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Delaware General AssemblyDelaware RegulationsMonthly Register of RegulationsMay 2017

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I. Summary of the Evidence and Information Submitted
The Secretary of Education intends to create 14 DE Admin. Code 1203 Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP). This regulation is being created to provide eligibility criteria for the ScIP and to delineate the process for applying for ScIP scholarships, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §3411.
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and the Delaware State News on March 1, 2017, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit “A”. Comments were received from the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD), the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC), and Mr. Joseph Farris suggesting that: (1) the definition of full-time student be reconsidered as less than 12 credits may be the maximum that is appropriate for some students given various disabilities. The Department clarified the definition; (2) Section 4.1 should not be numbered as such, per the Delaware Administrative Code Drafting and Style Manual. The Department conferred with the Registrar of Regulation to confirm that the section is numbered correctly as it consists of an introductory portion followed by a list which is allowed per the Manual; (3) the regulation omitted statutory authorization to approve scholarships to be used in institutions outside Delaware that have scholarship reciprocity agreements with the state. The Department notes that currently there are no scholarship reciprocity agreements in place. However, Sections 4.1.2.2 and 4.1.2.3 outline how degree programs outside of Delaware would be considered; (4) clarity be given around information in a table found on the Delaware Higher Education Office’s (DHEO) website regarding how the scholarship will be awarded in terms of need and merit. The Department notes the table is no longer being used and will be removed from the website to avoid confusion. Section 5.2 clearly outlines how the DHEO will determine the applicant’s financial and academic need. Additionally, Mr. Farris commented that the eligibility requirements for graduate or professional degree programs are not inclusive of in-state colleges or universities similar to the undergraduate eligibility. The Department notes that the language in 4.1.2.3 aligns with 14 Del.C. §3413(3)(a-c). Also further clarification was requested for the term “in the best interest of the state” as it relates to the type of degree pursued and eligibility for an award of the ScIP. The Department believes that the term “Critical Need Area” as defined in the regulation addresses this concern.
II. Findings of Facts
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to create 14 DE Admin. Code 1203 Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP) in order to provide eligibility criteria for the ScIP and to delineate the process for applying for ScIP scholarships, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §3411.
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to create 14 DE Admin. Code 1203 Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP). Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 1203 Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP) attached hereto as Exhibit “B” is hereby created. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 1203 Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP) hereby amended shall be in effect for a period of five years from the effective date of this order as set forth in Section V. below.
The text of 14 DE Admin. Code 1203 Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP) created hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit “B”, and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 1203 Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP) in the Administrative Code of Regulations for the Department of Education.
The actions hereinabove referred to were taken by the Secretary pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122 on April 20, 2017. The effective date of this Order shall be ten (10) days from the date this Order is published in the Delaware Register of Regulations.
IT IS SO ORDERED the 20th day of April 2017.
Department of Education
Approved this 20th day of April 2017
"Academic Record" means the applicant's unofficial transcript from high school, college, or graduate school for the most recent academic year.
"Critical Need Area" means classifications where there is a shortage of persons for employment in a particular field. These classifications are posted annually on the Delaware Higher Education Office (DHEO) website and are based on federal and state reporting.
"Delaware Higher Education Office (DHEO)" is the Department of Education's office which administers specific programs related to higher education, including, but not limited to, scholarship and loan programs.
"Direct Educational Expenses" means tuition, mandatory fees, room, board, books, and supplies.
"Expected Family Contribution (EFC)" means a number that is calculated using the financial information an applicant provides on his or her Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine an applicant's eligibility for federal student aid.
"Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)" means the data supplied in connection with the federal government's application for federal financial aid which DHEO uses to determine an applicant's eligibility for a ScIP scholarship.
"Full-Time Student" means [an undergraduate student enrolled in 12 or more college credit hours or a graduate student enrolled in 9 or more credit hours. a student enrolled in a minimum of college credit hours as required by the student’s college or university for full-time status. Generally, for an undergraduate program, this is a minimum of 12 credit hours per term and for a graduate program, a minimum of 9 credit hours.]
"Grade Point Average (GPA)" means the number representing the average value of the accumulated final grades earned in courses over time.
"Graduate Student" means a full-time student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program.
"Regionally Accredited Institution" means an institution of higher education accredited by one of the following regional accreditation organizations: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), or WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
"Resident of the State" means an applicant who meets the definition of residency as defined in 14 Del.C. §3402(f).
"Semester" means a half-year term in a school or college, typically lasting 15 to 18 weeks.
"Student Account Access Site" means the webpage on the DHEO's website where students can access scholarship opportunities.
"Undergraduate Student" means a full-time student at a regionally accredited college or university who has not yet earned a bachelor's or equivalent degree.
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