13-55A-2. Definitions.

Terms used in §§ 13-55A-2 to 13-55A-14, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, mean:

(1)    "Eligible institution," an institution of education beyond the high school level, located in South Dakota, which may include all public and private nonprofit and proprietary institutions, including four-year colleges and universities, community and junior colleges, area technical or vocational schools, trade schools, technical colleges, schools of nursing or of the health professions or any institution which is determined by the executive director to be regularly accredited to offer postsecondary educational services by a recognized and appropriate accrediting agency, as determined by the executive director, and which has an agreement with the United States secretary of education for the conduct of any of the programs currently participating in any federal financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended to January 1, 2010;

(2)    "Financial need," the amount of assistance, as determined by a federal department of education by calculating a student's estimated cost of attendance (minus family contribution and additional aid granted) at an eligible institution;

(3)    "Qualified student," a resident student who is enrolled in an eligible institution in a course of study on at least a half-time basis, as certified by the institution, and who has established financial need and who is maintaining satisfactory progress toward graduation;

(4)    "Resident student," an individual who has been determined by the executive director to be a resident of South Dakota and who is enrolled at an eligible institution;

(5)    "Executive director," the executive director of the Board of Regents;

(6)    "South Dakota need-based grant," an award by the State of South Dakota to a qualified student under this chapter.

Source: SL 1974, ch 141, § 2; SL 1981, ch 159, § 1; SL 2003, ch 272 (Ex. Ord. 03-1), § 63; SL 2010, ch 104, § 2; SL 2013, ch 92, § 2, eff. Mar. 12, 2013; SL 2020, ch 61, § 52; SL 2021, ch 83, § 5, eff. Mar. 18, 2021.