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Summary: A one-year extension of the deadline established by OMB for the 2008-2009 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Publication Date: March 11, 2008
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Page Numbers: 12956-12957

Summary: A one-year extension of the deadline established by OMB for the 2008-2009 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Posted on 03-11-2008


[Federal Register: March 11, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 48)]
[Notices]              
[Page 12956-12957]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.
SUMMARY: The Department requests a one-year extension of the deadline
established by OMB for the 2008-2009 Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA). OMB established the current deadline, June 30,
2008, following the approval of an Emergency Clearance of the 2008-2009
FAFSA. (For chronology of events, see below). This request does not
include any changes to the functionality or format of the 2008-2009
FAFSA. The public is welcome to comment on this request, but it should
be noted that the 2008-2009 FAFSA is currently approved and NO CHANGES
are proposed herein. Subsequent to the approval of this ``Extension of
a Currently Approval Collection'', the Department will issue a full
collection clearance package for the 2009-2010 FAFSA. Unlike this
request, the Department anticipates that the 2009-2010 FAFSA will
include substantive changes and the public is encouraged to read and
comment, as desired, on that package when it is issued in the summer of
2008.

FAFSA Clearance Chronology

    (1) Change Worksheet:
     Reason for Submission: No material change was anticipated for the
2008-2009 FAFSA at the time of filing.
    Request for ``No Material or Nonsubstantive Change to a Currently
Approved Collection''--6/22/07.
     OMB Approval: 7/06/07.
     Expiration date established by OMB: 9/30/09.
    (2) Emergency Clearance:
     Reason for Submission: Addition of TEACH grant question to the
2008-2009 FAFSA on the Web.
    Request for ``Revision of a Currently Approved Collection''--12/20/07
     OMB Approval: 12/27/07.
     Expiration date established by OMB: 6/30/08.
    Because the Emergency Clearance expires on 6/30/08, the Department
is submitting a full clearance packet for the 2008-2009 FAFSA to OMB
and requesting an extension of approval through 6/30/09.
    (3) Extension of a Currently Approved Collection:
     Reason for Submission: The Emergency Clearance expires in six months.
    Request for ``Regular Review.''

     OMB Approval: TBD.
     Expiration date established by OMB: TBD.
    The Secretary of Education requests comments on the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that the Secretary proposes
to use for the 2008-2009 award year. The FAFSA is completed by students
and their families and the information submitted on the form is used to
determine the students' eligibility and financial need for financial
aid under the student financial assistance programs authorized under
Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (Title IV, HEA
Programs).

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
May 12, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically through e-mail to
FAFSA_Comments@ed.gov. Requests for copies of the proposed information
collection requests may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov by
selecting the ``Browse Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on
link number 3585. When you access the information collection, click on
``Download Attachments'' to view. Written requests for information
should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland
Avenue, SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. In addition, interested
persons can access this document on the Internet:

    (1) Go to IFAP at http://ifap.ed.gov.
    (2) Scroll down to ``Publications.''
    (3) Click on ``FAFSAs and Renewal FAFSAs.''
    (4) Click on ``By 2007-2008 Award Year.''
    (5) Click on ``Draft FAFSA Form/Instructions.''

    Please note that the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software, version
4.0 or greater, is necessary to view this file. This software can be
downloaded for free from Adobe's Web site: http://www.adobe.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Individuals who use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8
p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary is publishing this request for comment under the Provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44
U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Under that Act, ED must obtain the review and
approval of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before it may use
a form to collect information. However, under procedure for obtaining
approval from OMB, ED must first obtain public comment of the proposed
form, and to obtain that comment, ED must publish this notice in the
Federal Register.
    In addition to comments requested above, to accommodate the
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Secretary is
interested in receiving comments with regard to the following matters:
(1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the
Department, (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely
manner, (3) is the estimate of burden accurate, (4) how might the
Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information
to be collected, and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden
of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of
information technology.

    Dated: March 5, 2008.
Angela C. Arrington, IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services,
Office of Management.

Federal Student Aid

     Type of Review: Revision.
     Title: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
     Frequency: Annually.
     Affected Public: Individuals.
     Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 16,787,640.
Burden Hours: 8,054,467.

     Abstract: Section 483 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as
amended (HEA), requires the Secretary, ``in cooperation with agencies
and organizations involved in providing student financial assistance,''
to ``produce, distribute and process free of charge a common financial
reporting form to be used to determine the need and eligibility of a
student for financial assistance...'' under the title IV, HEA Programs.
This form is the FAFSA. In addition, section 483 authorizes the
Secretary to include non-financial data items that assist States in
awarding State student financial assistance.
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request
may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ``Browse
Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 3585. Written
requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537.
Requests may also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or
faxed to (202) 245-6623. Please specify the complete title of the
information collection when making your request. Comments regarding
burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be directed
to the e-mail address ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Individuals who use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

[FR Doc. E8-4778 Filed 3-10-08; 8:45 am]

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