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Notice; Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

Publication Date: August 2003
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Notice; Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

Posted on 08-27-2003


[Federal Register: August 27, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 166)]
[Notices]              
[Page 51568]
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 meeting.

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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 Friday, September 5. 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 AND TIMES: Thursday, September 11, 2003, beginning at 9 a.m. and
ending at approximately 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW., the
Congressional Room. 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.
    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. As a result of the findings in its
access reports, the Committee submitted its access proposal to Congress
in May 2003 in preparation for reauthorization of the Higher Education
Act. The Committee will review and evaluate, from an access
perspective, other reauthorization proposals and ideas emanating from
Congress and the higher education community.
    The proposed agenda includes discussion sessions with congressional
staff and members of the higher education community focusing on
reauthorization proposals and ideas related to: (a) The Committee's

access partnership, (b) grants and work, (c) loans, (d) accountability,
college costs and consumer information, and (e) address other Committee
business. Space is limited and you are encouraged to register early if
you plan to attend. You may register through the 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 Monday, September 8, 2003.
    The Advisory Committee will meet on Washington, DC on Thursday,
September 11, 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: August 20, 2003.
Brian K. Fitzgerald,
Staff Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 03-21860 Filed 8-26-03; 8:45 am]

Last Modified: 08/26/2003