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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 22GRANT AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
SUBCHAPTER LTOWARD EXCELLENCE, ACCESS, AND SUCCESS (TEXAS) GRANT PROGRAM
RULE §22.226Definitions

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

  (1) Awarded--Offered to a student.

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

  (3) Commissioner--The Commissioner of Higher Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.

  (4) Committee--The TEXAS Grant Oversight Committee, authorized through Texas Education Code, §56.311.

  (5) Continuation or renewal award--A TEXAS Grant awarded to a person who has previously received an initial award.

  (6) Cost of attendance--An institution's estimate of the expenses incurred by a typical financial aid student. It includes direct educational costs (tuition, fees, books, and supplies) as well as indirect costs (room and board, transportation, and personal expenses).

  (7) Degree or certificate program of four years or less--A baccalaureate degree or certificate program other than in architecture, engineering or any other program determined by the Board to require four years or less to complete.

  (8) Degree or certificate program of more than four years--A baccalaureate degree or certificate program in architecture, engineering or any other program determined by the Board to require more than four years to complete.

  (9) Eligible institution--During the 2013-2014 academic year, all institutions of higher education are eligible to make initial and continuation awards. Beginning with awards for fall 2014, only medical or dental units and general academic teaching institutions other than the public state colleges may make initial and continuation awards. Other institutions of higher education, including public state institutions, may only make continuation awards and can make continuation awards only to otherwise eligible students who received TEXAS Grant awards prior to fall 2014.

  (10) Enrolled on at least a three-quarter basis--Enrolled for the equivalent of nine undergraduate semester credit hours in a regular semester.

  (11) Entering undergraduate--A student enrolled in the first 30 semester credit hours or their equivalent, excluding hours taken during dual enrollment in high school and courses for which the student received credit through examination.

  (12) 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.

  (13) Financial Aid Advisory Committee--An advisory committee for the Board, authorized in Texas Education Code, §61.0776 and charged with providing the Board advice and recommendations regarding the development, implementation, and evaluation of state financial aid programs for college students.

  (14) 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.

  (15) Foundation high school program--The curriculum specified in the Texas Education Code, §28.025, as it exists after the passage of House Bill 5 by the 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, and the rules promulgated thereunder by the State Board of Education.

  (16) General Academic Teaching Institution--As the term is defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003.

  (17) Honorably discharged--Released from active duty military service with an Honorable Discharge, General Discharge under Honorable Conditions, or Honorable Separation or Release from Active Duty, as documented by the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214) issued by the Department of Defense.

  (18) Initial year award--The grant award made in the student's first year in the TEXAS Grant program, typically made up of a fall and spring disbursement.

  (19) 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).

  (20) Medical or dental unit--As the term is defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003.

  (21) Period of enrollment--The term or terms within the current state fiscal year (September 1-August 31) for which the student was enrolled in an eligible institution and met all the eligibility requirements for an award through this program.

  (22) Priority Model--The additional academic requirements for priority consideration for an initial year TEXAS grant award for persons who graduate from high school on or after May 1, 2013 and enroll in a general academic teaching institution in the 2013-2014 academic year or enroll in a medical or dental unit or general academic teaching institution other than a state college in fall 2014 or later, as described in §22.228 of this title (relating to Eligible Students).

  (23) 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.

  (24) Public state college--As the term is defined in Texas Education Code, §61.003.

  (25) Recommended or advanced high school programs--The curriculum specified in the Texas Education Code, §28.025 as it existed as of January 1, 2013, and the rules promulgated thereunder by the State Board of Education.

  (26) Required fees--A mandatory fee (required by statute) or discretionary fee (authorized by statute, imposed by the governing board of an institution) and that an institution charges to a student as a condition of enrollment at the institution or in a specific course.

  (27) 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.

  (28) Tuition--Statutory tuition, designated and/or Board-authorized tuition.


Source Note: The provisions of this §22.226 adopted to be effective August 16, 2004, 29 TexReg 7988; amended to be effective November 28, 2005, 30 TexReg 7869; amended to be effective May 21, 2008, 33 TexReg 3952; amended to be effective May 26, 2010, 35 TexReg 4159; amended to be effective February 28, 2012, 37 TexReg 1335; amended to be effective February 26, 2013, 38 TexReg 1161; amended to be effective February 26, 2014, 39 TexReg 1143

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