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15-1854. Private postsecondary education student financial assistance program; fund; definition
A. A private postsecondary education student financial assistance program is established. The commission shall develop, implement and administer the program. A student who obtains an associate degree from a community college district or from a community college under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe in this state that meets the same accreditation standards as a community college district and who registers for enrollment as a full-time student in a baccalaureate program at a private, nationally or regionally accredited four year degree granting college or university chartered in this state is eligible to submit an application to the commission for participation in the program. The commission shall establish eligibility criteria for the program, including financial need and academic merit, shall develop application forms, procedures and deadlines and shall select qualifying students each year for participation in the program. Participating students shall receive an award in an amount of up to two thousand dollars annually not to exceed two years or four thousand dollars to be used to pay all or a portion of the tuition and fees charged at the private, accredited four year college or university.
B. A private postsecondary education student financial assistance fund is established consisting of legislative appropriations. The commission shall administer the fund. Monies in the fund are exempt from the provisions of section 35-190 relating to lapsing of appropriations. The commission shall make awards for payment of tuition at eligible colleges or universities to students who are selected to participate in the private postsecondary education student financial assistance program pursuant to subsection A of this section.
C. The commission shall develop a program evaluation procedure in order to determine the effectiveness of the private postsecondary education student financial assistance program in shifting students who would have otherwise attended a public four-year college or university to private four-year degree granting colleges or universities.
D. A student who fails to receive a baccalaureate degree within a three-year period of receipt of the program award shall reimburse the private postsecondary education student financial assistance fund for all awards received pursuant to subsection A of this section. On receipt of supporting documentation from the student, for good cause shown the commission may provide for extensions of the three year period to obtain a baccalaureate degree.
E. The commission may use monies collected from students pursuant to this section for the purposes of administering the loan programs established by this article and section 15-1855.
F. For the purposes of this section, "community college district" means a community college district that is established pursuant to sections 15-1402 and 15-1403 or section 15-1402.01 and that is a political subdivision of this state.