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There are three application processes for funding under this program:

  • Designation as an Eligible Institution for Title III and Title V Programs
  • Phase 1. Eligibility and Formula Data
  • Phase 2. Project Plan, Standard Forms, Certifications and Surveys

FY 2016 Application for Eligibility

You must be designated an eligible institution before applying for funding under this program. The latest application to request designation as an eligible institution and to request a waiver of the non-federal cost share requirement is available. Please note the closing date(s) and refer to the Federal Register Notice. Deadline: January 8, 2016.

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Phase 1. Program-Specific Eligibility and Formula Data

Part I of the application is the submission of information required for the Department to determine whether or not an institution qualifies as a PBI, and to calculate how much funding a PBI will receive, based on the formula established in the program legislation.  The information will be submitted on a form that must be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment to pbiprogram@ed.gov by 04:30:00 p.m. Washington, DC time, on the deadline date.  In order to calculate how much all grantee institutions will receive, it is essential that Part I of the application, the Formula Data, be submitted on time.  No calculations can be made unless and until all PBIs have submitted the required information in full.  Once determinations have been made, institutions will be informed whether or not they qualify as a PBI and how much they will be receiving. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait for this notification before beginning Part II of the application.

Phase 2. Project Plan, Standard Forms, Certifications and Surveys

In Phase 2, Parts II and III of the application will be submitted after the institution is informed by the Department how much funding it will receive based on the data submitted by the institution in Part I. Part II includes the budget, budget narrative, and a project narrative of no more than 50 pages describing the project activities, the goals and objectives of the project, and an evaluation plan including performance measures. Part III of the application includes the standard forms, certifications and surveys. More guidance regarding the Project Plan can be found in the application.

Timeline

Current Competition: FY 2016
Applications Available: February 1, 2016
Deadline for Transmittal of Phase 1 Formula Data: March 2, 2016
Deadline for Transmittal of Phase 2 Project Plan: April 1, 2016
Webinar information

Federal Register Notice

Current Application

FY 2016 Application Package and Forms

Tips and Assistance

Two FY 2016 preapplication technical assistance webinars are scheduled:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
11:00 a.m. | Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00) | 1 hour 30 minutes
Join February 9 WebEx meeting
Meeting number: 742 115 954
Meeting password: PBI
Join by phone -- To HEAR the audio, please dial: 866-917-6277; Participant code: 9607108

Thursday, February 11, 2016
2:00 p.m. | Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00) | 1 hour 30 minutes
Join February 11 WebEx meeting
Meeting number: 747 801 337
Meeting password: PBI
Join by phone -- To HEAR the audio, please dial: 866-917-6277; Participant code: 9607108

Application Contacts

Donald Watson, Team Leader
Telephone: (202) 219-7037
E-mail: donald.watson@ed.gov

Bernadette Miles
Telephone: (202) 502-7616
E-mail: bernadette.miles@ed.gov

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of Education, OPE
Higher Education Programs
Institutional Service
1990 K Street, N.W., 6th Floor
Mail Stop K-OPE-6-6055
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 502-7777
Fax: (202) 502-7861
E-mail: pbiprogram@ed.gov

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