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Notice extending institutional and applicant filing and reporting deadlines.

Publication Date: October 2004
FRPart:

Page Numbers: 61227-61228

Notice extending institutional and applicant filing and reporting deadlines.

Posted on 10-17-2004


[Federal Register: October 15, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 199)]
[Notices]              
[Page 61227-61228]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan,
Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant,
Federal Family Education Loan, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan,
Federal Pell Grant, and Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership
Programs

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice extending institutional and applicant filing and
reporting deadlines.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary announces the extension of the deadline dates
for specific filing and reporting activities, including those published
in the Federal Register on March 10, 2004 (69 FR 11403) and March 15,
2004 (69 FR 12136). The Secretary takes this action as a result of the
damage and disruptions caused by the recent hurricanes and tropical
storms in the southern and eastern parts of the United States,
including Puerto Rico. The new dates or requested extensions apply only
to (1) institutions or third-party servicers that are located in a
federally-declared disaster area and that were adversely affected by
these severe weather conditions, and (2) applicants that are adversely
affected by these severe weather conditions.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 21, 2004 the Department
published a ``Dear Partner Letter'' announcing the intention of the
Secretary to extend certain deadline dates. That letter is available
at: http://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN0409.html
.

    In this notice, the Secretary officially establishes these new
deadlines, as set forth below.

Activities Related to Institutional Reporting

    FISAP Filing Deadline: For an affected institution or third-party
servicer that is unable to meet the previously published deadline of
October 1, 2004, the Secretary announces the extension to October 30,
2004 of the date by which the institution's FISAP (Fiscal Operations
Report for 2003-2004 and Application to Participate for 2005-2006) must
be submitted. If the institution or servicer is unable to meet this
extended deadline, it must contact the Campus-Based Call Center at

1-877-801-7168. An institution or servicer that submits a FISAP after
October 1, 2004 must maintain documentation of the hurricane-related
reason why it did so.
    2003-2004 Federal Pell Grant Reporting Deadline: For an affected
institution or third-party servicer that is unable to meet the
previously published deadline of September 30, 2004, the Secretary
grants administrative relief and announces the extension to October 22,
2004 of the date by which the institution or servicer must report
Federal Pell Grant payments (and adjustments) for the 2003-2004 award
year to the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System. An
institution or servicer that submits Pell Grant payment information for
the 2003-2004 award year after September 30, 2004 must maintain
documentation of the hurricane-related reason why it did so.
    Submission of Federal Pell Grant Disbursement Records: The
Secretary announces the extension to 60 days (instead of the normal 30
days) of the time within which an affected institution or third-party
servicer must submit a Federal Pell Grant disbursement record to the
COD System. If the institution or servicer finds that it cannot submit
the record within this 60-day period, it must contact the COD School
Relations Center at 1-800-4PGRANT (1-800-474-7268). An affected
institution or servicer that does

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not submit Pell Grant payment information within the current 30-day
timeframe must maintain documentation of the hurricane-related reason
why it did so.
    Submission of Federal Direct Loan Records: The Secretary will not
enforce the current 30-day submission requirement against an affected
institution or third-party servicer that is unable to submit Direct
Loan promissory notes, loan origination records, and disbursement
records (including adjustments) to the COD System. Instead, the
institution or servicer has 60 days to submit these records. If an
institution or servicer finds that it cannot submit these records

within this 60-day period, it must contact the COD School Relations
Center at 1-800-848-0978. An affected institution or servicer that does
not submit Direct Loan information within the current 30-day timeframe
must maintain documentation of the hurricane-related reason why it did
so.

Activities Related to Applicant Filing

    FAFSA Correction Deadline: For an affected applicant, the Secretary
announces the extension from September 17, 2004 to October 8, 2004 of
the date by which the Department's Central Processing System must have
received the following items:
    Paper corrections (including address changes and changes
of institutions) made using a SAR;
    Electronic corrections (including address changes and
changes of institutions) made from FAFSA on the Web, FAA Access to CPS
Online, or EDExpress;
    Changes to mailing or e-mail addresses, changes of
institutions, and requests for a duplicate SAR made by phone to the
Federal Student Aid Information Center; and
    Paper signature pages and electronic signatures.

Activities Related to Documents Received by an Institution

    Receipt of SARs and ISIRs: For an affected applicant, institution,
or third-party servicer, the Secretary announces the extension from
September 17, 2004 to October 8, 2004 of the date by which the
institution or servicer must have received a SAR from a student, or an
ISIR from the Department, for the student to be considered for a
Federal Pell Grant for the 2003-2004 award year. An institution or
servicer that pays Federal Student Aid on a SAR or ISIR that was
received after September 17, 2004 must maintain documentation of the
hurricane-related reason why the SAR or ISIR was not received by that
date.
    Receipt of Verification Documents: The Secretary announces the
extension from September 17, 2004 to October 8, 2004 of the date by
which an institution or third-party servicer must have received all
requested verification documents to consider an applicant for Federal
Student Aid for the 2003-2004 award year. An institution or servicer
that pays Federal Student Aid based on verification documents received
after September 17, 2004 must maintain documentation of the hurricane-
related reason why those documents were not received by that date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions, John Kolotos,
U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., (UCP room

113F1), Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 377-4027, FAX:

(202) 275-4552, or by email: john.kolotos@ed.gov.
    For other questions or requests for extensions, contact the
appropriate call center as previously noted or the Customer Service
Call Center at 1-800-433-7327.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister
.

    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S.
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in
the Washington, DC area at (202) 512-1530.


    Note: The official version of this document is the document
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html


    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a, 1070b-1070b-4, 1070c-1070c-
4, 1071-1087-2, 1087a-1087j, 1087aa-1087ii, 1094, and 1099c; 42
U.S.C. 2751-2756b. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers:
84.007 Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Program; 84.032 Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Programs;
84.033 Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program; 84.038 Federal Perkins
(Perkins) Loans; 84.063 Federal Pell Grant (Pell) Program; 84.069
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Programs; and
84.268 William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Programs.

    Dated: October 12, 2004.
Theresa S. Shaw,
Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
[FR Doc. 04-23183 Filed 10-14-04; 8:45 am]

Last Modified: 10/16/2004