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 2013–14, which is the third year of the 2011–16 grant cycle. The Web application will "go live" on November 3, and closes December 5, 2014. 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
Our contractor’s APR Web application is not designed to provide comprehensive instructions on completing the report. It is imperative to read and follow carefully the full instructions provided on the Department’s Web site at the address above.
The APR comprises four sections; you must complete all four sections of the APR. Further, in reviewing the 2012-13 APR data, we noted that a few TS projects reported having no seniors who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Among the services Talent Search projects must provide is assistance to participants in completing financial aid applications, including the FAFSA (see 34 CFR 643.4(4)(ii)). In addition, the financial aid application rate is one of the Government Performance and Result Act (GPRA) performance measures for the Talent Search program. Therefore, it is important that all TS grantees provide accurate and complete data on the number of seniors who complete the FAFSA and enroll in postsecondary education.
All grantees must register for a user ID and password in order to protect the security of the APR data. Register by clicking 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. It is required to provide responses to the security questions should you need to use the "Forgot Password" link to receive a new and/or temporary password.
For new Project Directors or Directors that have recently changed e-mail addresses, it is likely that your name and/or e-mail address is not updated in our records. In this situation, an e-mail message should be received from the Help Desk informing that the Program Specialist must approve the changes before the completion of the registration process. This process typically takes up to 48 hours. Once changes have been approved, an e-mail is sent informing the continuation of registering and submitting the APR.
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 3, 2014 until December 5, 2014. 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 all information has been completely collected.
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) 846-8248.
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 to the performance reporting period each year and for the 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