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Subject: Invitation to Participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative

Publication Date: October 15, 2015

Posted Date: October 15, 2015

Subject: Invitation to Participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative

FR Type: Notice

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 199 (Thursday, October 15, 2015)]
[Pages 62047-62053]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2015-26239]

[[Page 62047]]



Notice Inviting Postsecondary Educational Institutions To 
Participate in Experiments Under the Experimental Sites Initiative; 
Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs Under Title IV of the 
Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Secretary invites postsecondary educational institutions 
(institutions) that participate in the student financial assistance 
programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 
as amended (HEA), to apply to participate in a new institutionally 
based experiment under the Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI). Under 
the ESI, the Secretary has authority to grant waivers from certain 
title IV, HEA statutory or regulatory requirements to allow a limited 
number of institutions to participate in experiments to test 
alternative methods for administering the title IV, HEA programs. The 
alternative methods of title IV, HEA program administration that the 
Secretary is permitting under the ESI are designed to facilitate 
efforts by institutions to test certain innovative practices aimed at 
improving student outcomes and the delivery of services.

DATES: Letters of interest to participate in the proposed experiment 
described in this notice must be received by the Department no later 
than December 14, 2015 in order for an institution to ensure that it is 
considered for participation in the experiment. Institutions submitting 
letters that are received after December 14, 2015 may still be 
considered for participation, at the discretion of the Secretary.

ADDRESSES: Letters of interest must be submitted by electronic mail to 
the following email address: For formats and 
other required information, see ``Instructions for Submitting Letters 

Education, Federal Student Aid, 830 First Street NE., Washington, DC 
20002. Telephone: (202) 377-4380 or by email at:
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 

Last Modified: 10/14/2015