[Federal Register: May 30, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 104)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
[CFDA No. 84.033]
Student Financial Assistance, 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 seven percent community service expenditure
requirements in the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program.
SUMMARY: June 26, 2000 is the closing date for institutions to request
a waiver of the community service expenditure requirements for the
2000-2001 award year (July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001). An
institution is required to expend at least seven percent of its total
Federal allocation under the FWS program to compensate students in
community service employment. Also, in meeting the seven percent
community service expenditure requirement, one or more of the
institution's FWS students must be employed as a reading tutor for
children in a reading tutoring project or performing family literacy
activities in a family literacy project. The FWS program is authorized
by part C of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended
DATES: Closing Date for Submitting a Waiver Request and any Supporting
Information or Documents. To request a waiver, an institution must mail
or hand deliver its waiver request to the Department by 5:00 p.m.
eastern time on June 16, 2000. If you choose you may fax or e-mail your
waiver request and any supporting information or documents by 5 p.m.
eastern time on June 16, 2000. You must fax the waiver request to
Sandra Donelson at (202) 205-1919 or (202) 260-0522 or e-mail to the
following address: Sandra_Donelson@ed.gov.
ADDRESSES: Waiver Requests Delivered by Mail. An institution must
address a waiver request delivered by mail to Ms. Sandra Donelson,
Student Financial Assistance, U.S. Department of Education, 400
Maryland Avenue, SW., Suite 600D, Portals Building, Washington, DC
20202-5453. An institution must show proof of mailing consisting of one
of the following: (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark; (2)
a legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S.
Postal Service; (3) a dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a
commercial carrier; or (4) any other proof of mailing acceptable to the
Secretary of Education.
If a waiver request is sent through the U.S. Postal Service, the
Secretary does not accept either as proof of mailing: (1) A private
metered postmark or (2) a mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S.
An institution should note that the U.S. Postal Service does not
uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, an
institution should check with its local post office.
The Secretary encourages an institution to use certified or at
least first-class mail. Institutions that submit waiver requests after
the closing date of June 16, 2000, will not be considered.
Waiver Request Delivered by Hand. If an institution delivers its
waiver request by hand, it must deliver the waiver request to Ms.
Sandra Donelson, Student Financial Assistance, U.S. Department of
Education, Suite 600D, Portals Building, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
Washington, D.C. The Secretary accepts hand-delivered waiver requests
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Eastern time) daily, except Saturdays,
Sundays, and Federal holidays. The Secretary will not accept waiver
requests that are delivered by hand after 5 p.m. on June 16, 2000.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 443(b)(2)(A) of the HEA, an
institution must use at least seven percent of the total amount of its
FWS Federal allocation granted for an award year to compensate students
employed in community service. However, we may waive this requirement
if it is determined that enforcing it would cause hardship for students
at the institution.
An appropriate institutional official must sign the waiver request
and include, above the signature, the following statement: ``I certify
that the information I 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 the Department of
To receive a waiver, you must demonstrate that complying with the
seven percent requirements would cause hardship for students at your
institution. To allow flexibility to consider factors that may be valid
reasons for a waiver, we do not specify the particular circumstances
that would support granting a waiver. However, we do not foresee many
instances in which a waiver will be granted. The fact that it may be
difficult for you 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 and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, 34 CFR part 86.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sandra Donelson, Student Financial
Assistance, U.S. Department, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Suite 600D
Portals Building, Washington, DC. 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) by contacting the Alternate Format Center at (202) 260-9895
between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
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Program Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2753.
Dated: May 23, 2000.
Chief Operating Officer, Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 00-13398 Filed 5-26-00; 8:45 am]
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