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RULE §21.402Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

  (1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

  (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 in 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) Encumbered funds--Program funds that have been offered to a specific student, which offer the student has accepted, and which may or may not have been disbursed to the student.

  (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 or her family, as determined following the federal methodology.

  (6) Financial need--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. Federal and state veterans' educational and special combat pay benefits are not to be considered in determining a student's financial need.

  (7) General academic teaching institution--The University of Texas at Austin; The university of Texas at El Paso; The University of Texas of the Permian Basin; The University of Texas at Dallas; The University of Texas at San Antonio; Texas A&M University, Main University; The University of Texas at Arlington; Tarleton State University; Prairie View A&M University; Texas Maritime Academy (now Texas A&M University of Galveston); Texas Tech University; University of North Texas; Lamar University; Lamar State College--Orange; Lamar State College--Port Arthur; Texas A&M University--Kingsville; Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi; Texas Woman's University; Texas Southern University; Midwestern State University; University of Houston; University of Texas--Pan American; the University of Texas at Brownsville; Texas A&M University--Commerce; Sam Houston State University; Texas State University--San Marcos; West Texas A&M University; Stephen F. Austin State University; Sul Ross State University; Angelo State University; The University of Texas at Tyler; and any other college, university, or institution so classified as provided in this chapter or created and so classified, expressly or impliedly, by law.

  (8) Half-time student--For undergraduates, a person who is enrolled or is expected to be enrolled for the equivalent of six or more semester credit hours. For graduate students, a person who is enrolled or is expected to be enrolled for the equivalent of 4.5 or more semester credit hours.

  (9) Institution of Higher Education or Institution--Any public technical institute, public junior college, public senior college or university, medical or dental unit or other agency of higher education as defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003(8).

  (10) Program--The Texas College Work-Study Program.

  (11) 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 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.

  (12) 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 of Texas.

Source Note: The provisions of this §21.402 adopted to be effective August 16, 2004, 29 TexReg 7977; amended to be effective November 28, 2005, 30 TexReg 7857; amended to be effective May 16, 2006, 31 TexReg 3873; amended to be effective August 16, 2007, 32 TexReg 4976; amended to be effective August 25, 2008, 33 TexReg 6814; amended to be effective May 26, 2010, 35 TexReg 4154; amended to be effective February 28, 2012, 37 TexReg 1330

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