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(Grants) Subject: ACG, National SMART Grant, and Pell Grant 2009-2010 Award Year Processing Deadline

Posted Date:September 2, 2010

Author: William Leith, Service Director, Program Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: ACG, National SMART Grant, and Pell Grant 2009-2010 Award Year Processing Deadline

The Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) Program and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant) Program regulations at 34 CFR 691.83(a) and the Federal Pell Grant (Pell Grant) Program regulations at 34 CFR 690.83(a) establish the deadline by which a school must submit student payment data each award year. The data must be submitted to the Department of Education (the Department) by September 30th following the end of the award year in which the ACG, National SMART Grant, or Pell Grant is made.

As required by regulations, and consistent with the “Notice of Deadline dates for the receipt of documents and other information from institutions and applicants for the Federal student aid programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education,” the deadline for electronically transmitting ACG, National SMART Grant, and Pell Grant records for the 2009-2010 Award Year to the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System is Thursday, September 30, 2010. The notice was originally published in the Federal Register on May 26, 2010 and subsequently corrected on June 8, 2010. The correction notice is posted on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site.

Note: In other Electronic Announcements posted on September 2, 2010, we provide comprehensive information related to activities and deadlines that coincide with the September 30, 2010 deadline for 2009-2010 ACG, National SMART Grant, and Pell Grant awards. These announcements are about the end of the Federal fiscal year and the 2009-2010 TEACH Grant Closeout deadline. Schools should also refer to these announcements to ensure that 1) all necessary reports are obtained and 2) all applicable 2009-2010 origination, disbursement, and change records are submitted and accepted prior to the outages.

As noted in the other announcements, all actual disbursements with a disbursement date from September 28, 2010 through October 4, 2010 must be received by the COD System no later than 9:00 P.M. (ET) on Monday, September 27, 2010, and subsequently accepted by the COD System, in order for them to be included in the funds available for drawdown prior to the shutdown. This means that all new 2009-2010 ACG, National SMART Grant, and Pell Grant awards and increases to 2009-2010 ACG, National SMART Grant, and Pell Grant awards must be submitted by the 9:00 P.M. (ET) deadline on Monday, September 27, 2010.

In an attachment to this announcement titled “ACG, National SMART Grant, and Pell Grant 2009-2010 Award Year Processing Deadline,” we provide comprehensive information related to the ACG, National SMART Grant, and Pell Grant 2009-2010 Award Year processing deadline.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this announcement, contact the COD School Relations Center at 800/474-7268. You may also e-mail CODSupport@acs-inc.com.

If you have questions about using EDExpress to run a comparison between a YTD Record and your school’s database, contact CPS/SAIG Technical Support at 800/330-5947 (TDD/TTY 800/511-5806) or by e-mail at CPSSAIG@ed.gov.

Last Modified: 09/01/2010