DVR Program Policy Manual/Addendum A
DVR Training Grant

These fees are established in accordance with federal guidelines that permit an agency to establish fee limits for services designed to ensure a reasonable cost to the program for each service. If the service is provided as a direct payment to the individual either a receipt or other appropriate documentation that the funds were used as intended is required. The procedure for requesting an exception to this fee schedule is described in
DVR's Exception Request/Process Form (DVR-14918-E).

Goods/Services Price Comments
Post-Secondary Training (Includes college, university, technical college, and vocational training).

After Financial Aid award information is provided, up to $4,500, per academic year for full time attendance, as defined by the institution. Up to $141 per credit for part-time attendance.

Attendance below the minimum number of credits required to receive FAO grants at post-secondary institutions requires DVR administrative approval.

Consumers and DVR must make maximum effort to obtain comparable benefits and services. If a consumer or family contribution (resources) are required as part of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), those contributions will be considered as necessary to meet the maximum effort requirement unless prohibited by the Rehabilitation Act.

DVR will support the lowest cost option to meet consumers’ IPE needs. Preference will be given to in-state public post secondary institutions for both programs that offer financial aid and for those that do not.

Administrative approval can be provided for attendance at a private and/or out of state school.

NOTES:

The amount of unmet need identified in the financial aid award is used to calculate the amount of the DVR Training Grant.

DVR may not authorize a training grant that results in an over-award of financial aids grants. The DVR Training Grant may not replace or decrease any other grants.

Duration: Consumers are encouraged to attend full time and complete the course of studies within the time specified by the curriculum. When extended attendance is approved, DVR will provide payment for up to one extra semester or quarter for every year required by the curriculum (e.g., maximum duration of: 3 years to complete an Associate degree, 6 years to complete a Bachelor degree, 3 years to complete a Master degree).

Additional time beyond the extended attendance noted above requires the use of the exception process.

To be paid directly to the student. The DVR Training Grant is to be divided in payments by academic year semesters or quarters. Requires receipt of grade report or transcript at end of semester/trimester/quarter to verify adequate completion before the next DVR Training Grant can be issued.

The DVR Training Grant replaces individual payments for training related expenses included in the cost of attendance budget such as tuition and fees; books and supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses; room and board; dependent care; and student loan fees in support of post-secondary training.

See Fiscal Manual for verification requirements and items required to issue payments.

If the additional DVR services listed in the DVR Fee Schedule (Addendum B) are covered in your financial aid award, then DVR may not authorize them.