Summary: This letter conveys the application that each participating State must submit to receive fiscal year 1996 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
1996 funds for the State Student Incentive Grant
FEDERAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID HANDBOOK
REFERENCE: This letter supplements the information contained in
Chapter 9 of the 1995-96 Federal Student Financial
Dear State Colleague:
We are forwarding with this letter your State's fiscal year 1996
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 May 6 (See Enclosure B), you should submit
the completed form to the following address not later than
June 6, to assure receiving program funds for the academic year
Fred H. Sellers
Chief, Grants Branch
U.S. Department of Education
Student Financial Assistance Programs
600 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 3045, ROB-3
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 1996:
(1) Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension Certification.
(2) Drug-Free Workplace Certification.
(3) Lobbying Certification.
We are providing the estimated fiscal year 1996 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.
Elizabeth M. Hicks
Deputy Assistant Secretary,
Student Financial Assistance Programs
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 1996-97 Application Review Sheet
STATE STUDENT INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM
1996-97 APPLICATION REVIEW SHEET
Before you mail the SSIG Program 1996-97 application, check the
SECTION III. Item 6. Be sure you enter the total State (non-
Federal) funds you expect to expend for the 1996-97 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 1994-95 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.)
TENTATIVE FISCAL YEAR 1996 ALLOTMENTS
STATE STUDETN INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $228,390
NEW HAMPSHIRE $109,302
NEW JERSEY $822,338
NEW MEXICO $159,173
NEW YORK $2,650,403
NORTH CAROLINA $680,942
NORTH DAKOTA $83,998
RHODE ISLAND $165,476
SOUTH CAROLINA $339,208
SOUTH DAKOTA $89,008
WEST VIRGINIA $227,728
AMERICAN SAMOA $2,239
NORTHERN MARIANAS $383
PUERTO RICO $280,307
TRUST TERRITORY-PALAU $261
VIRGIN ISLANDS $5,684
Note: The 1996-97 amount for Palau has been reduced by 25% per OGC
Prepared by OPE/SFAP/PTAS/DPD/GB/PSGS.
**[Enclosures "A. B, and C" are currently not available on the BBS, but may
be requested by contacting the Student Financial Aid Information Center at