Commission-approved interstate reciprocity agreement—criteria for participation, 21.15
COLLEGE STUDENT AID COMMISSION
Notice of Intended Action
Twenty-five interested persons, a governmental subdivision, an agency or association of 25 or more persons may demand an oral presentation hereon as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b."
Notice is also given to the public that the Administrative Rules Review Committee may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this proposed action under section 17A.8(6) at a regular or special meeting where the public or interested persons may be heard.
Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code section 261B.3, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to amend Chapter 21, "Approval of Postsecondary Schools," Iowa Administrative Code.
The proposed amendment updates rule 283—21.15(261B,261G) to incorporate the state authorization reciprocity agreement (SARA) requirement that Iowa SARA-approved for-profit schools extend the tuition refund policy to out-of-state residents attending distance education programs.
Interested persons may submit comments orally or in writing by 4:30 p.m.on January 23, 2018, to the Executive Director, Iowa College Student Aid Commission, 430 East Grand Avenue, Third Floor, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1920. Written comments also may be sent by fax to (515)725-3401, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the Iowa administrative rules website at rules.iowa.gov.
The Commission does not intend to grant waivers under the provisions of these rules.
After analysis and review of this rule making, the Commission finds that there is no impact on jobs.
This amendment is intended to implement Iowa Code chapters 261, 261B, and 261G.
The following amendment is proposed.
Amend rule 283—21.15(261B,261G) as follows:
283—21.15(261B,261G) Approval criteria for a school seeking to participate or renew participation in a commission-approved interstate reciprocity agreement under Iowa Code chapter 261G. A school that applies to participate in a commission-approved interstate reciprocity agreement shall meet the following criteria:
21.15(1) The applicant school shall be in compliance with Iowa Code chapter 261B as provided in this chapter.
21.15(2) The applicant school shall submit an institutional participation application as required by the commission-approved interstate reciprocity agreement. The application shall be signed by the school's chief executive officer or chief academic officer.
21.15(3) A nonpublic applicant school must submit evidence that its most recent, official financial responsibility composite score, as calculated using the method prescribed by the United States Department of Education, is at least 1.5. A school demonstrates that its financial responsibility composite score is official by providing written confirmation of its composite score from the United States Department of Education. In accordance with policies established by the interstate reciprocity agreement administrator, the commission shall determine the official financial responsibility composite score for a school that does not participate in the postsecondary student financial aid programs authorized by the United States Department of Education.
21.15(4) The commission will consider the application of a nonpublic school whose most recent, official financial responsibility composite score is between 1.0 and 1.49. The applicant school must submit a copy of the school's most recently audited financial statements accompanied by a written explanation of the circumstances that caused the school's composite score to be below 1.5 and the school's plan to raise its composite score to 1.5 within a time frame determined by the commission. The commission may approve, provisionally approve, or deny the school's application.
21.15(5) A for-profit applicant school must demonstrate and maintain compliance with Iowa Code sections 714.18 and 714.23. The school shall apply the policy it adopts under Iowa Code section 714.23 to students who attend its campus(es) in Iowa and to Iowa resident and nonresident students who attend distance education programs the school offers under the commission-approved interstate reciprocity agreement.
21.15(6) The applicant school shall demonstrate that the military deployment tuition and fee refund policy required under Iowa Code sections 261.9(1)"g," 262.9(30), and 260C.14(20), subrule 21.3(5) and paragraph 21.14(1)"f" applies to students who attend its campus(es) in Iowa and to Iowa resident and nonresident students who attend distance education programs the school offers under the commission-approved interstate reciprocity agreement.
21.15(3) 21.15(7) The commission will provide a link to a page on its Web site for students to use to seek additional information about a school or to file a complaint about a school. An approved school will prominently provide disclose on its Web site the link to the commission's Web page for students website the school's participation in the commission-approved interstate reciprocity agreement and provide the commission's contact information in a format prescribed by the commission for students who wish to inquire about the school or file a complaint. The school will provide the commission with the name of and business contact information for a person whom the school designates to receive student complaints from the commission and coordinate the school's response.
21.15(4) 21.15(8) A school that is approved to participate in the commission-approved interstate reciprocity agreement shall remit an annual fee payable and due to the commission on July 15 of each year. If a school's participation in the commission-approved interstate reciprocity agreement terminates during a year, the The school shall pay the annual fee to the commission if the school's registration commission's approval to participate in the interstate reciprocity agreement is valid as of July 15 of that year. The annual fee is nonrefundable and will be assessed based on a school's full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment as follows:
21.15(5) 21.15(9) A school that is approved to participate in the commission-approved interstate reciprocity agreement shall remit to the interstate reciprocity agreement administrator any required fees.
21.15(6) 21.15(10) Upon approval by the interstate reciprocity agreement administrator, a school may continue its participation in the reciprocity agreement as long as it meets all requirements of the interstate reciprocity agreement.