CHAPTER 23SKILLED WORKFORCE SHORTAGE TUITION GRANT PROGRAM283—23.1(261)  Tuition grant based on financial need to Iowa residents enrolled in career-technical or career option programs at community colleges in the state.  This grant shall commonly be known as the Kibbie grant.  23.1(1)    Financial need.    a.  Financial need shall be evaluated annually on the basis of a confidential financial statement filed on a form designated by the commission. For the purposes of determining financial need, the commission has adopted the use of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a federal form used to calculate a formula developed by the U.S. Department of Education, the results of which are used to determine relative need known as expected family contribution. The FAFSA must be received by the processing agent by the date specified by the college student aid commission.  b.  Financial need is defined as the cost of attendance, minus the eligible applicant’s expected family contribution, minus the federal Pell Grant received by the applicant, and minus the Iowa vocational-technical tuition grant received by the applicant. Awards will not exceed one-half of the average tuition and mandatory fees at Iowa community colleges and will not be less than $200 per semester or the equivalent.  23.1(2)    Student eligibility.    a.  A recipient must be an Iowa resident as defined in 283—Chapter 10.  b.  A recipient must be enrolled at an Iowa community college for at least three semester hours or the equivalent in a career-technical, career option, or other training program which is eligible for federal Title IV funding and is in an industry which has been identified as having a shortage of skilled workers by the community college in a regional skills gap analysis or by the department of workforce development. If a community college no longer identifies the industry as having a shortage of skilled workers or the department no longer identifies the industry as a high-demand job, an eligible student who received a grant for a career-technical or career option program based on that identification shall continue to receive the grant until achieving a postsecondary credential, up to an associate degree, as long as the student is continuously enrolled in that program and continues to meet all other eligibility requirements.  c.  A recipient may receive an award under this program for general education classes identified by the community college as required for completion of a career-technical or career option program in an identified skilled workforce shortage area. A recipient must be concurrently enrolled in a career-technical or career option program.  d.  A recipient may receive an award under this program for not more than the equivalent of four semesters. A recipient who is making satisfactory academic progress but cannot complete the course because of required classes may receive the grant for one additional semester.  e.  A recipient who is a full-time student may receive no more than one-half of the student’s tuition and fees, as established by the commission, or the amount of the student’s established financial need, whichever is less. A recipient who is a part-time student shall receive a prorated portion of the full-time award. The proration will be established by the commission in a manner consistent with federal Pell Grant Program proration. Recipients who are part-time students enrolled in 3 to 5 credit hours will receive awards equal to one-fourth of the full-time award; recipients enrolled in 6 to 8 credit hours will receive awards equal to one-half of the full-time award; and recipients enrolled in 9 to 11 credit hours will receive awards equal to three-fourths of the full-time award.  f.  A recipient may again be eligible for an award under paragraph 23.1(2)“d” if the recipient resumes study after at least a two-year absence, except that award assistance shall not be used for coursework for which credit was previously received.  23.1(3)    Priority for grants.    a.  Applicants enrolled in programs required to fill the needs of industry in areas which have been identified as having shortages of skilled workers by the community college in a regional skills gap analysis or by the department of workforce development will receive priority. Skill gap areas will be ranked by each community college in order of the perceived need, and awards will be made to applicants as long as funding remains available.  b.  Applicants who apply by the priority date specified in the application are ranked in order of the estimated amount of the family’s contribution toward college expenses, and awards are granted to those who demonstrate need in order of family contribution from lowest to highest, insofar as funds permit.  23.1(4)    Award notification.  A grant recipient will be notified of the award by the community college to which application is made. The community college is responsible for completing necessary verification and for coordinating other aid to ensure compliance with student eligibility requirements and allowable award amounts. The community college shall report changes in student eligibility to the commission.  23.1(5)    Enrollment terms.  For purposes of this program, the commission has defined “semester” as one of two terms of enrollment established by the community college between August 1 and May 30 of each academic year or the equivalent and a summer term of equal length or the equivalent. Grant payments are prorated according to paragraph 23.1(2)“e.”  23.1(6)    Award transfers and adjustments.  Recipients are responsible for promptly notifying the appropriate community college of any change in enrollment or financial situation. The community college will make necessary changes and notify the commission.  23.1(7)    Restrictions.  A student who is in default on a Stafford Loan, an SLS Loan, or a Perkins/National Direct/National Defense Student Loan or who owes a repayment on any Title IV grant assistance or state award shall be ineligible for assistance under the skilled workforce shortage tuition grant program. Eligibility for state aid may be reinstated upon payment in full of the delinquent obligation or by the commission’s ruling on the basis of adequate extenuating evidence presented in an appeal under the procedures set forth in 283—Chapters 4 and 5.This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code section 261.130.Related ARC(s): 0397C, 1871C, 2205C, 4718CRelated ARC(s): 0397C, 1871C, 2205C, 4718C