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13b.08.03.00.htm 13B.08.03.00. Title 13B MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION Subtitle 08 FINANCIAL AID Chapter 03 Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program Authority: Education Article, §11-105(u) 18-204(c) and 18-603.1, Annotated Code of Maryland
13b.08.03.01.htm 13B.08.03.01. 01 Purpose.. The purpose of the Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program (Riley Scholarship) is to encourage members of the fire-fighting, ambulance, and rescue organizations serving Maryland communities to pursue credited courses that lead to a degree in fire service technology, emergency medical technology, fire service management, or public safety administration with a minor or concentration in fire service tec
13b.08.03.02.htm 13B.08.03.02. 02 Eligibility.. A. In this regulation, “actively engaged” means:. 1) A career member who has worked a minimum of 1000 hours as part of a fire, ambulance, or rescue squad in the tax year prior to the award year; and2) A volunteer member:. a) Within a county or municipality that operates a Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) who has recorded at least 50 LOSAP points as part of a fire, ambulance, or rescue squad in the tax year prior to the award year, and t
13b.08.03.03.htm 13B.08.03.03. 03 Application Procedures.. A. Students applying for the Riley Scholarship shall submit the following materials to the Office for Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)1) A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, by March 1;. 2) A completed online application form, by March 1;. 3) Proof of official acceptance into a program of fire service technology, emergency medical technology, fire service management, or public safety administration with a minor
13b.08.03.04.htm 13B.08.03.04. 04 Award Amount.. A. The Office for Student Financial Assistance shall determine each recipient’s scholarship award as provided in §B of this regulation.B. An annual award shall be at least 50 percent of the student’s actual annual tuition and mandatory fees at an eligible institution, but may not exceed the annual tuition and mandatory fees of a resident undergraduate student at the 4-year public institution of higher education within the University System of Maryland, oth
13b.08.03.05.htm 13B.08.03.05. 05 Selection of Recipients and Award Notification.. A. Eligible applicants who are renewals shall be given priority over initial applicants. Within these groups, applicants shall be ranked and awarded according to the submission date of their completed online application form.B. Recipients shall be notified in writing of a scholarship award.. C. A recipient shall provide written acceptance of the award to the Office of Student Financial Assistance by the date specif
13b.08.03.06.htm 13B.08.03.06. 06 Verification and Payment.. A. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) has the authority to verify information concerning applicants and recipients for the purpose of administering this program.B. Each semester, eligible institutions shall certify on billing rosters provided by OSFA that each recipient is:1) A Maryland resident;. 2) Maintaining a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;.
13b.08.03.07.htm 13B.08.03.07. 07 Renewal.. A. An award shall be automatically renewed on an annual basis, pending the annual submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, up to a maximum of 5 years of full-time study or 8 years of part-time study if sufficient funding is available and the student:1) Continues to meet all of the eligibility requirements set forth in Regulation .02 of this chapter;2) Maintains satisfactory academic progress at the institution attended; and.
13b.08.03.08.htm 13B.08.03.08. 08 Appeals.. A. An appeal of a decision of ineligibility or cancellation of an award shall be filed with the Director of the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)B. An appeal shall be in writing and state clearly the basis for the appeal.. C. An appeal shall be submitted within 30 days of notice of ineligibility or cancellation of award.. D. The Director of OSFA shall review each appeal and issue a decision no later than 60 days after receiving the appeal.
13b.08.03.09.htm 13B.08.03.09. 09 Service Obligation.. A. A recipient shall serve for 1 year after completion of an eligible program as a volunteer or career firefighter or ambulance or rescue squad member, in a full-time or part-time capacity, of an organized fire department or ambulance or rescue squad in the State.B. Each applicant offered an award shall sign and return a promissory note agreeing to begin fulfillment of the service obligation within 1 year of completing the degree for w
13b.08.03.10.htm 13B.08.03.10. 10 Default in Service Obligation.. A. If a recipient fails to carry out their service obligation, the recipient shall be in default and shall repay the State the portion of the scholarship not forgiven.B. Repayment may be prorated if the recipient partially fulfills the obligation, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.C. Interest on the funds advanced shall accrue at an interest rate equal to the interest rate established by the United State
13b.08.03.11.htm 13B.08.03.11. 11 Service Obligation Deferment.. A. A recipient may request that their service obligation be deferred during the time that the recipient is:1) Enrolled in a full-time (12 or more credits per semester) or part-time (6―11 credits per semester) undergraduate course of study;2) Enrolled in a full-time (9 or more credits per semester) or part-time (6―8 credits per semester) graduate course of study at an institution of higher education in a degree 3) On a temporary leave o
13b.08.03.12.htm 13B.08.03.12. 12 Waiver of Service and Repayment Obligations.. The Office of Student Financial Assistance shall waive a recipient's service and repayment obligations if it determines:A. On the basis of sworn affidavits by two qualified physicians that the recipient is physically unable to fulfill any of the possible service obligations on a full-time or part-time basis because of a permanent impairment; orB. On the basis of a death certificate or other evidence of death that is c
13b.08.03.9999.htm 13B.08.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date: August 28, 2017 (44:17 Md. R. 836).
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