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1996 Federal Registers Archive

  • 1996-12-18 - NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) - On September 20, 1996, the Department of Education published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Student Assistance General Provisions (34 CFR Part 668) regarding standards of financial responsibility (60 FR 49552-49574). The proposed standards would apply to all institutions that participate in a program authorized by title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (title IV, HEA programs), and to third-party servicers that enter into a contract with a lender or guarantee agency to administer any aspect of that lender's or agency's Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) programs. Many commenters responding to the NPRM requested that the Secretary extend the comment period to give institutions, higher education associations, and other interested parties more time to evaluate further the proposed ratio methodology and standards, and to prepare substantive comments and recommendations based on that additional analysis. The Secretary agrees that more time is needed to evaluate the proposed ratio methodology and standards, as well as the proposed rules regarding changes of ownership, and that additional public comment would improve the quality of information available for rulemaking. Therefore, the Secretary is reopening for 60 days the comment period for the following parts of the September 20, 1996 NPRM: * The proposed Subpart L. * The proposed Appendix F. * Paragraphs (e)-(h) of the proposed Sec. 668.23 (the repayment standards formerly contained in Sec. 668.24).
  • 1996-12-13 - NOTICE - The Secretary invites currently ineligible institutions of higher education that filed a Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP) (ED Form 646-1) in one or more of the ``campus-based programs'' for the 1997-98 award year to submit to the Secretary an ``Application for Institutional Participation'' and all documents required for an eligibility and certification determination. The campus-based programs are the Federal Perkins Loan Program, the Federal Work-Study Program, and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program and are authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The 1997-98 award year is July 1, 1997, through June 30, 1998.
  • 1996-12-05 - NOTICE, CORRECTION - Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act; Correction
  • 1996-11-29 - FINAL - The Secretary amends the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations by revising requirements for compliance audits and audited financial statements, revising the two-year performance exemption to the refund reserve requirement, and adding financial responsibility standards for foreign schools. These final regulations improve the Secretary's oversight of institutions participating in programs authorized by title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The final regulations do not contain changes to the general standards of financial responsibility, which will be considered further by the Secretary.
  • 1996-11-29 - FINAL - The Secretary amends the regulations governing the student financial assistance programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (title IV, HEA programs). These programs include the campus-based programs (Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs), the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Programs, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, the Federal Pell Grant Program, the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) Program, and the National Early Intervention Scholarship and Partnership (NEISP) Program. These regulations further the implementation of Department of Education (Department) initiatives to reduce burden and improve program accountability. They clarify and consolidate current policies and requirements, improve the delivery of title IV, HEA program funds to students and institutions, and further protect students and the Federal fiscal interest.
  • 1996-11-27 - FINAL - The Secretary amends the regulations governing the student financial assistance programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (title IV, HEA programs). These programs include the campus-based programs (Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs and the Federal Pell Grant Program. These regulations, which eliminate duplicate provisions for the student financial assistance programs and consolidate common provisions for the campus-based programs, are part of a planned series of regulatory reform and relief measures for the title IV, HEA programs. The Secretary made these changes in response to the President's Regulatory Reform Initiative.
  • 1996-11-27 - FINAL - The Secretary amends the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations, 34 CFR Part 668, to implement an amendment made to the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) by the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 (IASA). That amendment decreased from five years to three years the length of time that a recipient of federal funds is required to maintain records. In addition, the Secretary is consolidating and clarifying existing records retention rules, and reducing administrative burden on institutions.
  • 1996-11-27 - FINAL - The Secretary amends the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program regulations. These final regulations are needed to implement changes to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) giving the Secretary additional powers to assure the safety of Federal reserve funds and assets maintained by guaranty agencies insuring educational loans under the FFEL Program. The regulations establish conflicts of interest restrictions for guaranty agency staff and affiliated individuals and prohibit agencies from using Federal reserve funds for certain purposes.
  • 1996-11-27 - FINAL - The Secretary amends the regulations governing the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. The FFEL regulations govern the Federal Stafford Loan Program, the Federal Supplemental Loans for Students (Federal SLS) Program, the Federal PLUS Program, and the Federal Consolidation Loan Program, collectively referred to as the Federal Family Education Loan Program and authorized by Title IV, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The Secretary is making changes to the due diligence requirements for lenders and guaranty agencies participating in the FFEL Program.
  • 1996-11-26 - NOTICE, CORRECTION - This document corrects an error in the notice published in the Federal Register on September 9, 1996 for the Federal Pell Grant Program. The text of the double asterisk footnote on page 47654 is deleted and replaced with the text of the last paragraph on page 47655 under ``Proof of Delivery.'' It should read ``**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, 1997.''
  • 1996-11-21 - FINAL - The Secretary amends the regulations implementing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The amendments are needed to implement section 249 of the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 (IASA) (Pub. L. 103-382, enacted October 20, 1994), to eliminate unnecessary requirements, reduce regulatory burden, and incorporate several technical changes.
  • 1996-11-19 - NOTICE - The Secretary will convene six public meetings to obtain public comment for use in developing proposals for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. In addition, the Secretary invites written comments, suggestions, or ideas regarding reauthorization proposals.
  • 1996-11-19 - FINAL - The Secretary announces regulatory relief from specific regulations governing 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), and Federal Pell Grant programs, for the 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, and 1997-98 award years, to assist institutions and individuals who suffered financial harm from the following natural disasters: the Texas floods in October 1994; the California floods in January and March 1995; the Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri floods in May 1995; the Hurricanes in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina in September and October 1995; the Idaho, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia floods in January and February 1996; and the Hurricanes in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and West Virginia in September 1996.
  • 1996-10-11 - NOTICE, CORRECTION - William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program; Correction
  • 1996-10-08 - NOTICE - This notice establishes processing deadlines for the submission of William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program promissory notes and electronic records to the Secretary for the 1994-1995 academic year (Year 1) and the 1995-1996 academic year (Year 2). Any electronic records and promissory notes for loans made during Year 1 and Year 2 are subject to the deadlines contained in this notice.
  • 1996-09-23 - NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) - The Secretary proposes to amend the regulations governing the student financial assistance programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (title IV, HEA programs). These programs include the campus-based programs (Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs), the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Programs, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, the Federal Pell Grant Program, the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) Program, and the National Early Intervention Scholarship and Partnership (NEISP) Program. These proposed regulations further the implementation of Department of Education (Department) initiatives to reduce burden and improve program accountability. These proposed regulations clarify and consolidate current policies and requirements, make needed changes in the regulatory requirements for the Secretary to improve the delivery of title IV, HEA program funds to students and institutions, and further protect students and the Federal interest.
  • 1996-09-20 - NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) - The Secretary proposes to amend the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations by revising the requirement for compliance audits and adding a new subpart establishing financial responsibility standards. The proposed regulations would improve the Secretary's oversight of institutions participating in programs authorized by title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
  • 1996-09-19 - NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) - The Secretary proposes to amend the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program regulations. These proposed regulations are needed to implement changes to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) giving the Secretary additional powers to assure the safety of Federal reserve funds and assets maintained by guaranty agencies insuring educational loans under the FFEL Program pursuant to agreements with the Secretary. The proposed regulations would establish appropriate conflicts of interest restrictions for guaranty agency staff and affiliated individuals and would prohibit agencies from using Federal reserve funds for certain purposes.
  • 1996-09-19 - NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) - The Secretary proposes to amend the regulations governing the student financial assistance programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (title IV, HEA programs). These programs include the campus-based programs (Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs) and the Federal Pell Grant Program. These proposed amendments, which eliminate duplicate provisions for the student financial assistance programs and consolidate common provisions for the campus-based programs, are part of a planned series of regulatory reform and relief proposals for the title IV, HEA programs. The Secretary is proposing these changes in response to the President's Regulatory Reform Initiative.
  • 1996-09-17 - NOTICE - The Secretary gives notice to institutions of higher education that, beginning with the 1996-97 award year, the NSLDS may be used by postsecondary educational institutions to meet the regulatory requirements of Section 668.19(a)(1) and (a)(2)(i) for obtaining FAT information for most Title IV student aid applicants. Institutions were informed of this availability and the conditions under which the NSLDS may be used for FAT purposes, in a Dear Colleague letter dated July 1996 (GEN-96-13). Further guidance may be given by the Department in subsequent notifications.
  • 1996-09-17 - FINAL - The Secretary amends the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations. These technical amendments are necessary to clarify the regulations and to remove the procedural requirement that recipient institutions include in any request for funds the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number identifying the source of the funds and the amount of funds sought for each program included in the request. The Secretary takes action to defer this change in light of the information technology currently available to recipient institutions and the Department.
  • 1996-09-13 - NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) - The Secretary proposes to amend the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations, 34 CFR Part 668, to implement an amendment made to the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) by the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 (IASA). That amendment decreased from five years to three years the length of time that a recipient of Federal funds is required to maintain records. In addition, the Secretary is proposing to consolidate and clarify existing records retention rules, and reduce administrative burden on institutions.
  • 1996-09-11 - NOTICE - The Secretary gives notice to institutions of higher education of the deadline for an institution to submit a written request for a waiver of the statutory requirement that an institution shall use at least 5 percent of its total FWS Federal funds granted for the 1996-97 award year (July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997) to compensate students employed in community service jobs.
  • 1996-09-09 - NOTICE - 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 1996-97 award year.
  • 1996-09-06 - NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) - The Secretary proposes to amend the regulations governing the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. The FFEL regulations govern the Federal Stafford Loan Program, the Federal Supplemental Loans for Students (Federal SLS) Program, the Federal PLUS Program, and the Federal Consolidation Loan Program, collectively referred to as the Federal Family Education Loan Program. The Secretary is proposing to make changes to the due diligence requirements for lenders and guaranty agencies participating in the FFEL Program.
  • 1996-07-18 - NOTICE - The Secretary gives notice to institutions of higher education of the deadline for an institution to apply for fiscal year 1997 funds--for use in the 1997-98 award year (July 1, 1997 through June 30, 1998)--under the Federal Perkins Loan, FWS, and FSEOG programs. Under these programs, the Secretary allocates funds to institutions for students who need financial aid to meet the costs of postsecondary education. An institution is not required to establish eligibility prior to applying for funds. However, the Secretary will not allocate funds under the Federal Perkins Loan, FWS, and FSEOG programs for the 1997-98 award year to any currently ineligible institution unless the institution files its institutional participation application and other documents required for an eligibility and certification determination by the closing date that will appear in a separate notice in the Federal Register. The Secretary further gives notice that an institution that had a Federal Perkins Loan fund or expended FWS or FSEOG funds during the 1995-1996 award year (July 1, 1995, through June 30, 1996) is required to submit a Fiscal Operations Report to report its program expenditures as of June 30, 1996, to the Secretary. Applicants that did not participate in the Federal Perkins Loan Program, FWS Program, or FSEOG Program in the 1995-96 award year will be required to submit data for the application portion of the FISAP only. The Department is mailing only the application portion of the FISAP to first-time applicants. In addition, an institution must submit one original completed FISAP signature page and one original signed combined lobbying, debarment, and drug-free workplace certifications form (ED 80-0013 and referred to collectively as the ``compliance certifications'' form) for the 1997-98 award year. The Federal Perkins Loan, FWS, and FSEOG programs are authorized by parts E and C, and part A, Subpart 2, respectively, of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
  • 1996-07-15 - NOTICE - This notice establishes the deadline for submission of the ``Institutional Agreement For Participation In the Federal Perkins Loan Program Expanded Lending Option (ELO)'' (ELO Participation Agreement) by those eligible institutions that elect to participate in the Federal Perkins Loan Program ELO in the 1996-97 award year (the period from July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997).
  • 1996-07-15 - NOTICE - Institutions and borrowers participating in the Federal Perkins Loan and National Direct Student Loan Programs and other interested persons are advised that they may obtain information regarding the amendments to the Federal Perkins Loan and National Direct Student Loan Programs Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits for the 1995-96 School Year (Directory). The amendments identify changes in the list of schools that qualify borrowers for teacher cancellation benefits under each of the loan programs.
  • 1996-07-08 - NOTICE - The Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education announces the interest rates for variable rate loans made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program for the period July 1, 1996, through June 30, 1997.
  • 1996-06-25 - FINAL - The Secretary amends the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to remove unnecessary and obsolete regulations. The regulations removed are 34 CFR parts 639 (Law School Clinical Experience Program), 651 (Training in the Legal Profession), 652 (National Science Scholars Program), and 667 (State Postsecondary Review Program). As a result of new legislation, absence of funding, and review in accordance with the President's regulatory reinvention initiative, the Secretary has determined that these regulations are no longer needed.
  • 1996-06-19 - FINAL - This document contains corrections and other technical changes to the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program final regulations published in the Federal Register on December 1, 1994 (59 FR 61664) and on December 1, 1995 (60 FR 61820 and 60 FR 61790). Most of these changes apply to regulations governing the new income contingent repayment plan, which becomes effective July 1, 1996. However, several amendments correct provisions currently in effect.
  • 1996-06-14 - NOTICE - The Secretary of Education invites applications from schools to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. This notice relates to the Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loan Program, the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loan Program, and the Federal Direct PLUS Program, collectively referred to as the Direct Loan Program.
  • 1996-06-12 - FINAL, CORRECTION - This document contains corrections and other technical changes to the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program final regulations published in the Federal Register on December 1, 1994 (59 FR 61664). These regulations apply to loans under the Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loan Program, the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loan Program, the Federal Direct PLUS Program, and the Federal Direct Consolidation Loan Program, collectively referred to as the Direct Loan Program. The Secretary also corrects minor technical errors and omissions in the Institutional Eligibility regulations contained in 34 CFR Part 600, Subpart A, and the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations contained in 34 CFR Part 668, Subpart B.
  • 1996-06-12 - FINAL, CORRECTION - The Secretary gives notice to institutions of higher education of the deadline for an institution that participated in the FWS Program for the 1995-96 award year (July 1, 1995 through June 30, 1996) to submit a Campus-Based Reallocation Form to request supplemental FWS funds for the 1996-97 award year (July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997). The information collected is used to determine whether an institution is eligible to receive supplemental FWS funds for the 1996-97 award year.
  • 1996-05-31 - NOTICE - The Secretary of Education announces the annual updates to the tables included in the need analysis methodology that will be used to calculate expected family contributions for the 1997-98 award year under the Federal Pell Grant, campus-based (Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant), Federal Family Education Loan and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan programs. These programs are known collectively as the Title IV, HEA programs. The Secretary takes this action under the authority of sections 477 and 478 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).
  • 1996-04-17 - NOTICE - The Secretary announces the deadline dates for receiving documents from persons applying for financial assistance under, and from institutions participating in, the Federal Pell Grant Program in the 1995-96 award year.
  • 1996-03-14 - NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING (NPRM) - The Secretary proposes to amend the regulations implementing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The amendments are needed to implement section 249 of the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 (IASA) (Pub. L. 103-382, enacted October 20, 1994), to eliminate unnecessary requirements and reduce regulatory burden, and to incorporate several technical changes.
  • 1996-03-04 - NOTICE - This notice provides an update of the HHS poverty guidelines to account for last (calendar) year's increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index.
  • 1996-02-02 - NOTICE - The Secretary gives notice to institutions of higher education of the deadline for an institution to submit a written request for a waiver of the allocation reduction being applied to its Federal Perkins Loan, FWS, or FSEOG allocation for the 1996-97 award year (July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997) because the institution returned more than 10 percent of its allocation for that program for the 1994-95 award year (July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995).
  • 1996-02-02 - NOTICE - The Secretary invites comments on the Department of Education's proposal for improved oversight of the student aid programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). An early draft of the proposal was posted on the World Wide Web on December 6, 1995. The Secretary particularly invites comments on the Department's plans to provide regulatory relief to institutions of higher education that have consistently demonstrated a very high level of performance in administering Title IV programs and strong financial responsibility. The Secretary intends to develop a notice of proposed rulemaking, with an opportunity for further public comment, to implement parts of the draft proposal after considering the comments received in response to this advance notice. Other parts of the proposal may be implemented through administrative actions by the Department. Still others may require statutory changes.
  • 1996-02-01 - FINAL, CORRECTION - This document corrects errors in the Student Assistance General Provisions and the Federal Pell Grant Program regulations published in the Federal Register on December 1, 1995.
 
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