Summary: This letter conveys the application that each participating state must submit to receive fiscal year 1995 funds for the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) Program.
SUMMARY: This letter conveys the application that each
participating state must submit to receive fiscal year
1995 funds for the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG)
FEDERAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID HANDBOOK
REFERENCE: This letter supplements the information contained in
Chapter 9 of the 1994-95 Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook.
Dear State Colleague:
We are forwarding with this letter your state's fiscal year 1995
application (Enclosure A) to participate in the State Student
Incentive Grant (SSIG) Program. In accordance with the Notice of
Application Closing Date for State Applications published in the
Federal Register on March 29, 1995 (See Enclosure B), you should
submit the completed form to the following address not later than
April 28, 1995, to assure receiving program funds for the
academic year 1995-96:
Fred H. Sellers, Acting Chief
Room 3053, ROB-3
Student Financial Assistance Programs
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-5447
Please note that the Department of Education again requires you
to provide on the consolidated certifications form (ED Form 80-
0013; Enclosure C) the following certifications, as appropriate,
with your application to receive funds for fiscal year 1995:
(1) Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension Certification.
(2) Drug-Free Workplace Certification.
(3) Lobbying Certification.
We are providing the estimated fiscal year 1995 allotment table
(Enclosure D) for your use in answering item 5 on the
application. To assist you in assuring that the application is
completed properly, we are enclosing an application review sheet
If you have any questions about completing the application form
or submitting the certifications, please call the SSIG Program
office on (202) 708-4607.
William L. Moran
Director for Student Financial
Enclosures: A Application to Participate in the SSIG Program
B Notice of Closing Date for State Applications
C Consolidated Certifications (ED Form 80-0013)
D Estimated Allotment Table
E 1995-96 Application Review Sheet
STATE STUDENT INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM
1995-96 APPLICATION REVIEW SHEET
Before you mail the SSIG Program 1995-96 application, check the
- Section III. Item 6. Be sure you entered the total
state (non-Federal) funds you expect to expend for the
1995-96 award year for both need-based and non-need-
based grants and work-study awards to undergraduate
and graduate students. This amount should at least
equal the amount you entered in Section II. Item 5.
plus your state's base-year amount, if any.
Item 7. Be sure that the amount you enter is AT LEAST
equal to each amount you enter in Sections II. Item 5
and IV. Item 10.
- Section IV. Item 10. Be sure that the amount you
enter is equal to or greater than the average of the
amounts you enter in Section IV. Item 8(a), (b), and
(c). The amount you enter in Section IV. Item 8(c)
must equal the amount you reported as the total in
Section III., "Total State Funds" on your 1992-93 SSIG
Program Performance Report.
Item 11. If you cannot check the blank space in Item
11 then be sure that the amount you enter in Item 11(e)
is equal to or greater than the average of the amounts
you enter in Item 11(a), (b), and (c).
Note: States are required by section 415C(b)(8) of the
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to meet
or exceed the maintenance-of-effort (MOE) requirement.
The minimum MOE requirement is the average expenditure
for the past three completed years as demonstrated by
state appropriated funds in Items 8-10 or by full-time
equivalents in Item 11.
- Section V. Item 12(f). You must fully describe your
State's "independent student" definition used in the
SSIG Program if defined differently than section 480(d)
of the HEA. In addition, you must provide a
justification, with accompanying supporting
documentation, demonstrating why the variant definition
should be approved. For further guidance, see the
preamble discussion concerning this requirement in the
final regulations for the SSIG Program published on
January 28, 1994.
- Section V. Item 13. You must fully describe the
criteria (standards) used by your state to determine
whether a student's need is substantial.
- Section VII. The assurances must be signed and dated
by the CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of the agency
designated to administer the program in the state's
Federal-State Relationship Agreement, as provided under
section 1203 of the HEA.
- Certifications Regarding Lobbying; Debarment,
Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-
Free Workplace Requirements Certifications. Please be
sure to sign and return the consolidated certification
form in Enclosure C. (See Enclosure C for details.)