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1999-2000 Pell & Application Processing Deadline Date Notice.

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PublicationDate: 7/30/99
FRPart: IV
PageNumbers: 41703-41708
Summary: 1999-2000 Pell & Application Processing Deadline
Date Notice.

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[Federal Register: July 30, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 146)]
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Part IV

Department of Education


Office of Postsecondary Education; Federal Pell Grant Program; Notice

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Office of Postsecondary Education
[CFDA No.: 84.063]

Federal Pell Grant Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice; deadline and submission dates for receipt of
applications, reports, and other documents for the 1999-2000 award


SUMMARY: The Secretary announces the deadline dates for receiving
documents from persons applying for grants under the Federal Pell Grant
Program in the 1999-2000 award year, and the earliest submission and
deadline dates for receiving documents from institutions participating
in that program in that year.

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.

Deadline and Submission Dates

The following table provides deadline dates for application
processing and receipt of Student Aid Reports (SARs) or Institutional
Student Information Records (ISIRs) for the Federal Pell Grant Program.


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The following table provides the earliest submission and deadline
dates for submitting Federal Pell Grant Disbursement Records. The
origination record and the disbursement record have replaced the
Payment Data record referred to in previous Federal Pell Grant notices.
Except for the amount of specific disbursements, the origination record
contains basically the same information as the previously used payment
data record. This information is used by the Department's Recipient
Financial Management System (RFMS) to edit the accuracy of a student's
annual award amount and includes information such as the student's
annual award amount calculated by the institution, expected family
contribution, and cost of attendance. An institution uses the
disbursement record: (1) to report a disbursement or expected
disbursement for each student, and (2) for those institutions that
participate in the Just-in-time payment method pilot, to request funds.
The ``regular'' disbursement record basically includes an origination
record unique identifier and the amount and date of the disbursement.
RFMS uses totals of the accepted disbursement record data in the
funding process as either the basis for adjusting an institution's
authorization level or as a request for funds. Starting in the 1999-
2000 award year, an institution may submit a disbursement record
earlier than the reported disbursement date in the record. The
Department considers a disbursement of Federal Pell Grant funds to have
occurred on the earlier of the date that the institution: (a) Credits a
student's account at the institution's general ledger or any subledger
of the general ledger; or (b) pays a student directly with funds
received from the Department. The Department considers a disbursement
to have occurred even if institutional funds are used in advance of
receiving the program funds from the Department (34 CFR part
668.164(a)). Table B provides the earliest date an institution can
submit a disbursement record to the Department. Any disbursement record
received prior to the earliest submission date is rejected. Table B
also includes the latest date an institution may submit a disbursement
record. The Department may impose an adverse action such as a fine or
other penalty for an institution's failure to submit a Federal Pell
Grant disbursement record within the required 30-day timeframe. Also,
failing to submit a disbursement record within the required 30-day
timeframe may result in an audit or program review finding for an


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Proof of Delivery for Federal Pell Grant Payment Documents

The Department accepts as proof of delivery, if the documents were
submitted by mail or by non-U.S. Postal Service courier, one of the
(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 commercial couriers or hand deliveries
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday except
Federal holidays.

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 1999-2000 Student
Guide, Funding Your Education, the 1999-2000 High School Counselor's
Handbook, A Guide to 1999-2000 SARs and ISIRs, and the 1999-2000
Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook. A more detailed discussion of
the institutional reporting requirements for the Federal Pell Grant
Program is contained in the Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook and
the Information for Financial Aid Professionals web site at http://

Applicable Regulations

The following regulations apply: (1) Federal Pell Grant Program, 34
CFR part 690, (2) Student Assistance General Provisions, 34 CFR part
668, and (3) Institutional Eligibility, 34 CFR part 600.

Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Student Financial
Assistance Programs, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. (ROB-3, Room 3045),
Washington, DC 20202-5447. Telephone: (202) 708-8242. 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 Katie Mincey, Director of Alternate Format
Center, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
(Switzer Bldg., Room 1000), Washington, D.C. 20202-4560. Telephone:
(202) 260-9895.

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Program Authority: Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a.

Dated: July 26, 1999.
Greg Woods,
Chief Operating Officer, Office of Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 99-19442 Filed 7-29-99; 8:45 am]


Last Modified: 08/03/1999