BOARD OF REGENTS’ GUIDELINES FOR THE LOUISIANA CLASSROOM
TEACHER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (CTEP)
AUTHORIZATION: During the 1993 Regular Legislative Session, the Legislature passed House Bill 535, and the Governor later signed into law, Act 253 of 1993 which enacted Louisiana Revised Statutes (L.R.S.) 17:3129.3. This law creates the Louisiana Classroom Teacher Enrollment Program (CTEP), which, if several stipulations are met, allows classroom teachers to attend Louisiana’s public colleges and universities tuition free (all other fees must be paid by the teacher) on a space available basis. This law was amended by Act 1213 (HB 2187) of 1995 which is now L.R.S. 17:3129.3(C)(2)(c). The law also requires that classroom teachers who participate in CTEP during any one school year shall be obligated to practice as a classroom teacher in the elementary or secondary schools of Louisiana for at least the subsequent school year.
The CTEP program is applicable and valid only for courses offered on the main campus offered by the college or university which the teacher plans to attend. CTEP may not be used to schedule off-campus, correspondence, or distance learning courses. Independent study courses, practicum courses requiring individual supervision, thesis courses, and dissertation courses are not eligible for tuition exemption under the CTEP program. The law creating CTEP limits course enrollment to six (6) semester hours per academic year semester [four (4) semester hours per academic year quarter at Louisiana Tech University]. Course enrollment limits for summer sessions or quarters under this program are those imposed by the college or university in which the teacher enrolls.
ELIGIBLITY: The following conditions must be met to qualify for CTEP.
- If in a discipline funded by the BESE Tuition Program for Teachers, teachers should apply for the tuition funds to be assured placement in a course with other students who have paid the tuition if they meet course and university requirements. If denied tuition funding for the course(s) s/he intended to schedule under the BESE Tuition Program for Teachers because the tuition funding has been exhausted, teachers may apply for CTEP.
2. If all funds dedicated to the BESE Tuition Program for Teachers have been exhausted and teachers are not otherwise eligible to enroll in such course(s) pursuant to the BESE Tuition Program for Teachers, established by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for the current semester, quarter, or session, teachers may apply for CTEP.
Documentation has been provided to indicate that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education tuition program funds are exhausted for the academic quarter/semester.
- Prior to the close of business on the last day for adding courses to student’s schedules for the semester, quarter, or session for which the teacher plans to enroll under CTEP, the teacher must:
a. Obtain a copy of the CTEP guidelines from the Board of Regents website or from local colleges or universities.
b. Obtain a CTEP Application Form from the Board of Regents website or from local colleges or universities. In addition, other information about procedures that may be specific to individual colleges or universities.
c. Apply and be accepted for admission to the college or university in which s/he intends to enroll under CTEP, at the appropriate level (undergraduate or graduate, degree seeking or non-degree seeking).
d. NOT HAVE PREREGISTERED OR REGISTERED for any of the courses in which s/he intends to enroll under CTEP.
2. Complete the CTEP Application Form, sign it, and have it signed by the Employing Authority. A new CTEP application must be signed and submitted each quarter/semester.
3. Present the CTEP Application Form to the college or university in which s/he plans to enroll under CTEP.
4. CTEP applicants will be notified from the college or university within three working days after the last day to add classes whether they are eligible or ineligible to participate in CTEP. It is important that prospective CTEP participants give accurate contact information as to how they may be contacted by the college/university during this time period.
5. CTEP applicants must late register and must pay required fees no later than two working days after being notified that they are elegible to participate in CTEP.
Initially Adopted by the Board of Regents – December 10, 1993 Revised Guidelines Adopted by the Board of Regents – December 5, 2002 Revised Guidelines Adopted by the Board of Regents – June 20, 2018.
Prior to completion and submission of the CTEP application, all applicants MUST carefully review the CTEP Guidelines to insure procedures are followed properly.
Please contact Dr. Susannah F. Craig, Associate Commissioner for Teacher and Leadership Initiatives at 225-342-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.