Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Public Higher Education Fee Discounts for Children of Licensed Public School Teachers and State Employees
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1540-01-05-.04 Appeals Procedures
(a) The natural children or legally adopted children of the teacher or state employee.
(b) The stepchildren of the teacher or state employee living with the teacher or state employee in a parent/child relationship.
(c) Otherwise eligible and living in a parent/child relationship with the teacher or state employee, such as children of deceased parents who are being raised by a grandparent who is employed as a teacher or state employee.
(d) Children, as described in (a) through (c) above, of a teacher who died while employeed as a public school teacher, and who are utilizing the benefit at the time of the parent/teacher's death.
(2) Certified teacher in any public school in Tennessee or Teacher: Teachers, supervisors, principals, superintendents and other personnel who are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education or by a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces to teach Reserve Officer Training Corps, and employed by any local school system, for service in public, elementary and secondary schools in Tennessee supported in whole or in part by state funds. This term shall also include technology coordinators employed by any local school system, for service in public secondary schools in Tennessee supported in whole or in part by state funds.
(3) Deceased state employee: Persons who at the time of their death were full-time employees of the State of Tennessee.
(4) Full-time teachers or Teacher: School employees whose position requires them to be on the job on school days throughout the school year at least the number of hours during which schools in the local board of education are in session.
(5) Full-time supervisors, principals, superintendents and other personnel: School employees who are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education whose current assignments, regardless of their classification, require his or her services each working day at least a number of hours equal to the number of hours of a regular working day.
(6) Full-time employees of the State of Tennessee: Employee of the executive, judicial or legislative branches of Tennessee state government:
(a) classified as "full-time" and scheduled to work one thousand nine hundred and fifty (1,950) hours or more per fiscal year; or
(b) employees, regardless of classification, and scheduled to work one thousand six hundred (1,600) hours per fiscal year and who receive employment benefits provided to all full-time employees.
(7)Maintenance fee: A fee charged to students enrolled in credit courses. It is an enrollment or registration fee and is calculated based on the number of student credit hours for which the student enrolls. Alternately, at colleges of applied technology this term refers to program fees. Tuition does not include application for admission fees, student activity fees, debt service fees, lab fees, applied music fees, the cost of books or other course materials, dormitory charges, or meal plans.
(8) Retired state employee: Employees of the State of Tennessee who retire after a minimum of twenty-five (25) years of full-time creditable service, although he or she may be deceased at the time the child seeks the benefit provided by this chapter.
(9)Retired teacher: A certified teacher as defined in this chapter who retires after a minimum of thirty (30) years of full-time creditable service in Tennessee public schools or who receives disability retirement after a minimum of twenty-five (25) years of full-time creditable service in Tennessee public schools.
(10) State operated institution of higher learning or Institution: Any institution operated by the University of Tennessee or the Tennessee Board of Regents which offers courses of instruction beyond the high school level.
(a) Be twenty-three (23) years of age or under;
(b) Be a child of a teacher or state employee or deceased state employee in Tennessee as defined this chapter;
(c) Be eligible according to the regulations in this chapter; and
(d) Be eligible for enrollment at the institution for which a student fee discount is sought according to the academic rules and regulations of the institution.
(2) Eligible children may enroll in any number of courses up to and including full time study.
(2) The fee discount described by this chapter may not be used in conjunction with any other fee waiver or discount program. No eligible child shall receive a discount greater than twenty-five percent (25%) for any one term under the provisions of the program described by this chapter.
(3) The Higher Education Commission shall develop a methodology for allocating appropriations to reimburse institutions for actual fee discounts provided pursuant to this program.
1540-01-05-.04 APPEALS PROCEDURES
Appeals regarding the determination of eligibility of the applicant will be available in a manner consistent with institutional procedures now in place for admissions decisions.
Authority: T.C.A. §§8-50-115 and 49-7-119.