Maine Revised Statutes

§12572. Tuition waiver

Any person who was in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services and resided in foster care or subsidized adoptive care or was a minor ward of a subsidized permanency guardian as provided in Title 22, section 4038-D at the time that person graduated from high school or successfully completed a general educational development examination or its equivalent under section 257 may attend, as provided in this section, any state postsecondary educational institution free of tuition charges. [2005, c. 471, §2 (AMD).]

1. Eligibility of person.  A person is eligible for a tuition waiver under this chapter if the person is:
A. A Maine resident; [1999, c. 216, §1 (NEW).]
B. A high school graduate or has attained a high school equivalency diploma as described under section 257; and [1999, c. 216, §1 (NEW).]
C. Accepted for admission to a state postsecondary educational institution. [1999, c. 216, §1 (NEW).]
[ 1999, c. 216, §1 (NEW) .]
2. Limitation.  The tuition waiver provided by this chapter is limited to:
A. Persons participating in undergraduate degree programs or certificate programs of at least one year; [1999, c. 216, §1 (NEW).]
B. Persons who have not been enrolled full time for more than 5 years or the equivalent; and [1999, c. 774, §2 (AMD).]
C. Persons who have completed an application for federal student financial aid programs for which they may be eligible. [1999, c. 774, §2 (AMD).]
D. [1999, c. 774, §2 (RP).]
[ 1999, c. 774, §2 (AMD) .]
3. Continuation.  The tuition waiver provided by this chapter is awarded on a yearly basis and continues to be available, if the person is otherwise eligible under this section, as long as the person remains in good academic standing at a state postsecondary educational institution.
[ 1999, c. 216, §1 (NEW) .]
4. Revenue reduction.  A state postsecondary educational institution shall absorb the reduction in tuition revenues that results from providing a tuition waiver to an eligible person under this chapter. The institution may not request additional General Fund appropriations from the Legislature to offset the reduction in tuition revenues.
[ 1999, c. 774, §3 (NEW) .]
1999, c. 216, §1 (NEW). 1999, c. 774, §§2,3 (AMD). 2003, c. 689, §B6 (REV). 2005, c. 471, §2 (AMD).