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RULE §21.127Hardship Provisions

(a) In the event of a hardship or for other good cause, the Program Officer at an eligible institution may allow an otherwise eligible person to receive a B-On-Time loan while enrolled for an equivalent of less than full-time but at least six semester hours. Such conditions are not limited to, but include:

  (1) a showing of a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student's academic performance;

  (2) an indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that the student's provision of care may affect his or her academic performance; or

  (3) the requirement of fewer than nine hours to complete one's degree plan.

(b) If the onset of a condition that constitutes a hardship should occur after a student has enrolled for a full-time course load, and the institution determines that the student is justified by his or her circumstances in dropping to no fewer than six semester hours, the institution may also make a determination that the dropped courses will not count against the 75 percent requirement described in §21.125(a)(2)(A) of this title (relating to Continued Eligibility for Loans), or toward the 150 hour maximum described in §21.125(b) of this title (relating to Continued Eligibility for Loans). Among the circumstances that the institution may take into consideration in making this determination is whether the student has dropped below full-time in other academic periods while receiving loans under this program.

(c) Each institution shall adopt a hardship policy under this section and have the policy available in writing in the financial aid office for public review upon request.

Source Note: The provisions of this §21.127 adopted to be effective December 7, 2003, 28 TexReg 10757; amended to be effective August 16, 2004, 29 TexReg 7975; amended to be effective February 21, 2006, 31 TexReg 1024

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