[Federal Register: June 9, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 110)]
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Part IV

Department of Education

Federal Pell Grant Program; Notice

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Federal Pell Grant Program

AGENCY: Department of Education

ACTION: Notice; deadline dates for receipt of applications, reports, 
and other documents for the 1997-98 award year.


SUMMARY: The Secretary announces the deadline dates for receiving 
documents from persons applying for grants under, and from institutions 
participating in, the Federal Pell Grant Program in the 1997-98 award 

Specialist, Student Financial Assistance Programs, U.S. Department of 
Education, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W. (ROB-3, Room 3045), 
Washington, DC 20202-5447. Telephone: (202) 708-8242. Individuals who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service at 1-800-730-8913 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., 
Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Pell Grant Program, administered 
by the U.S. Department of Education (Department), provides grants to 
students attending eligible institutions of higher education to help 
them pay for their educational costs. The program supports Goals 2000, 
the President's strategy for moving the Nation toward the National 
Education Goals, by enhancing opportunities for postsecondary 
education. The National Education Goals call for increasing the rate at 
which students graduate from high school and pursue high quality 
postsecondary education and for supporting life-long learning. 
Authority for the Federal Pell Grant Program is contained in section 
401 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1070a.

Deadline Dates

    The following tables provide the deadline dates for the Federal 
Pell Grant Program for the 1997-98 award year.

A.--Deadline Dates for Application Processing and Receipt of Student Aid Reports (SARs) or Institutional Student
                                           Information Records (ISIRs)                                          
                                                           Where is it                                          
          Who submits?             What is submitted?       submitted?           What is the deadline date?     
Student.........................  A paper original     The address          June 30, 1998.                      
                                   Free Application     indicated on the                                        
                                   for Federal          FAFSA, Renewal                                          
                                   Student Aid          FAFSA, or use                                           
                                   (FAFSA) or renewal   envelope provided                                       
                                   application          with form.                                              
                                   (Renewal FAFSA).                                                             
Student.........................  FAFSA Express        Central Processing   June 30, 1998.\1\                   
                                   electronic           System.                                                 
                                  Signature Page.....  The address printed  Aug. 14, 1998.                      
                                                        on the signature                                        
Student thru institution........  An electronic        Central Processing   June 30, 1998.\1\                   
                                   original or          System.                                                 
Student.........................  SAR corrections and  The address          Aug. 14, 1998.                      
                                   duplicate requests.  indicated on the                                        
Student thru institution........  Electronic (ISIR)    Central Processing   Aug. 14, 1998.\1\                   
                                   corrections and      System.                                                 
                                   duplicate requests.                                                          
Student.........................  Valid SAR..........  Institution........  The earlier of:                     
                                                                            --the student's last date of        
                                                                             enrollment; or                     
                                                                            --Aug. 31, 1998.                    
Student thru Central Processing   Valid ISIR.........  Institution          The earlier of:                     
 System to institution.                                 receives ISIR from  --the student's last date of        
                                                        the Central          enrollment; or                     
                                                        Processing System.  --Aug. 31, 1998.                    
Student.........................  Verification         Institution........  Aug. 31, 1998.                      
Student.........................  Verified SAR.......  Institution........  Aug. 31, 1998.                      
Student thru Central Processing   Verified ISIR......  Institution          Aug. 31, 1998.                      
 System to institution.                                 receives ISIR from                                      
                                                        the Central                                             
                                                        Processing System.                                      
\1\ The deadline for submitting electronic transactions is prior to midnight (Central Time) on the deadline     
  date. Transmissions must be completed and the records must be accepted for processing before midnight to meet 
  the deadline. Transmissions started but not completed until after midnight are not considered on time.        

 B. Deadline Dates for Reporting Federal Pell Grant Student Payment Data
                           What is        Where is it      What is the  
     Who submits?         submitted?       submitted?     deadline date?
Institution..........  At least one     Institutions     An institution 
                        acceptable       transmitting     is required to
                        student          student          submit student
                        Payment Data     Payment Data     Payment Data  
                        record must be   using            not later than
                        submitted for    Recipient Data   the earlier   
                        each Federal     Exchange or      of:           
                        Pell Grant       Floppy Disk                    
                        recipient at     Data Exchange                  
                        the              submit                         
                        institution      through:                       
                       --Recipient      --Regular Mail:  (a) 30 calendar
                        Data Exchange;  U.S. Department   days after the
                        or               of Education     institution:  
                       --Floppy Disk     Student Aid     --makes a      
                        Data Exchange;   Origination      payment; or   
                        or.              Team, PSS P.O.  --becomes aware
                       --Electronic      Box 10800        of the need to
                        Data Exchange    Herndon,         make an       
                        \1\.             Virginia 20172-  adjustment to 
                                         7009, or.        previously    
                                                          Payment Data  
                                                          or expected   
                                                          Payment Data; 

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                                        Commercial       (b) September  
                                         Couriers or      30, 1998      
                                         Hand            After September
                                         Deliveries:      30, 1998 only 
                                        U.S. Department   if:           
                                         of Education    --downward     
                                         Student Aid      adjustment of 
                                         Origination      previously    
                                         Team, PSS c/o    reported      
                                         PRC Inc., G-     award; or     
                                         T01 PGRFMS/     --initial audit
                                         DMS, 12001       or program    
                                         Sunrise Valley   review finding
                                         Drive, Reston,   per 34 CFR    
                                         Virginia 20191-  part 690.83   
                                        2. Institutions                 
                                         Payment Data                   
                                         Data Exchange                  
                                        Title IV Wide                   
                                         Area Network                   
                       Requests for     Pell Grant User  Aug. 14,       
                        year-to-date     Support          1998.\2\      
                       Processed         Hotline: (202)                 
                        Payment Data.    708-9141;                      
                                         System#: (800)                 
                                         (Requests also                 
                                         may be made                    
                                         using the                      
                                         addresses in                   
                                         items #1 and                   
                                         #2 above).                     
                       Request for      U.S. Department  Feb. 1, 1999.  
                        administrative   of Education                   
                        relief based     Institutional                  
                        on an            Financial                      
                        administrative   Management                     
                        error by the     Division, AFMS                 
                        Department or    P.O. Box 23791                 
                        Departmental     Washington, DC                 
                        contractors:     20026-0791                     
\1\ An institution that transmits its student Payment Data information  
  via the EDE Electronic Payments service must ensure that its          
  transmission is completed before midnight (local time at the          
  institution's EDE destination point) on September 30, 1998.           
\2\ Year-to-date data files may be requested after this date, however,  
  there may not be sufficient time for institutions to receive the file,
  create a payment data batch and submit to ED by the September 30, 1998
  deadline date for receipt of all 1997-98 requests for payment.        

Proof of Delivery

    The Department accepts as proof of delivery, if the documents were 
submitted by mail or by non-U.S. Postal Service courier, one of the 
    (1) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (2) A legibly-dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.

    [Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a 
dated postmark. Before relying on this method of proof of mailing, 
an institution should check with the post office at which it mails 
its submission. An institution is strongly encouraged to use First 
Class Mail.]

    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
    (4) Other proof of mailing or delivery acceptable to the Secretary.
    The Department accepts commercial couriers or hand deliveries 
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on days other than Saturday, 
Sunday, or Federal holidays.

Other Sources for Detailed Information on the Application and Automated 

    A more detailed discussion of the student application process for 
the Federal Pell Grant Program is contained in the 1997-98 Student 
Guide, Funding Your Education, the 1997-98 Counselor's Handbook for 
High Schools, the 1997-98 Counselor's Handbook for Postsecondary 
Schools, A Guide to 1997-98 SARs and ISIRs, and the 1996-97 and 1997-98 
Federal Student Financial Aid Handbooks. A more detailed discussion of 
the institutional reporting requirement for student Payment Data for 
the Federal Pell Grant Program is also contained in the Federal Student 
Financial Aid Handbooks.

Applicable Regulations

    The regulations applicable to this program are the Federal Pell 
Grant Program regulations in 34 CFR part 690, the Student Assistance 
General Provisions regulations in 34 CFR part 668, and the 
Institutional Eligibility regulations in 34 CFR part 600.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a)

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 84.063, Federal Pell 
Grant Program.

    Dated: June 3, 1997.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 97-14974 Filed 6-6-97; 8:45 am]