13-55-31 Eligibility requirements for opportunity scholarship.
Eligibility requirements for opportunity scholarship.
In order to be eligible for a
South Dakota opportunity scholarship award, a student shall:
Be a resident of South Dakota at the time of graduation from high school;
Have a composite score of 24, or higher, on the test administered by the American
College Testing Program or an equivalent score as determined by the Board of Regents
on the Scholastic Assessment Test. The student shall take the ACT or SAT test before
beginning postsecondary education;
Meet the high school course requirements for graduation as provided in § 13-55-31.1;
Attend a university, college, or technical school that is accredited by the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools and that provides instruction from a campus located
in South Dakota; and
Enter into the program within five years of graduation from high school or within one
year of the student's release from active duty with an active component of the armed
forces if the release is within five years of the student's graduation from high school. If
a student attends full-time a regionally accredited university, college, or technical school
located outside South Dakota and within two years following high school graduation or
within two years following release from active military service returns to the state to
attend full-time a regionally accredited university, college, or technical school, the student
is eligible to receive a partial award.
A student is eligible to participate in the South Dakota opportunity scholarship program for the
equivalent of four academic years (eight consecutive spring and fall terms) or until the attainment
of a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first. However, the executive director of the Board of
Regents may grant exceptions to the continuous enrollment requirements for good cause shown.
A student who would have been eligible for the scholarship, but who applies after completing
one or more semesters of full-time work at an accredited institution, may be admitted to the program
only if the student has complied with the same grade point and credit hour requirements that would
apply to program participants. Admission granted under these circumstances may not be retroactive,
and eligibility for participation in the program shall be reduced by one semester for each semester
of work completed prior to admission to the program.
Source: SL 2003, ch 110, § 2; SL 2006, ch 89, § 1; SL 2008, ch 87, § 1; SL 2008, ch 88, § 1; SL
2010, ch 96, § 2.