During phase 1, participants may accept funding from sources outside of SMART, including private scholarships, fellowships, grants, and private or federal student loans with the following limitations:
a. Participants do not accept funding that interferes with the internship and/or service commitment requirements;
b. Participants do not accept funding that may adversely affect eligibility to obtain and maintain the security clearance required by the SF;
c. Participants do not accept funding that may create a conflict of interest with the SF;
d. Participants do not accept funding from federal scholarships, fellowships, grants (including the Federal Pell Grant) or other federal funding sources other than SMART with the exception of salary supplements provided by SFs and Veteran’s Affairs programs (ex: Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, the Survivors’ and Dependants’ Educational Assistance Program);
e. There is no monetary limit on the amount of outside funding a participant may accept; and
f. Receipt of outside funding does not reduce or eliminate the service commitment.
Participants may accept public and/or private loans.
Participants are generally not permitted to accept employment outside the Program. Upon prior written approval from the SMART Program Office, a Participant may accept a position as a teaching assistant or research assistant if the activity directly and substantially contributes to the participant's academic progress. Other employment may be authorized on a limited basis in the discretion of the SMART Program Office. Participants are not permitted to work more than 16 hours per week. The SMART Program Office reserves the right to limit the number of hours worked and/or revoke authorization for outside employment if, in the opinion of the SMART Program Office, the work negatively impacts the Participant's grades or ability to fulfill the terms of the service agreement.
Participants must comply with SMART policies and procedures as well as the terms of the Service Agreement (Note: This is the 2012 Agreement).