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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 21STUDENT SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER ETEXAS B-ON-TIME LOAN PROGRAM
RULE §21.125Continued Eligibility for Loans

(a) A student who first receives an initial Texas B-On-Time loan for a semester or other academic term before the 2014 fall semester may continue to receive Texas B-On-Time loans under Texas Education Code, Chapter 56, Subchapter Q, as that subchapter existed immediately before the effective date of S.B. 215 of the 83rd Legislative Session, as long as the student remains eligible for a Texas B-On-Time loan under the former law, and is entitled to obtain forgiveness of the loans as permitted by Texas Education Code, §56.462, as that section existed immediately before the May 2013 effective date of S.B. 215 of the 83rd legislative session.

(b) After initially qualifying for a Texas B-On-Time loan, a student may continue to receive a Texas B-On-Time loan for each semester or term at an eligible institution if he or she continues to meet all initial eligibility requirements in §21.124 of this title (relating to Initial Eligibility for Loans) and additionally:

  (1) as of the end of the person's first academic year he or she meets the satisfactory academic progress requirements as indicated by the financial aid office of his or her institution.

    (A) If a student ends his/her first year in the program without meeting the academic progress requirements of his/her institution, he/she may not get back into the program until the institution has determined that the student has met its academic performance requirements.

    (B) A loan recipient who is below program grade point average requirements as of the end of a spring term may appeal his/her grade point average calculation if he/she has taken courses previously at one or more different institutions. In the case of such an appeal, the current institution (if presented with transcripts from the previous institutions), must calculate an overall grade point average counting all classes and grade points previously earned. If the resulting grade point average exceeds the current institution's academic progress requirement, an otherwise eligible student may receive an award in the following fall term.

  (2) As of the end of the second and subsequent years, the student must complete at least 75 percent of the hours attempted in his/her most recent academic year, and maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 on a four point scale or its equivalent, for all coursework attempted at public or private or independent institutions of higher education.

    (A) The completion rate calculations may be made in keeping with institutional policies.

    (B) Grade point average calculations may be made in keeping with institutional policies except that if a loan recipient's grade point average falls below program requirements and the student transfers to another institution, the receiving institution cannot make a continuation award to the transfer student until he/she provides transcripts of previous coursework to the new institution's financial aid office and that office re-calculates an overall grade point average, including hours and grade points for courses taken at the old and new institutions that proves the student's overall grade point average now meets or exceeds program requirements.

    (C) A loan recipient who is below program grade point average requirements as of the end of a spring term may appeal his/her grade point average calculation if he/she has taken courses previously at one or more different institutions. In the case of such an appeal, the current institution (if presented with transcripts from the previous institutions), must calculate an overall grade point average counting all classes and grade points previously earned. If the resulting grade point average exceeds the program's academic progress requirement, an otherwise eligible student may receive an award in the following fall term.

(c) A student may not receive a Texas B-On-Time loan for more than 150 semester credit hours or the equivalent. If, in any given academic period, a student drops courses so that he or she is no longer taking a full-time course load as determined by the institution, and the Board does not receive a refund of the Texas B-On-Time loan for that period, the dropped courses will be counted toward the calculation of the 150-hour limit.

(d) If a person fails to meet any of the requirements for receiving a continuation award as outlined in subsection (b) of this section after completion of any year, the person may not receive a Texas B-On-Time Loan until he or she completes courses while not receiving a Texas B-On-Time Loan and meets all the requirements of subsection (b)(2) of this section as of the end of that period of enrollment.


Source Note: The provisions of this §21.125 adopted to be effective December 7, 2003, 28 TexReg 10757; amended to be effective August 16, 2004, 29 TexReg 7975; amended to be effective September 4, 2014, 39 TexReg 6854

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