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13b.08.14.00.htm 13B.08.14.00. Title 13B MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION Subtitle 08 FINANCIAL AID Chapter 14 Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program Authority: Education Article, §11-105(u) 18-204 (c) and 18-708, Annotated Code of Maryland
13b.08.14.01.htm 13B.08.14.01. 01 Purpose.. The purpose of the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program is to help meet the State’s need for well-trained and highly skilled workers in shortage areas. Students who perform well academically and agree to use their training in eligible programs may qualify for scholarship assistance.
13b.08.14.02.htm 13B.08.14.02. 02 Eligibility.. A. A recipient of assistance under this program shall:. 1) Be a Maryland resident (if the recipient is a dependent student, the parent claiming the student as dependent shall be a Maryland resident as well)2) Enroll in an eligible major as specified in regulation .08 of this chapter;. 3) After completing studies in an eligible program, perform the service obligation as specified for each field in which there is a critical shortage; and
13b.08.14.03.htm 13B.08.14.03. 03 Award Amount.. A. Grants shall be awarded in accordance with the minimum and maximum award ranges specified in this regulation.B. In this regulation, “cost of attendance (COA) means the annual expenses of a full-time resident undergraduate at the 4-year public institution of higher education within the University System of Maryland with the highest annual expense for a full-time resident undergraduate as determined by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, other than th
13b.08.14.04.htm 13B.08.14.04. 04 Advisory Council on Workforce Shortage.. A. The Secretary of Higher Education shall appoint an Advisory Council on Workforce Shortage (Advisory Council) to identify and recommend workforce shortage fields to be included in the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program.B. The Advisory Council shall meet as necessary to make recommendations on occupations to be included in the program.C. At a minimum, the Advisory Council shall make recommendations every 2 ye
13b.08.14.05.htm 13B.08.14.05. 05 Allocation of Funds.. A. A specified amount of funds shall be allocated each year to each eligible occupational areas based on critical need as determined by the Advisory Council on Workforce Shortage. These funds shall be used to make awards to students majoring in specific programs leading to employment in these occupational areas.B. As funding permits, the intent of the program is to incrementally address waiting lists for those occupations already inco
13b.08.14.06.htm 13B.08.14.06. 06 Application Procedures.. A. To be considered for the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program, an applicant shall submit:1) A completed application;. 2) An official transcript from each institution the applicant has attended;. 3) If the applicant has earned less than 12 college level credits, an official high school transcript;4) If applying as a nursing major, proof of acceptance into a nursing program at the institution; and5) Any additional documen
13b.08.14.07.htm 13B.08.14.07. 07 Selection of Recipients.. A. Grant awards shall be issued using both merit- and need-based criteria.. B. Applicants shall be ranked by grade point average (GPA) and then ranked by need within each occupational field. Students with the greatest need within each GPA range shall receive awards first.C. The following GPA ranges shall be used:. 1) GPA 3.8 to GPA 4.0;. 2) GPA 3.6 to GPA 3.79;. 3) GPA 3.4 to GPA 3.59;. 4) GPA 3.0 to GPA 3.39; and. 5) GPA 2.9 and below..
13b.08.14.08.htm 13B.08.14.08. 08 Eligible Majors.. A. The Advisory Council on Workforce Shortage shall identify eligible majors and occupational fields biennially based on Statewide workforce shortages.B. Eligible majors are grouped by service areas that correspond with the service areas in Regulation .11 of this chapter.C. Eligible Majors by Service Area.. 1) Service Area A, the Hattie M. Harrison Scholarship.. a) Child development; and. b) Early childhood education..
13b.08.14.09.htm 13B.08.14.09. 09 Payment.. Each semester, eligible institutions shall certify on billing rosters provided by the Office of Student Financial Assistance that the recipient is:A. A Maryland resident;. B. Enrolled for the required number of credits;. C. Enrolled in an eligible academic program;. D. Making satisfactory academic progress towards a degree; and. E. Maintaining the standards of the institution..
13b.08.14.10.htm 13B.08.14.10. 10 Renewal and Continuation.. A. The award shall be automatically renewed on an annual basis up to a maximum of 5 years if the student continues to meet all of the eligibility requirements and meet the satisfactory academic progress standards of the institution.B. The award may not be renewed if the original award was canceled because the recipient took an ineligible number of credits per semester or because of the student’s failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress.
13b.08.14.11.htm 13B.08.14.11. 11 Service Obligation.. A. Applicants offered an award shall sign and return a promissory note agreeing to begin fulfillment of the service obligation in the area/field for which the award was received within 1 year of completing the degree for which they received assistance.B. The service obligation begins after completion of the degree program and may not be fulfilled prior to completion.C. If a recipient holds a Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant with
13b.08.14.12.htm 13B.08.14.12. 12 Repayment.. A. If a recipient fails to meet the required obligations under the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program, the recipient shall repay the State the portion of the scholarship not forgiven.B. Interest on the funds advanced shall be charged at an interest rate equal to the interest rate established by the United States Department of Education for the Federal Stafford Loan on the first day of July of each year.C. Interest may not accru
13b.08.14.13.htm 13B.08.14.13. 13 Deferment of the Service Obligation and Repayment.. A. Recipients shall seek eligible employment aggressively within a 60-mile radius of their residence.B. A recipient may request that their service obligation be deferred during the time 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, or a full-time (9 or more credits per semester) or part-time (6―8 credits per semester) grad
13b.08.14.14.htm 13B.08.14.14. 14 Waiver of the Service Obligation and Repayment.. A. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) shall waive a recipient's service and repayment obligations if it determines:1) On the basis of a sworn affidavit of 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; or2) On the basis of a death certificate or other evidence of death that is c
13b.08.14.15.htm 13B.08.14.15. 15 Special Financial Circumstances Appeals.. A. A student may appeal if the student’s financial circumstances change, after the filing of the student’s application, as a result of one of the following:1) The student’s parent or spouse dies;. 2) The student or the student’s parents divorce or separate;. 3) The student, student’s parent (if dependent) or student’s spouse (if independent) as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes involuntarily u
13b.08.14.9999.htm 13B.08.14.9999. Administrative History Effective date: August 28, 2017 (44:17 Md. R. 837).
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