§ 16-107-6. Eligibility for scholarship.
(a) Beginning with the students who enroll at the community college of Rhode Island in fall of 2017 and ending with students who enroll at the community college of Rhode Island in the fall of 2020, to be considered for the scholarship, a student:
(1) Must qualify for in-state tuition and fees pursuant to the residency policy adopted by the council on postsecondary education, as amended, supplemented, restated, or otherwise modified from time to time ("residency policy"); provided, that, the student must have satisfied the high school graduation/equivalency diploma condition prior to reaching nineteen (19) years of age; provided, further, that in addition to the option of meeting the requirement by receiving a high school equivalency diploma as described in the residency policy, the student can satisfy the condition by receiving other certificates or documents of equivalent nature from the state or its municipalities as recognized by applicable regulations promulgated by the council on elementary and secondary education;
(2) Must be admitted to, and must enroll and attend the community college of Rhode Island on a full-time basis by the semester immediately following high school graduation or the semester immediately following receipt of a high school equivalency diploma;
(3) Must complete the FAFSA and any required FAFSA verification by the deadline prescribed by the community college of Rhode Island for each year in which the student seeks to receive funding under the scholarship program;
(4) Must continue to be enrolled on a full-time basis;
(5) Must maintain an average annual cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater, as determined by the community college of Rhode Island;
(6) Must remain on track to graduate on time as determined by the community college of Rhode Island;
(7) Must not have already received an award under this scholarship program; and
(8) Must commit to live, work, or continue their education in Rhode Island after graduation.
The community college of Rhode Island shall develop a policy that will secure this commitment from recipient students.
(b) Notwithstanding the eligibility requirements under subsection (a) of this section ("specified conditions"):
(i) In the case of a recipient student who has an approved medical or personal leave of absence or is unable to satisfy one or more specified conditions because of the student's medical or personal circumstances, the student may continue to receive an award under the scholarship program upon resuming the student's education so long as the student continues to meet all other applicable eligibility requirements; and
(ii) In the case of a recipient student who is a member of the national guard or a member of a reserve unit of a branch of the United States military and is unable to satisfy one or more specified conditions because the student is or will be in basic or special military training, or is or will be participating in a deployment of the student's guard or reserve unit, the student may continue to receive an award under the scholarship program upon completion of the student's basic or special military training or deployment.
(P.L. 2017, ch. 302, art. 3, § 1.)