Tuition Rebate Program                                                     UPPS No. 03.01.13

Issue No. 5

Effective Date: 10/13/2014

Review: May 1 E4Y

 

 

01.         POLICY STATEMENTS

 

01.01  This policy details the Texas State University procedures for administration of the state’s Tuition Rebate Program (Rebate Program), in accordance with Texas Education Code 54.0065 and with Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 13, Subchapter E, Sections 13.80-13.87.

 

01.02  The Rebate Program provides a financial incentive for undergraduate students to prepare for university studies while completing their high school work, avail themselves of academic counseling, make early career decisions, and complete their baccalaureate studies with as few courses outside the degree plan as possible. Minimizing the number of courses taken by students results in financial savings to students, parents, and the state. Tuition rebates shall be paid from institutional local funds. However, the enabling legislation provides that the legislature shall account in the General Appropriations Act for the rebates in a way that provides a corresponding increase in the general revenue funds appropriated to the institution.

 

02.         GUIDELINES FOR THE REBATE PROGRAM

 

02.01  Eligibility – To be eligible for a rebate under this program, a student must:

 

a.   have enrolled for the first time in an institution of higher education in the fall 1997 semester or later;

 

b.   request a rebate for coursework related to a first baccalaureate degree received from a general academic teaching institution;

 

c.   have been a resident of Texas as set forth under Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, Section 21.24, and have been entitled to pay resident tuition at all times while pursuing the degree;

 

d. graduate within four calendar years for a four-year degree, or within five calendar years for a five-year degree (if the degree is in architecture, engineering, or any other program determined by the Board to require more than four years to complete), if enrolled for the first time in fall 2005 or later; and

 

e.   have attempted no more than three hours in excess of the minimum number of semester credit hours required to complete the degree under the catalog under which the student graduated.

 

1)    Hours attempted shall include:

 

(a)  transfer credits;

(b)  course credit earned exclusively by examination (except that, for the purposes of this program, only the number of semester credit hours earned exclusively by examination in excess of nine semester credit hours is treated as hours attempted);

(c)  courses dropped after the official census date;

(d)  optional internship and cooperative education courses; and

(e)  repeated courses.

 

2)    Hours attempted shall not include:

 

(a) course credit that is earned to satisfy requirements for a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program but that is not required to complete the degree program;

(b) course credit, other than course credit earned exclusively by examination, that is earned before graduating from high school; and

(c)  courses dropped for reasons that are determined by the institution to be totally beyond the control of the student (see Section 02.02 for hardship provisions for required documentation).

 

3)    For students concurrently earning a baccalaureate degree and a Texas teaching certificate, required teacher education courses shall not be counted to the extent that they are over and above the free electives allowed in the baccalaureate degree program.

 

02.02  Hardship Provisions – Effective for students who enroll for the first time in fall 2005 or later, an otherwise eligible student may be eligible for a tuition rebate without satisfying the requirements of Section 02.01 above, if the student is awarded a baccalaureate degree and the college dean or the supervisor of the college academic advising center certifying the degree has determined, with the completion of the Tuition Rebate Program –  Hardship Justification form (Attachment II), that the student has demonstrated a hardship under any of the following conditions:

 

a.    a severe illness or other debilitating condition that may affect the student’s academic performance;

 

b.    an indication that the student is responsible for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person and that the student’s provision of care may affect his or her academic performance; or

 

c.    performance of active duty military service.

 

02.03  Tuition – Education & General (E&G) tuition is the only tuition or fee that is eligible for rebate under the Rebate Program (per The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board).

 

02.04  Amount of Tuition Rebates –

 

a.   The amount of tuition to be rebated to a student under this program is $1,000, unless the total amount of undergraduate tuition paid by the student to the institution awarding the degree was less than $1,000, in which event the amount of tuition to be rebated is an amount equal to the amount of undergraduate tuition paid by the student to the institution.

 

b.   A student who paid the institution awarding the degree an amount of undergraduate tuition less than $1,000 may qualify for an increase in the amount of the rebate, not to exceed a total rebate of $1,000, for any amount of undergraduate tuition the student paid to other Texas public institutions of higher education by providing the institution awarding the degree with proof of the total amount of that tuition paid to other institutions.

 

c.   Tuition rebates shall be reduced by the amount of any outstanding student loan, including an emergency loan, owed to or guaranteed by this state, including the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation. If a student has more than one outstanding student loan, the institution shall apply the amount of the rebate to the loans as directed by the student. If the student fails to provide timely instructions on the application of the amount, the institution shall apply the amount of the rebate to retire the loans with the highest interest rates first.

 

03.         PROCEDURES ASSOCIATED WITH THE REBATE PROGRAM

 

03.01  Students must complete the Tuition Rebate Program Application

            (Attachment I) and submit it to the supervisor of the college academic advising center within 60 days after graduation. Copies of this form are available in the college academic advising centers, or with the online graduation application, along with instructions for completion. The undergraduate catalog also contains general information about the Rebate Program. The supervisor of the college academic advising center reviews the student’s academic records and, if submitted, reviews the Tuition Rebate Program - Hardship Justification form (Attachment II) and then makes a recommendation to the college dean about the student’s eligibility for the Rebate Program. The college dean or designee will review the rebate application, if necessary, the Tuition Rebate Program - Hardship Justification form (Attachment II), and the supervisor of the college academic advising center’s recommendation, and then approve or deny the rebate application. If the rebate application is denied based on the student’s academic eligibility, the college dean or designee provides written notice to the student of the reason for the denial.

 

03.02  The Student Business Services office will verify resident tuition status and calculate outstanding indebtedness and the rebate amount upon receipt of the approved Tuition Rebate Program Application (Attachment I)  and, if necessary, the Tuition Rebate Program – Hardship Justification form (Attachment II). The Student Business Services office will then process the rebate and notify, in writing, students with denied applications, citing the denial reason.

 

04.         APPEALS PROCEDURES

 

04.01  Ineligibility – Students determined as ineligible for participation in the Rebate Program may file a written appeal with their college dean. Failure to adhere to all of the following requirements will constitute grounds for dismissal of the appeal.

 

a.    Format – The appeal, in writing, must specify the reasons why the student believes he or she qualifies for the Rebate Program.

 

b.    Documentation – All supporting documentation (such as official transcripts from previous institutions attended and hardship justification forms) must accompany the appeal.

 

c.    Deadline for Appeal – The student must file the appeal no later than 30 business days after the date the college dean or supervisor of the college academic advising center determines ineligibility.

 

d.    The college dean or designee will provide written notice to the student of the results of their review of the appeal no later than 30 business days after receipt of the appeal. The decision of the college dean constitutes a final decision for eligibility for the Rebate Program. For appeals resulting in a determination of Rebate Program eligibility, the college dean or designee will forward the approved rebate application and an approval memorandum to the Student Business Services office for processing the rebate payment.

 

04.02  Amount – Students who desire to appeal the dollar amount of their rebate must follow the steps detailed below. Failure to adhere to all of the following requirements will nullify their appeal as to the amount of the rebate.

 

a.   Format – The student must file a written appeal that must include:

 

1)   calculations documenting the rebate amount that the student expected; and

2)   the specific differences between the expected and actual rebate.

 

The appeal must then be forwarded to the Student Business Services office.

 

b.   Documentation – All supporting documentation (such as receipts from previous institutions attended or others as necessary) must accompany the appeal.

 

c.   Deadline for Appeal as to Amount – The student must file the appeal regarding the rebate amount no later than 30 business days after the refund date for rebate issued. For students whose rebate amounts did not exceed outstanding obligations, the Student Business Services office must receive the appeal no later than 30 business days after the date of the Student Business Services office’s notice regarding the balance. The Student Business Services office will provide written notice to the student of the results of their review of the appeal no later than 30 business days after receipt of the appeal. For appeals resulting in additional funds owed the student, the university will forward payment to the student’s permanent address within 30 days of the determination, unless otherwise specified by the student.

 

05.         RESPONSIBILITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE REBATE PROGRAM

 

05.01   Responsibilities associated with the Rebate Program are as follows:

 

a.    Students –

 

1)   Students desiring to qualify for tuition rebates are responsible for complying with all rules and regulations related to administration of the program.

2)   Students desiring to qualify for tuition rebates are solely responsible for enrolling only in courses that will qualify them for the rebates.

3)   A student who has transferred from another public or independent institution of higher education is responsible for providing to the institution awarding the degree official transcripts from all institutions attended by the student.

4)   Students must apply for rebates prior to receiving their baccalaureate degrees on Attachment I of this policy and must keep the institution apprised of their addresses for at least 60 days after their graduation date.

5)   Students are encouraged to file the rebate application with their supervisor of the college academic advising center no later than the workday immediately preceding their graduation day and, if appropriate, the Tuition Rebate Program - Hardship Justification form in Attachment II of this policy. Students must complete the Tuition Rebate Program Application form (Attachment I) and submit it to the supervisor of the college academic advising center within 60 days after graduation.

 

b.    Supervisor of the College Academic Advising Center – Provide general information about the Rebate Program and review the student’s Tuition Rebate Program Application (Attachment I) for academic eligibility and the Tuition Rebate Program - Hardship Justification form (Attachment II), and if designated by the college dean, certify that the student is eligible or ineligible for the Rebate Program. Also, notify the student of the status of his or her rebate application and their academic eligibility or ineligibility, as defined in Section 02.01 in this policy.

 

c.    College Dean or Designated Supervisor of the College Academic Advising Center – Certify the student is eligible for the Rebate Program and provide written justification of the hardship.

 

d.    Student Business Services Office – Determine resident tuition status and the net amounts paid by the student and any outstanding obligations that the student owes to the university and to the State of Texas and pay outstanding obligations from the rebate amount, then make payment for any remaining balance to the student. Also, notify the student if he or she will not receive a rebate because his or her outstanding obligations exceed the rebate amount as defined in Sections 02.04 and 02.05 in this policy and then notify the supervisor of the college academic advising center of the status of the student’s rebate application.

 

e.    Office of Undergraduate Admissions – Maintain the student’s high school graduation date in the SIS system.

 

f.     Curriculum Services – Publish the tuition rebate policy information in the undergraduate catalog and monitor legislative changes for updates needed in the catalog.

 

g.    University – If requested by potentially eligible students, institutions of higher education shall provide these student opportunities to enroll during each fall and spring semester in the equivalent of at least 12 semester credit hours that apply toward their degrees. Institutions are not required to provide students with the opportunity to enroll in specific courses or specific sections. Public two-year colleges will comply to the extent that courses for the current semester are being offered that apply to the student's baccalaureate degree program. The requirement may be met by allowing substitutions for required courses.

 

06.         FORMS

 

06.01  Students should utilize the following forms in association with this policy:

 

a.   Attachment I – Tuition Rebate Program Application; and

 

b.   Attachment II – Tuition Rebate Program – Hardship Justification.

 

07.         REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS

 

07.01  Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

 

Position                                                         Date

 

Treasurer                                                       May 1 E4Y

 

Director, Student Business Services       May 1 E4Y

 

Director, Curriculum Services                   May 1 E4Y

 

08.         CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

 

This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

 

Treasurer; senior reviewer of this UPPS

 

Vice President for Finance and Support Services

 

President