[Federal Register: July 10, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 132)]
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Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan, 
Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, 
Federal Family Education Loan, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, 
Federal Pell Grant, and Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership 

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice; deadline and submission dates for receipt of 
applications, reports, and other documents for the 2000-2001 award 


SUMMARY: The Secretary announces the deadline and submission dates for 
receiving documents from persons applying for assistance under the 
Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study (FWS), Federal Supplemental 
Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Family Education Loan 
(FFEL), William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan), Federal Pell 
Grant, and Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) 
programs for the 2000-2001 award year.

Direct Loan, Federal Pell Grant, and LEAP programs, administered by the 
U.S. Department of Education (Department), provide assistance to 
students attending eligible institutions of higher education to help 
them pay for their educational costs.

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    The following table provides the earliest submission and deadline 
dates for submitting Federal Pell Grant Disbursement Records to the 
Department's Recipient Financial Management System (RFMS). The 2000-

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2001 award year is the second year of RFMS. A disbursement record: (1) 
reports a disbursement or expected disbursement for each student, and 
(2) requests funds for those institutions that participate in the Just-
in-Time payment method pilot. The ``regular'' disbursement record 
includes an origination record unique identifier and the amount and 
date of the disbursement. RFMS uses totals of the accepted disbursement 
record data in the funding process as either the basis for adjusting an 
institution's authorization level or as a request for funds. An 
institution may submit a disbursement record earlier than the reported 
disbursement date in the record. The Department considers a 
disbursement of Federal Pell Grant funds to have occurred on the 
earlier of the date that the institution: (a) credits a student's 
account at the institution's general ledger or any subledger of the 
general ledger, or (b) pays a student directly with funds received from 
the Department. The Department considers a disbursement to have 
occurred even if institutional funds are used in advance of receiving 
the program funds from the Department (34 CFR ?? 668.164(a)).
    Table B provides the earliest date an institution can submit a 
disbursement record to the Department. Any disbursement record received 
prior to the earliest submission date is rejected. Table B also 
includes the latest date an institution may submit a disbursement 
record. The Department may impose an adverse action such as a fine or 
other penalty for an institution's failure to submit a Federal Pell 
Grant disbursement record within the required 30-day timeframe. Also, 
failing to submit a disbursement record within the required 30-day 
timeframe may result in an audit or program review finding for an 

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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, check 
with the post office at which the submission was mailed. The 
Department strongly encourages the use of 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.
    When submitting a written request for administrative relief, the 
Department accepts commercial couriers or hand deliveries between 8 
a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday except Federal 
holidays. The address for hand deliveries is listed in Table B.

Other Sources for Detailed Information on the Application and 
Automated Processes

    A more detailed discussion of the student application process for 
the Federal Pell Grant Program is contained in the 2000-2001 Student 
Guide, Funding Your Education, the 2000-2001 High School Counselor's 
Handbook, A Guide to 2000-2001 SARs and ISIRs, and the 2000-2001 
Student Financial Aid Handbook. A more detailed discussion of the 
institutional reporting requirements for the Federal Pell Grant Program 
is contained in the Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook and the 
Information for Financial Aid Professionals web site at http://

Applicable Regulations

    The following regulations apply: (1) Federal Pell Grant Program, 34 
CFR part 690, (2) Student Assistance General Provisions, 34 CFR part 
668, and (3) Institutional Eligibility, 34 CFR part 600.

Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Student Financial 
Assistance Programs, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW (ROB-3, Room 3045), 
Washington, DC 20202-5447. Telephone: (202) 708-8242. Individuals who 
use a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to Katie Mincey, Director of Alternate Format 
Center, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW (Switzer 
Bldg., Room 1000), Washington, DC 20202-4560. Telephone: (202) 260-

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    Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 421-429, 1070a, 1070b-1070b-3, 
1070c-1070c-4, 1071-1087-2, 1087a, and 1087aa-1087ii; 42 U.S.C. 
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers: 84.007 Federal 
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program; 84.032 
Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Programs; 84.033 Federal Work-
Study (FWS) Program; 84.038 Federal Perkins (Perkins) Loans; 84.063) 
Federal Pell Grant (Pell) Program; 84.069 Leveraging Educational 
Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program; and 84.268 William D. Ford 
Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Programs)

    Dated: July 5, 2000.
Greg Woods,
Chief Operating Officer, Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 00-17383 Filed 7-7-00; 8:45 am]