Talent Search Program
Dear Talent Search Project Directors:
It is time to prepare the Annual Performance Report (APR) for the Talent Search (TS) project for program year 2014–15, which is the fourth year of the 2011–16 grant cycle and the last year programs will receive information on their Prior Experience (PE) points. The Web application will "go live" on November 2 and will close on December 4, 2015. Please find the data structure and instructions for the report plus links to the secured APR Web site maintained by our contractor, at:
Important Information on Completing the APR
The APR Web application is not designed to provide comprehensive instructions on completing the report; therefore, it is imperative to read and follow carefully the full instructions provided on the Department’s Web site at the address provided above.
The APR comprises four sections; you must complete all four sections of the APR.
In order to protect the security of the APR data, all grantees must register for a user ID and password. To register click on the "Register Here Each Year" link and enter the name and e-mail address of the most recent Project Director. If the name and e-mail address match our records, proceed to the next step by selecting and answering two security questions. As part of initial registration, you must select and answer two security questions. By answering the two questions, you will be able to reset your password using the Forgot Password link.
If the information you entered during the registration process, does not match the information on file, this information will be sent to your program specialist requesting verification. Upon verification from your program specialist, the Help Desk will contact you using the email address your program specialist verified. The verification process typically takes up to 48 hours.
The Help Desk
For all technical problems accessing the Web site or using the Web application, please contact the Help Desk by either telephone at (703) 846-8248 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the Help Desk will try to contact projects within 24 hours of receiving the telephone call or e-mail. The Help Desk will be available to respond to questions on weekdays that are not Federal holidays from November 2, 2015 until December 4, 2015. During peak times, it may take longer to receive a response; we therefore recommend that you prepare and submit the performance report as soon as you have collected complete data.
After electronically submitting the APR, please submit a signed copy of the Section I Cover Page by scanning and uploading directly into the APR site. Should you have any issues or concerns with uploading the Section I Cover Page, please contact the Help Desk for assistance at (703) 832-1360.
If there is a need to revise the APR after it has been submitted, please contact the Help Desk for assistance. Please note that the Department will only accommodate revisions until the due date for submitting the APR. For any questions regarding the APR requirements, please contact your Program Specialist directly; to ascertain your Program Specialist's name, telephone number, and e-mail address, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triotalent/contacts.html.
Thank you for the time, effort, and dedication you devote to the performance reporting period each year and for your commitment to providing complete and accurate data. Please retain source documents in a readily accessible form so that they can be verified during an on-site visit.
GEAR UP, TRIO Talent Search and College Access Challenge Grant Division