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DIVISION 65

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR
FORMER FOSTER CHILDREN

 

 

575-065-0001

Definitions

(1) "Former Foster Child". An individual who, for a total of 12 or more months while between the ages of 16 and 21, was a ward of the court pursuant to ORS 419B.100(1)(b) to (e) and in the legal custody of the State Dept. of Human Services Child Protective Services Office for out-of-home placement.

(2) "Concurrently enrolled". A student who attends more than one eligible institution under a written consortium agreement or concurrent enrollment program.

(3) "Full time enrollment". Registration and payment of required fees as a full-time student at an eligible institution or combination of institutions, as defined by the institution disbursing funds.

(4) "Oregon-based". Having a campus in the State or Oregon that is authorized by statute or the Office of Degree Authorization to offer a complete degree program in Oregon.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & 348
Stats. Implemented: HB 2431, 2001 Leg. Assembly
Hist.: OSAC 8-2002, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-02

575-065-0015

Eligible Students

An eligible student is a former foster child who enrolls in an eligible institution of higher education as an undergraduate student not later than three years from:

(1) The date the student was removed from the care of the State Dept. of Human Services Child Protective Services Office;

(2) The date the student graduated from high school; or

(3) The date the student received the equivalent of a high school diploma, whichever date is earliest;.

(4) The State Department of Human Services Child Protective Services Office will confirm applicant eligibility.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & 348
Stats. Implemented: HB 2431, 2001 Leg. Assembly
Hist.: OSAC 8-2002, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-02

575-065-0025

Residency

For a student to be eligible for a Former Foster Children Scholarship, he or she must:

(1) Be a U.S. Citizen, or an eligible non-citizen as defined by federal regulations under Title IV, part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended.

(2) Be a resident of the State of Oregon as defined in OAR 575-030-0005(1).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & 348
Stats. Implemented: HB 2431, 2001 Leg. Assembly
Hist.: OSAC 8-2002, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-02

575-065-0035

Application/Selection Procedures

(1) Applicants must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

(2) Applicants must submit a scholarship application form designated for this purpose by the Commission.

(3) Applications must be filed during the timeframe established by the Commission.

(4) Selection will be based on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the receipt date of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

(5) Awarding will continue until such time as all available funds have been awarded.

[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & 348
Stats. Implemented: HB 2431, 2001 Leg. Assembly
Hist.: OSAC 8-2002, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-02

575-065-0045

Eligible Postsecondary Institutions

For an otherwise eligible student to receive an award under the Former Foster Children Scholarship Program, he or she must:

(1) Be enrolled in an institution of the Oregon University System; or

(2) Be enrolled in the Oregon Health & Sciences University; or

(3) Be enrolled in an Oregon community college; or

(4) Be enrolled in an Oregon-based independent postsecondary institution that participates in federal Title IV student financial aid programs.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & 348
Stats. Implemented: HB 2431, 2001 Leg. Assembly
Hist.: OSAC 8-2002, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-02

575-065-0055

Award Amounts

(1) Scholarships awarded to eligible applicants shall equal the amount of tuition and fees levied by the eligible institution for full-time students.

(2) Eligible students attending eligible Oregon independent institutions of postsecondary education may not receive awards in excess of the amount of tuition and fees levied on resident undergraduate students by the University of Oregon. The source of the relevant tuition and fee information shall be the official Oregon University System Fee Schedule published annually by the Office of the Chancellor.

(3) Receipt of this award does not impact a student's eligibility for the Oregon Opportunity Grant.

(4) For concurrently enrolled students, the amount of the award will be based on the school disbursing the funds.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & 348
Stats. Implemented: HB 2431, 2001 Leg. Assembly
Hist.: OSAC 8-2002, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-02

575-065-0065

Conditions of Award

(1) Except for subsection (3) below, the maximum period of scholarship eligibility shall not exceed 12 quarters or 8 semesters, of undergraduate study.

(2) Except for subsection (3) below, a recipient must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student, as defined by the eligible institution.

(3) Students whose statutory rights provide for a legitimate need to exceed 12 quarters or 8 semesters of undergraduate study and/or to attend school for less than half-time undergraduate status may be eligible to receive a scholarship.

(4) The Commission may deny renewal of an award to any student failing to maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the eligible institution.

(5) The Commission may deny renewal of an award to any student failing to continue to show financial need.

(6) No scholarship shall be made to any student in default on any federal Title IV loan or owing a refund on federal Title IV student aid programs.

(7) The Commission may require proof that the applicant is a Former Foster Child.

(8) A recipient must be enrolled in an eligible program as defined in 575-031-0016.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & 348
Stats. Implemented: HB 2431, 2001 Leg. Assembly
Hist.: OSAC 8-2002, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-02

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