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Notice of upcoming meeting of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.

Publication Date: April 2003
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Notice of upcoming meeting of the Advisory Committe on Student Financial Assistance.

Posted on 04-02-2003


[Federal Register: April 2, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 63)]
[Notices]              
[Page 16006-16007]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance; Meeting

AGENCY: Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Education.

ACTION: Notice of upcoming meetings.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a
forthcoming meeting of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial
Assistance. Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability
in order to attend the meeting (i.e., interpreting services, assistive
listening devices, and/or materials in alternative format) should
notify Ms. Hope M. Gray at 202-219-2099 or via e-mail at

hope.gray@ed.gov
no later than Monday, April 14. We will attempt to
meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of the
requested accommodation. The meeting site is accessible to individuals
with disabilities. This notice also describes the functions of the
Committee. Notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of
the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This document is intended to notify
the general public.

DATES: Tuesday, April 22, 2003, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at
approximately 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, 525 New Jersey
Avenue, NW., the Atrium Ballroom, Washington, DC 20001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald, Staff
Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Capitol
Place, 80 F Street, NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC 20202-7582 (202)
219-2099.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committee on Student Financial
Assistance is established under section 491 of the Higher Education Act
(HEA) of 1965 as amended by Public Law 100-50 (20 U.S.C. 1098). The
Advisory Committee serves as an independent source of advice and
counsel to the Congress and the Secretary of Education on student
financial aid policy. Since its inception, the Committee has been
charged with providing technical expertise with regard to systems of
need analysis and application forms, making recommendations that result
in the maintenance of access to postsecondary education for low- and
middle-income students; conducting a study of institutional lending in
the Stafford Student Loan Program; assisting with activities related to
the 1992 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965;
conducting a three-year evaluation of the Ford Federal Direct Loan
Program (FDLP) and the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP)
under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1993; and
assisting Congress with the 1998 reauthorization of the Higher
Education Act.
    The congressional mandate requires the Advisory Committee to
conduct objective, nonpartisan, and independent analyses on important
aspects of the student assistance programs under title IV of the Higher
Education Act. The Committee traditionally approaches its work from a
set of fundamental goals; promoting access; ensuring program integrity;
integrating delivery across the title IV programs; eliminating or
avoiding program complexity; and minimizing burden on students and
institutions.

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    The most important charge of the Advisory Committee is to make
recommendations to Congress and the Secretary that will lead to the
maintenance and enhancement of access to postsecondary education for
low- and middle-income students. In addition to carrying out its
ongoing statutory charges, the Committee dedicated itself to
articulating the current state of access by developing two reports on
the condition of access, Access Denied: Restoring the Nation's
Commitment to Equal Educational Opportunity and Empty Promises: The
Myth of College Access in America. The Committee will build upon the
findings in its access reports and prepare the reauthorization of the
Higher Education Act by conducting follow on research that will assist
in formulating recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of
Education on student financial aid issues.
    The proposed agenda includes round table discussion sessions with
nationally recognized scholars focusing on (a) key dimensions of the
core access/persistence problem and effective solutions, (b) assuring
adequate information, financial access, academic preparation, and
simple applications, (c) lowering unmet need and assuring both
enrollment and persistence, and (d) implications for reauthorization of
the HEA. Space is limited and you are encouraged to register early if
you plan to attend. You may register through Internet at

ADV.COMSFA@ed.gov
or Tracy.Deanna.Jones@ed.gov. Please include your

name, title, affiliation, complete address (including internet and e-
mail--if available), and telephone and fax numbers. If you are unable
to register electronically, you may mail or fax your registration
information to the Advisory Committee staff office at (202) 219-3032.
Also, you may contact the Advisory Committee staff at (202) 219-2099.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 16, 2003.
    The Advisory Committee will meet in Washington, DC on Tuesday,
April 22, 2003, from 9 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m.
    Records are kept of all Committee proceedings, and are available
for public inspection at the Office of the Advisory Committee on
Student Financial Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F Street, NW., Suite
413, Washington, DC from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays,
except Federal holidays.

    Dated: March 27, 2003.
Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald,
Staff Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 03-7941 Filed 4-1-03; 8:45 am]

Last Modified: 04/01/2003