FR Doc 2011-1355[Federal Register: January 24, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 15)]
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Notice of Submission for OMB Review

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Comment request.


SUMMARY: The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, 
Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management 
invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13).

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
February 23, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Education Desk Officer, 
Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10222, New 
Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, be faxed to (202) 395-
5806 or e-mailed to with a cc: to Please note that written comments received in 
response to this notice will be considered public records.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an 
early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. The 
OMB is particularly interested in comments which: (1) Evaluate whether 
the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of 
the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on those who are to respond, including through the use of 
appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Dated: January 19, 2011.
Darrin A. King,
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title of Collection: 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid 
Study (NPSAS:12) Field Test Student Data Collection.
    OMB Control Number: 1850-0666.
    Agency Form Number(s): N/A.
    Frequency of Responses: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; Businesses or other 
for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 4,093.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 4,256.
    Abstract: National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), a 
nationally representative study of how students and their families 
finance education beyond high school, was first implemented by the 
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 1987 and has been 
fielded every 3 to 4 years since. This submission is for collection of 
student data in the eighth cycle in the series, NPSAS:12, and 
supplements the recently obtained approval for NPSAS:12 collection of 
institutional data (OMB 1850-0666 v.7). NPSAS:12 will also 
serve as the base year study for the Beginning Postsecondary Students 
Longitudinal Study (BPS) of first-time postsecondary students that will 
focus on issues of persistence, degree attainment, and employment 
outcome. Following the field test study in 2011, NCES will submit an 
OMB clearance package for the full scale. The NPSAS:12 field test 
sample will include about 300 institutions (full-scale sample about 
1,670) and about 4,500 students (120,000 full-scale). Institution 
contacting for the field test begun in September 2010 (for full scale 
in September 2011), list collection will be conducted January through 
May 2011 (full-scale January through June 2012), and student data 
collection will take place March through June 2011 (full scale January 
through September 2012). Changes since the last NPSAS collection in 
2008 include a new cohort of the BPS which will conduct follow-up 
studies in 2014 and 2017, and revised strata for institution sampling 
to reflect the recent growth in enrollment in for-profit 4-year 
institutions. This submission requests approval for conducting student 
interviews, collecting student records, and file matching for NPSAS:12 
as part of the 2011 field test and a 60-day Federal Register public 
notice waiver for the 2012 full-scale study.
        Requests for copies of the information collection submission for 
OMB review may be accessed from the Web site at or from the Department's Web site 
at, by selecting the ``Browse Pending Collections'' 
link and by clicking on link number 4441. 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., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. 
Requests may also be electronically mailed to the Internet address or faxed to 202-401-0920. Please specify the 
complete title of the information collection and OMB Control Number 
when making your request.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information

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