Funding Opportunities: Current OPE Grant Competitions and Closing Dates
- Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad - Short-Term Projects -- Closing date: June 13, 2013
- Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program -- Closing date: June 24, 2013
- College Access Challenge Grant Program -- Closing date: July 5, 2013
The System for Award Management (SAM) is the official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. If you had an active record in CCR, you have an active record in SAM. You do not need to do anything in SAM at this time, unless a change in your business circumstances requires updates to your Entity record(s) in order for you to be paid or to receive an award or you need to renew your Entity(s) prior to its expiration. OPE grantees, potential grantees, and business entities are encouraged to note this change in the ED award system. Visit Grants.gov for more information regarding SAM and the grant process. A webinar about SAM account migration and registration was held on May 15, 2013. This webinar is sponsored by the General Services Administration, and it will be recorded for later viewing at https://www.fsd.gov/.
The Secretary's Reports on Teacher Quality - Preparing and Credentialing the Nation's Teachers: The Secretary's Ninth Report on Teacher Quality is now available.
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You can now follow the Office of Postsecondary Education on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/edpostsecondary
The Department has published two notices in the Federal Register announcing the formation of two negotiated rulemaking committees. One will address issues related to teacher preparation programs. The other will address student loan issues. The notices request nominations for individual negotiators to serve on the committees.
Teacher Preparation Team | Student Loans Team
On June 13, 2011, the Department published final regulations amending the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations to improve disclosure of relevant information and to establish minimal measures for determining whether certain postsecondary educational programs lead to gainful employment in recognized occupations, and the conditions under which these educational programs remain eligible for the student financial assistance programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).
On June 2, 2011, the Department issued a Press Release announcing the completion of the Gainful Employment--Debt Measures final regulation.
On November 1, 2010 the Department published final regulations for Institutional Eligibility Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, the Student Assistance General Provisions, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program to implement provisions related to the eligibility of foreign institutions for participation in the Federal student aid programs that were added to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-315) (HEOA), as well as other provisions related to the eligibility of foreign institutions.
On October 29, 2010 the Department published final regulations amending the regulations for Institutional Eligibility Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to establish a process under which an institution applies for approval to offer an educational program that leads to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
On October 29, 2010 the Department published final regulations improving integrity in the programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), by amending the regulations for Institutional Eligibility Under the HEA, the Secretary's Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, the Secretary's Recognition Procedures for State Agencies, the Student Assistance General Provisions, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program in part 686, the Federal Pell Grant Program, and the Academic Competitiveness Grant (AGC) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National Smart Grant) Programs.
On August 14, 2008 the Higher Education Opportunity Act was enacted into law. This law reauthorizes and extends the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The HEA provides the authorizing legislation for most of the programs administered by OPE, as well as for the Federal Student Aid Programs.
Academic Competitiveness and National SMART Grants: These programs are no longer authorized. Both programs ended with the 2010-11 award year, which concluded on June 30, 2011.