Summary: Announcing Hurricane Relief FSEOG Funds for Institutions located in DE, FL, MD, NJ, NY, NC, PA, SC, and VA.
Author: PDD - Policy Development Division/SAIS
Posted on January 7, 2000
Important Announcement to Institutions located in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.
We are aware that some students and their families have been adversely affected by Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd, and the flooding associated with these hurricanes. The President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (Pub. L. 106-113) on November 29, 1999, that provides an additional emergency appropriation of $10 million in the FSEOG program for allocations to institutions of higher education. These additional emergency FSEOG funds are specifically provided for the purpose of assisting students who have suffered financial harm as a result of Hurricane Dennis or Hurricane Floyd and who, at the time of the disaster, were residing in, employed in, or attending an institution of higher education located in an area designated as a Federally declared natural disaster area. These funds are for use during the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 award years.
The additional emergency FSEOG funds will be allocated to institutions in the nine States that had areas designated as Federally declared natural disaster areas due to these hurricanes. The nine States are Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. The Federally declared natural disaster areas in these nine states are listed on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Web site (http://www.fema.gov/library/index.jsp). To request these additional emergency FSEOG funds, the participating institutions must complete the special request that follows this notice. In order to ensure consideration for any of these funds, an institution needs to submit the request, by January 21, 2000, via fax to one of the fax numbers listed on the request. Because these are extremely limited funds, the amount of funds requested should represent only the amount necessary to assist affected students at the institution for the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 award years.
The Secretary intends to waive certain statutory and regulatory requirements for these additional emergency FSEOG funds. A notice announcing these waivers will be published soon in the Federal Register. The Secretary plans to waive or modify the following requirements:
The priority awarding order to students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions;
The priority for Federal Pell Grant recipients;
The offering of a reasonable portion of these funds to less-than-full-time and independent students;
The carry forward limit of 10 percent, so that institutions can carry forward any of these unspent funds from 1999-2000 for use during 2000-2001; and
The 75% federal share limitation for these FSEOG funds.
Keep in mind that these funds must be used only for students who have been adversely affected by the hurricanes, have need, and are eligible for Title IV assistance.
Request for FSEOG hurricane Relief funds
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