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                                                                                              80-051
                                                                                            12-01-16
                                    Oglala Lakota College
                                Praxis Reimbursement Program

The Praxis Reimbursement Program provides reimbursement of South Dakota teacher licensure exam 
fees for OLC education majors and graduates. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, complete 
the application form, and attach all required documentation for the request to be considered for the 
reimbursement.  Praxis reimbursements will be awarded throughout the year as qualifying applications 
are received, however applications must be submitted within four months of the testing date for the 
exam in which reimbursement is being sought. Reimbursement will be made only for exams required for 
initial teacher licensure in the applicants declared major and will be processed on a first come, first 
serve basis as funds are available.  Reimbursement will not be made for previous, unsuccessful, exam 
attempts, optional exams, study materials, or any special service fees. Qualified applicants may be 
reimbursed for one content knowledge exam and one pedagogy exam as required for their degree 
program. 

Degree Program Requirements: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (SD DOE Certification); 
Bachelor of Science in K-8 Elementary Education; Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education; 
Bachelor of Science in K-12 Lakota Studies Education; K-12 Special Education

Eligibility Criteria:
   *	Declared OLC education degree leading towards South Dakota teacher licensure
   *	The Praxis exam is required for program completion and licensure
   *	Passing Praxis score has been achieved
   *	Ineligibility for or denial of ETS Fee Waiver; applicant meets income guidelines but
        o   is not currently receiving financial aid,
        OR   was not awarded a fee waiver due to limited availability of funds,
        OR   was previously awarded an ETS Fee Waiver for a different exam and is not eligible for a 
        second fee waiver.
   *	Grant funding is not available or test fee reimbursement for the applicant is not an eligible 
        student cost under current teacher preparation program grant funding
   *	3.0 cumulative GPA for current students who will graduate after Spring 2019 (2.8 GPA for 
        applicants who have already graduated or who will graduate on or before Spring 2019)
   *	A grade of “B” or above in all professional and professional core courses for current students 
        who will graduate after Spring 2019 (a “C” or above for applicants who have already graduated 
        or who will graduate on or before Spring 2019)
   *	Passed required background checks and drug screening according to OLC status sheet
   *	Member of federally recognized tribe or proof of parents degree of Indian blood

Required Documentation:
   *	Praxis Reimbursement Application Form
   *	Receipt of registration for the exam including the test fee
   *	Copy of the official ETS Score Report with a South Dakota passing score for the exam  
   *	ETS Fee Waiver denial letter, if applied for but not awarded
   *	Degree of Indian Blood, if not already on file in the Registrar’s Office

Procedure:
   *	Complete application with required documentation will be submitted to the Dean of Education 
        within four months of the exam date for the test in which the reimbursement is being sought.
   *	The Dean of Education and Financial Aid Director will verify the applicant’s eligibility.
        o   If applicant is eligible for grant reimbursement and funding is available, the Dean of 
            Education will process the request for reimbursement. Payment will be made in 
            accordance with business office procedures.
        o   If applicant is eligible for reimbursement but grant funding is not an option, the 
            Financial Aid Director will process the request for reimbursement. Payment will be 
            made in accordance with business office procedures.
        o   If the applicant fails to meet eligibility requirements, the Dean of Education will provide 
            written notification of such to the applicant.
   *   Praxis Reimbursements will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis contingent upon 
        available funding.
   *   Reimbursements will be processed within 30 working days of receipt of the Praxis 

Reimbursement Application and all required documentation.


Praxis Reimbursement Application

Student ID#: _______________						Date: ____________________
Student Name: ______________________________________	Phone: _________________________
Student Address: ______________________________________________________________________ 
                 (P.O. Box or Street Address)   (City)    (State)            (Zip)

Tribal Affiliation: _______________________________________________________________________
Education Degree: _____________________________________________________________________
Year in Degree: [  ] Sophomore	[  ] Junior     [  ] Senior     Anticipated Graduation Date: ______________
[  ] Graduate: Year __________
Cumulative GPA: __________	Professional/Professional Core Grade Requirement Met: [  ] Yes    [  ] No
Praxis Exam Taken: __________________________________________	Test Code: ________________
Exam Date: _______________	Exam Score: ______________	SD DOE Required Score: ____________

Documentation Attached: [  ] Praxis Exam Receipt  [  ] ETS Praxis Score Report [  ] ETS Fee Waiver Denial

Applicant Signature: ___________________________________________________________________

*************************************************************************************
Office Use Only
Date Application Received: _________

[  ]	Praxis Reimbursement Approved 
	[  ] Education Department Grant – Reimbursement Processed by Dean of Education
	[  ] Praxis Reimbursement Program – Reimbursement Processed by Financial Aid Director

[  ]	Praxis Reimbursement Denied
	[  ] Ineligible – Letter of Denial, including reason(s), from Dean of Education
	[  ] Funding Unavailable – Letter of Denial from Financial Aid Director

_______________________________________		_______________________________________	
Dean of Education Signature/Date			Financial Aid Director Signature/Date



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