Summary: The Secretary gives notice to institutions of higher education of the deadline for an institution to submit a written request for a waiver of the statutory requirement that an institution must use at least five percent of its total FWS Federal funds granted for the 1999-2000 award year (July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000) to compensate students employed in community service jobs.
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[Federal Register: May 19, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 96)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
[CFDA No.: 84.033]
Office of Postsecondary Education; Federal Work-Study Programs
AGENCY: Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice of the closing date for institutions to submit a request
for a waiver of the requirement that an institution must use at least
five percent of the total amount of its Federal Work-Study (FWS)
Federal funds granted for the 1999-2000 award year to compensate
students employed in community service jobs.
SUMMARY: The Secretary gives notice to institutions of higher education
of the deadline for an institution to submit a written request for a
waiver of the statutory requirement that an institution must use at
least five percent of its total FWS Federal funds granted for the 1999-
2000 award year (July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000) to compensate
students employed in community service jobs.
DATES: Closing Date for submitting a Waiver Request and any Supporting
Information or Documents. To request a waiver, you must mail or hand-
deliver your waiver request and any supporting information or documents
to the Department on or before June 18, 1999. The Department will also
accept a waiver request submitted by facsimile transmission to Ms.
Sandra Donelson at (202) 401-0387 or (202) 260-0522 by 4:30 p.m.
(Eastern time) on June 18, 1999. If you mail or hand-deliver your
waiver request, you must submit the waiver request to the Institutional
Financial Management Division at one of the addresses indicated below.
ADDRESSES: Waiver Request and any Supporting Information or Documents
Delivered by Mail. You must address the waiver request and any
supporting information or documents that you send by mail to Ms. Sandra
Donelson, Institutional Financial Management Division, U.S. Department
of Education, P.O. Box 23781, Washington, DC 20026-0781.
You must show proof of mailing your waiver request. Proof of
mailing consists of 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, (3) a dated shipping label,
invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier, or (4) any other proof
of mailing acceptable to the U.S. Secretary of Education.
If you send a waiver request through the U.S. Postal Service, the
does not accept either of the following as proof of mailing: (1) A
private metered postmark, or (2) a mail receipt that is not dated by
the U.S. Postal Service. Please note that the U.S. Postal Service does
not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method,
you should check with your local post office. We encourage you to use
certified or at least first-class mail. If you submit a waiver request
after the closing date you will not receive a waiver.
Waiver Requests and any Supporting Information or Documents
Delivered by Hand. You must take a waiver request and any supporting
information or documents that you deliver by hand to Ms. Sandra
Donelson, Campus-Based Financial Operations Branch, Institutional
Financial Management Division, Accounting and Financial Management
Service, Student Financial Assistance Programs, U.S. Department of
Education, Room 4714, Regional Office Building 3, 7th and D Streets,
SW, Washington, DC.
We will accept hand-delivered waiver requests between 8:00 a.m. and
4:30 p.m. daily (Eastern time), except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal
holidays. If you hand-deliver a waiver request for the 1999-2000 award
year, you must submit your request by 4:30 p.m. on June 18, 1999.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 443(b)(2)(A) of the Higher
Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), an institution must use at
least five percent of the total amount of its FWS Federal funds granted
for an award year to compensate students employed in community service.
However, the Secretary may waive this requirement if the Secretary
determines that enforcing it would cause hardship for students at the
An appropriate institutional official must sign the waiver request
and include, above the signature, the following statement: ``I certify
that the information the institution provided in this waiver request is
true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand that the
information is subject to audit and program review by representatives
of the Secretary of Education.''
To receive a waiver, you must demonstrate that complying with the
five percent requirement would cause hardship for students at your
institution. To allow flexibility to consider factors that may be valid
reasons for a waiver, the Secretary is not specifying the particular
circumstances that would support granting a waiver. However, the
Secretary does not foresee many instances in which a waiver will be
granted. The fact that it may be difficult for an institution to comply
with this provision of the HEA is not a basis for granting a waiver.
The following regulations apply to the Federal Work-Study program:
(1) Student Assistance General Provisions, 34 CFR part 668.
(2) General Provisions for the Federal Perkins Loan Program,
Federal Work-Study Program, and Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant Program, 34 CFR part 673.
(3) Federal Work-Study Programs, 34 CFR part 675.
(4) Institutional Eligibility Under the Higher Education Act of
1965, as amended, 34 CFR part 600.
(5) New Restrictions on Lobbying, 34 CFR part 82.
(6) Government Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and
Government Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants), 34 CFR part
(7) Drug-Free Schools and Campuses, 34 CFR part 86.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To receive information, contact Ms.
Sandra Donelson, Institutional Financial Management Division, U.S.
Department of Education, P.O. Box 23781, Washington, DC 20026-0781.
Telephone (202) 708-9751. Individuals who use a telecommunications
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay
Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
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Program Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2753.
Dated: May 14, 1999.
Chief Operating Officer, Office of Student Financial Assistance.
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