Summary: The Secretary announces the deadline dates for receiving documents from persons applying for grants under, and from institutions participating in, the Federal Pell Grant Program in the 1996-97 award year.
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[Federal Register: September 9, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 175)]
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Department of Education
Federal Pell Grant Program; Notice
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Federal Pell Grant Program
AGENCY: Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice; deadline dates for receipt of applications, reports,
and other documents for the 1996-97 award year.
SUMMARY: The Secretary announces the deadline dates for receiving
documents from persons applying for grants under, and from institutions
participating in, the Federal Pell Grant Program in the 1996-97 award
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacquelyn C. Butler, Program
Specialist, Pell and State Grant Section, Grants Branch, Policy
Development Division, Policy, Training, and Analysis Service, Office of
Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence
Avenue, S.W. (ROB-3, Room 3045), Washington, DC 20202-5447. Telephone:
(202) 708-4607. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the
deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-730-8913
between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Pell Grant Program, administered
by the U.S. Department of Education (Department), provides grants to
students attending eligible institutions of higher education to help
them pay for their educational costs. The program supports Goals 2000,
the President's strategy for moving the Nation toward the National
Education Goals, by enhancing opportunities for postsecondary
education. The National Education Goals call for increasing the rate at
which students graduate from high school and pursue high quality
postsecondary education and for supporting life-long learning.
Authority for the Federal Pell Grant Program is contained in section
401 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1070a.
The following tables provide the deadline dates for the Federal
Pell Grant Program for the 1996-97 award year.
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Deadline for Reporting Federal Pell Grant Student Payment Data
In the 1995-96 award year, institutions were required to report
student ``Payment Data'' to the Department by fixed reporting periods.
(Student Payment Data include both the Federal Pell Grant payment that
an institution makes to a student and the Federal Pell Grant payment it
expects to make to that student for an award year.) Thus, for example,
an institution was required to report student Payment Data to the
Department by October 15, 1995 if it paid a Federal Pell Grant to a
student at any time during the period of July 1, 1995 through October
For the 1996-97 award year, the Secretary has changed the period
for reporting student Payment Data to the Department. Reporting periods
are not fixed but are based on the date an institution pays a Federal
Pell Grant to a student. Under this reporting requirement, an
institution must submit to the Department Payment Data for a student
not later than 30 calendar days after the institution makes a payment
to the student. In addition, if the institution becomes aware that
previously reported payments or expected payments, i.e., Payment Data,
for a student are no longer accurate, the institution must submit
accurate Payment Data for that student to the Department not later than
30 calendar days after becoming aware of the change.
The following two examples illustrate the new reporting
requirement. As a first example, a student enrolls for the fall 1996
semester at an institution. The institution pays that student his
Federal Pell Grant award for that semester on September 5, 1996. The
institution must submit that student's Payment Data to the Department
not later October 5, 1996.
As a second example, a student enrolls for the fall 1996 semester
as a full-time student, and the institution expects the student to
enroll as a full-time student for the spring 1997 semester. The
institution pays that student his Federal Pell Grant award for the fall
1996 semester on September 5, 1996. The institution submits that
student's Payment Data to the Department on October 1, 1996. On January
15, 1997 the student enrolls in the spring 1997 semester as a half-time
student. The institution must submit to the Department revised Payment
Data for that student not later February 14, 1997.
Because some institutions have not yet received computer software
necessary to submit student Payment Data to the Department and this
notice is being published after the beginning of the 1996-97 award
year, the Secretary understands that not all institutions will
initially report student Payment Data within the 30-day reporting
period. Therefore, the Secretary will not take adverse actions against
an institution that does not initially submit student Payment Data
within the 30-day reporting period during the first three months of the
1996-97 award year.
Proof of Delivery
The Department accepts as proof, if the documents were submitted by
mail or by non-U.S. Postal Service courier, one of the following:
(1) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the
U.S. Postal Service.
(2) A legibly-dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated
postmark. Before relying on this method of proof of mailing, an
institution should check with the post office at which it mails its
submission. An institution is strongly encouraged to use First Class
(3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial
(4) Other proof of mailing or delivery acceptable to the Secretary.
The Department accepts hand deliveries at the address stated in the
previous chart between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on days other
than Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holidays.
An institution that transmits its student Payment Data information
via the EDE Electronic Payments service must ensure that its
transmission is completed before midnight (local time at the
institution's EDE destination point) on September 30, 1997.
Other Sources for Detailed Information on the Application and Automated
A more detailed discussion of the student application process for
the Federal Pell Grant Program is contained in the 1996-97 Student
Guide, Funding Your Education, the 1996-97 Counselor's Handbook for
High Schools, the 1996-97 Counselor's Handbook for Postsecondary
Schools, A Guide to 1996-97 SARs and ISIRs (Action Letter #8 March
1996), and the 1996-97 Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook. A more
detailed discussion of the institutional reporting requirement for
student Payment Data for the Federal Pell Grant Program is contained in
the 1996-97 Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook.
The regulations applicable to this program are the Federal Pell
Grant Program regulations in 34 CFR part 690, the Student Assistance
General Provisions regulations in 34 CFR part 668, and the
Institutional Eligibility regulations in 34 CFR part 600.
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 84.063, Federal Pell
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a)
Dated: August 23, 1996.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 96-22811 Filed 9-6-96; 8:45 am]
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