Executive Director Exemption Requests

 

The administrative rules that govern the Opportunity Scholarship program provides authority to the Board of Regents to grant waivers to a limited number of continuous eligibility criteria including the Credit Hour Thresholds and Persistence Requirements.   As a result, when a situation arises that hinders a student from meeting the continuing eligibility requirements for the program, he/she has the opportunity to request an exemption waiver from the Executive Director.  To this date, waivers have been granted based on five specific rationales including:

  1. Situations where a medical hardship has hindered a student's progress;
  2. Student participation in an approved exchange program through their institution;
  3. Conflict with program of study requirements that influence student credit hours;
  4. Participation in an institution approved internship or cooperative education program; and/or,
  5. Military deferral for National Guard or military service.

While waivers are routinely granted for the issues outline above, the Legislature has not granted a Participating Institution or the Board of Regents with the authority to grant waivers for other requirements established in the state statute or administrative rules.  These include:

  1. Failure to meet all of the initial eligibility requirements (13-55-31 & 13-55-31.1);
      • Be a resident of South Dakota at the time of graduation from high school;
      • Have a composite score of 24 or higher on the ACT;
      • Meet the high school course requirements for graduation, with a cumulative average grade of “B” (3.0  on a 4.0 scale), and a C or higher in all required courses;
      • Attend a participating postsecondary institution within South Dakota;
      • Enter into the program within five years of graduation
  1. Failure to meet the established application deadlines (24:40:13:12, 24:40:13:14);
  2. Failure to meet the 3.0 GPA requirements for continuous eligibility criteria (13-55-34); and/or
  3. Early payment of scholarship awards outside the requirements set forth in 13-55-33 or 24:40:13:20.

Students seeking a waiver to either the Credit Hour Thresholds or Persistence Requirements may do so by emailing Dr. Paul Turman (Paul.Turman@sdbor.edu). Prior to submitting a request, students are encouraged to review the Exemption Guidelines to ensure that they include all information necessary for expedient request processing.

 

Contact Information

Natalie Nagle, MBA
Student Services Coordinator
South Dakota Board of Regents
306 East Capital Avenue, Suite 200 Pierre, SD 57501
Email:Natalie.Nagle@sdbor.edu
Phone: 605-773-4573


Katie Maley, B.U.S
Senior Academic Affairs Coordinator
EmailKatie.Maley@sdbor.edu


Initial Eligibility Contacts at Participating Institutions