Utah Admin. Code R512-306-3 - Scope of Program

Current through Bulletin 2022-07, April 1, 2022

(1) To be eligible for the Education and Training Voucher Program, an individual must meet the following requirements:
(a) an individual in out-of-home care who has not yet reached 26 years of age;
(b) an individual no longer in out-of-home care who reached 18 years of age while in out-of-home care and who has not yet reached 26 years of age;
(c) an individual adopted or entered guardianship from out-of-home care after reaching 16 years of age and who has not yet attained 26 years of age;
(d) has an individual educational assessment and individual education plan completed by Child and Family Services or their designee;
(e) submits a completed application for the Education and Training Voucher Program;
(f) has applied for or been accepted to a qualified college, university, or vocational program;
(g) applies for available financial aid from other sources before obtaining funding from the Education and Training Voucher Program;
(h) enrolls as a full-time or part-time student in the college, university, or vocational program, however, this requirement has been temporarily suspended until September 30, 2022 due to the Federal CARES Act; and
(i) maintains a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale or equivalent as determined by the educational institution.
(2) The application and attachments will be reviewed and approved by regional Transition to Adult Living program staff or their designee. Individuals meeting the requirements will be accepted for program participation when Education and Training Voucher Program funding is available. If demand exceeds available funding, Child and Family Services may establish a waiting list, which will then be awarded to the applicants in the order received on a first-come first-serve basis for funding or Child and Family Services may approve applications for lesser amounts of funding. The individual will receive written notice of approval or denial of the application. If denied or terminated, a written reason for denial will be provided.
(3) If an application for benefits under the Education and Training Voucher Program is denied, the applicant has the right to appeal the decision through an administrative hearing in accordance with Section 63G-4-301.
(4) The individual may participate in the Education and Training Voucher Program until:
(a) the completion of the degree or vocational program;
(b) the individual reaches age 26 years; or
(c) the individual has completed a maximum of five years in the Education and Training Voucher Program.
(5) The individual must provide ongoing documentation of full-time or part-time enrollment, satisfactory progress as detailed in the individual education plan, additional requests for funding, and any changes in total costs for attendance or other financial aid to Child and Family Services to continue receiving benefits under the program.
(6) A program participant who receives less than a 2.0 GPA in a single grading period will be placed on probationary status:
(a) the individual shall receive written notice of the probationary status;
(b) the individual will have one subsequent grading period to regain or show significant progress toward a 2.0 GPA to continue in the program;
(c) upon completion of a satisfactory grading period, the participant will be notified that the probation period is over; or
(d) the participant that does not receive satisfactory grades while on probation will receive written notice of loss of eligibility for the Education and Training Voucher Program.
(7) An individual under age 26 years who has previously been denied acceptance to the program or who lost eligibility for the program due to not making satisfactory progress may reapply for the program at any time.
(8) An individual may receive vouchers up to a maximum amount of $5,000 per year through the Education and Training Voucher Program, however, this requirement has been temporarily increased to $12,000 per year until September 30, 2022 due to the Federal CARES Act. Amounts are determined by the cost of tuition at specific educational institutions and enrollment status.
(a) The total amount awarded may not exceed the total cost of attendance, minus:
(i) expected contributions from the individual's family; and
(ii) estimated financial assistance from other state or federal grants or programs;
(b) Awards are subject to the availability of Child and Family Services Education and Training Voucher Program funds appropriated for this program.
(c) In accordance with the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program of 2011, 42 U.S.C. 677, the amount of benefits received through the Education and Training Voucher Program may be disregarded in determining an individual's eligibility for, or amount of, any other Federal or federally supported assistance.

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Utah Admin. Code R512-306-3
Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2019-2, effective 12/24/2018 Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2022-07, effective 3/11/2022

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