Do you want to be in school, but worry about a full-time course load? Here are the PaS rules.

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Parents as Scholars (PaS) is a state-funded program run by the Maine Department of Human Services (DHS) through the ASPIRE program. It was created in 1996 to allow TANF recipients to attend a two or four year college giving them a better chance at future economic security.

Department rules say that a PaS student must be enrolled full-time and is expected to finish their degree in the "normal" time for their program -- either two or four years. However, the rules allow students more time to finish if they have good cause: up to 6 years to complete a 4-year program and up to 3 years to complete a 2-year program.

Additionally, we believe that some participants should be given even more time to complete their course of study if the participant or a family member has a disability.

Have you been denied the chance to take part in Parents as Scholars because a disability in your family prevented you from attending full-time or at a pace fast enough to allow you to finish the program in one and a half (1 1/2) times the normal time it would take to complete the program?

We believe that the Department's rules requiring a person to complete their program in 1 1/2 times the normal time, regardless of a disability, may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

A disability is any physical or mental health problem that interferes with your major life activities

If you or a family member has a disability that required you to take classes less than full-time, and you weren't allowed to be in Parents as Scholars because of this, please contact:

Maine Equal Justice

April 2004

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