FR Doc E9-10810[Federal Register: May 8, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 88)]
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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs 
(GEAR UP) CFDA No. 84.334S (State Grants) and 84.334A (Partnership 

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

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ACTION: Notice of intent to fund down the fiscal year (FY) 2008 grant 
slate for the GEAR UP Program.


SUMMARY: The Secretary intends to use the grant slate developed in FY 
2008 for the GEAR UP Program authorized by Title IV, Part A, of the 
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to make new grant 
awards in FY 2009. The Secretary takes this action because a 
significant number of high-quality applications remain on last year's 
grant slate. We expect to use an estimated $9,789,000 for new awards in 
FY 2009.

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    On November 5, 2007, we published a notice in the Federal Register 
(72 FR 62499) inviting applications for new awards under the GEAR UP 
    In response to this notice, we received a significant number of 
high-quality applications and made seven new State grant awards and 31 
new Partnership grant awards. However, many applications that were 
awarded high scores by peer reviewers did not receive funding in FY 
2008 due to the level of appropriations.
    The Department's FY 2009 appropriation is sufficient to allow the 
Department to make continuation awards to the 38 current grantees, and 
have funds still available for new awards under this program for FY 
2009. Rather than using program funds for a new peer review process, 
the Department has decided to use the remaining funds after 
continuation awards are made to select grantees in FY 2009 from the 
existing slate of applicants. This slate was developed during the FY 
2008 competition using the selection criteria referenced in the Federal 
Register notice.

    Note:  To be eligible to receive a grant pursuant to this 
notice, all applicants being considered for funding based on the 
funding slate for the FY 2008 competition must meet all statutory 
and regulatory eligibility criteria and other requirements for this 

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    Delegation of Authority: The Secretary of Education has delegated 
authority to Daniel T. Madzelan, Director, Forecasting and Policy 
Analysis for the Office of Postsecondary Education, to perform the 
functions of the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.

    Dated: May 5, 2009.
Daniel T. Madzelan,
Director, Forecasting and Policy Analysis.
[FR Doc. E9-10810 Filed 5-7-09; 8:45 am]