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Title 34Subtitle BChapter VI → Part 654


Title 34: Education


PART 654—ROBERT C. BYRD HONORS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM


Contents

Subpart A—General

§654.1   What is the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program?
§654.2   Who is eligible for an award?
§654.3   What kind of activity may be assisted?
§654.4   What regulations apply?
§654.5   What definitions apply?

Subpart B—How Does a State Apply for a Grant?

§654.10   What must a State do to apply for a grant?
§654.11   What is the content of a participation agreement?

Subpart C—How Does the Secretary Make a Grant to a State?

§654.20   How does the Secretary approve a participation agreement?
§654.21   How does the Secretary determine the amount of the grant to each participating State?

Subpart D—How Does a Student Apply to an SEA for a Scholarship?

§654.30   How does a student apply to an SEA for a scholarship?

Subpart E—How Does an SEA Select an Eligible Student To Be a Scholar?

§654.40   Who is an eligible student?
§654.41   What are the selection criteria and procedures?

Subpart F—How Does a Scholar Receive Scholarship Payments?

§654.50   How does an SEA disburse scholarship funds?
§654.51   What are the continuing eligibility criteria?
§654.52   What are the consequences of a scholar's failure to meet the eligibility criteria?

Subpart G—What Post-Award Conditions Must an SEA Meet?

§654.60   What requirements must an SEA meet in the administration of this program?

Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-31 to 1070d-41, unless otherwise noted.

Source: 58 FR 42669, Aug. 11, 1993, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart A—General

§654.1   What is the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program?

Under the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program, the Secretary makes grants to the States to provide scholarships for study at institutions of higher education to outstanding high school graduates who show promise of continued excellence, in an effort to recognize and promote student excellence and achievement.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-31, 1070d-33)

§654.2   Who is eligible for an award?

(a) States are eligible for grants under this program.

(b) Students who meet the eligibility criteria in §§654.40 and 654.51 are eligible for scholarships under this program.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-33, 1070d-36)

§654.3   What kind of activity may be assisted?

A State may use its funds under this program, including funds collected from scholars under §654.60(a)(3), only to make scholarship payments to scholars.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-35, 1070d-38)

§654.4   What regulations apply?

The following regulations apply to this program:

(a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) as follows:

(1) 34 CFR 75.60-75.62 (regarding the ineligibility of certain individuals to receive assistance under part 75 (Direct Grant Programs)).

(2) 34 CFR part 76 (State-Administered Programs).

(3) 34 CFR part 77 (Definitions that Apply to Department Regulations).

(4) 34 CFR part 79 (Intergovernmental Review of Department of Education Programs and Activities).

(5) 34 CFR part 80 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments).

(6) 34 CFR part 82 (New Restrictions on Lobbying).

(7) 34 CFR part 85 (Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants)).

(8) 34 CFR part 86 (Drug-Free Schools and Campuses).

(b) The regulations in this part 654.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-31 et seq.)

§654.5   What definitions apply?

(a) Definitions in EDGAR. The following terms used in this part are defined in 34 CFR 77.1:

EDGAR

Fiscal year

Private

Public

Secretary

State

State educational agency

(b) Other definitions. The following definitions also apply to this part:

Award year means the period of time from July 1 of one year through June 30 of the following year.

Cost of attendance has the meaning given that term in section 472 of the HEA.

Full-time student means a student enrolled at an institution of higher education who is carrying a full-time academic workload, as determined by that institution under standards applicable to all students enrolled in that student's program.

HEA means the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

High school graduate means an individual who has—

(i) A high school diploma;

(ii) A General Education Development (GED) Certificate; or

(iii) Any other evidence recognized by the State as the equivalent of a high school diploma.

Institution of higher education means any public or private nonprofit institution of higher education, proprietary institution of higher education, or postsecondary vocational institution, as defined in section 481 of the HEA.

Participating State means a State that has submitted a participation agreement that has been approved by the Secretary.

Scholar means an individual who is selected as a Byrd Scholar.

Scholarship means an award made to a scholar under this part.

Secondary school year means the period of time during which a secondary school is in session, as determined by State law.

Year of study means the period of time during which a full-time student at an institution of higher education is expected to complete the equivalent of one year of course work, as defined by the institution.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-31 et seq., 20 U.S.C. 1088)

Subpart B—How Does a State Apply for a Grant?

§654.10   What must a State do to apply for a grant?

(a) To apply for a grant under this program, a State must submit a participation agreement to the Secretary for review and approval by the deadline announced annually by the Secretary in the Federal Register.

(b) On the Secretary's approval of its initial participation agreement for fiscal year 1993 or thereafter, a State need not submit a new participation agreement to be considered for funding under this program in subsequent years, except that any changes in the State's criteria and procedures must be incorporated in a revised participation agreement which must be submitted to the Secretary for review and approval.

(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1840-0612)

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-35)

§654.11   What is the content of a participation agreement?

A State's participation agreement must include the following:

(a) A description of the criteria and procedures that the State, through its State educational agency (SEA), plans to use to administer this program in accordance with the requirements of this part, including the criteria and procedures it plans to use to—

(1) Publicize the availability of Byrd scholarships to students in the State, with particular emphasis on procedures designed to ensure that students from low- and moderate-income families know about their opportunity for participation in the program;

(2) Select eligible students;

(3) Notify scholars of their selections and scholarship awards;

(4) Monitor the continuing eligibility of scholars;

(5) Disburse scholarship funds in accordance with the requirements of §654.50; and

(6) Collect scholarship funds improperly disbursed.

(b) Assurances that the SEA will—

(1) Comply with the criteria and procedures in its approved participation agreement;

(2) Submit for the prior written approval of the Secretary any changes in the criteria and procedures in the approved participation agreement; and

(3) Expend the payments it receives under this program only as provided in §654.3.

(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1840-0612)

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-35 to 1070d-38)

Subpart C—How Does the Secretary Make a Grant to a State?

§654.20   How does the Secretary approve a participation agreement?

The Secretary approves a participation agreement if it contains all of the information and assurances required in §654.11 and is in compliance with the requirements of this part.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-31 et seq.)

§654.21   How does the Secretary determine the amount of the grant to each participating State?

(a) From the funds appropriated for this program, the Secretary allots to each participating State a grant equal to $1,500 multiplied by the number of scholarships the Secretary determines to be available to that State on the basis of the formula described in paragraph (b) of this section.

(b) The number of scholarships that the Secretary allots to each participating State for any fiscal year bears the same ratio to the number of scholarships allotted to all participating States as each State's population ages 5 through 17 which is derived from the most recently available data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census bears to the population ages 5 through 17 in all participating States, except that—

(1) Not fewer than 10 scholarships are allotted to any participating State; and

(2) The District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Palau) each are allotted 10 scholarships.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-34, 1070d-37)

Subpart D—How Does a Student Apply to an SEA for a Scholarship?

§654.30   How does a student apply to an SEA for a scholarship?

To apply for a scholarship under this program, a student must follow the application procedures established by the SEA in the student's State of legal residence.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-37)

Subpart E—How Does an SEA Select an Eligible Student To Be a Scholar?

§654.40   Who is an eligible student?

A student is eligible to be selected as a scholar if he or she—

(a) Is a legal resident of the State to which he or she is applying for a scholarship;

(b)(1) Is a U.S. citizen or national;

(2) Provides evidence from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service that he or she—

(i) Is a permanent resident of the United States; or

(ii) Is in the United States for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a citizen or permanent resident; or

(3) Is a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Palau);

(c) Becomes a high school graduate in the same secondary school year in which he or she submits the scholarship application;

(d) Has applied or been accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an institution of higher education;

(e) Is not ineligible to receive assistance as a result of default on a Federal student loan or other obligation, as provided under 34 CFR 75.60; and

(f) Files a Statement of Selective Service Registration Status, in accordance with the provisions of 34 CFR 668.33 of the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations, with the institution he or she plans to attend or is attending.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-36, 50 U.S.C. App. 462, 20 U.S.C. 1091)

§654.41   What are the selection criteria and procedures?

(a) The SEA shall establish criteria and procedures for the selection of scholars, in accordance with the requirements of this part, after consultation with school administrators, school boards, teachers, counselors, and parents.

(b) The SEA shall establish the selection criteria and procedures to ensure that it selects scholars—

(1) Who are eligible students under the criteria provided in §654.40;

(2) Who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and show promise of continued achievement;

(3) In a manner that ensures an equitable geographic distribution of awards within the State; and

(4) Without regard to—

(i) Whether the secondary school each scholar attends is within or outside the scholar's State of legal residence;

(ii) Whether the institution of higher education each scholar plans to attend is public or private or is within or outside the scholar's State of legal residence;

(iii) Race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or economic background; and

(iv) The scholar's educational expenses or financial need.

(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1840-0612)

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-33, 1070d-35 to 1070d-37)

Subpart F—How Does a Scholar Receive Scholarship Payments?

§654.50   How does an SEA disburse scholarship funds?

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, the SEA shall disburse $1,500 for each year of study for a maximum of four years of study to each scholar who—

(1) Is selected in accordance with the criteria established under §654.41; and

(2) Meets the requirements for continuing eligibility under §654.51.

(b)(1) The SEA shall ensure that the total amount of financial aid awarded to a scholar for a year of study does not exceed the total cost of attendance.

(2) The SEA shall ensure that loans are reduced prior to reducing a scholarship awarded under this program.

(c) The SEA shall ensure that the selection process is completed, and the awards made, prior to the end of each secondary school academic year.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-38)

§654.51   What are the continuing eligibility criteria?

(a) A scholar continues to be eligible for scholarship funds as long as the scholar continues to—

(1) Meet the eligibility requirements in §654.40(b), (e), and (f);

(2) Be enrolled as a full-time student at an institution of higher education except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section; and

(3) Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the institution of higher education the scholar is attending, in accordance with the criteria established in 34 CFR 668.14(e) of the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations.

(b) In order to be eligible for scholarship funds, a scholar must be enrolled full time for the first year of study. If after the first year of study, the SEA determines that unusual circumstances justify waiver of the full-time attendance requirement, the scholar may enroll part time and continue to receive a scholarship payment. The SEA shall prorate the payment according to the scholar's enrollment status for the academic period during which he or she continues to be enrolled on a part-time basis but remains otherwise eligible for the award. For example, if a scholar for whom the full-time enrollment requirement is waived by the SEA is enrolled as a half-time student for one semester, he or she is eligible to receive one-quarter of his or her scholarship during that semester.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-33, 1070d-36)

§654.52   What are the consequences of a scholar's failure to meet the eligibility criteria?

(a)(1) An SEA may permit a scholar to postpone or interrupt his or her enrollment at an institution of higher education without forfeiting his or her scholarship for up to 12 months, beginning on the date the scholar otherwise would have enrolled in the institution after the SEA awarded his or her scholarship or the date the scholar interrupts enrollment.

(2) A scholar who postpones or interrupts his or her enrollment at an institution of higher education in accordance with standards established by the SEA is not eligible to receive scholarship funds during the period of postponement or interruption, but is eligible to receive scholarship payments on enrollment or re-enrollment at an institution of higher education.

(3) A scholar's periods of postponement or interruption, taken in accordance with standards established by the SEA and not in excess of 12 months, are not considered periods of suspension for the purposes of calculating the 12 months provided for suspension prior to termination under paragraph (b)(2) of this section.

(b)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (a) of this section, if an SEA finds that a scholar fails to meet the requirements of §654.51 within an award year, it shall suspend the scholar's eligibility to receive scholarship funds until the scholar is able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the SEA that he or she meets these requirements.

(2) Except as provided in paragraph (b)(3) of this section, a scholar's eligibility for a scholarship is terminated when the total of his or her suspension periods exceeds 12 months.

(3) In exceptional circumstances, the SEA may extend the 12-month suspension period without terminating a scholar's eligibility under paragraph (b)(2) of this section, in accordance with standards established by the SEA.

(c) A scholar who receives an award for a period for which the SEA subsequently determines the scholar was ineligible under the requirements in §654.40 or 654.51 shall repay to the SEA the total amount of the scholarship funds received for the period during which he or she was ineligible.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-35, 1070d-36 to 1070d-38)

Subpart G—What Post-Award Conditions Must an SEA Meet?

§654.60   What requirements must an SEA meet in the administration of this program?

(a) To receive and continue to receive payments under this part, an SEA shall—

(1) Comply with the criteria, procedures, and assurances in its approved participation agreement;

(2) Disburse the scholarship funds in accordance with §654.50 to the scholar, the institution of higher education in which the scholar enrolls, or copayable to the scholar and the institution of higher education in which the scholar enrolls;

(3) Collect any scholarship funds improperly disbursed under §654.50;

(4) Make reports to the Secretary that the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the Secretary's functions under this part; and

(5) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, expend all funds received from the Secretary for scholarships during the award period specified by the Secretary for those funds.

(b) After awarding all scholarship funds during an award year, as required by paragraph (a)(5) of this section, an SEA may retain any funds that are subsequently returned or collected for scholarship awards in the following award period.

(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1840-0612)

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d-33, 1070d-35)



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