B.Commencing with the 2003 academic year (high school), if the certifying authority elects to notify students of their potential eligibility for an award, then the following disclaimer shall be included in any communication to the student: "Although it appears that you have satisfied the academic requirements for a Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) Award based on this school's review of the core curriculum courses you have completed and calculation of your TOPS cumulative high school grade point average, you must satisfy all of the following conditions to redeem a scholarship under this program:
1.the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission (LASFAC) must determine that you have in fact completed the TOPS core curriculum courses;
2.LASFAC must determine that your TOPS cumulative high school grade point average based on the TOPS core curriculum meets the statutory requirements;
3.you must be a Louisiana resident as defined by LASFAC;
4.you must be accepted for enrollment by an eligible Louisiana postsecondary institution and be registered as a full-time undergraduate student no later than the next semester following the first anniversary of your graduation from high school;
5.you must apply for federal student aid, if eligible for such aid, by the deadline required for consideration for state aid; and
6.you must have met all academic and nonacademic requirements and be officially notified of your award by LASFAC."
AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:3021-3036, R.S. 17:3042.1 and R.S. 17:3048.1.
HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Student Financial Assistance Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance, LR 22:338 (May 1996), repromulgated LR 24:644 (April 1998), amended LR 24:1913 (October 1998), repromulgated LR 27:1864 (November 2001), amended LR 29:126 (February 2003), LR 29:882 (June 2003), LR 30:1166 (June 2004), LR 35:
Chapter 19.Eligibility and Responsibilities of Post-Secondary Institutions
§1901.Eligibility of Post-Secondary Institutions to Participate
A.Undergraduate degree granting schools which are components of Louisiana public university medical centers and two- and four-year public colleges and universities are authorized to participate in the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS), TOPS-Tech, TOPS-Tech Early Start, Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program and the GO-Youth ChalleNGe Program.
B. - E.…
AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:3021-3036, R.S. 17:3042.1 and R.S. 17:3048.1 and R.S. 17:3050.1-3050.4.
HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Student Financial Assistance Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance, LR 22:338 (May 1996), repromulgated LR 24:645 (April 1998), amended LR 24:1914 (October 1998), LR 25:1459 (August 1999), LR 26:1998 (September 2000), repromulgated LR 27:1864 (November 2001), amended LR 28:448 (March 2002), LR 30:784 (April 2004), LR 31:3111 and 3114 (December 2005), LR 35:
Interested persons may submit written comments on the proposed changes (SG0997NI) until 4:30 p.m., October 10, 2008, to Melanie Amrhein, Executive Director, Office of Student Financial Assistance, P.O. Box 91202, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9202.
George Badge Eldredge
FISCAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
RULE TITLE: Scholarship/Grant Programs
I.ESTIMATED IMPLEMENTATION COSTS (SAVINGS) TO STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (Summary)
Act 652 of the 2008 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature extends the alternative eligibility requirements for students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 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. It is estimated that this proposed change to implement this act will increase TOPS program expenditures by $236,444 for the 2008-09 state fiscal year, $254,199 for 2009-2010, and $205,102 for 2010-11. Act 754 authorizes the use of the TOPS Tech award at certain cosmetology and proprietary schools beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year. It is estimated that this proposed change to implement this act will increase TOPS program expenditures by $118,787 for the 2009-10 state fiscal year and $211,160 for 2010-11. The rest of the proposed changes in this rulemaking are primarily technical in nature and should not have a significant impact on program costs.
II.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON REVENUE COLLECTIONS OF STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNITS (Summary)
Revenue collections of state and local governments will not be affected by the proposed changes.
III.ESTIMATED COSTS AND/OR ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO DIRECTLY AFFECTED PERSONS OR NONGOVERNMENTAL GROUPS (Summary)
The Early Start program encourages colleges and universities to enroll high school students to give them a head start on their post-secondary education. The higher level of education or technical training for students will have a positive impact on their earning potential and make them more marketable in the job market, thus eligible for higher paying jobs. Also, additional students will qualify for a TOPS award and many will attend an in-state school to further their education and remain in Louisiana upon completion of their education. This will provide Louisiana employers a better-educated workforce and may also attract out-of-state employers to Louisiana thus providing additional better paying jobs.
IV.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON COMPETITION AND EMPLOYMENT (Summary)
The TOPS and Early Start programs affected by these changes allow high school students to seek post-secondary education. These changes also give students more options by including cosmetology and proprietary schools. Any increase in the number of students attending post-secondary education will result in an increase in the number of educated/trained workers in the state and that will have a positive impact on competition and employment.
George Badge Eldredge
H. Gordon Monk
Legislative Fiscal Officer
Legislative Fiscal Office
Louisiana Register Vol. 34, No. 10 October 20, 2008