SEAs apply to the Department for funds using the Consolidated State Application process through which States submit a single application for funds for a number of Federal education formula grant programs. (Consolidated applications/plans are authorized under Title IX of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to promote coordination among programs and reduce paperwork.)
These applications are submitted at the beginning of each reauthorization cycle and remain in effect until the next reauthorization. However, states if needed may amend their application.
Section 5122 (c) Period of Application.--An application submitted by the State educational agency under subsection (a) shall be for a period not to exceed 3 years. The agency may amend the application annually, as may be necessary to reflect changes, without filing a new application.