††††† RELATES TO: KRS 165A.450
††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 165A.340(6), 165A.400, 165A.450
††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 165A.340(6) and 165A.400 authorize the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education to promulgate administrative regulations to administer the provisions of KRS Chapter 165A. KRS 165A.450 requires the commission to promulgate administrative regulations to ensure there is a renewable student protection fund, impose fees when the balance of the fund drops below the minimum, and establish other requirements related to the fund. This administrative regulation establishes standards for distribution of the funds.
††††† Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Commission" means the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education.
††††† (2) "Schools" means all schools, resident and nonresident, licensed by the commission.
††††† (3) "Sponsor" means the original source of funds, whether student or entity, used to pay student charges for tuition, books, and fees.
††††† (4) "Student enrolled" means a student currently enrolled and attending classes on a regular basis.
††††† Section 2. Student Protection Fund Notice. Schools shall include on the student enrollment agreement, in 14 point type font:
††††† (1) A statement notifying students of the existence of the student protection fund; and
††††† (2) The process for filing a claim against the fund.
††††† Section 3. Standards for Fund Distribution. (1) The commission shall manage the student protection fund ("the fund"). The fund shall be used in accordance with KRS 165A.450.
††††† (2) Each fund distribution for restitution shall be made payable to the appropriate sponsor, as determined by the commission and shall be made upon the presentation of a signed Form for Claims Against the Student Protection Fund, Form PE-38, and supporting documentation, verifying the studentís enrollment and regular attendance at the time of the school or program closure. The commission may require supporting documentation, such as canceled checks, loan documents, or other documentation that supports the studentís entitlement to restitution.
††††† (3) The amount to be refunded shall equal the actual amount of loans and cash that have been applied to tuition, books, and fees on behalf of the student's attendance at the school. If the claims resulting from a school closing exceed the balance in the fund, the commission shall provide for a pro rata distribution of the fund balance.
††††† (4) If restitution is paid by the fund, the fund shall be subrogated to the amount of the restitution.
††††† (5) In order to be considered, a claim for restitution from the student protection fund shall be made within one (1) year of the date of the school or program closure.
††††† (6) An applicant for payment from the student protection fund who is dissatisfied with the decision of the commission may ask for reconsideration of the commissionís determination regarding eligibility for restitution from the student protection fund.
††††† (7) The request for reconsideration shall be submitted by the applicant to the commission within thirty (30) calendar days of the mailing date of the commissionís decision.
††††† (8) The request for reconsideration shall be signed by the student and explain the reasons in support of a different decision.
††††† (9) Within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the request for reconsideration, the commission shall make a final determination and provide notice to the applicant.
††††† Section 4. Incorporation by Reference. (1) "Form for Claims Against the Student Protection Fund", Form PE-38, January 2017, is incorporated by reference.
††††† (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (18 Ky.R. 232; Am. 621; eff. 10-6-1991; Recodified from 783 KAR 1:030, 11-7-2002; Recodified from 201 KAR 40:035, 6-12-2014; 41 Ky.R. 123; 758; eff. 10-31-2014; TAm eff. 4-12-2017.)