Submitted by Diane Lindeman
Kansas Board of Regents
The Board of Regents wants to report on a few items of interest...
We survived our first initial budget cut in August. That cute was less than 1%. Fortunately, this did not have a major impact on the student aid programs. We are anticipating another round of cuts once the new Governor takes office in January. We don't know what percentage that will be, but have been keeping our fingers crossed that it won't be more than 5%.
We are anticipating receiving the federal LEAP/SLEAP money in October. Though this will replace some of the money that was held back from the Kansas Comprehensive Grant this fall, we are hopeful that we will be able to send additional allocations yet this semester.
We are in the process of revising the state application. It will be in a three-fold format that we hope will be more concise and easier to read. And, it won't be green! The state application, as well as our other program applications will be available on our website this fall. These will be downloadable applications that the student can print off, complete and submit. Our plan is that for the 2003-04 academic year, our applications will be in a format that will allow students to enter the information electronically.
Lina wanted to pass along that she was still working on the Kansas Comprehensive Grant and Kansas State Scholar Tracking program. She is hoping to have the program reviewed, and any corrections made, by late fall.
I wanted to add that, as of this date, the Workforce Development Loan Program (House Bill 2872) is not yet available to students. We are still awaiting word from the Kansas Department of Human Resources that the Federal Department of Labor will allow the funding to be used for this program. Until this is a known entity, this program will be in a hold status as there are no state appropriations available to fund it.
Kaye, Don, Lina and I were excited to see all of you who were in Salina at the Fall KASFAA conference. It is hard to believe that it is that time of year already!