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RULE §21.306Eligible Institutions of Higher Education

(a) Criteria. An eligible institution shall be any institution of higher education which:

  (1) admits as regular students only those persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education or the recognized equivalent of such certificate;

  (2) is legally authorized to provide a program of education beyond secondary level;

  (3) provides an educational program for which it awards at least an associate degree;

  (4) is a public or other nonprofit institution;

  (5) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools if the institution is within the state of Texas; or

  (6) is currently accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association that the secretary determines to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered in accordance with the Act, §1201(A), if the institution is outside the state of Texas.

(b) Evidence of institution's accreditation status. If the institution is placed on public probation by the appropriate accrediting agency, scholars applying for scholarships shall provide evidence of knowledge of the school's accreditation status as a condition to receiving the scholarship.

(c) Students attending other institutions. Any student attending an institution other than an eligible institution, as set forth in subsection (a) of this section (relating to criteria for eligible institutions), shall not be eligible for a scholarship from the fund. Scholars who continue to seek certification through an ineligible institution are responsible for repaying the scholarship.

(d) Designation of institutional representative. Unless otherwise specified by the chief executive officer of the institution, the Hinson-Hazlewood College Student Loan Program officer shall serve as the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program officer for Texas institutions, shall be the board's on-campus agent to certify all institutional transactions and activities with respect to the fund, and shall be responsible for all records and reports reflecting the transactions with respect to the fund.

Source Note: The provisions of this §21.306 adopted to be effective January 5, 1994, 18 TexReg 9851.

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