[Federal Register: December 4, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 233)]
[Page 75679-75680]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education requests comments on the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that the Secretary proposes
to use for the 2002-2003 year. The FAFSA is completed by students and
their families and the information submitted on the form is used to
determine the students' eligibility and financial need for financial
aid under the student financial assistance programs authorized under
Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, (Title IV,
HEA Programs). The Secretary also requests comments on changes under
consideration for the 2002-2003 FAFSA.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
February 2, 2001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 483 of the Higher Education Act of
1965, as amended (HEA), requires the Secretary, ``in cooperation with
agencies and organizations involved in providing student financial
assistance,'' to ``produce, distribute and process free of charge a
common financial reporting form to be used to determine the need and
eligibility of a student under'' the Title IV, HEA Programs. This form
is the FAFSA. In addition, Section 483 authorizes the Secretary to
include non-financial data items that assist States in awarding State
student financial assistance.
    The Secretary requests comments on the draft 2002-2003 FAFSA that
has been posted to the IFAP website (see below). In particular, in an
effort to continually improve the application for students, parents,
and schools, the Secretary seeks comments to further simplify the FAFSA
form and reduce burden hours, including removing, replacing or
combining data elements.
    The Secretary is publishing this request for comment under the
provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et
seq. Under that Act, ED must obtain the review and approval of the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before it may use a form to
collect information. However, under procedure for obtaining approval
from OMB, ED must first obtain public comment of the proposed form, and
to obtain that comment, ED must publish this notice in the Federal
    In addition to comments requested above, to accommodate the
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Secretary is
interested in receiving comments with regard to the following matters:
(1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the
Department, (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely
manner, (3) is the estimate of burden accurate, (4) how might the
Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information
to be collected, and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden
of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of
information technology.

    Dated: November 28, 2000.
John Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief
Information Officer.

Office of Postsecondary Education

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals and families.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
    Responses: 10,979,031.
    Burden Hours: 6,670,932.
    Abstract: The FAFSA collects identifying and financial information
about a student applying for Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA)
Program funds. This information is used to calculate the student's
expected family contribution, which is used to determine a student's
financial need. The information is also used to determine the student's
eligibility for grants and loans under the Title IV, HEA Programs. It
is further used for determining a student's eligibility for State and
institutional financial aid programs.

ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the proposed information collection
request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, or should be
addressed to Vivian Reese, Department of Education, 400 Maryland
Avenue, SW, Room 4050, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, D.C.
20202-4651. Please specify the complete title of the information
collection when making your request. In addition, interested persons
can access this document on the Internet:

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    (1) Go to IFAP at http://ifap.ed.gov
    (2) Click on ``Current SFA Publications''
    (3) Scroll down and click on ``FAFSAs and Renewal FAFSAs''
    (4) Click on ``By 2002-2003 Award Year''
    (5) Click on ``Draft FAFSA Form/Instructions''
    Please note that the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software, version
4.0 or greater, is necessary to view this file. This software can be
downloaded for free from Adobe's website: http://www.adobe.com Comments
regarding burden and/or the information collection activity
requirements should be directed to Joseph Schubart at (202) 708-9266 or
via his internet address Joe_Schubart@ed.gov. Individuals who use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

[FR Doc. 00-30750 Filed 12-1-00; 8:45 am]