FR Doc 05-4391
[Federal Register: March 8, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 44)]
[Notices]
[Page 11196-11197]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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 2006-2007 award 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 2006-2007 award year FAFSA.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
May 9, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically through e-mail to 
FAFSAComments@ed.gov. Written comments and requests for copies of the

proposed information collection requests should be addressed to Joseph
Schubart, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Potomac
Center, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20202-4700.
    In addition, interested persons can access this document on the
Internet:
    (1) Go to IFAP at http://ifap.ed.gov;

    (2) Scroll down to ``Publications''.
    (3) Click on ``FAFSAs and Renewal FAFSAs'';
    (4) Click on ``By 2006-2007 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 Web site: http://www.adobe.com


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Schubart (202) 245-6566.
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.

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.
    FSA has awarded a Front-End Business Integration contract that will
re-engineer the front-end student aid application processes,
disbursement processes, funds management, and customer service
functions into a single integrated business solution. The first
implementation activities are scheduled for January, 2007. For this
reason, we propose to make minimal changes to the 2006-2007 FAFSA, and
will consider recommendations for improving the FAFSA and the
application process in the 2007-2008 development cycle.
    The draft 2006-2007 FAFSA (posted to the IFAP Web site) does not
propose to add or to delete data elements. The questions appear in the
same format and the same order as in 2005-2006. Several changes to the
working on the 2006-2007 FAFSA are proposed as follows: (1) Page 1,
``Using Your Tax Return'' is revised to note that applicants required
to file a fax return must do so to receive student aid. (2) Page 2,
Under Notes for Questions 43-45, two lines referring to filing on the
Web are deleted. (3) Page 2, The paragraph beginning ``Investments
include * * *'' is revised to direct applicants to a Web site for
further guidance. (4) Pages 4 and 5,

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Questions 32 and 70, option ``c'' is revised to indicate that ``I (and
my parents) will not file and I am not (my parents are not) requires to
file.'' (5) Page 8, Worksheet B, item 1, adds the word ``voluntary''
before ``contributions to tax-deferred pension and savings plans.'' A
more detailed summary of changes is posted on the IFAP Web site. The
Secretary requests comments on these proposed changes to wording, as
well as suggestions for ways to further simplify the application for
students, parents, and schools.
    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
Register.
    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: March 2, 2005.
Angela C. Arrington,
Leader, Information Management Case Service Team, Regulatory
Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information
Officer.

Federal Student Aid

    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: 14,867,558;
     Burden Hours: 7,598,016.
    Abstract: The FAFSA collects identifying and financial information
about a student applying for Title IV, 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 for determining a student's eligibility
for grants and loans under the Title IV, HEA Program. It is further
used for determining a student's eligibility for State and
institutional financial aid programs.
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request
may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ``Browse

Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 2696. When
you access the information collection, click on ``Download
attachments'' to view. Written requests for information should be
addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
Potomac Center, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20202-4700. Requests may also
be electronically mailed to the Internet address OCIO_RIMG@ed.gov or
faxed to (202) 245-6621. Please specify the complete title of the
information collection when making your request.

[FR Doc. 05-4391 Filed 3-7-05; 8:45 am]

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