Register November 2011 No. 671
Chapter HEA 15
WISCONSIN COVENANT SCHOLARS PROGRAM
HEA 15.01   Purpose.
HEA 15.02   Definitions.
HEA 15.03   Designation of scholar.
HEA 15.04   Scholar qualifications for award.
HEA 15.05   Continuing scholar eligibility.
HEA 15.06   Terms of grants.
HEA 15.07   High school responsibilities.
HEA 15.08   Institutional and partner responsibilities.
HEA 15.09   Wisconsin Covenant College Access Network Council.
HEA 15.10   Reporting system.
Ch. HEA 15 Note Note: Chapter Adm 80 was renumbered chapter HEA 15 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671.
HEA 15.01 HEA 15.01 Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to define the various aspects of the Wisconsin Covenant Scholars program authorized by s. 39.437, Stats., as to the awarding of grants to Wisconsin Covenant Scholars, and to implement s. 16.257, Stats.
HEA 15.01 Note Note: Section 16.257, Stats., was repealed by 2011 Wis. Act 32.
HEA 15.01 History History: CR 10-027: cr. Register September 2010 No. 657, eff. 10-1-10.
HEA 15.02 HEA 15.02 Definitions. In this chapter:
HEA 15.02(1) (1) "Board" means the higher educational aids board.
HEA 15.02(2) (2) "Eligible institution" means a public or private, non-profit, accredited institution of higher education or a tribally controlled college in Wisconsin which is eligible to participate in the grant program authorized under s. 39.30, Stats.
HEA 15.02(3) (3) "Grant" means a grant awarded under the Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Program, unless otherwise specified.
HEA 15.02(4) (4) "Half-time enrollment" means enrollment in at least six academic credits per semester or the quarterly or special term equivalent as determined by the educational institution.
HEA 15.02(5) (5) "Full-time enrollment" means enrollment in at least twelve academic credits per semester or the quarterly or special term equivalent as determined by the educational institution.
HEA 15.02(6) (6) "Office" means the office of the Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Program.
HEA 15.02 Note Note: The Office of the Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Program was eliminated by 2011 Wis. Act 32. Future rulemaking will address the affect on this chapter of the elimination of the "office."
HEA 15.02(7) (7) "Scholar" means a student determined to be eligible to receive a monetary award under the Wisconsin Covenant scholar program.
HEA 15.02(8) (8) "High school" refers to grades nine through twelve.
HEA 15.02(9) (9) "Serious misdemeanor" means a misdemeanor involving bodily harm or a dangerous weapon.
HEA 15.02 History History: CR 10-027: cr. Register September 2010 No. 657, eff. 10-1-10.
HEA 15.03 HEA 15.03 Designation of scholar.
HEA 15.03(1) (1) To be designated as a Wisconsin Covenant scholar by the office for the purpose of grant eligibility, a student must do all of the following:
HEA 15.03(1)(a) (a) Enroll in the Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Program by submitting the appropriate paperwork to the office by September 30th of the student's freshman year in high school.
HEA 15.03(1)(b) (b) Meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
HEA 15.03(1)(b)1. 1. Receive a diploma from a Wisconsin high school.
HEA 15.03(1)(b)2. 2. Maintain approximately a B average while in high school. The approximate B average shall be calculated in one of the following ways:
HEA 15.03(1)(b)2.a. a. The student has a career cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.85 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
HEA 15.03(1)(b)2.b. b. The student earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for at least 5 semesters and never earned less than a 2.0 in any semester; or
HEA 15.03(1)(b)2.c. c. The student earned a GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale during the first semester of senior year and has shown consistent improvement since the beginning of high school.
HEA 15.03(1)(b)3. 3. Complete course credit that shall prepare the student for the college or university the student intends to attend, which shall be shown in one of the following ways:
HEA 15.03(1)(b)3.a. a. The student shows admission to at least one eligible institution; or
HEA 15.03(1)(b)3.b. b. The student lists 3 eligible institutions at which the student intends to apply and confirms that the student's coursework meets or exceeds the course requirements for the colleges or universities listed.
HEA 15.03(1)(b)4. 4. Demonstrate good citizenship and engage in activities that support the community. To show that the student has demonstrated good citizenship and engaged in activities that support the community, the student shall meet both of the following requirements:
HEA 15.03(1)(b)4.a. a. The student must not have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor and, if the student was suspended during high school, the student must provide two letters of recommendation which show substantial personal growth following the suspension from school faculty or other community members; and
HEA 15.03(1)(b)4.b. b. The student was involved in one of the following activities extra curricular activities that contain an element of community service and can document at least 30 hours of service; or a school sponsored service learning experience that meets a high school graduation requirement; or a service learning experience that was designed by the student, and the results of which were shared with the student's teachers.
HEA 15.03(1)(b)5. 5. Show that the student submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on or before April 1 of the student's senior year of high school. Extensions for extenuating circumstances may be made solely at the discretion of the office.
HEA 15.03(1)(b)6. 6. Apply and do all that is necessary to gain admission to an eligible institution, which shall be shown in one of the following ways:
HEA 15.03(1)(b)6.a. a. Has been admitted to at least one eligible institution; or
HEA 15.03(1)(b)6.b. b. Plans to apply to at least 3 eligible institutions and meets those institutions' admission guidelines.
HEA 15.03(1)(c) (c) Complete the Wisconsin Covenant scholar verification form, consistent with the Wisconsin Covenant scholar verification instructions, and submit the form to the office by April 1 of the student's senior year of high school. The form must be signed by the school principal or the principal's designee to be considered valid.
HEA 15.03(2) (2) By April 30th of each year, the office shall submit to the board a list of scholars eligible for grant consideration.
HEA 15.03(2)(a) (a) The current Wisconsin Covenant scholar verification instructions and form shall be available on the office's website (www.wisconsincovenant.wi.gov) by November 1 of each year and must be completed and sent to the office by April 1 of the following year. In addition, the current Wisconsin Covenant scholar verification instructions and form shall be mailed to students who have enrolled in the Wisconsin Covenant Scholars program under sub. (1) (a) by December 31 of their senior year of high school.
HEA 15.03 History History: CR 10-027: cr. Register September 2010 No. 657, eff. 10-1-10.
HEA 15.04 HEA 15.04 Scholar qualifications for award. A scholar who meets the requirements of s. HEA 15.03 shall receive an award only if all of the following apply:
HEA 15.04(1) (1) The scholar is eligible for in-state tuition pursuant to s. 36.27 (2), Stats.; and
HEA 15.04(2) (2) The scholar is admitted to an eligible institution and enrolled, within one academic year of high school graduation, in an undergraduate degree or certificate program eligible for federal student aid under Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act leading to an undergraduate degree, diploma, or certificate from an eligible institution. Board staff may make exceptions to the one year enrollment requirement on a case-by-case basis due to health, military service or other personal reasons.
HEA 15.04(3) (3) The scholar's name does not appear on the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), Stats., unless the person provides the board a payment agreement that has been approved by the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5), Stats., and that is consistent with rules promulgated under s. 49.858 (2) (a), Stats.
HEA 15.04 History History: CR 10-027: cr. Register September 2010 No. 657, eff. 10-1-10; correction in (intro.) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671.
HEA 15.05 HEA 15.05 Continuing scholar eligibility.
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