Summary: This letter provides information on the Application for Additional Allocation of Federal Work-Study Funds for Fiscal Year 1999.
SUMMARY: This letter provides information on the Application for Additional Allocation of Federal Work-Study Funds for Fiscal Year 1999.
REFERENCE: This letter supplements Chapter 7 of the Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook.
Dear Financial Aid Administrator:
We are pleased to announce that the Department of Education (ED) will again award an additional allocation of Federal Work Study (FWS) funds for the 1999-2000 award year to institutions where 50.0 percent or more of the Pell Grant recipients have either graduated or transferred to a four-year institution of higher education. This letter invites you to apply for an additional allocation of FWS funds.
Section 442(a)(4) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, authorizes the Secretary to award up to 10 percent of the amount by which the appropriation exceeds $700 million to institutions that have graduated or transferred at least 50.0 percent of their Pell Grant recipients. The FY 1999 appropriation of $870 million exceeds this threshold by $170 million; therefore, ED has available 10 percent of the $170 million or $17 million for additional awards to institutions that meet the statutory criterion. We anticipate that these 1999-2000 awards will be distributed in early May.
The Secretary invites you to apply for a portion of these funds by providing information on your institutions 1992-1993 Pell Grant recipients. To be eligible, your institution needs to certify that at least 50.0 percent of your 1992-1993 Pell Grant recipients have graduated or transferred to a four-year institution of higher education by the date you submit the enclosed certification form. If you need assistance identifying the students at your institution who received 1992-1993 Pell Grants, please FAX a request with your telephone number and Pell ID, to Milton L. Thomas, Jr. at (202) 401-0387, by February 19, 1999.
If your institution can use the additional 1999-2000 FWS funds and believes that it qualifies, please complete the enclosed application. The application should have a postmark date of no later than
March 19, 1999, and be mailed to:
Milton L. Thomas, Jr.
Institutional Financial Management Division
U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 23781
Washington, D.C. 20026-0781
The Secretary strongly encourages institutions that request and receive the additional allocation under this authority to use all of these funds for community service activities, including employing FWS students as reading tutors of children and in family literacy programs. The Secretary is gratified by your response to our earlier requests to make this voluntary commitment. It is our hope that this additional allocation will provide you with the means to strengthen and further expand your plans for community service in the 1999-2000 award year. You should note that you are required to use at least 5 percent of any additional FWS allocation that you may receive to pay students employed in community service activities.
Again, we encourage you to submit your application by the postmark date, March 19, 1999. We are pleased that additional funds will be available to support the FWS Program at your institution.
Institutional Financial Management Division
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