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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 8. Education
Agency 40. State Council of Higher Education For Virginia
Chapter 71. Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program Regulations

8VAC40-71-30. Disbursement of funds.

A. Advancement of funds. A percentage of an institution's estimated allocation of funds for a term will be forwarded to the institution at the beginning of the term. The allocation will be based primarily on the projected award for the term and each institution's prior academic year's enrollment unless the institution makes a convincing case by presenting new enrollment factors.

After the census date for each term, the institution will certify that recipients are enrolled as full-time students and are meeting other eligibility requirements established for the program. After enrollment is verified, additional funds, if needed, may be disbursed to the institution. Funds for recipients reported as not enrolled full time or not meeting other eligibility requirements shall not be disbursed to students, and funds for these students, if already received by the institution in its capacity as the student's fiscal agent, shall be returned to the council no later than the end of the fiscal year unless otherwise requested, in which case the deadline is within 30 days of the request.

B. Notification to students. The private institutions that participate in this program shall, during the spring semester previous to the commencement of a new academic year or as soon as a student is admitted for that academic year, whichever is later, notify their enrolled and newly admitted Virginia students about the availability of tuition assistance awards under the program. The information provided to students and their parents must include information about the eligibility requirements, the application procedures, and the fact that the amount of the award is an estimate and is not guaranteed. The number of students applying for participation and the funds appropriated for the program determine the amount of the award. Conditions for reduction of award amount and award eligibility are described in these regulations. The institutions shall certify to the council that such notification has been completed and shall indicate the method by which it was carried out.

Further, the institutions shall make students aware that the award is state funded. Evidence of such notification may include award letters or other formal procedures used by the institution for student notification of financial aid awards.

C. Restriction on use of funds. An institution shall establish and maintain financial records that accurately reflect all program transactions as they occur. The institution shall identify each program transaction and separate those transactions from all other institutional financial activity. Program funds shall be deposited in a noninterest-bearing account established and maintained exclusively for that purpose. Funds shall be disbursed only to student accounts receivable or returned to the council. The institution shall not hold program funds in the account for more than 20 working days before transferring funds to student accounts.

Funds received by the institutions under the program shall be used only to pay awards to students. The funds are held in trust on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia by the institutions for the intended student beneficiaries and shall not be used for any other purpose.

Statutory Authority

§ 23.1-629 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 2, eff. September 16, 2011.

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