261.6 ALL IOWA OPPORTUNITY FOSTER CARE GRANT PROGRAM. 1. The commission shall develop and implement, in cooperation with the department of human services and the judicial branch, the all Iowa opportunity foster care grant program in accordance with this section. 2. The program shall provide financial assistance for postsecondary education or training to persons who have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma under chapter 259A, are age eighteen through twenty-three, and are described by any of the following: a. On the date the person reached age eighteen or during the thirty calendar days preceding or succeeding that date, the person was in a licensed foster care placement pursuant to a court order entered under chapter 232 under the care and custody of the department of human services or juvenile court services. b. On the date the person reached age eighteen or during the thirty calendar days preceding or succeeding that date, the person was under a court order under chapter 232 to live with a relative or other suitable person. c. The person was in a licensed foster care placement pursuant to an order entered under chapter 232 prior to being legally adopted after reaching age sixteen. d. On the date the person reached age eighteen or during the thirty calendar days preceding or succeeding that date, the person was placed in the state training school or the Iowa juvenile home pursuant to a court order entered under chapter 232 under the care and custody of the department of human services. 3. The program requirements shall include but are not limited to all of the following: a. Program assistance shall cover a program participant's expenses associated with attending an approved postsecondary education or training program in this state. The expenses shall include tuition and fees, books and supplies, child care, transportation, housing, and other expenses approved by the commission. If a participant is attending on less than a full-time basis, assistance provisions shall be designed to cover tuition and fees and books and supplies, and assistance for other expenses shall be prorated to reflect the hours enrolled. b. If the approved education or training program is more than one year in length, the program assistance may be renewed. To renew the assistance, the participant must annually reapply for the program and meet the academic progress standards of the postsecondary educational institution or make satisfactory progress toward completion of the training program. c. A person shall be less than age twenty-three upon both the date of the person's initial application for the program and the start date of the education or training program for which the assistance is provided. Eligibility for program assistance shall end upon the participant reaching age twenty-four. d. Assistance under the program shall not be provided for expenses that are paid for by other programs for which funding is available to assist the participant. e. The commission shall implement assistance provisions in a manner to ensure that the total amount of assistance provided under the program remains within the funding available for the program. 4. The commission shall develop and implement a tracking system that maintains a record of the postsecondary and workforce participation for those assisted under the program. The system shall maintain a record for each participant for up to ten years after the first year of assistance. The commission shall deliver a report on the outcomes of the program to the governor and general assembly by January 1 annually.
Section History: Recent Form
2007 Acts, ch 214, §25 Referred to in § 261.2
Appropriation of funds for 2007-2008 fiscal year; 2007 Acts, ch 214, §2