FR Doc 2011-3030[Federal Register: February 10, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 28)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance: Hearing

AGENCY: Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Education.

ACTION: Notice of an open meeting/public hearing.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a 
forthcoming open meeting/public hearing for the Advisory Committee on 
Student Financial Assistance (the Advisory Committee). This notice also 
describes the functions of the Advisory Committee. Notice of the 
meeting/hearing is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act. This document is intended to notify the general 
public.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 17, 2011, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and 
ending at approximately 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Four Points by Sheraton, Franklin Room, 1201 K Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Alison Bane, Associate Director of 
Government Relations, Advisory Committee on Student Financial 
Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F Street, NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC 
20202-7582, (202) 219-2099.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-8339.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The Advisory Committee on Student Financial 
Assistance is established under Section 491 of the Higher Education Act 
of 1965 as amended by Public Law 100-50 (20 U.S.C. 1098). The Advisory 
Committee serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the 
Congress and the Secretary of Education on student financial aid 
policy. Since its inception, the congressional mandate requires the 
Advisory Committee to conduct objective, nonpartisan, and independent 
analyses on important aspects of the student assistance programs under 
Title IV of the Higher Education Act, and to make recommendations that 
will result in the maintenance of access to postsecondary education for 
low- and middle-income students. In addition, Congress expanded the 
Advisory Committee's mission in the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 
to include several important areas: access, Title IV modernization, 
distance education, and early information, and needs assessment. 
Specifically, the Advisory Committee is to review, monitor, and 
evaluate the Department of Education's progress in these areas and 
report recommended improvements to Congress and the Secretary.
    The March 17 meeting/hearing in Washington, DC, will consist of two 
sessions. The first session will be a roundtable discussion among 
experts regarding issues associated with the design and use of the 
institutional net price calculators mandated by Congress in the Higher 
Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The second session will be a panel 
discussion among experts of the nontraditional student population and 
the barriers to access and persistence that they face today. The third 
session will consist of a public comment session: five minutes will be 
allotted to those who request the opportunity to comment on one or both 
of the topics above. To participate in session three, please send an e-
mail to ACSFA@ed.gov noting your topic. We must receive your comments 
on or before March 9, 2011. Space is limited. Advisory Committee staff 
will contact presenters prior to the meeting/hearing.
    Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order 
to attend the event (i.e., interpreting services, assistive listening 
devices, and/or materials in alternative format) should notify the 
Advisory Committee no later than Friday, March 4, 2011, by contacting 
Ms. Tracy Jones at (202) 219-2099 or via email at 
tracy.deanna.jones@ed.gov. We will attempt to meet requests after this 
date, but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. 
The event site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
    Space for this event is limited and you are encouraged to register 
early if you plan to attend. You may register on the Advisory 
Committee's Web site, http://www.ed.gov/ACSFA or by sending an e-mail 
to the following address: ACSFA@ed.gov or Tracy.Deanna.Jones@ed.gov. 
Please include your name, title, affiliation, complete address 
(including internet and e-mail address, if available), and telephone 
and fax numbers. If you are unable to register electronically, you may 
fax your registration information to the Advisory Committee staff 
office at (202) 219-3032. You may also contact the Advisory Committee 
staff directly at (202) 219-2099. The registration deadline is 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011.
    Records are kept for Advisory Committee proceedings, and are 
available for inspection at the Office of the Advisory Committee on 
Student Financial Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F Street, NW.,--Suite 
413, Washington, DC, from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays. Information regarding the 
Advisory Committee is available on the Committee's Web site, 
http://www.ed.gov/ACSFA.
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    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
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    Dated: February 3, 2011.
William J. Goggin,
Executive Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
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