Chapter 28B.76 RCW

OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

(
Formerly: Higher education coordinating board
)

Sections

PART I - GENERAL PROVISIONS
28B.76.020Definitions.
28B.76.090Office createdPurpose.
28B.76.120Adoption of rules.
PART II - POLICY AND PLANNING
28B.76.335Teacher preparation degree and certificate programsNeeds assessment.
28B.76.340Service regions for educator preparation programs.
PART III - EDUCATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
28B.76.500Student financial aid programsAdministration by officeCollege information web-based portal.
28B.76.502Financial aid counseling curriculum for institutions with state need grant recipientsFinancial education workshops.
28B.76.505Scholarship endowment programsAdministration of funds.
28B.76.509Highway worker memorial scholarship account.
28B.76.520Federal funds, private gifts or grantsOffice to administer.
28B.76.525State financial aid account.
28B.76.526Washington opportunity pathways account.
28B.76.540Administrative responsibilities.
28B.76.550Distinguished professorship trust fund program"Private donation" defined.
28B.76.555Distinguished professorship trust fund programIntent.
28B.76.560Distinguished professorship trust fund programEstablishmentAdministration.
28B.76.565Distinguished professorship trust fund programTrust fund established.
28B.76.570Distinguished professorship trust fund programGuidelinesAllocation system.
28B.76.575Distinguished professorship trust fund programMatching fundsDonations or appropriationsDisbursement of funds.
28B.76.580Distinguished professorship trust fund programName of professorshipDuties of institutionUse of endowment proceeds.
28B.76.585Distinguished professorship trust fund programMoneys not subject to collective bargaining.
28B.76.590Distinguished professorship trust fund programContinuation of program established under prior law.
28B.76.600Graduate fellowship trust fund programIntent.
28B.76.605Graduate fellowship trust fund programEstablishmentAdministration.
28B.76.610Graduate fellowship trust fundMatching funds.
28B.76.615Graduate fellowship trust fund programGuidelinesAllocation system.
28B.76.620Graduate fellowship trust fund programMatching fundsDonationsDisbursement of funds.
28B.76.625Graduate fellowship trust fund programName of fellowshipDuties of institutionUse of endowment proceeds.
28B.76.630Graduate fellowship trust fund programMoneys not subject to collective bargaining.
28B.76.640Office to coordinate state participation within student exchange compact programsDesignate certifying officer.
28B.76.645Office to coordinate state participation within student exchange compact programsCriteriaWashington interstate commission on higher education professional student exchange program trust fund.
28B.76.650Office to coordinate state participation within student exchange compact programsAdvice to governor, legislature.
28B.76.660Washington scholars award and Washington scholars-alternate award.
28B.76.665Washington scholars award waivers or grantsTransfers between colleges and universities.
28B.76.670Washington award for vocational excellenceGrantsDefinitions.
28B.76.680Border county higher education opportunity projectFindingsIntent.
28B.76.685Border county higher education opportunity projectCreated.
28B.76.690Border county higher education opportunity projectAdministration.
28B.76.699Student teaching residency grant programRules.

NOTES:

College in the high school programRules: RCW 28A.600.290.
Dual credit programsAnnual report: RCW 28A.600.280.
Health sciences and services authorities application process: RCW 35.104.040.


28B.76.020
Definitions.

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) "Council" means the council for higher education.
(2) "Four-year institutions" means the University of Washington, Washington State University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Western Washington University, and The Evergreen State College.
(3) "Major expansion" means expansion of the higher education system that requires significant new capital investment, including building new institutions, campuses, branches, or centers or conversion of existing campuses, branches, or centers that would result in a mission change.
(4) "Mission change" means a change in the level of degree awarded or institutional type not currently authorized in statute.
(5) "Office" means the office of student financial assistance.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: "Sections 101 through 103, 106 through 202, 204 through 244, and 301 of this act take effect July 1, 2012." [ 2011 1st sp.s. c 11 § 403.]
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: "The legislature recognizes that the state's higher education system plays a critical role in assuring Washington's continued leadership role in driving economic prosperity, innovation, and opportunity. By educating citizens for living wage jobs, producing world-class research, and helping to create vibrant communities, the state's institutions of higher education form a foundational component in assuring prosperity for our citizens.
The legislature also recognizes the significant contributions made by the *higher education coordinating board in coordinating higher education policy and planning, and administering the state's financial aid programs. The board has also recently finished several significant planning efforts that will provide guidance to the legislature and to the institutions in forming priorities and deploying resources.
However, the legislature also recognizes the importance of prioritizing scarce resources for the core, frontline services that institutions providenamely instruction, research, and robust financial aid. During times of economic downturn, policymakers must focus on those areas of public service that have the most direct and immediate impact on students. Keeping class sections open, attracting the best professors and instructors, providing comprehensive support services, and offering meaningful financial help to offset the costs of attending school must be the main concerns of policymakers.
It is for these reasons that the legislature intends to create a new office dedicated entirely to the administration of student financial aid programs. By focusing financial and governance resources on direct aid to students, the state can provide the highest level of service in this area. The legislature further intends to eliminate many of the policy and planning functions of the *higher education coordinating board and rededicate those resources to the higher education institutions that provide the core, frontline services associated with instruction and research. Given the unprecedented budget crises the state is facing, the state must take the opportunity to build on the recommendations of the board and use the dollars where they can make the most direct impact." [ 2011 1st sp.s. c 11 § 1.]
*Reviser's note: The higher education coordinating board was abolished by 2011 1st sp.s. c 11 § 301, effective July 1, 2012.
FindingsExpand on demandSystem design plan endorsed2010 c 245: See note following RCW 28B.50.020.



28B.76.090
Office created—Purpose.

(1) The office of student financial assistance is created within and under the direction of the student achievement council.
(2) The purpose of the office is to administer state and federal financial aid and other education services programs, including the advanced college tuition payment program in chapter 28B.95 RCW, in a cost-effective manner.

NOTES:

Effective date2012 c 229 §§ 101, 117, 401, 402, 501 through 594, 601 through 609, 701 through 708, 801 through 821, 902, and 904: See note following RCW 28B.77.005.
Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
ConstructionApplication of rulesSeverability1987 c 330: See notes following RCW 28B.12.050.



28B.76.120
Adoption of rules.

The office shall have authority to adopt rules as necessary to implement this chapter.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.76.335
Teacher preparation degree and certificate programs—Needs assessment.

As part of the state needs assessment process conducted by the *board in accordance with **RCW 28B.76.230, the *board shall, in collaboration with the professional educator standards board, assess the need for additional degree and certificate programs in Washington that specialize in teacher preparation to meet regional or subject area shortages. If the *board determines that there is a need for additional programs, then the *board shall encourage the appropriate institutions of higher education or institutional sectors to create such a program.

NOTES:

Reviser's note: *(1) The higher education coordinating board was abolished by 2011 1st sp.s. c 11 § 301, effective July 1, 2012.
**(2) RCW 28B.76.230 was recodified as RCW 28B.77.080 pursuant to 2012 c 229 § 904.
Finding2010 c 235: See note following RCW 28A.405.245.
Captions not law2007 c 396: See note following RCW 28A.305.215.
FindingIntent2007 c 396: See note following RCW 28A.300.515.



28B.76.340
Service regions for educator preparation programs.

(1) The *board must establish boundaries for service regions for institutions of higher education as defined in RCW 28B.10.016 implementing professional educator standards board-approved educator preparation programs. Regions shall be established to encourage and support, not exclude, the reach of public institutions of higher education across the state.
(2) Based on the data in the assessment in RCW ** 28B.76.230 and 28B.76.335, the *board shall determine whether reasonable teacher preparation program access for prospective teachers is available in each region. If access is determined to be inadequate in a region, the institution of higher education responsible for the region shall submit a plan for meeting the access need to the *board.
(3) Partnerships with other teacher preparation program providers and the use of appropriate technology shall be considered. The *board shall review the plan and, as appropriate, assist the institution in developing support and resources for implementing the plan.

NOTES:

Reviser's note: *(1) The higher education coordinating board was abolished by 2011 1st sp.s. c 11 § 301, effective July 1, 2012.
**(2) RCW 28B.76.230 was recodified as RCW 28B.77.080 pursuant to 2012 c 229 § 904.
Finding2010 c 235: See note following RCW 28A.405.245.



28B.76.500
Student financial aid programs—Administration by office—College information web-based portal.

(1) The office shall administer any state program or state-administered federal program of student financial aid now or hereafter established.
(2) Each of the student financial aid programs administered by the office shall be labeled an "opportunity pathway." Loans provided by the federal government and aid granted to students outside of the financial aid package provided through institutions of higher education are not subject to the labeling provisions in this subsection. All communication materials, including, but not limited to, printed materials, presentations, and web content, shall include the "opportunity pathway" label.
(3) If the office develops a one-stop college information web-based portal that includes financial, academic, and career planning information, the portal shall display all available student financial aid programs, except federal student loans and aid granted to students outside of the financial aid package provided through institutions of higher education, under the "opportunity pathway" label. The portal shall also display information regarding federal tax credits related to higher education available for students or their families.
(4) The labeling requirements in this section do not change the source, eligibility requirements, or student obligations associated with each program. The office shall customize its communications to differentiate between programs, eligibility requirements, and student obligations, so long as the reporting provisions of this chapter are also fulfilled.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
FindingsIntentEffective date2009 c 215: See notes following RCW 28B.92.030.
Effective dateSeverability1975 1st ex.s. c 132: See notes following RCW 28B.77.060.



28B.76.502
Financial aid counseling curriculum for institutions with state need grant recipients—Financial education workshops.

(1) The office must provide a financial aid counseling curriculum to institutions of higher education with state need grant recipients. The curriculum must be available via a web site. The curriculum must include, but not be limited to:
(a) An explanation of the state need grant program rules, including maintaining satisfactory progress, repayment rules, and usage limits;
(b) Information on campus and private scholarships and work-study opportunities, including the application processes;
(c) An overview of student loan options with an emphasis on the repayment obligations a student borrower assumes regardless of program completion, including the likely consequences of default and sample monthly repayment amounts based on a range of student levels of indebtedness;
(d) An overview of personal finance, including basic money management skills such as living within a budget and handling credit and debt;
(e) Average salaries for a wide range of jobs;
(f) Financial education that meets the needs of, and includes perspectives from, a diverse group of students who are or were recipients of financial aid, including student loans, who may be trained by the financial education public-private partnership; and
(g) Contact information for local financial aid resources and the federal student aid ombuds' office.
(2) By the 2013-14 academic year, the institution of higher education must take reasonable steps to ensure that each state need grant recipient receives information outlined in subsection (1)(a) through (g) of this section by directly referencing or linking to the web site on the conditions of award statement provided to each recipient.
(3) By July 1, 2013, the office must disseminate the curriculum to all institutions of higher education participating in the state need grant program. The institutions of higher education may require nonstate need grant recipients to participate in all or portions of the financial aid counseling.
(4) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, by the 2017-18 academic year, each institution of higher education must take reasonable steps to ensure that the institution presents, and each incoming student participates in, a financial education workshop. The scope of the workshop must include, but is not limited to, the information outlined in subsection (1)(b) through (g) of this section, and include recommendations by the financial education public-private partnership. The institutions are encouraged to present these workshops during student orientation or as early as possible in the academic year.



28B.76.505
Scholarship endowment programs—Administration of funds.

(1) The investment of funds from all scholarship endowment programs administered by the office shall be managed by the state investment board.
(2) The state investment board has the full power to invest, reinvest, manage, contract, sell, or exchange investment money in scholarship endowment funds. All investment and operating costs associated with the investment of a scholarship endowment fund shall be paid pursuant to RCW 43.33A.160 and 43.84.160. With the exception of these expenses, the earnings from the investments of the fund belong to the fund.
(3) Funds from all scholarship endowment programs administered by the office shall be in the custody of the state treasurer.
(4) All investments made by the state investment board shall be made with the exercise of that degree of judgment and care pursuant to RCW 43.33A.140 and the investment policies established by the state investment board.
(5) As deemed appropriate by the state investment board, money in a scholarship endowment fund may be commingled for investment with other funds subject to investment by the state investment board.
(6) The authority to establish all policies relating to scholarship endowment funds, other than the investment policies in subsections (2) through (5) of this section, resides with the office.
(7) The office may request and accept moneys from the state investment board. With the exception of expenses of the state investment board in subsection (2) of this section, disbursements from the fund shall be made only on the authorization of the office and money in the fund may be spent only for the purposes of the endowment programs as specified in the authorizing chapter of each program.
(8) The state investment board shall routinely consult and communicate with the office on the investment policy, earnings of the scholarship endowment funds, and related needs of the programs.

NOTES:

Effective date2012 c 229 §§ 101, 117, 401, 402, 501 through 594, 601 through 609, 701 through 708, 801 through 821, 902, and 904: See note following RCW 28B.77.005.
Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.76.509
Highway worker memorial scholarship account.

The highway worker memorial scholarship account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. Moneys received from legislative appropriations and transfers, private donations, public or private gifts and grants, conveyances, and other sources may be deposited into the account. Expenditures from the account may be made only for the purposes of providing scholarships to children and surviving spouses of highway workers who lost his or her life or became totally disabled while employed by a general contractor or subcontractor on a state transportation project. Children and surviving spouses must apply to the office of student financial assistance, and if found to be eligible, may receive a scholarship in an amount of the annual cost of tuition at the enrolled individual's institution of higher education or the cost of undergraduate tuition and state-mandated fees at the most expensive Washington state public university, whichever is less. Eligible individuals may receive up to four annual scholarships. Scholarships will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis subject to the availability of moneys in the account. Disbursements from the account may be authorized only by the office of student financial assistance or the Washington student achievement council. An appropriation is not required for expenditures, but the account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW.

NOTES:

Effective date2017 3rd sp.s. c 1: See note following RCW 43.41.455.



28B.76.520
Federal funds, private gifts or grants—Office to administer.

The office is authorized to receive and expend federal funds and any private gifts or grants, such federal funds or private funds to be expended in accordance with the conditions contingent in such grant thereof.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Effective dateSeverability1975 1st ex.s. c 132: See notes following RCW 28B.77.060.



28B.76.525
State financial aid account.

(1) The state financial aid account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. The primary purpose of the account is to ensure that all appropriations designated for financial aid through statewide student financial aid programs are made available to eligible students. The account shall be a nontreasury account.
(2) The office shall deposit in the account all money received for the state need grant program established under RCW 28B.92.010, the state work-study program established under chapter 28B.12 RCW, the Washington scholars program established under RCW 28A.600.110, the Washington award for vocational excellence program established under RCW 28C.04.525, and the educational opportunity grant program established under *chapter 28B.101 RCW. The account shall consist of funds appropriated by the legislature for the programs listed in this subsection and private contributions to the programs. Moneys deposited in the account do not lapse at the close of the fiscal period for which they were appropriated. Both during and after the fiscal period in which moneys were deposited in the account, the office may expend moneys in the account only for the purposes for which they were appropriated, and the expenditures are subject to any other conditions or limitations placed on the appropriations.
(3) Expenditures from the account shall be used for scholarships to students eligible for the programs according to program rules and policies.
(4) Disbursements from the account are exempt from appropriations and the allotment provisions of chapter 43.88 RCW.
(5) Only the director of the office or the director's designee may authorize expenditures from the account.

NOTES:

*Reviser's note: Chapter 28B.101 RCW was repealed in its entirety by 2009 c 215 § 15, effective August 1, 2011.
Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.76.526
Washington opportunity pathways account.

The Washington opportunity pathways account is created in the state treasury. Expenditures from the account may be used only for programs in chapter 28A.710 RCW (charter schools), chapter 28B.12 RCW (state work-study), chapter 28B.50 RCW (opportunity grant), RCW 28B.76.660 (Washington scholars award), RCW 28B.76.670 (Washington award for vocational excellence), chapter 28B.92 RCW (state need grant program), chapter 28B.105 RCW (GET ready for math and science scholarship), chapter 28B.117 RCW (passport to careers), chapter 28B.118 RCW (college bound scholarship), chapter 28B.119 RCW (Washington promise scholarship), and *chapter 43.215 RCW (early childhood education and assistance program).

NOTES:

*Reviser's note: All sections not repealed or decodified in chapter 43.215 RCW were recodified in chapter 43.216 RCW by 2017 3rd sp.s. c 6 § 821, effective July 1, 2018.
Short title2018 c 232: See note following RCW 28B.117.010.
Application of chapter 241, Laws of 2016Effective date2016 c 241: See RCW 28A.710.900 and 28A.710.901.
FindingsIntent2010 1st sp.s. c 27: "The legislature finds that institutions of higher education are key to the future employment opportunities of Washington citizens and to the economic well-being of the state. The legislature finds that the recruitment of entrepreneurial researchers at institutions of higher education and the formation of research innovation teams will further enhance faculty recruitment and economic development. The legislature further finds that current financial aid and early childhood education programs are underfunded and subject to the unpredictability of the state budget. It is the intent of the legislature to direct lottery account moneys toward the Washington opportunity pathways account and that those funds stabilize and increase existing resources for the recruitment of entrepreneurial researchers, innovation partnership zones and research teams, early childhood education, opportunity grants, educational opportunity grants, get ready for math and science scholarships, passport to college promise scholarships, college bound scholarships, the state work-study program, the state need grant, Washington scholars awards, the Washington award for vocational excellence, and Washington promise scholarships. It is also the intent of the legislature to continue funding the education construction fund by redirecting a portion of general state revenues to that fund." [ 2010 1st sp.s. c 27 § 1.]



28B.76.540
Administrative responsibilities.

In addition to administrative responsibilities assigned in this chapter, the office shall administer the programs set forth in the following statutes: RCW 28A.600.100 through 28A.600.150 (Washington scholars); chapter 28B.85 RCW (degree-granting institutions); chapter 28B.92 RCW (state need grant); chapter 28B.12 RCW (work-study); *RCW 28B.15.543 (tuition waivers for Washington scholars); RCW 28B.15.760 through 28B.15.766 (math and science loans); RCW 28B.15.100 (reciprocity agreement); RCW 28B.15.730 through 28B.15.734 (Oregon reciprocity); RCW 28B.15.750 and ** 28B.15.752 (Idaho reciprocity); RCW 28B.15.756 (British Columbia reciprocity); ***chapter 28B.101 RCW (educational opportunity grant); chapter 28B.102 RCW (future teachers conditional scholarship); chapter 28B.108 RCW (American Indian endowed scholarship); chapter 28B.109 RCW (Washington international exchange scholarship); chapter 28B.115 RCW (health professional conditional scholarship); chapter 28B.119 RCW (Washington promise scholarship); and chapter 28B.133 RCW (gaining independence for students with dependents).

NOTES:

Reviser's note: *(1) RCW 28B.15.543 was amended by 2015 c 55 § 219, changing tuition waivers to grants for undergraduate coursework.
**(2) RCW 28B.15.752 was repealed by 2012 c 229 § 902.
***(3) Chapter 28B.101 RCW was repealed in its entirety by 2009 c 215 § 15, effective August 1, 2011.
Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Part headings not law2004 c 275: See note following RCW 28B.76.090.
IntentPurposeEffective date1995 1st sp.s. c 9: See notes following RCW 28B.15.031.
PurposeStatutory referencesSeverability1990 c 33: See RCW 28A.900.100 through 28A.900.102.
Effective date1986 c 136: See RCW 28B.85.902.



28B.76.550
Distinguished professorship trust fund program—"Private donation" defined.

For the purposes of RCW 28B.76.555 through 28B.76.590, "private donation" includes assessments by commodity commissions authorized to conduct research activities including but not limited to research studies authorized under RCW 15.66.030 and 15.65.040.

NOTES:

Part headings not law2004 c 275: See note following RCW 28B.76.090.



28B.76.555
Distinguished professorship trust fund program—Intent.

The legislature recognizes that quality in the state's public four-year institutions of higher education would be strengthened by additional partnerships between citizens and the institutions. The legislature intends to foster these partnerships by creating a matching grant program to assist public four-year institutions of higher education in creating endowments for funding distinguished professorships.
[ 1987 c 8 § 1. Formerly RCW 28B.10.866.]

NOTES:

Allocation of appropriated moneys1988 c 125; 1987 c 8: "(1) For the biennium ending June 30, 1989, all appropriations to the Washington distinguished professorship trust fund shall be allocated as provided in this section. The state treasurer shall reserve the following amounts in the trust fund for distribution to four-year higher education institutions at such time as qualifying gifts as defined in section 1, chapter 8, Laws of 1987 for distinguished professorships have been deposited:
(a) Two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars of the appropriation for the University of Washington;
(b) One million five hundred thousand dollars of the appropriation for Washington State University;
(c) One million dollars of the appropriation divided among Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University, Western Washington University, and The Evergreen State College.
(2) Distribution of funds allocated in subsection (1)(c) of this section shall be made in the following manner: Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University, Western Washington University, and The Evergreen State College are guaranteed one professorship.
(3) As of January 1, 1989, if any funds reserved in subsection (1)(a) or (b) of this section have not been designated as matching funds for qualifying gifts, any four-year institution of higher education, which has already fully utilized the professorships allocated to it by this section, and, in the case of the regional universities and The Evergreen State College, has exhausted the allocation in subsection (1)(c) of this section, may be eligible for such funds under rules promulgated by the *higher education coordinating board." [ 1988 c 125 § 4; 1987 c 8 § 12.]
*Reviser's note: The higher education coordinating board was abolished by 2011 1st sp.s. c 11 § 301, effective July 1, 2012.



28B.76.560
Distinguished professorship trust fund program—Establishment—Administration.

The Washington distinguished professorship trust fund program is established.
The program shall be administered by the office.
The trust fund shall be administered by the state treasurer.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.76.565
Distinguished professorship trust fund program—Trust fund established.

Funds appropriated by the legislature for the distinguished professorship program shall be deposited in the distinguished professorship trust fund. At the request of the office under RCW 28B.76.575, the treasurer shall release the state matching funds to the designated institution's local endowment fund. No appropriation is required for expenditures from the fund. During the 2011-2013 fiscal biennium, the legislature may transfer from the distinguished professorship trust fund to the state general fund such amounts as reflect the excess fund balance in the account.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 2nd sp.s. c 9 § 903: "Section 903 of this act takes effect July 1, 2012." [ 2011 2nd sp.s. c 9 § 913.]
Expiration date2011 2nd sp.s. c 9 § 902: "Section 902 of this act expires July 1, 2012." [ 2011 2nd sp.s. c 9 § 912.]
Effective dates2011 2nd sp.s. c 9: See note following RCW 28B.50.837.
Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Effective date2010 1st sp.s. c 37: See note following RCW 13.06.050.
Effective date2009 c 564: See note following RCW 2.68.020.
Part headings not law2004 c 275: See note following RCW 28B.76.090.
Effective datesSeverability1991 sp.s. c 13: See notes following RCW 18.08.240.



28B.76.570
Distinguished professorship trust fund program—Guidelines—Allocation system.

In consultation with the eligible institutions of higher education, the office shall set guidelines for the program. These guidelines may include an allocation system based on factors which include but are not limited to: The amount of money available in the trust fund; characteristics of the institutions including the size of the faculty and student body; and the number of professorships previously received.
Any allocation system shall be superseded by conditions in any act of the legislature appropriating funds for this program.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.76.575
Distinguished professorship trust fund program—Matching funds—Donations or appropriations—Disbursement of funds.

All state four-year institutions of higher education shall be eligible for matching trust funds. An institution may apply to the office for two hundred fifty thousand dollars from the fund when the institution can match the state funds with an equal amount of pledged or contributed private donations or with funds received through legislative appropriation specifically for the G. Robert Ross distinguished faculty award and designated as being qualified to be matched from trust fund moneys. These donations shall be made specifically to the professorship program, and shall be donated after July 1, 1985.
Upon an application by an institution, the office may designate two hundred fifty thousand dollars from the trust fund for that institution's pledged professorship. If the pledged two hundred fifty thousand dollars is not received within three years, the office shall make the designated funds available for another pledged professorship.
Once the private donation is received by the institution, the office shall ask the state treasurer to release the state matching funds to a local endowment fund established by the institution for the professorship.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.76.580
Distinguished professorship trust fund program—Name of professorship—Duties of institution—Use of endowment proceeds.

The professorship is the property of the institution and may be named in honor of a donor, benefactor, or honoree of the institution, at the option of the institution. Once state matching funds are released to a local endowment fund, an institution may combine two professorships to support one professorship holder.
The institution is responsible for soliciting private donations, investing and maintaining all endowment funds, administering the professorship, and reporting on the program to the governor and the legislature upon request. The institution may augment the endowment fund with additional private donations. The principal of the invested endowment fund shall not be invaded.
The proceeds from the endowment fund may be used to supplement the salary of the holder of the professorship, to pay salaries for his or her assistants, and to pay expenses associated with the holder's scholarly work.



28B.76.585
Distinguished professorship trust fund program—Moneys not subject to collective bargaining.

Any private or public money, including all investment income, deposited in the Washington distinguished professorship trust fund or any local endowment for professorship programs shall not be subject to collective bargaining.
[ 1987 c 8 § 7. Formerly RCW 28B.10.872.]



28B.76.590
Distinguished professorship trust fund program—Continuation of program established under prior law.

A distinguished professorship program established under chapter 343, Laws of 1985 shall continue to operate under RCW 28B.76.555 through 28B.76.585 and the requirements of RCW 28B.76.555 through 28B.76.585 shall apply.

NOTES:

Part headings not law2004 c 275: See note following RCW 28B.76.090.



28B.76.600
Graduate fellowship trust fund program—Intent.

The legislature recognizes that quality in the state's public four-year institutions of higher education would be strengthened by additional partnerships between citizens and the institutions. The legislature intends to foster these partnerships by creating a matching grant program to assist public four-year institutions of higher education in creating endowments for funding fellowships for distinguished graduate students.
[ 1987 c 147 § 1. Formerly RCW 28B.10.880.]



28B.76.605
Graduate fellowship trust fund program—Establishment—Administration.

The Washington graduate fellowship trust fund program is established. The program shall be administered by the office. The trust fund shall be administered by the state treasurer. During the 2011-2013 fiscal biennium, the legislature may transfer from the Washington graduate fellowship trust fund to the state general fund such amounts as reflect the excess fund balance in the account.
[ 2011 2nd sp.s. c 9 § 905; (2011 2nd sp.s. c 9 § 904 expired July 1, 2012); 2011 1st sp.s. c 11 § 116; 1987 c 147 § 2. Formerly RCW 28B.10.881.]

NOTES:

Effective date2011 2nd sp.s. c 9 § 905: "Section 905 of this act takes effect July 1, 2012." [ 2011 2nd sp.s. c 9 § 915.]
Expiration date2011 2nd sp.s. c 9 § 904: "Section 904 of this act expires July 1, 2012." [ 2011 2nd sp.s. c 9 § 914.]
Effective dates2011 2nd sp.s. c 9: See note following RCW 28B.50.837.
Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.76.610
Graduate fellowship trust fund—Matching funds.

Funds appropriated by the legislature for the graduate fellowship program shall be deposited in the graduate fellowship trust fund. At the request of the office under RCW 28B.76.620, the treasurer shall release the state matching funds to the designated institution's local endowment fund. No appropriation is required for expenditures from the fund. During the 2009-2011 fiscal biennium, the legislature may transfer from the graduate fellowship trust fund to the state general fund such amounts as reflect the excess fund balance in the account.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Effective date2010 1st sp.s. c 37: See note following RCW 13.06.050.
Effective date2009 c 564: See note following RCW 2.68.020.
Part headings not law2004 c 275: See note following RCW 28B.76.090.
Effective datesSeverability1991 sp.s. c 13: See notes following RCW 18.08.240.



28B.76.615
Graduate fellowship trust fund program—Guidelines—Allocation system.

In consultation with eligible institutions of higher education, the office shall set guidelines for the program. These guidelines may include an allocation system based on factors which include but are not limited to: The amount of money available in the trust fund; characteristics of the institutions including the size of the faculty and student body; and the number of fellowships previously received.
Any allocation system shall be superseded by conditions in any legislative act appropriating funds for the program.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.76.620
Graduate fellowship trust fund program—Matching funds—Donations—Disbursement of funds.

(1) All state four-year institutions of higher education shall be eligible for matching trust funds. Institutions may apply to the office for twenty-five thousand dollars from the fund when they can match the state funds with equal pledged or contributed private donations. These donations shall be made specifically to the graduate fellowship program, and shall be donated after July 1, 1987.
(2) Upon an application by an institution, the office may designate twenty-five thousand dollars from the trust fund for that institution's pledged graduate fellowship fund. If the pledged twenty-five thousand dollars is not received within two years, the office shall make the designated funds available for another pledged graduate fellowship fund.
(3) Once the private donation is received by the institution, the office shall ask the state treasurer to release the state matching funds to a local endowment fund established by the institution for the graduate fellowships.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.76.625
Graduate fellowship trust fund program—Name of fellowship—Duties of institution—Use of endowment proceeds.

(1) The fellowship is the property of the institution and may be named in honor of a donor, benefactor, or honoree of the institution, at the option of the institution.
(2) The institution is responsible for soliciting private donations, investing and maintaining all endowment funds, administering the fellowship, and reporting on the program to the governor and the legislature upon request. The institution may augment the endowment fund with additional private donations. The principal of the invested endowment fund shall not be invaded.
(3) The proceeds from the endowment fund may be used to provide fellowship stipends to be used by the recipient for such things as tuition and fees, subsistence, research expenses, and other educationally related costs.
[ 1987 c 147 § 6. Formerly RCW 28B.10.885.]



28B.76.630
Graduate fellowship trust fund program—Moneys not subject to collective bargaining.

Any private or public money, including all investment income, deposited in the Washington graduate fellowship trust fund or any local endowment for fellowship programs shall not be subject to collective bargaining.
[ 1987 c 147 § 7. Formerly RCW 28B.10.886.]



28B.76.640
Office to coordinate state participation within student exchange compact programs—Designate certifying officer.

The office is hereby specifically directed to develop such state plans as are necessary to coordinate the state of Washington's participation within the student exchange compact programs under the auspices of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, as provided by chapter 28B.70 RCW. In addition to establishing such plans the office shall designate the state certifying officer for student programs.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Severability1974 ex.s. c 4: "If any provision of this 1973 [1974] act, or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [ 1974 ex.s. c 4 § 6.]



28B.76.645
Office to coordinate state participation within student exchange compact programs—Criteria—Washington interstate commission on higher education professional student exchange program trust fund.

In the development of any such plans as called for within RCW 28B.76.640, the office shall use at least the following criteria:
(1) Students who are eligible to attend compact-authorized programs in other states shall meet the Washington residency requirements of chapter 28B.15 RCW prior to being awarded tuition assistance.
(2) For recipients named after January 1, 1995, the tuition assistance shall be in the form of loans that may be completely forgiven in exchange for the student's service within the state of Washington after graduation. The requirements for such service and provisions for loan forgiveness shall be determined in rules adopted by the office.
(3) If appropriations are insufficient to fund all students qualifying under subsection (1) of this section, then the plans shall include criteria for student selection that would be in the best interest in meeting the state's educational needs, as well as recognizing the financial needs of students.
(4) Receipts from the payment of principal or interest or any other subsidies to which the office as administrator is entitled, that are paid by or on behalf of participants under this section, shall be deposited with the office and placed in an account created in this section and shall be used to cover the costs of granting the scholarships, maintaining necessary records, and making collections. The office shall maintain accurate records of these costs, and all receipts beyond those necessary to pay such costs shall be used to grant conditional loans to eligible students.
(5) The Washington interstate commission on higher education professional student exchange program trust fund is created in the custody of the state treasurer. All receipts from loan repayment shall be deposited into the fund. Only the office, or its designee, may authorize expenditures from the fund. No appropriation is required for expenditures from this fund.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Part headings not law2004 c 275: See note following RCW 28B.76.090.
Effective date1995 c 217: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately [May 3, 1995]." [ 1995 c 217 § 3.]
Severability1974 ex.s. c 4: See note following RCW 28B.76.640.



28B.76.650
Office to coordinate state participation within student exchange compact programs—Advice to governor, legislature.

The office shall periodically advise the governor and the legislature of the policy implications of the state of Washington's participation in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education student exchange programs as they affect long-range planning for post-secondary education, together with recommendations on the most efficient way to provide high cost or special educational programs to Washington residents.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Severability1974 ex.s. c 4: See note following RCW 28B.76.640.



28B.76.660
Washington scholars award and Washington scholars-alternate award.

(1) Recipients of the Washington scholars award or the Washington scholars-alternate award under RCW 28A.600.100 through 28A.600.150 who choose to attend an independent college or university in this state, as defined in subsection (4) of this section, and recipients of the award named after June 30, 1994, who choose to attend a public college or university in the state may receive grants under this section if moneys are available. The office shall distribute grants to eligible students under this section from moneys appropriated for this purpose. The individual grants shall not exceed, on a yearly basis, the yearly, full-time, resident, undergraduate tuition and service and activities fees in effect at the state-funded research universities. Grants to recipients attending an independent institution shall be contingent upon the institution matching on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis, either with actual money or by a waiver of fees, the amount of the grant received by the student from the state. The office shall establish procedures, by rule, to disburse the awards as direct grants to the students.
(2) The office shall establish rules that provide for the annual awarding of grants, if moneys are available, to three Washington scholars per legislative district except for fiscal year 2007 when no more than two scholars per district shall be selected; and, if not used by an original recipient, to the Washington scholars-alternate from the same legislative district.
Beginning with scholars selected in the year 2000, if the recipients of grants fail to demonstrate in a timely manner that they will enroll in a Washington institution of higher education in the fall term of the academic year following the award of the grant or are deemed by the office to have withdrawn from college during the first academic year following the award, then the grant shall be considered relinquished. The office may then award any remaining grant amounts to the Washington scholars-alternate from the same legislative district if the grants are awarded within one calendar year of the recipient being named a Washington scholars-alternate. Washington scholars-alternates named as recipients of the grant must also demonstrate in a timely manner that they will enroll in a Washington institution of higher education during the next available term, as determined by the office. The office may accept appeals and grant waivers to the enrollment requirements of this section based on exceptional mitigating circumstances of individual grant recipients.
To maintain eligibility for the grants, recipients must maintain a minimum grade point average at the college or university equivalent to 3.30. Students shall be eligible to receive a maximum of twelve quarters or eight semesters of grants for undergraduate study and may transfer among in-state public and independent colleges and universities during that period and continue to receive the grant as provided under RCW 28B.76.665. If the student's cumulative grade point average falls below 3.30 during the first three quarters or two semesters, that student may petition the office which shall have the authority to establish a probationary period until such time as the student's grade point average meets required standards.
(3) No grant shall be awarded to any student who is pursuing a degree in theology.
(4) As used in this section, "independent college or university" means a private, nonprofit educational institution, the main campus of which is permanently situated in the state, open to residents of the state, providing programs of education beyond the high school level leading at least to the baccalaureate degree, and accredited by the northwest association of schools and colleges as of June 9, 1988, and other institutions as may be developed that are approved by the office of financial management as meeting equivalent standards as those institutions accredited under this section.
(5) As used in this section, "public college or university" means an institution of higher education as defined in RCW 28B.10.016.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
SeverabilityEffective date2005 c 518: See notes following RCW 28A.500.030.
Part headings not law2004 c 275: See note following RCW 28B.76.090.
FindingsIntent1999 c 159: See note following RCW 28A.600.150.
SeverabilityEffective date1995 1st sp.s. c 5: See notes following RCW 28A.600.130.
PurposeStatutory referencesSeverability1990 c 33: See RCW 28A.900.100 through 28A.900.102.
Application1988 c 210 § 1: "RCW 28B.80.245 shall apply to persons holding the Washington scholars award as of June 9, 1988, as well as persons holding the award after June 9, 1988." [ 1988 c 210 § 3.]



28B.76.665
Washington scholars award waivers or grants—Transfers between colleges and universities.

Students receiving grants under RCW 28B.76.660 or waivers under *RCW 28B.15.543 are entitled to transfer among in-state public and independent colleges or universities and to continue to receive award benefits, as provided in this section, in the form of a grant or waiver of tuition and services and activities fees while enrolled at such institutions during the period of eligibility. The total grants or waivers for any one student shall not exceed twelve quarters or eight semesters of undergraduate study.
(1) Scholars named to the award on or before June 30, 1994, may transfer between in-state public institutions, or from an eligible independent college or university to an in-state public institution of higher education, and are entitled to receive the waiver of tuition and services and activities fees.
(2) Scholars named to the award on or before June 30, 1994, may transfer from an in-state public institution to an eligible independent college or university, or between eligible independent colleges or universities, and continue to receive a grant contingent upon available funding.
(3) Scholars named to the award after June 30, 1994, may transfer among in-state public or private colleges and universities and continue to receive the grant contingent upon available funding.
(4) In addition, scholars who transfer to an eligible independent institution may receive the grant contingent upon the agreement of the school to match on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis, either with actual money or by a waiver of fees, the amount of the grant received by the student from the state.

NOTES:

*Reviser's note: RCW 28B.15.543 was amended by 2015 c 55 § 219, changing tuition waivers to grants for undergraduate coursework.
Part headings not law2004 c 275: See note following RCW 28B.76.090.
SeverabilityEffective date1995 1st sp.s. c 5: See notes following RCW 28A.600.130.



28B.76.670
Washington award for vocational excellence—Grants—Definitions.

(1) Recipients of the Washington award for vocational excellence under RCW 28C.04.520 through 28C.04.550, who receive the award after June 30, 1994, may receive a grant, if funds are available. The grant shall be used to attend a postsecondary institution located in the state of Washington. Recipients may attend an institution of higher education as defined in RCW 28B.10.016, or an independent college or university, or a licensed private vocational school. The office shall distribute grants to eligible students under this section from moneys appropriated for this purpose. The individual grants shall not exceed, on a yearly basis, the yearly, full-time, resident, undergraduate tuition and service and activities fees in effect at the state-funded research universities. In consultation with the workforce training and education coordinating board, the office shall establish procedures, by rule, to disburse the awards as direct grants to the students.
(2) To qualify for the grant, recipients shall enter the postsecondary institution within three years of high school graduation and maintain a minimum grade point average at the institution equivalent to 3.00, or, at a technical college, an above average rating. Students shall be eligible to receive a maximum of two years of grants for undergraduate study and may transfer among in-state eligible postsecondary institutions during that period and continue to receive the grant.
(3) No grant may be awarded to any student who is pursuing a degree in theology.
(4) As used in this section, "independent college or university" means a private, nonprofit educational institution, the main campus of which is permanently situated in the state, open to residents of the state, providing programs of education beyond the high school level leading at least to the baccalaureate degree, and accredited by the Northwest association of schools and colleges as of June 9, 1988, and other institutions as may be developed that are approved by the *higher education coordinating board as meeting equivalent standards as those institutions accredited under this section.
(5) As used in this section, "licensed private vocational school" means a private postsecondary institution, located in the state, licensed by the workforce training and education coordinating board under chapter 28C.10 RCW, and offering postsecondary education in order to prepare persons for a vocation or profession, as defined in RCW 28C.10.020(7).

NOTES:

*Reviser's note: The higher education coordinating board ("board") was abolished by 2011 1st sp.s. c 11 § 301, effective July 1, 2012.
Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Severability1995 1st sp.s. c 7: See note following RCW 28C.04.520.



28B.76.680
Border county higher education opportunity project—Findings—Intent.

(1) The legislature finds that certain tuition policies in Oregon state are more responsive to the needs of students living in economic regions that cross the state border than the Washington state policies. Under Oregon policy, students who are Washington residents may enroll at Portland State University for eight credits or less and pay the same tuition as Oregon residents. Further, the state of Oregon passed legislation in 1997 to begin providing to its community colleges the same level of state funding for students residing in bordering states as students residing in Oregon.
(2) The legislature intends to build on the recent Oregon initiatives regarding tuition policy for students in bordering states and to facilitate regional planning for higher education delivery by creating a project on resident tuition rates in Washington counties that border Oregon state.



28B.76.685
Border county higher education opportunity project—Created.

(1)(a) The border county higher education opportunity project is created. The purpose of the project is to allow Washington institutions of higher education that are located in counties on the Oregon border to implement tuition policies that correspond to Oregon policies. Under the border county project, Columbia Basin Community College, Clark College, Lower Columbia Community College, Grays Harbor Community College, and Walla Walla Community College may enroll students who reside in the bordering Oregon counties of Columbia, Gilliam, Hood River, Multnomah, Clatsop, Clackamas, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Washington at resident tuition rates.
(b) The Tri-Cities and Vancouver branches of Washington State University may enroll students who reside in the bordering Oregon counties of Columbia, Multnomah, Clatsop, Clackamas, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Washington for eight credits or less at resident tuition rates.
(2) Columbia Basin Community College, Clark College, Lower Columbia Community College, Grays Harbor Community College, and Walla Walla Community College may enroll students at resident tuition rates who:
(a) Are currently domiciled in Washington;
(b) Relocated to Washington from one of the thirteen counties identified in subsection (1)(a) of this section within the previous twelve months; and
(c) Were domiciled in one of the thirteen counties identified in subsection (1)(a) of this section for at least ninety days immediately before relocating to Washington.
(3) The Tri-Cities and Vancouver branches of Washington State University may enroll students for eight credits or less at resident tuition rates who:
(a) Are currently domiciled in Washington;
(b) Relocated to Washington from one of the nine counties identified in subsection (1)(b) of this section within the previous twelve months; and
(c) Were domiciled in one of the nine counties identified in subsection (1)(b) of this section for at least ninety days immediately before relocating to Washington.
(4) Washington institutions of higher education participating in the project shall give priority program enrollment to Washington residents.

NOTES:

Resident tuition ratesBorder county higher education opportunity project: RCW 28B.15.0139.



28B.76.690
Border county higher education opportunity project—Administration.

The office shall administer Washington's participation in the border county higher education opportunity project.

NOTES:

Effective date2011 1st sp.s. c 11 §§ 101-103, 106-202, 204-244, and 301: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.
Intent2011 1st sp.s. c 11: See note following RCW 28B.76.020.



28B.76.699
Student teaching residency grant program—Rules.

(1) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, the office shall administer a student teaching residency grant program to provide additional funds to individuals completing student teaching residencies at public schools in Washington.
(2) To qualify for the grant, recipients must be enrolled in a professional educator standards board-approved teacher preparation program, be completing or about to start a student teaching residency at a Title I school, and demonstrate financial need, as defined by the office and consistent with the income criteria required to receive the state need grant established in chapter 28B.92 RCW.
(3) The office shall establish rules for administering the grants under this section.