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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

8VAC40-71-50. Award amount.

A. Maximum annual award.

1. Section 23.1-630 of the Code of Virginia specifies that no annual award shall exceed the annual average appropriation per full-time equivalent student for the previous year from the general fund for operating costs at two-year and four-year public institutions of collegiate education in Virginia.

2. Council determines the amount of the annual award based on the number of eligible students and available funds. In no event shall the actual annual award amount exceed the maximum limit set forth in the annual appropriation act or in § 23.1-630 of the Code of Virginia.

B. An award received by a student under the program shall not be reduced by the institution unless:

1. Council authorizes a uniform reduction of the award for all students because it is determined that the number of priority students multiplied by the projected annual award amount exceeds available funds.

2. The award, when combined with all other financial assistance from any source, including, but not limited to, a scholarship, grant, tuition waiver, veteran benefits, or employer reimbursement, exceeds the estimated cost of attendance at the institution the student attends.

3. The student is enrolled less than the minimum credit hours as defined under "full-time student" but falls under one of the following exceptions:

a. The individual student falls under the enrollment provisions listed under 8VAC40-71-40 C 2; or

b. The student is a doctoral student taking less than 9 credit hours but declared full-time via institutional policy.

4. In such cases as described in this subsection, the student would receive an award prorated on a percentage basis based on the student's actual tuition charges as compared to the tuition typically charged by the institution to a full-time student.

C. When a reduced award is appropriate, all awards should be rounded to the nearest whole dollar.

D. For purposes of calculating federal Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill) veteran's benefits, this award is not considered to be solely for the purpose of defraying tuition and fees.

Statutory Authority

§ 23.1-629 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 2, eff. September 16, 2011; amended, Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 13, eff. February 20, 2017.

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