The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(2) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education,
the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.
(3) Cost of attendance--A Board-approved estimate of
the expenses incurred by a typical financial aid student attending
a particular college or university. It includes direct educational
costs (tuition, fees, books, and supplies) as well as indirect costs
(room and board, transportation, and personal expenses).
(4) Educational Aide--A person who has been employed
by a public school district in Texas in a teaching capacity working
in the classroom directly with the students for at least one year
on a full-time basis. It may include substitute teachers who have
been employed by a public school district in Texas for 180 or more
full days in a teaching capacity working in the classroom directly
(5) Expected family contribution--The amount of discretionary
income that should be available to a student from his or her resources
and that of his/her family, as determined following the federal methodology.
(6) Financial need--An indication of a student's inability
to meet the full cost of attending a college or university, measured
by one of the following methods:
(A) The cost of attendance at a particular public or
private institution of higher education less the expected family contribution.
The cost of attendance and family contribution are to be determined
in accordance with Board guidelines; or
(B) An income methodology, which considers a student
to have financial need if his or her adjusted gross annual income
is less than income levels set annually by the Commissioner. If the
student is a dependent, the family's adjusted gross family income
is considered; if the student is independent, only the student's income
(and the income of the student's spouse, if he or she is married)
(7) Program Officer--The individual named by each participating
institution's chief executive officer to serve as agent for the Board.
The Program Officer has primary responsibility for all ministerial
acts required by the program, including the determination of student
eligibility, maintenance of all records and preparation and submission
of reports reflecting program transactions. Unless otherwise indicated
by the administration, the director of student financial aid shall
serve as Program Officer.
(8) Resident of Texas--A resident of the State of Texas
as determined in accordance with Chapter 21, Subchapter B of this
title (relating to Determination of Resident Status). Nonresident
students who are eligible to pay resident tuition rates are not residents
|Source Note: The provisions of this §21.1081 adopted to be effective August 16, 2004, 29 TexReg 7980; amended to be effective August 16, 2007, 32 TexReg 4979; amended to be effective May 21, 2008, 33 TexReg 3943; amended to be effective August 26, 2009, 34 TexReg 5683; amended to be effective February 28, 2012, 37 TexReg 1331