regents.
3.In the event additional funds are not allocated for all program payments anticipated for subsequent semesters and terms during the academic year, the Board of Regents shall develop, approve and deliver a plan to LOSFA to address the shortfall.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:3021-3023 and R.S. 17:3129.7.

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Student Financial Assistance Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance, LR 33:2611 (December 2007), amended LR 34:242 (February 2008), LR 35:

Chapter 17.Responsibilities of High Schools, School Boards, Special School Governing Boards, the Louisiana Department of Education and LASFAC on Behalf of Eligible Non-Louisiana High Schools

§1705.Notification of Certified Students

A.Through the 2002 academic year (high school), if the certifying authority elects to notify students of their certification, then the following disclaimer shall be included in any communication to the student: "Although you have been certified as academically eligible for a Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) Award, you must satisfy all of the following conditions to redeem a scholarship under this program:

1.you must be a Louisiana resident as defined by the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission; and
2.you must be accepted for enrollment by an eligible Louisiana college and be registered as a full-time undergraduate student; and
3.you must annually apply for federal student aid, if eligible for such aid, by the deadline required for consideration for state aid; and
4.you must have met all academic and nonacademic requirements and be officially notified of your award by the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission (LASFAC)."

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

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