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299A.45 Education benefit.

Subdivision 1. Eligibility. Following certification under section 299A.44 and compliance with this section and rules of the commissioner of public safety and the higher education services office, dependent children less than 23 years of age and the surviving spouse of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty on or after January 1, 1973, are eligible to receive educational benefits under this section. To qualify for an award, they must be enrolled in undergraduate degree or certificate programs after June 30, 1990, at an eligible Minnesota institution as provided in section 136A.101, subdivision 4. Persons who have received a baccalaureate degree or have been enrolled full time or the equivalent of eight semesters or 12 quarters, whichever occurs first, are no longer eligible.

Subd. 2. Award amount. (a) The amount of the award is:

(1) for public institutions, the actual tuition and fees charged by the institution; or

(2) for private institutions the lesser of (i) the actual tuition and fees charged by the institution or (ii) the highest tuition and fees charged by a public institution in Minnesota.

(b) An award under this subdivision must not affect a recipient's eligibility for a state grant under section 136A.121.

Subd. 3. Payment. On proof of eligibility for this program, an eligible institution, on behalf of the student, shall request payment of the award from the higher education services office. An institution must not request payment unless the student is enrolled in or has completed the term for which the payment is intended.

Subd. 4. Renewals. Each award must be given for one academic year and is renewable for a maximum of six semesters or nine quarters or their equivalent. An award must not be given to a dependent child who is 23 years of age or older on the first day of the academic year.

HIST: 1990 c 591 art 5 s 5; 1991 c 356 art 8 s 22; 1995 c 212 art 3 s 59

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