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Preliminary estimate of 1997-98 FWS allocation

PublicationDate: 11/15/96
Summary: Preliminary estimate of 1997-98 FWS allocation
Author: OPE - Office of the Assistant Secretary for OPE


November 15, 1996

Dear Colleagues:

This letter concerns the preliminary estimate of your 1997/98 Federal
Work-Study allocation. Recently the Department sent two letters in
the same mailing: one (DCL CB 96-21) contained instructions for
the editing of your most recently filed FISAP; the other (DCL CB
96-22) provided information and a preliminary estimate about your
potential 1997-98 Federal Work Study (FWS) allocations based on a
simulation which was run using 1994-95 information.

I am delighted to tell you that simulated allocations typically
represent a significant increase available for 1997-98 and are the
result of President Clinton having signed the Omnibus Consolidation
Appropriations Act on September 30, 1996. The purpose of this
message is to help you begin to prepare for this increased allocation
by expanding the opportunities for your students to participate in the
FWS Program.

YOU WILL NEED TO EDIT THE FISAP BY DECEMBER 6, 1996
TO RECEIVE YOUR MAXIMUM ELIGIBILITY:

In light of the national increase in FWS funds it is especially
important to review your 1997-98 request and, if necessary, increase
it using the edit process. You can not receive your institution's full
eligibility unless you request it ! The edit deadline of December 6th
will be your only opportunity to change your request.

IT IS NOT REQUIRED THAT YOU LIMIT YOUR REQUEST TO
THE PRELIMINARY ESTIMATED ALLOCATION IF YOUR
INSTITUTION'S NEED FOR FWS FUNDS EXCEEDS THIS
AMOUNT.

THE PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE WILL DIFFER FROM THE
FINAL AWARD:

This preliminary estimate is not a guarantee but rather a projection of
potential eligibility. When you receive the preliminary estimate of
your institution's FWS award for 1997-98, you will note that it is
based on 1994-95 information. This is because not enough final
information was available from the recently filed FISAPs to use
1995-96 data. In addition, because we have been concerned that your
requests in the past may have been based on amounts you have
received in the past and not on the full amounts that your students
have demonstrated that they need, the preliminary estimate has not
been limited to the amount of your request.

THE PRESIDENT HAS CHALLENGED SCHOOLS TO COMMIT
HALF OF THE INCREASES OVER 1996-97 LEVELS TO
COMMUNITY SERVICE, ESPECIALLY TO READING TUTORS
FOR YOUNG CHILDREN:

While current law requires that at least 5% of FWS funds be
committed to community service (10% if the school wishes to
receive re-allocated dollars), the President announced on October 26,
1996 his intention to propose legislation that would dedicate half of
the increases over the 1996-97 award level to this purpose. Further,
in keeping with his challenge to have 100,000 FWS tutors help all
children read well by the end of the third grade, his proposal would
waive the employer matching requirements when the funds are used
for reading tutors.

Although no legislation has been introduced at this time to expand
the community service requirement, it is our hope that schools will
act now to expand community service beyond current levels while at
the same time expanding on-campus, off-campus and summer
employment programs.

WE WILL BE WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY TO
SOLICIT IDEAS FOR SPENDING THE INCREASED
ALLOCATIONS:

While the good news is that there is increased funding available for
eligible students, we understand the challenge of planning for the
additional institutional and community service organization
resources necessary to meet the required federal matches while at the
same time seeing to it that the increased job opportunities for your
students are readily available under the FWS Program. To this end,
we are working with the higher education community, including
financial aid and student employment experts as well as the
Corporation for National Service, NASFAA and State grant officers
to gather ideas and practical solutions to assist you in the planning
process. A first meeting is scheduled in Washington D.C. on
November 22. We have invited NASFAA to send representatives
from each of the regions to this meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you concerning your ideas, plans
and concerns for expending this increase to the FWS Program. We
will continue to update the BBS with additional information in the
coming months. Our first update will follow the November 22nd
meeting.


Respectfully submitted,

Elizabeth Hicks

Last Modified: 08/16/1999