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TCS 16.04(1) (1) The student has graduated from high school or received a GED as verified by the district.
TCS 16.04(2) (2) The student is a first-year student at a technical college.
TCS 16.04(3) (3) The student has enrolled full-time in a technical diploma or associate degree program.
TCS 16.04(4) (4) The student is registered for classes that are scheduled to begin at the technical college on or before the student's initial eligibility end date.
TCS 16.04 History History: Cr. Register, August, 2000, No. 536, eff. 9-1-00; CR 01-137: am. (1), Register July 2002 No. 559, eff. 8-1-02.
TCS 16.05 TCS 16.05 Awarding of the TOP grant.
TCS 16.05(1) (1) A grant applicant meeting all of the eligibility criteria under s. TCS 16.04 (1) to (4) shall receive an initial TOP grant of $250 to be applied toward a student's costs of tuition and fees in the semester in which the student is eligible.
TCS 16.05(2) (2) A grant applicant meeting the eligibility criteria for the continuation of a TOP grant under s. TCS 16.06 shall receive a TOP grant of $250 to be applied toward a student's costs of tuition and fees in the semester in which a student is eligible.
TCS 16.05(3) (3) A grant recipient is eligible to receive up to 2 TOP grants totaling no more than $500 within a 12-month period from the date of receipt of the first TOP grant.
TCS 16.05 History History: Cr. Register, August, 2000, No. 536, eff. 9-1-00; CR 01-137: am. (3), r. (4), Register July 2002 No. 559, eff. 8-1-02.
TCS 16.06 TCS 16.06 Continuation of TOP grant eligibility. To receive a TOP grant for a 2nd semester after receiving an initial grant award, a student shall meet all of the following eligibility requirements on the date of record:
TCS 16.06(1) (1) The student is not serving a probationary semester under s. TCS 16.07.
TCS 16.06(2) (2) The student has enrolled full-time in a technical diploma or associate degree program.
TCS 16.06 History History: Cr. Register, August, 2000, No. 536, eff. 9-1-00; CR 01-137: am. (intro.), Register July 2002 No. 559, eff. 8-1-02.
TCS 16.07 TCS 16.07 Refunding policy.
TCS 16.07(1)(1) A student who either fails to attain a 2.0 GPA or who is not enrolled full-time during the semester in which he or she was awarded a TOP grant shall forfeit any remaining eligibility for subsequent TOP grant awards.
TCS 16.07(2) (2) A student who has received a TOP grant under s. TCS 16.05 or 16.06 may request an exemption for reasons owing to personal hardship during the semester in which he or she received the grant. The district director or designee shall approve or deny an exemption request before the end of the semester in which the request was made. A student who has received approval for an exemption is not subject to the provisions of sub. (1) for the subsequent semester in which he or she is eligible for a TOP grant, following the approval of the exemption.
TCS 16.07(3) (3) A student may apply for one exemption under sub. (2).
TCS 16.07(4) (4) The district director or designee shall seek a full refund of all TOP grant monies from any student awarded such funds if the district director or designee finds, after giving written notice and an opportunity to be heard, that the student received a grant as a result of deception, fraud, misinformation, or error in providing his or her registration information for an initial or continued TOP grant award. A student who is found to have received a grant award under this subsection forfeits any remaining eligibility for subsequent TOP grant awards. No student may be required to refund any grant award if the findings result in a determination that the award was due to error not attributable to the student.
TCS 16.07 History History: Cr. Register, August, 2000, No. 536, eff. 9-1-00; CR 01-137: r. and recr. Register July 2002 No. 559, eff. 8-1-02.
TCS 16.08 TCS 16.08 Appeals.
TCS 16.08(1)(1)District determinations.
TCS 16.08(1)(a)(a) A student may appeal any decision by the district director or designee that affects his or her participation in the TOP grant program.
TCS 16.08(1)(b) (b) The district director, upon receipt of a timely appeal, shall appoint an impartial hearing officer who shall conduct a hearing and issue a decision on an action under par. (a).
TCS 16.08(2) (2)Hearing.
TCS 16.08(2)(a)(a) A hearing under sub. (1) shall be conducted during regular business hours and within 10 working days of receipt of a timely appeal. A student who has filed a timely appeal shall be given notice of the date of the hearing and an opportunity to be heard. An advocate may accompany a student during the hearing.
TCS 16.08(2)(b) (b) Failure of a student to appear at the hearing shall constitute withdrawal of the appeal with prejudice.
TCS 16.08(2)(c) (c) The hearing officer shall issue a written decision on an action under sub. (1) within 10 working days of the hearing.
TCS 16.08(3) (3)Review by district board.
TCS 16.08(3)(a)(a) Decisions by the district hearing officer may be appealed to the district board. Review of a hearing officer decision is limited to a review of the record established at the district level.
TCS 16.08(3)(b) (b) After review of available documentation, the district board shall issue a written decision on an action under sub. (2) within 30 days after the date a written appeal is received.
TCS 16.08(4) (4)Review by state director. Decisions by the district board may be appealed to the state director. Review of a district board decision is limited to a review of the record established at the district level.
TCS 16.08(4)(b) (b) After review of available documentation, the state director shall issue a written decision on an action under sub. (3) within 30 days after the date a written appeal is received.
TCS 16.08(4m) (4m)Form. All appeals filed under this section shall be in writing.
TCS 16.08(5) (5)Time limit for appeal.
TCS 16.08(5)(a)(a) The time limit for filing an appeal under sub. (1) shall be 15 days after a student is notified of the adverse decision.
TCS 16.08(5)(b) (b) The time limit for filing an appeal to the district board under sub. (3) shall be 30 days after a student is notified of the hearing officer's decision.
TCS 16.08(5)(c) (c) The time limit for filing an appeal to the state director under sub. (4) shall be 30 days after a student is notified of the district board's decision.
TCS 16.08 Note Note: The address for filing appeals to the state director is: Wisconsin Technical College System Board, 310 Price Place, P.O. Box 7874, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7874.
TCS 16.08 History History: Cr. Register, August, 2000, No. 536, eff. 9-1-00.
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