3301-44-09 Participation by nonpublic schools.

(A) For purposes of this rule, "allocation unit" shall be defined as an amount not to exceed four semester hours or an amount not to exceed six quarter hours.

(B) Nonpublic school students in grades nine through twelve may participate in the post-secondary enrollment options program as provided in Chapter 3301-44 of the Administrative Code.

(C) Each nonpublic school student who wishes to become a participant in any school year shall send to the Ohio department of education a copy of the student's acceptance from a college and an application, in a form prescribed by the department, to participate in the program. Multiple applications from a student shall not be accepted by the department. The application shall include information about the student's proposed participation, including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) The school year in which the student wishes to participate;

(2) The semesters or terms the student wishes to enroll during such year;

(3) The number of total quarter or semester hours the student is requesting for the year, not to exceed thirty semester or forty-five quarter hours.

(D) The department shall accept applications by the U.S. postal service from nonpublic school students annually during a period to be established by the department. The department shall not accept applications by any other method, including hand delivery. The postmark affixed by the U.S. postal service shall determine the date the application was received by the department.

(E) Upon receipt of an application, the department shall calculate the reimbursement amount owed the college by multiplying one forty-fifth of the tuition base for quarter hours or one-thirtieth of the tuition base for semester hours (as tuition base is defined in paragraph (I) of rule 3301-44-01 of the Administrative Code) by the number of quarter or semester hours awarded.

(F) Paragraph (L) of rule 3301-44-08 of the Administrative Code does not apply to participating nonpublic schools. The amount paid to each college for each participant enrolled in a participating nonpublic school the previous year shall be from money set aside by the general assembly for such purposes from funds appropriated for the purposes of this program.

(G) The reimbursement amount owed colleges for nonpublic school students participating in the post-secondary enrollment options program shall be subtracted from the remaining appropriation for that school year.

(H) Applications will be processed in the following manner and order:

(1) All students in grade twelve shall be awarded one allocation unit;

(2) All students in grade eleven shall be awarded one allocation unit;

(3) All students in grade ten shall be awarded one allocation unit; and

(4) All students in grade nine shall be awarded one allocation unit.

(I) When all applicants have been awarded one allocation unit, the department shall use the process described in paragraph (H) of this rule to award additional allocation units in the order specified in paragraph (H) of this rule and will continue with this process until there is not sufficient appropriation to award all applicants in a grade level with one additional allocation unit. If, at any time, there is not sufficient appropriation to award all applicants in a grade level with one additional allocation unit, the department shall conduct a lottery to determine which students within the affected grade level receive the additional allocation units remaining.

(J) Should there be insufficient funds to award all applicants under paragraph (H)(1) of this rule one allocation unit, the department shall conduct a lottery to determine which students in grade twelve will receive one allocation unit. Under this provision, no student in grade twelve shall receive more than one allocation unit of participation.

(K) The department of education shall notify each applicant not later than fiveweeks after the close of period noted in paragraph (D) of this rule of the level of approved financial support for the applicant. Each notification shall include the number of semester or quarter hours the applicant was awarded through the process outlined in paragraphs (H) and (J) of this rule.

(L) If the department determines an applicant is no longer eligible to participate in the program, the applicant's eligibility to participate and award shall be terminated at the conclusion of the applicant's current college grading period. The department shall notify the applicant and the college as soon as practicable that the applicant is not eligible to continue in the program for the remainder of the school year.

Effective: 04/23/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/02/2011 and 02/02/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 , 3365.02
Rule Amplifies: 3365.02
Prior Effective Dates: 3/15/90, 10/1/90, 2/24/98, 7/1/98, 2/24/2006, 3/22/08