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Chapter 6. Student Tuition Recovery Fund. General Provisions. Definitions.   

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For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:

(a) "California resident" means a person who resides in California at the time the enrollment agreement is signed or when the person receives lessons at a California mailing address from an approved institution offering distance education.

(b) "Closed institution" means an institution at which a closure has occurred.

(c) "Economic loss" means pecuniary loss, which is the sum of the student's tuition, cost of equipment and materials required for the educational program as defined in section 94837 of the Code, and interest on any student loan used to pay for such charges, collection costs and penalties. Economic loss shall also include the amount the institution collected and failed to pay to third parties on behalf of the student for license fees or any other purpose. Economic loss does not include Student Tuition Recovery Fund assessments, room and board, supplies, transportation, application fees, or non-pecuniary damages such as inconvenience, aggravation, emotional distress, or punitive damages.

(d) "Fund" means the Student Tuition Recovery Fund.

(e) "Prepaid" describes any amount of money that an institution accepts in advance of rendering educational services.

(f) "Qualifying institution" is an approved institution or an institution subject to the provisions of Article 14, commencing with section 94923 of the Code, and section 94874.1 of the Code.

(g) "Residency Program" means an educational program as defined in section 94837 of the Code at an approved institution of which some portion of the instruction occurs as direct instruction as defined in section 71715(c).

(h) "STRF" means Student Tuition Recovery Fund.

(i) "Student Tuition Recovery Fund assessment" or "STRF assessment" means a state-imposed charge to fund this chapter that is required to be paid by a California resident student or a student enrolled in a residency program, who pays tuition to an institution.

(j) "Teach-out institution" means the institution offering a teach-out to a former student of an institution that has ceased to operate.

Authority cited:

Education Code 94803

Education Code 94877

Education Code 94923


Education Code 94874.1

Education Code 94923

Education Code 94926

Education Code 94927

Education Code 94927.5

(Amended by Register 2011, No. 15.)