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Technical Admendments to the Higher Education Act


SPECIAL LEVERAGING EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS

 

SEC. ____. (a) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES. Section 415E of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070c-3a) is amended?

(1) by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

"(c) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES.?Each State receiving a grant under this section may use the grant funds for?

"(1) making awards that?

"(A) supplement grants received under section 415B by eligible students who demonstrate financial need; or

"(B) provide grants under section 415B to additional eligible students who demonstrate financial need;

"(2) providing scholarships for eligible students who?

"(A) demonstrate financial need; and

"(B)(i) wish to enter programs of study leading to careers in? "(I) information technology; "(II) teaching;

"(III) mathematics, computer science, or engineering; or

"(IV) other fields determined by the State to be critical to the State's workforce needs; or

"(ii) demonstrate merit or academic achievement; and

"(3) making awards that?

"(A) supplement community service work-study awards received under section 415B by eligible students who demonstrate financial need; or

"(B) provide community service work-study awards under section 415B to additional eligible students who demonstrate financial need."; and

(2) by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:

"(f) USE OF FUNDS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS PROHIBITED.?A State receiving a grant under this section shall not use any of the grant funds to pay administrative costs associated with any of the authorized activities described in subsection (c).".

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE. The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if enacted as part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 (P.L. 105-244).


Rationale:

Section __(a) would amend section 415E of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070c-3a) to revise and clarify the list of authorized activities for the Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP) program.

Sections 415E(c)(2) and (7) of current law, which authorize transition programs from secondary school to postsecondary education, and early intervention, mentoring, and career education programs, respectively, duplicate GEAR UP activities under chapter 2 of subpart 2 of part A of title IV of the Act. Furthermore, inclusion of these items in SLEAP unnecessarily adds to the burden and complexity of a State's maintenance of effort requirements under SLEAP.

Sections 415E(c)(1), (3), (4), (5), (6), and (8) of the Act would be clarified and reorganized into a proposed new section 415E(c) of the Act. These changes have been identified in the course of negotiated rulemaking on SLEAP, and would conform the statutory language with what we understand to have been the congressional intent to focus all of the authorized activities on providing awards to students. As a corollary of this, proposed new section 415E(f) of the Act would explicitly provide that SLEAP program funds are not to be used to pay States' administrative costs of carrying out SLEAP activities.

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