FR Doc 2010-11354
[Federal Register: May 13, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 92)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Federal Student Aid; Leveraging Educational Assistance 
Partnership, Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership, and 
Grants for Access and Persistence Programs

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.069.

AGENCY: Federal Student Aid, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of the deadline dates for receipt of State applications 
for Award Year 2010-2011 funds.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides the deadline dates for receipt of State 
applications for Award Year 2010-2011 funds under the Leveraging 
Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP), Special Leveraging 
Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP), and Grants for Access and 
Persistence (GAP) programs.
    The LEAP and SLEAP programs, authorized under title IV, part A, 
subpart 4 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), assist 
States in providing aid to students with substantial financial need to 
help them pay for their postsecondary education costs through matching 
formula grants to States. The GAP Program was authorized under section 
415E of the HEA, which was amended as a result of the Higher Education 
Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA). The GAP Program assists States in 
establishing partnerships to provide eligible students with LEAP Grants 
under GAP to attend institutions of higher education and to encourage 
increased participation in early information and intervention, 
mentoring, or outreach programs. The GAP Program replaces the SLEAP 
Program. However, section 415E(j) of the HEA, as amended by the HEOA, 
provides that for the two-year period that began on August 14, 2008, 
the date of enactment of the HEOA, a State may continue to make grants 
under the SLEAP Program, i.e., through the 2010-2011 award year. The 
2010-2011 award year is the last award year in which States will be 
able to apply for SLEAP funding. States that choose to apply for either 
SLEAP or GAP funding must first apply for LEAP funding and be deemed 
eligible and must subsequently participate in the LEAP Program in the 
2010-2011 award year to receive funding under either SLEAP or GAP.
    Under section 415C(a) of the HEA, a State must submit an 
application to participate in the LEAP, SLEAP, or GAP programs through 
the State agency that administered its LEAP Program as of July 1, 1985, 
unless the Governor of the State has subsequently designated, and the 
Department has approved, a different State agency to administer the 
LEAP Program.

DATES: To assure funding under the LEAP, SLEAP, or GAP programs for 
Award Year 2010-2011, a State must meet the applicable deadline date. 
Applications submitted electronically must be received by 11:59 p.m. 
(Eastern time) June 1, 2010. Paper applications must be received by May 
25, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Greg Gerrans, LEAP Program 
Manager, Grants and Campus Based Programs Division, Business 
Operations, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education, 830 
First Street, NE., room UCP-062E3, Washington, DC 20202-5453. 
Telephone: (312) 730-1506 or by e-mail: greg.gerrans@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an 
accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact 
disk) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Only the 50 States, the District of 
Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam,

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the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and 
the U.S. Virgin Islands may submit an application for funding under the 
LEAP, SLEAP, and GAP programs.
    State allotments for each award year are determined according to 
the statutorily mandated formula under section 415B of the HEA and are 
not negotiable. A State may also request its share of reallotment, in 
addition to its basic allotment, which is contingent upon the 
availability of such additional funds.
    In Award Year 2009-2010, 48 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, 
and the U.S. Virgin Islands received funds under the LEAP Program. 
Additionally, 44 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. 
Virgin Islands received funds under the SLEAP Program.
    Applications Submitted Electronically: States or territories may 
apply using the electronic form (Form 1288-E OMB 1845-0028) which can 
be obtained by contacting Mr. Greg Gerrans, LEAP Program Manager, at 
(312) 730-1506 or by e-mail: greg.gerrans@ed.gov. The form will be e-
mailed to you. Applications submitted electronically must be e-mailed 
to greg.gerrans@ed.gov and received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time), June 
1, 2010.
    Paper Applications Delivered By Mail: States or territories may 
request a paper version of the application (Form 1288 OMB 1845-0028) by 
contacting Mr. Greg Gerrans, LEAP Program Manager, at (312) 730-1506 or 
by e-mail: greg.gerrans@ed.gov. The form will be mailed to you. A paper 
application sent by mail must be addressed to: Mr. Greg Gerrans, LEAP 
Program Manager, Grants and Campus Based Programs Division, Business 
Operations, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education, 830 
First Street, NE., room UCP-062E3, Washington, DC 20202-5453.
    The Department of Education encourages applicants that are 
completing a paper application to use certified or at least first-class 
mail when sending the application by mail to the Department. The 
Department must receive paper applications that are mailed no later 
than May 25, 2010.
    Paper Applications Delivered By Hand: Paper applications that are 
hand-delivered must be delivered to Mr. Greg Gerrans, LEAP Program 
Manager, Grants and Campus Based Division, Business Operations, Federal 
Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education, 830 First Street, NE., room 
UCP-062E3, Washington, DC 20002. Hand-delivered applications will be 
accepted between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily (Eastern time), except 
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.
    Paper applications that are hand-delivered must be received by 4:30 
p.m. (Eastern time) on May 25, 2010.
    Applicable Regulations: The following regulations are applicable to 
the LEAP, SLEAP, and GAP programs:
    (1) The LEAP, SLEAP, and GAP Program regulations in 34 CFR part 
692.
    (2) The Student Assistance General Provisions in 34 CFR part 668.
    (3) The Regulations Governing Institutional Eligibility in 34 CFR 
part 600.
    (4) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations 
(EDGAR) in 34 CFR 75.60 through 75.62 (Ineligibility of Certain 
Individuals to Receive Assistance), part 76 (State-Administered 
Programs), part 77 (Definitions that Apply to Department Regulations), 
part 79 (Intergovernmental Review of Department of Education Programs 
and Activities), part 80 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments), part 
82 (New Restrictions on Lobbying), part 84 (Governmentwide Requirements 
for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)), part 85 
(Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement)), part 86 
(Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention), and part 99 (Family Educational 
Rights and Privacy).

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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070c et seq.

    Dated: May 6, 2010.
William J. Taggart,
Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
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