TITLE 17. EDUCATION

CHAPTER 20-G. LOUISIANA TUITION OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS

 

17:3048.2     Effectiveness of Chapter; continuance of certain tuition payments

A. Awards pursuant to this Chapter may be made for the first time such that payments would be made beginning with the 1998-1999 school year.

B. Students graduating from high school or who have successfully completed at the twelfth grade level a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education during a 1996-1997 school year and thereafter may apply for and if otherwise qualified be eligible to receive an Opportunity Award, Performance Award, or Honors Award as provided by this Chapter.

C. Students graduating from high school or who have successfully completed at the twelfth grade level a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education during the 1997-1998 school year and thereafter may apply for and if otherwise qualified be eligible to receive the TOPS-Tech Award as provided by this Chapter.

D. Any requirements of this Chapter that an award recipient must have enrolled in an eligible institution as a first-time freshman shall be waived for students who graduated from high school or successfully completed at the twelfth grade level a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education during the 1996-1997 school year.

E. (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of R.S. 17:3048.1(N), any student made eligible for an award under this Chapter pursuant to an Act of the 1998 First Extraordinary Session of the Legislature who would not have been eligible under this Chapter prior to such enactment shall receive an award only after all awards to all students who are eligible pursuant to the requirements of this Chapter as they existed prior to any Act of the 1998 First Extraordinary Session of the Legislature are fully funded.

(2) Should there be insufficient appropriations to fund an award for all students who were made eligible for an award under this Chapter by an Act of the 1998 First Extraordinary Session of the Legislature, then a reduction shall be made in the awards for such students by application of the procedures provided in R.S. 17:3048.1(N).

(3) The provisions of this Subsection shall apply only for the 1998-1999 school year.

F. All students for whom tuition payments were awarded prior to the 1998-1999 school year and pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 17:3026 as it existed prior to the effective date of this Subsection shall receive their award as an Opportunity Award pursuant to R.S. 17:3048.1(A)(1)(c) without the application to the student of any eligibility requirements of that program which exceed the requirements of R.S. 17:3026 as it existed prior to the effective date of this Subsection and without the application of any limitations of that program which would detrimentally affect the student.

G. All students for whom tuition payments were awarded prior to the 1998-1999 school year and pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 17:3042.31 through 3042.36 as such provisions existed prior to the effective date of this Subsection shall receive their award as a Performance Award pursuant to R.S. 17:3048.1(A)(1)(d) without the application to the student of any eligibility requirements of that program which exceed the requirements of R.S. 17:3042.31 through 3042.36 as such provisions existed prior to the effective date of this Subsection and without the application of any limitations of that program which would detrimentally affect the student.

Added by Acts 1997, No. 1375, s 1. Amended by Acts 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 165, s 1, eff. May 7, 1998; Acts 2003, No. 393, s 1, eff. June 18, 2003.