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Subject: 2015-2016 FAFSA Comment Request

Publication Date: August 27, 2014

Posted Date: August 27, 2014

Subject: 2015-2016 FAFSA Comment Request

FR Type: Notice


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 166 (Wednesday, August 27, 2014)]
[Pages 51144-51146]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2014-20275]
[Docket No.: ED-2014-ICCD-0125]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; 2015-
2016 Federal Student Aid Application
AGENCY: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED).
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing 
information collection.
DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
October 27, 2014.
ADDRESSES: Comments submitted in response to this notice should be 
submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at by selecting Docket ID number ED-2014-ICCD-
0125 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the site is not available to the public for any reason, ED 
will temporarily accept comments at Please note 
that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the 
comment period will not be accepted; ED will ONLY accept comments 
during the comment period in this mailbox when the site 
is not available. Written requests for information or comments 
submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the 
Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Mailstop L-OM-2-
2E319, Room 2E115, Washington, DC 20202.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact Douglas Pineda Robles (202) 377-
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with 
an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing 
collections of information. This helps ED assess the impact of its 
information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting 
burden. It also helps the public understand the ED's information 
collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired 
format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information 
collection request (ICR) that is described below. ED is especially 
interested in public comments addressing the following issues: (1) Is 
this collection necessary to the proper functions of ED; (2) will this 
information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the 
estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might ED enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how 
might ED minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, 
including through the use of information technology. Please note that 
written comments received in response to this notice will be considered 
public records.
    Title of Collection: 2015-2016 Federal Student Aid Application.
    OMB Control Number: 1845-0001.
    Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection.
    RespondentsAffected Public: Individuals.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 44,992,857.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 24,083,155.
    Abstract: Section 483 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as 
amended (HEA), mandates that the Secretary of Education ``. . . shall 
produce, distribute, and process free of charge common financial 
reporting forms as described in this subsection to be used for 
application and reapplication to determine the need and eligibility of 
a student for financial assistance . . .''.
    The determination of need and eligibility are for the following 
title IV, HEA, federal student financial assistance programs: The 
Federal Pell Grant Program; the Campus-Based programs (Federal 
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study 
(FWS), and the Federal Perkins Loan Program); the William D. Ford 
Federal Direct Loan Program; the Teacher Education Assistance for 
College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant; and the Iraq and 
Afghanistan Service Grant.
    Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education 
(hereafter ``the Department''), subsequently developed an application 
process to collect and process the data necessary to determine a 
student's eligibility to receive title IV, HEA program assistance. The 
application process involves an applicant's submission of the Free 
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA[supreg]). After submission 
of the FAFSA, an applicant receives a Student Aid Report (SAR), which 
is a summary of the data they submitted on the FAFSA. The applicant 
reviews the SAR, and, if necessary, will make corrections or updates to 
their submitted FAFSA data. Institutions of higher education listed by 
the applicant on the FAFSA
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also receive a summary of processed data submitted on the FAFSA which 
is called the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR).
    The Department seeks OMB approval of all application components as 
a single ``collection of information''. The aggregate burden will be 
accounted for under OMB Control Number 1845-0001. The specific 
application components, descriptions and submission methods for each 
are listed in Table one.

                               Table 1--Federal Student Aid Application Components

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    This information collection also documents an estimate of the 
annual public burden as it relates to the application process for 
federal student aid. The Applicant Burden Model (ABM), measures 
applicant burden through an assessment of the activities each applicant 
conducts in conjunction with other applicant characteristics and in 
terms of burden, the average applicant's experience. Key determinants 
of the ABM include:
    [ballot] The total number of applicants that will potentially apply 
for federal student aid;
    [ballot] How the applicant chooses to complete and submit the FAFSA 
(e.g., by paper or electronically via FOTW[supreg]);
    [ballot] How the applicant chooses to submit any corrections andor 
updates (e.g., the paper SAR or electronically via FOTW Corrections);
    [ballot] The type of SAR document the applicant receives (eSAR, SAR 
acknowledgment, or paper SAR);
    [ballot] The formula applied to determine the applicant's expected 
family contribution (EFC) (full need analysis formula, Simplified Needs 
Test or Automatic Zero); and
    [ballot] The average amount of time involved in preparing to 
complete the application.
    The ABM is largely driven by the number of potential applicants for 
the application cycle. The total application projection for 2015-2016 
is based upon two factors--estimates of the total enrollment in all 
degree-granting institutions and the percentage change in FAFSA 
submissions for the last completed or almost completed application 
cycle. The ABM is also based on the application options available to 
students and parents. The Department accounts for each application 
component based on web trending tools, survey information, and other 
Department data sources.
    For 2015-2016, the Department is reporting a net burden decrease of 
2,081,212 hours.
    Dated: August 21, 2014.
Tomakie Washington,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, 
Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2014-20275 Filed 8-26-14; 8:45 am]

Last Modified: 08/26/2014