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Summary: Notice of deadline dates for receipt of applications, reports, and other records for the 2007-2008 award year

Publication Date: June 9, 2008
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Page Numbers: 32562-32567

Summary: Notice of deadline dates for receipt of applications, reports, and other records for the 2007-2008 award year

Posted on 06-09-2008


[Federal Register: June 9, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 111)]
[Notices]               
[Page 32562-32567]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA Nos. 84.007, 84.032, 84.033, 84.038, 84.063, 84.069, 84.268, 
84.375, and 84.376]

 
Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Supplemental 
Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Family Education Loan, Federal 
Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Leveraging 
Educational Assistance Partnership, William D. Ford Federal Direct 
Loan, Academic Competitiveness Grant, and National Science and 
Mathematics Access To Retain Talent Grant Programs

ACTION: Notice of deadline dates for receipt of applications, reports, 
and other records for the 2007-2008 award year.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary announces deadline dates for the receipt of 
documents and other information from institutions and applicants for 
the Federal student aid programs authorized under Title IV of the 
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, for the 2007-2008 award year. 
The Federal student aid programs include the Federal Supplemental 
Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Family Education Loan, Federal 
Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Leveraging 
Educational Assistance Partnership, William D. Ford Federal Direct 
Loan, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), and National Science and 
Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant) 
programs.
    These programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Education 
(Department), provide financial assistance to students attending 
eligible postsecondary educational institutions to help them pay their 
educational costs.
    Deadline and Submission Dates: See Tables A and B at the end of 
this notice.

Table A--Deadline Dates for Application Processing and Receipt of 
Student Aid Reports (SARs) or Institutional Student Information Records 
(ISIRs) by Institutions

    Table A provides information and deadline dates for application 
processing, including receipt of the Free Application for Federal 
Student Aid (FAFSA) and corrections to and signatures for the FAFSA, 
submission and receipt of SARS and ISIRS, and submission and receipt of 
verification documents.
    The single date for the receipt of a FAFSA is June 30, 2008, 
regardless of the method that the applicant uses to submit the FAFSA. 
The deadline date for the submission and receipt of a signature page 
for the FAFSA (if required), corrections, changes of addresses or 
schools, or requests for a duplicate SAR is September 22, 2008. 
Verification documents must be submitted and received no later than the 
earlier of 120 days after the student's last date of enrollment or 
September 29, 2008.
    SARS and ISIRS with an official expected family contribution for 
all Federal student aid programs except Parent PLUS must be submitted 
and received no later than the earlier of the student's last date of 
enrollment or September 29, 2008. A valid SAR or valid ISIR for a 
student not meeting the conditions for a late disbursement for purposes 
only of the Federal Pell Grant, ACG, or National SMART Grant programs 
must be submitted and received no later than the earlier of the 
student's last date of enrollment or September 29, 2008. A valid SAR or 
valid ISIR for a student meeting the conditions for a late disbursement 
under the Federal Pell Grant, ACG, or National SMART Grant programs 
must be submitted and received according to the deadline dates provided 
below.

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    Under the current provisions of 34 CFR 668.164(g)(4)(i), an 
institution may make a late disbursement for a student no later than 
120 days after the date of the institution's determination that the 
student withdrew or, for a student who did not withdraw, 120 days after 
the date the student otherwise became ineligible. Under the current 
regulations, on an exception basis, we may approve a late disbursement 
after the 120-day period if the reason that the late disbursement was 
not made within that 120-day period was not the fault of the student. 
The valid SAR or valid ISIR for a student meeting the conditions for a 
late disbursement under the Federal Pell Grant, ACG, or National SMART 
Grant programs must be submitted and received no later than the earlier 
of the timeframes provided in 34 CFR 668.164(g)(4)(i) or September 29, 
2008.
    On November 1, 2007, we published final regulations in the Federal 
Register (72 FR 62014, 62029) that among other things amended 34 CFR 
668.164(g)(4)(i) regarding late disbursements. Amended 34 CFR 
668.164(g)(4)(i) is effective July 1, 2008, unless an institution 
chooses to implement this amended provision earlier than July 1, 2008. 
Amended 34 CFR 668.164(g)(4)(i) provides that an institution may not 
make a late disbursement later than 180 days after the date of the 
institution's determination that the student withdrew or, for a student 
who did not withdraw, 180 days after the date the student otherwise 
became ineligible. The amended regulations do not provide for an 
extension to this 180-day period.
    If an institution chooses to implement the amended provisions 
earlier than July 1, 2008, we are providing in Table A that an 
institution must receive a valid SAR or valid ISIR no later than 180 
days after its determination of a student's withdrawal or, for a 
student who did not withdraw, 180 days after the date the student 
otherwise became ineligible, but not later than September 29, 2008.
    We will not accept a request for an extension of the 120-day period 
under the current regulations after June 30, 2008.

Table B--Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant Programs 
Submission Dates for Disbursement Information by Institutions

    Table B provides the earliest submission and deadline dates for 
institutions to submit Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART 
Grant disbursement records to the Department's Common Origination and 
Disbursement (COD) System and deadline dates for requests for 
administrative relief if the institution cannot meet the established 
deadline for specified reasons.
    In general, an institution must submit Federal Pell Grant, ACG, or 
National SMART Grant disbursement records no later than 30 days after 
making a Federal Pell Grant, ACG, or National SMART Grant disbursement 
or becoming aware of the need to adjust a student's previously reported 
Federal Pell Grant, ACG, or National SMART Grant disbursement. In 
accordance with the regulations in 34 CFR 668.164, we consider that 
Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant funds are disbursed 
on the date that the institution: (a) Credits those funds to a 
student's account in the institution's general ledger or any subledger 
of the general ledger, or (b) pays those funds to a student directly. 
We consider that Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant 
funds are disbursed even if an institution uses its own funds in 
advance of receiving program funds from the Department. An 
institution's failure to submit disbursement records within the 
required 30-day timeframe may result in an audit or program review 
finding. In addition, the Secretary may initiate an adverse action, 
such as a fine or other penalty for such failure.

Other Sources for Detailed Information

    We publish a detailed discussion of the Federal student aid 
application process in the following publications:
      2007-2008 Funding Education Beyond High School.
      2007-2008 Counselors and Mentors Handbook.
      2007-2008 ISIR Guide.
      2007-2008 Federal Student Aid Handbook.
    Additional information on the institutional reporting requirements 
for the Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant programs is 
contained in the 2007-2008 Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) 
Technical Reference. You may access this reference by selecting 
``Software Technical References'' under the heading ``Publications'' at 
the Information for Financial Aid Professionals Web site at: http://www.ifap.ed.gov.
    Applicable Regulations: The following regulations apply: (1) 
Student Assistance General Provisions, 34 CFR part 668, (2) Federal 
Pell Grant Program, 34 CFR part 690, and (3) Academic Competitiveness 
Grant and National Science and Mathematics Access To Retain Talent 
Grant Programs, 34 CFR part 691.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Harold McCullough, U.S. Department of 
Education, Federal Student Aid, 830 First Street, NE., Union Center 
Plaza, Room 113E1, Washington, DC 20202-5345. Telephone: (202) 377-
4030.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) 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 person listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Electronic Access to This Document

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Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable 
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    You may also view this document in PDF at the following site: 
http://www.ifap.ed.gov.

    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, 1070a-1, 1070b-1070b-4, 
1070c-1070c-4, 1071-1087-2, 1087a-1087j, and 1087aa-1087ii; 42 
U.S.C. 2751-2756b.

    Dated: June 3, 2008.
Lawrence A. Warder,
Acting Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
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Last Modified: 06/08/2008