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Notice of waivers and modifications of statutory and regulatory provisions for federal student aid programs

Publication Date: May 2003
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Page Numbers: 25821-25822

Notice of waivers and modifications of statutory and regulatory provisions for federal student aid programs.

Posted on 05-14-2003


[Federal Register: May 14, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 93)]
[Rules and Regulations]              
[Page 25821-25822]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr14my03-8]                        

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Parts 674, 682, and 685


Federal Student Aid Programs (Federal Perkins Loan Program,
Federal Direct Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program)

ACTION: Notice of waivers and modifications of statutory and regulatory
provisions.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education announces waivers and modifications
of statutory and regulatory provisions that are appropriate to assist
students and borrowers under the Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal
Direct Loan Program, and Federal Family Education Loan Program who are
members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces under Title 10 of
the United States Code called or ordered to active duty for a period of
more than 30 days, or who are regular active duty members of the Armed
Forces reassigned to a different duty station for more than 30 days as
a result of a military mobilization. The Secretary is issuing these
waivers and modifications under the authority of Section 2(a) of the
Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2001, Pub. L.
107-122. Section 2(b) of Pub. L. 107-122 requires the Secretary to
publish a notice in the Federal Register specifying the waivers or
modifications of statutory or regulatory provisions applicable to the
student financial aid programs under title IV of the Higher Education
Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), that the Secretary believes are
appropriate to assist affected individuals so that they are not placed
in a
worse position financially, in relation to their loans, by their
service. Section 2(b)(1) of Pub. L. 107-122 further provides that
section 437 of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 1232)
and Section 553 of the Administrative Procedures Act (5 U.S.C. 553) do
not apply to the contents of this notice.
    Section 2(c) of Pub. L. 107-122 requires the Secretary to provide
an impact report to the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the
House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor
and Pensions of the Senate not later than 15 months after first
exercising any authority to issue a waiver or modification under
section 2(a) of Pub. L. 107-122. The report will describe the impact of
any waivers or modifications issued pursuant to section 2(a) of Pub. L.
107-122 on affected individuals and the programs under title IV of the
HEA, and the basis for such determination,

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and will include the Secretary's recommendations for changes to the
statutory or regulatory provisions that were the subject of the waivers
or modifications.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 14, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. George Harris, Senior Program
Specialist, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of
Education, 1990 K Street, NW, (8th Floor) Washington, DC 20006.
Telephone: (202) 502-7521.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the program contact persons listed under FOR
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary is waiving or modifying the
following provisions of the HEA and regulations:

Federal Perkins Loan Program

    Under 34 CFR 674.33(d)(2) and section 464(e) of the HEA, there is a
3-year cumulative limit on the length of forbearances that a Perkins
loan borrower can receive. To assist Perkins Loan borrowers described
in the SUMMARY section of this notice, the Secretary is waiving these
statutory and regulatory requirements so that any forbearance based on
a borrower's military service is excluded from this 3-year cumulative
limit.

Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, Federal Direct Loan
Program, and Federal Perkins Loan Program

    Depending on the loan program, borrowers may qualify for loan
cancellation if they are employed full-time in specified occupations,
such as teachers, childcare providers, or law enforcement officers,
pursuant to sections 428J(b)(1), 428K(d)(1), 460(b)(1), and
465(a)(2)(A)-(I) and (a)(3) of the HEA, 34 CFR 674.53(d), 674.55(a)(2),
674.55(b)(5), 674.55(c)(2), 674.56(d)(1), 674.57(b)(1), 674.58(b),
674.60(b), 34 CFR 682.215(d)(1), and 34 CFR 685.217(d)(1). Generally,
borrowers must perform uninterrupted, otherwise qualifying service for
a specified length of time (for example, one year) or for consecutive
periods of time, such as 5 consecutive years, to be eligible for loan
cancellation. For all borrowers described in the SUMMARY section of
this notice, the Secretary is waiving the requirements in the various
loan cancellation provisions that such periods of service be
uninterrupted and/or consecutive. Loan holders should not consider the
time that these borrowers are on active duty as an interruption in the
required service for the borrower to receive a loan cancellation.

Electronic Access To This Document

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers: 84.032 Federal
Family Education Loan Program; 84.038 Federal Perkins Loan Program;
and 84.268 William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program)


    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1071, 1087a, 1087aa.

    Dated: May 8, 2003.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 03-11982 Filed 5-13-03; 8:45 am]


Last Modified: 05/13/2003