Posted Date:December 20, 2017
|Author:||Federal Student Aid|
Subject: Information about Designation as a Title III or Title V Institution and Waiver Requests of the Non-Federal Share Requirement for the Campus-Based Programs for the 2018-19 Award Year (February 16, 2018)
Note: On February 16, 2018, we updated this announcement to change the website used by schools to apply for Title III and Title V eligibility. The new URL is https://hepis.ed.gov/title3and5/.
We provide the following information regarding the designation of Title III or Title V status for institutions and the resulting waiver of the non-Federal share requirements for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs.
Campus-Based Programs Title III or Title V Non-Federal Share Requirement Waiver
Institutions participating in the FWS and FSEOG programs are normally required to provide a non-Federal share under each program. Certain institutions, however, are eligible for a waiver of those requirements under 34 CFR 675.26(d) of the FWS regulations and 34 CFR 676.21(b) of the FSEOG regulations. To receive a waiver of the FWS and FSEOG non-Federal share requirement, the institution must be designated by the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education Institutional Service (OPE/IS) as an eligible Title III or Title V institution under the Higher Education Act (the HEA).
If an institution is designated as a Title III or Title V institution for Federal Fiscal Year 2018 under the process described below, it will receive a waiver of the requirement for the non-Federal share of earned compensation paid to students under the FWS Program and of FSEOG funds awarded to students for the 2018–19 Award Year.
Federal Student Aid will send a notice to the financial aid administrator of the institution, indicating that the waiver of the non-Federal share matching requirement has been granted. An institution may choose to continue to provide a non-Federal share and to determine the amount of that share for one or both of the Campus-Based Programs.
It is important to note that the 50 percent Federal share limitation for FWS wages paid to students employed by a private, for-profit organization and the 80 percent Federal share limitation for the administration of the Job Location and Development (JLD) Program are not waived under the Title III or Title V designations.
Designation as an Eligible Institution for Title III or Title V Programs
OPE/IS has automated its designation process by using existing data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to determine an institution’s eligibility for Title III and Title V programs.
Once the 2018 OPE/IS process is complete, institutions may check their eligibility status by going to the Application for Designation as an Eligible Institution on the OPE/IS website (https://hepis.ed.gov/title3and5/).
Institutions that are determined eligible for a Title III or Title V program automatically receive the waiver of the non-Federal share requirement for the Campus-Based Programs for the 2018–19 Award Year. No further action is required.
Institutions that are not designated as eligible for a Title III and Title V program have the option to complete the Application for Designation as an Eligible Institution by the deadline.
A notice announcing the availability of the 2018 Application for Designation as an Eligible Institution and the application deadline will be published in the Federal Register in early 2018.
Note: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), and institutions with an active Title III or Title V grant (current throughout Federal Fiscal Year 2018) automatically qualify for the waiver of the Campus-Based non-Federal share requirement. These waivers are granted unless Federal Student Aid’s Grants and Campus-Based Programs Division receives information from OPE/IS that the institution has lost its grant funding and/or HBCU or TCCU status. Institutions with a current Title III or Title V grant should still check their eligibility should they wish to apply for an additional Title III or Title V grant in 2018.
Single Institutional Applications
To qualify for a Title III or Title V waiver of the Campus-Based programs’ non-Federal share requirement, an institution (one having a unique six-digit OPEID with a two-digit extension of “00”) must submit its own annual Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP). Its FISAP cannot be submitted as part of an affiliated institution’s FISAP.
For questions about Title III or Title V eligibility, contact:
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education
400 Maryland Avenue
Washington, DC 20202
For questions about the Title III or Title V waiver of the non-Federal share requirement for the FWS and FSEOG programs, contact the Campus-Based Call Center at 1-877-801-7168. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eastern time. You may also email CBFOB@ed.gov.