Publication Date: July 5, 2012

Posted Date: July 5, 2012

Subject: Information Collection Request: FAFSA Completion Project Evaluation

FR Type: Notice


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 129 (Thursday, July 5, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39688-39689]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16424]

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Institute of 
Education Sciences; FAFSA Completion Project Evaluation

SUMMARY: The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. 
Department of Education (ED) is conducting a rigorous study of the Free 
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Project. The 
project will provide 80 Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) or school 
districts with access to data on whether specific students have 
completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
September 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding burden and/or the collection 
activity requirements should be electronically mailed to 
ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 
Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. Copies of the 
proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ``Browse Pending Collections'' link 
and by clicking on link number 04887. When you access the information 
collection, click on ``Download Attachments'' to view. Written requests 
for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 
400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. Requests may 
also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202-
401-0920. Please specify the complete title of the information 
collection and OMB Control Number when making your request.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-
8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35) requires that Federal agencies provide 
interested parties an early opportunity to comment on information 
collection requests. The Acting Director, Information Collection 
Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management 
Services, Office of Management, publishes this notice containing 
proposed information collection requests at the beginning of the 
Departmental review of the information collection. The Department of 
Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the 
following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper 
functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and 
used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) 
how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department 
minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including 
through the use of information technology. Please note that written 
comments received in response to this notice will be considered public 
records.
    Title of Collection: FAFSA Completion Project Evaluation.
    OMB Control Number: Pending.
    Type of Review: New.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 200.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,120.
    Abstract: This information is intended to help schools implement 
targeted outreach to seniors and their families who have not yet 
submitted a FAFSA, or who submitted a FAFSA that may be incomplete. The 
evaluation of the project is being conducted by IES staff in the 
National Center for Education Evaluation. The study will use a delayed-
treatment control group design, and will examine whether there is an 
impact from access to the data on students' application for and receipt 
of federal student aid and a proxy for college enrollment. The data 
collection to address these research questions will create minimal 
burden on respondents and have limited cost to the government. IES is 
requesting permission to obtain lists of high schools and student 
rosters from the participating districts or their high schools. Other 
data for the study--completion of a FAFSA, receipt of Pell Grant, and a 
proxy for college enrollment (whether an institution of

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higher education has drawn down the Pell Grant funds for individual 
students)--will come from existing ED administrative data that will not 
generate any new burden because they are already collected for other 
purposes. The analyses will be conducted internally by IES staff on 
data that is stripped of personally identifiable information. The 
results will be summarized in an internal memo.

    Dated: June 29, 2012.
Kate Mullan,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, 
Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2012-16424 Filed 7-3-12; 8:45 am]
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