65C-42.002. Postsecondary Education Services and Support  


Effective on Monday, May 28, 2018
  • 1(1) Application for Postsecondary Education Services and Support (PESS). Each young adult who wishes to receive a PESS stipend shall complete and sign an application for this program.

    29(2) If it is determined that the young adult is not eligible for PESS, designated staff shall determine whether the young adult is eligible for Education and Training Voucher (ETV) financial assistance utilizing 62the Postsecondary Education Services and Support (PESS) 69and Education and Training Voucher (ETV) 75Initial, Renewal 77and Reinstatement 79Application, CF-FSP 5382, incorporated in subsection (3) of this rule.

    89(3) Initial Application Process for PESS Stipend. Designated staff shall provide the young adult with the “Postsecondary Education Services and Support (PESS) 111and Education and Training Voucher (ETV) 117Initial, Renewal 119and Reinstatement 121Application,” CF-FSP 5382, March 2018, which is hereby incorporated by reference and available at 136http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-09401138. A community-based care lead agency may add its logo to form CF-FSP 5382.

    152(a) Designated staff shall assist the young adult in completing the application or meeting eligibility requirements.

    168(b) 169All young adults with diagnosed disabilities or mental health needs shall be provided with an equal opportunity to participate in the PESS program. A young adult with a diagnosed disability or mental health need may need additional support; therefore, the designated staff shall work in consultation with all of the young adult’s service providers, guardian ad litem, and attorney, if applicable.

    230(c) The young adult must obtain and provide documentation of the following:

    2421. A high school diploma or its equivalent, in accordance with section 254409.1451(2)(a)3., F.S.,

    2562. Admittance for enrollment as a full-time student or its equivalent in an eligible postsecondary educational institution or as a part-time student if he or she has a recognized disability or other challenge or circumstance that would prevent full-time attendance; and,

    2973. A complete and error-free submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and application to any grants or scholarships suggested by the post-secondary institution based on the FAFSA submission.

    329(d) Designated staff shall verify the following:

    3361. The young adult was living in licensed foster care on his or her 18th birthday or is currently living in foster care; or was at least 16 years of age when adopted from foster care or placed with a court-approved dependency guardian after spending at least six (6) months in licensed care within the 12 months immediately preceding such placement or adoption. 399A young adult is considered to have been living in licensed care on the date of his or her 18th birthday if the young adult was in the legal custody of the Department on the date of his or her 18440th 441birthday,

    4422. The young adult spent at least six (6) months in licensed care before reaching his or her 18th birthday,

    4623. The young adult has reached 18 years of age but is not yet 23 years of age; and,

    4814. The young adult signed an agreement to allow the Department and the community-based care lead agency access to school records.

    502(e) If the young adult is requesting assistance in choosing and/or enrolling in an eligible post-secondary educational institution, information about aftercare services and an “Application for Aftercare Services,” CF-FSP 5391, August 2014, which is hereby incorporated by reference, and available at 544http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-05834, 546shall 547also be provided. 550A community-based care lead agency may add its logo to form CF-FSP 5391. 563Aftercare Services in accordance with section 569409.1451(3), F.S., 571may be utilized temporarily to assist the young adult in working toward qualifying for PESS.

    586(f) The young adult must be notified within 10 business days from the date of submission of the application whether the application was approved or denied, or whether additional information, including supporting documentation, is needed.

    6211. If additional information is needed, the young adult shall have 10 business days from notification to submit the information. Designated staff shall offer to assist the young adult in obtaining the additional information.

    6552. If the application is denied, designated staff shall notify the young adult of other available services in which he or she may be eligible for, such as Extended Foster Care, funding through ETV, Aftercare Services, and services that are locally available.

    6973. If the application is denied, designated staff shall also provide the young adult with information detailing the procedure for appeal and the 720brochure “Due Process Rights,” 725CF/PI 175-74, 727August 2014, incorporated by reference and available at 735http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-05830737. A community-based care lead agency may add its logo to form CF-FSP 5391.

    751(g) The young adult’s eligibility for or ability to obtain other funding for postsecondary education shall not be considered when determining eligibility for PESS.

    775(4) 776Renewal Application Process. Designated staff shall offer to assist the young adult in completing an updated “Postsecondary Education Services and Support (PESS) 798and Education and Training Voucher (ETV) 804Initial, Renewal 806and Reinstatement 808Application,” CF-FSP 5382, incorporated in subsection (3) of this rule. The young adult must obtain and provide documentation of continuing to meet all renewal eligibility requirements. The annual renewal period is based on the initial date of enrollment into PESS.

    849(a) Designated staff shall ask each young adult who is receiving PESS if he or she wishes to apply to renew the award during the 90-day period before the end of the annual award period, and no later than 30 calendar days before the end of the annual award period.

    899(b) Designated staff shall process the application and shall notify the young adult of the approval or denial, as required by subsection 92165C-42.002(3), 922F.A.C.

    923(5) Reinstatement of PESS. The reinstatement process shall be the same as for an initial application pursuant to subsection 94265C-42.002(3), 943F.A.C. The young adult must meet initial and renewal eligibility requirements for reinstatement of PESS.

    958(6) The young adult is eligible for financial assistance under PESS during the summer months if he or she is enrolled in the eligible postsecondary educational institution, as determined by the postsecondary institution.

    991(7) Termination of PESS. Upon termination of PESS, the Department or contracted agency shall notify the young adult of his or her right to request a fair hearing, pursuant to rule 102265C-42.004, 1023F.A.C.

    1024(8) A young adult will be terminated from PESS if he or she becomes incarcerated for a period longer than 30 days.

    1046(9) Documentation requirements. For each young adult receiving a PESS or ETV stipend, the Department or its contracted service provider shall maintain an active case file 1072in Florida Safe Families Network (FSFN). FSFN is the system of record and must contain1087:

    1088(a) Documentation of the young adult’s 1094current demographic information, including name, address, date of birth, social security number, and the name of the school he or she is attending;

    1117(b) A copy of the young adult’s complete application signed by the young adult and approval authority;

    1134(c) Eligiblity determination in the Independent Living module;

    1142(d) 1143All supporting documentation required for eligibility; 1149and

    1150(e) 1151Description of the types of services and support provided to the young adult1164.

    1165(10) 1166Portability. The services provided under this rule are portable across county lines and between lead agencies. The service needs that are identified when a young adult applies for PESS shall be provided by the lead agency where the young adult is currently residing but shall be funded by the lead agency that approved the application.

    1221Rulemaking Authority 1223409.1451(10) FS. 1225Law Implemented 1227409.1451 FS. 1229History–New 10-4-15, Amended 5-28-18.