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  • Second Chance Pell Fact Sheet: MS Word (38K) | PDF (89K)
    The Higher Education Act provides that students who are incarcerated in a Federal or State penal institution are not eligible to participate in the Federal Pell Grant program. On August 3, 2015, the Department of Education released a Federal Register notice inviting institutions of higher education (IHEs) to apply to participate in a new institutionally-based initiative. This initiative will allow participating IHEs, in partnership with one or more Federal or State penal institutions, to provide Federal Pell Grant funding to otherwise eligible students who are incarcerated and who are eligible for release back into the community.

  • Uniform Guidance Information for ED Grantees -- Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards: The Department has worked closely with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to streamline some federal circulars into a single guidance document, and make conforming changes to Department regulations. The old rules do not change – they are simply repackaged and enhanced to reduce burden on grantees. The new combined document is known as the “Uniform Guidance” and is codified at 2 CFR 200. The new guidance will take effect for recipients of Federal funds for awards made on or after December 26, 2014. The new regulations do not impact any Department of Education awards received prior to this date. For program-specific questions about this new guidance, contact your program officer.

  • OPE Grants Broaden Access to International and Foreign Language Education: In fiscal year 2014, the Department’s International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office awarded $71.1 million to colleges, universities, and other entities to strengthen the capacity and performance of U.S. education in world languages, international and area studies, teacher preparation, and international business education. This year, for the first time, IFLE awarded extra points to applicants who propose to broaden access to these opportunities by traditionally underserved students and institutions. Depending on the program, incentives were provided for collaboration with Minority Serving Institutions, community colleges, and teacher education programs, and for taking financial need into account when awarding fellowships for the study of foreign languages and international studies. The Department has begun to analyze the outcomes of these priorities, and the results are encouraging. For more information, check out the full text of this news brief.

  • The System for Award Management (SAM) is the official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. If you had an active record in CCR, you have an active record in SAM. You do not need to do anything in SAM at this time, unless a change in your business circumstances requires updates to your Entity record(s) in order for you to be paid or to receive an award or you need to renew your Entity(s) prior to its expiration. OPE grantees, potential grantees, and business entities are encouraged to note this change in the ED award system. Visit Grants.gov for more information regarding SAM and the grant process.

  • The Secretary's Reports on Teacher Quality - Preparing and Credentialing the Nation's Teachers: The Secretary's Ninth Report on Teacher Quality is now available.

  • Get information about federal student loan reduction or forgiveness

  • You can now follow the Office of Postsecondary Education on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/edpostsecondary

  • Policy Initiatives: Negotiated Rulemaking
    The Negotiated Rulemaking Process for Title IV Regulations - Frequently Asked Questions
    Gainful Employment
    Teacher Preparation Team
    Student Loans Team
    Program Integrity and Improvement Issues
    Foreign Schools Issues
    Violence Against Women Act

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Last Modified: 10/09/2015