During phase 1, SMART Scholarship Program Participants may accept funding from sources outside of SMART, including private scholarships, fellowships, grants, and private or federal student loans. SMART Scholarship Program 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 Sponsoring Facilities and Veteran’s Affairs programs (ex: Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, the Survivors’ and Dependants’ Educational Assistance Program).
There is no monetary limit on the amount of outside funding a SMART Scholarship Program Participant may accept. Acceptance of outside funding may in no way impact the SMART Scholarship Program Participants obligations under the SMART Service Agreement. Receipt of outside funding does not reduce or eliminate the service commitment.
Participants may accept public and/or private loans.
During phase 1, recruitment SMART Scholarship Program Participants may accept employment outside of SMART that does not exceed 16 hours per week.
SMART does not require retention SMART Scholarship Program Participants to continue working for the Sponsoring Facility during phase 1. There is no set limit on the number of hours a retention SMART Scholarship Program Participant can work for the Sponsoring Facility during phase 1. However, retention SMART Scholarship Program Participants are expected to work less than full-time prior to completion of all degree requirements, including thesis or dissertation writing.
SMART Scholarship Program Participant employment hours may be further restricted if the work negatively impacts the SMART Scholarship Program Participant’s ability to fulfill the SMART Service Agreement. There is no monetary limit on the amount of wages a SMART Scholarship Program Participant may earn. Outside employment may in no way impact the SMART Scholarship Program Participant’s obligations under the SMART Participant Handbook.
Participants must comply with SMART policies and procedures as well as the terms of the SMART Participant Handbook.