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Subject: Invitation to Participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Posted Date: November 3, 2015

Subject: Invitation to Participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative

FR Type: Notice

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 212 (Tuesday, November 3, 2015)]
[Pages 67734-67737]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2015-28010]



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 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 institution-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. 
ESI experiments are designed to facilitate efforts by institutions to 
explore particular innovative practices aimed at improving student 
outcomes, the delivery of services, or both.
    Under this experiment, participating institutions will be provided 
a waiver of the specific statutory and regulatory provisions that 
prevent students who are enrolled in secondary school from receiving 
Federal Pell Grants for enrollment in title IV-eligible postsecondary 
programs. Details of the experiment are provided in the Background 
section of this notice.

DATES: Letters of interest to participate in the experiment described 
in this notice must be received by the Department no later than 
February 1, 2016 in order for the institution to ensure that it is 
considered for participation in the experiment. Institutions submitting 
letters that are received after February 1, 2016 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 or a text 
telephone, call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-800-877-

Last Modified: 11/02/2015