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Subject: Application for Waiver of Institutional Match for Campus Based Programs

Publication Date: November 25, 2016

Posted Date: December 6, 2016

Subject: Application for Waiver of Institutional Match for Campus Based Programs

FR Type: Notice


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 227 (Friday, November 25, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 85210-85214]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-28400]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Eligibility Designations and Applications for Waiver of 
Eligibility Requirements; Programs Under Parts A and F of Title III of 
the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended (HEA), and Programs Under 
Title V of the HEA

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education 
(Department).

ACTION: Notice.

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    Overview Information:
    Notice announcing process for designation of eligible institutions, 
and inviting applications for waiver of eligibility requirements for 
fiscal year (FY) 2017.
    This notice applies to the following programs:
    1. Programs authorized under Part A, Title III of the HEA: 
Strengthening Institutions Program (Part A SIP), Alaska Native and 
Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (Part A ANNH), Predominantly Black 
Institutions (Part A PBI), Native American-Serving Nontribal 
Institutions (Part A NASNTI), and Asian American and Native American 
Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (Part A AANAPISI).
    2. Programs authorized under Part F, Title III of the HEA: 
Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation (Part F, HSI STEM 
and Articulation), Predominantly Black Institutions (Part F

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PBI), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (Part F 
ANNH), Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (Part F NASNTI), 
and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving 
Institutions (Part F AANAPISI).
    3. Programs authorized under Title V of the HEA: Developing 
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and Promoting Postbaccalaureate 
Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA).

DATES: 
    Applications Available: December 1, 2016.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: January 9, 2017.
    Special Note: Section 312 of the HEA and 34 CFR 607.2-607.5 include 
most of the basic eligibility requirements for grant programs 
authorized under Titles III and V of the HEA. Section 312(b)(1)(B) of 
the HEA provides that, to be eligible for these programs, an 
institution of higher education's (IHE's or institution's) average 
``educational and general expenditures'' (E&G) per full-time equivalent 
(FTE) undergraduate student must be less than the average E&G 
expenditures per FTE undergraduate student of institutions that offer 
similar instruction in that year.
    Since 2004, the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) 
has calculated Core Expenses per FTE of institutions, a statistic 
similar to E&G per FTE. Both E&G per FTE and Core Expenses per FTE are 
based on regular operational expenditures of institutions (excluding 
auxiliary enterprises, independent operations, and hospital expenses). 
They differ only in that E&G per FTE is based on fall undergraduate 
enrollment, while Core Expenses per FTE is based on 12-month 
undergraduate enrollment for the academic year.
    To avoid inconsistency in the data submitted to, and produced by, 
the Department, for the purpose of section 312(b)(1)(B) of the HEA, E&G 
per FTE is calculated using the same methodology as Core Expenses per 
FTE. Accordingly, with regard to this and future notices inviting 
applications for waivers of eligibility requirements, to calculate E&G 
per FTE for the purpose of determining institutional eligibility for 
programs under Title V and Part A and Part F of Title III of the HEA, 
the Department will apply the NCES methodology for calculating Core 
Expenses per FTE. Institutions requesting an eligibility waiver 
determination must use the Core Expenses per FTE data reported to NCES' 
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for the most 
currently available academic year, in this case academic year 2014-
2015.


Last Modified: 12/05/2016