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AGENCY:

Office of Student Financial Assistance, Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice of revision of the Federal need analysis methodology for the 2001-2002 award year.

SUMMARY:

The Secretary of Education announces the annual updates to the tables that will be used in the statutory “Federal Need Analysis Methodology” to determine a student's expected family contribution (EFC) for award year 2001-2002 under part F of title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended (Title IV, HEA Programs). An EFC is the amount a student and his or her family may reasonably be expected to contribute toward the student's postsecondary educational costs for purposes of determining financial aid eligibility. The title IV, HEA Programs include the Federal Pell Grant, campus-based (Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Programs), Federal Family Education Loan, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Edith Bell, Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., (Room 4621, ROB-3), Washington, DC 20202-5444. Start Printed Page 34455Telephone: (202) 708-5591. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you 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 the contact person listed in the preceding paragraph.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Part F of title IV of the HEA specifies the criteria, data elements, calculations, and tables used in the Federal Need Analysis Methodology EFC calculations.

Section 478 of part F of the HEA requires the Secretary to adjust four of the tables—the Income Protection Allowance, the Adjusted Net Worth of a Business or Farm, the Education Savings and Asset Protection Allowance, and the Assessment Schedules and Rates—each award year to take into account inflation. The changes are based, in general, upon increases in the Consumer Price Index.

For the award year 2001-2002 the Secretary is charged with updating the income protection allowance, adjusted net worth of a business or farm, and the assessment schedules and rates to account for inflation that took place between December 1999 and December 2000. However, since the Secretary must publish these tables before December 2000, the increases in the tables must be based upon a percentage equal to the estimated percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers for 1999. The Secretary estimates that the increase in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers for the period December 1999 through December 2000 will be 2.3 percent. The updated tables are in sections 1, 2, and 4 of this notice.

The Secretary must also revise, for each award year, the table on asset protection allowance as provided for in section 478(d) of the HEA. The Education Savings and Asset Protection Allowance table for the award year 2001-2002 has been updated in section 3 of this notice.

Section 477(b)(5) of part F of the HEA also requires the Secretary to increase the amount specified for the Employment Expense Allowance to account for inflation based upon increases in the Bureau of Labor Statistics budget of the marginal costs for a two-earner compared to a one-earner family for meals away from home, apparel and upkeep, transportation, and housekeeping services. Therefore, the Secretary is increasing this allowance as described in section 5 of this notice.

The HEA provides for the following annual updates:

1. Income Protection Allowance. This allowance is the amount of reasonable living expenses that would be associated with the maintenance of an individual or family. The allowance is offset against the family's income and varies by family size. The income protection allowance for the dependent student is $2,250. The income protection allowances for parents of dependent students and independent students with dependents other than a spouse for award year 2001-2002 are:

Family sizeNumber in college
12345
212,76010,580
315,89013,72011,540
419,63017,44015,27013,090
523,16020,97018,80016,62014,450
627,09024,90022,73020,55018,380
For each additional family member add $3,060.
For each additional college student subtract $2,170.

The income protection allowances for independent students without dependents other than a spouse for award year 2001-2002 are:

Marital statusNumber in college
Single1$5,110
Married25,110
Married18,180

2. Adjusted Net Worth (NW) of a Business or Farm. A portion of the full net value of a farm or business is excluded from the calculation of an expected contribution since—(1) the income produced from these assets is already assessed in another part of the formula; and (2) the formula protects a portion of the value of the assets. The portion of these assets included in the contribution calculation is computed according to the following schedule. This schedule is used for parents of dependent students, independent students without dependents other than a spouse, and independent students with dependents other than a spouse.

If the net worth of a business or farm is—The adjusted net worth is—
Less than $10
$1 to $90,0000+40%of NW
$90,001 to $275,00036,000+50%of NW over$90,000
$275,001 to $455,000128,500+60%of NW over275,000
$455,001 or more236,500+100%of NW over455,000
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3. Education Savings and Asset Protection Allowance. This allowance protects a portion of net worth (assets less debts) from being considered available for postsecondary educational expenses. There are three asset protection allowance tables—one for parents of dependent students, one for independent students without dependents other than a spouse, and one for independent students with dependents other than a spouse.

 Dependent Students

If the age of the older parent is—And there are—
Two parentsOne parent
Then the education savings and asset protection allowance is—
25 or less00
262,5001,500
275,0002,900
287,5004,400
2910,0005,800
3012,5007,300
3115,0008,800
3217,50010,200
3319,90011,700
3422,40013,100
3524,90014,600
3627,40016,100
3729,90017,500
3832,40019,000
3934,90020,400
4037,40021,900
4138,40022,300
4239,30022,800
4340,30023,300
4441,40023,800
4542,40024,400
4643,50024,900
4744,60025,500
4845,70026,100
4946,80026,700
5048,30027,200
5149,50027,900
5250,80028,600
5352,30029,400
5453,60030,100
5555,30030,800
5656,90031,500
5758,70032,400
5860,40033,200
5962,20034,200
6064,10035,000
6166,00036,000
6268,30037,000
6370,60038,000
6472,70039,100
65 and over75,10040,400

Independent Students Without Dependents Other Than a Spouse

If the age of the student is—And the student is—
MarriedSingle
Then the education savings and asset protection allowance is—
25 or less00
262,5001,500
275,0002,900
287,5004,400
2910,0005,800
3012,5007,300
3115,0008,800
3217,50010,200
3319,90011,700
3422,40013,100
3524,90014,600
3627,40016,100
3729,90017,500
3832,40019,000
3934,90020,400
4037,40021,900
4138,40022,300
4239,30022,800
4340,30023,300
4441,40023,800
4542,40024,400
4643,50024,900
4744,60025,500
4845,70026,100
4946,80026,700
5048,30027,200
5149,50027,900
5250,80028,600
5352,30029,400
5453,60030,100
5555,30030,800
5656,90031,500
5758,70032,400
5860,40033,200
5962,20034,200
6064,10035,000
6166,00036,000
6268,30037,000
6370,60038,000
6472,70039,100
65 and over75,10040,400

Independent Students With Dependents Other Than a Spouse

If the age of the student is—And the student is—
MarriedSingle
Then the education savings and assets protection allowance is—
25 or less00
262,5001,500
275,0002,900
287,5004,400
2910,0005,800
3012,5007,300
3115,0008,800
3217,50010,200
3319,90011,700
3422,40013,100
3524,90014,600
3627,40016,100
3729,90017,500
3832,40019,000
3934,90020,400
4037,40021,900
4138,40022,300
4239,30022,800
4340,30023,300
4441,40023,800
4542,40024,400
4643,50024,900
4744,60025,500
4845,70026,100
4946,80026,700
5048,30027,200
5149,50027,900
5250,80028,600
5352,30029,400
5453,60030,100
5555,30030,800
5656,90031,500
5758,70032,400
5860,40033,200
5962,20034,200
6064,10035,000
6166,00036,000
6268,30037,000
6370,60038,000
6472,700,39,100
65 and over75,10040,400

4. Assessment Schedules and Rates. Two schedules, one for dependent students and one for independent students with dependents other than a spouse, are used to determine the expected contribution toward educational expenses from family financial resources. For dependent students, the expected parental contribution is derived from an assessment of the parents adjusted available income (AAI). For independent students with dependents other than a spouse, the expected contribution is derived from an assessment of the family's AAI. The AAI represents a measure of a family's financial strength, which considers both income and assets.

The parents' contribution for a dependent student is computed according to the following schedule:

If AAI is—Then the contribution is—
Less than -$3,409 ($3,409)-$750
($3,409) to $11,400+22%of AAI
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$11,401 to $14,3002,508+25%of AAI over$11,400
$14,301 to $17,2003,233+29%of AAI over14,300
$17,201 to $20,1004,074+34%of AAI over17,200
$20,101 to $23,0005,060+40%of AAI over20,100
$23,001 or more6,220+47%of AAI over23,000

The contribution for an independent student with dependents other than a spouse is computed according to the following schedule:

If AAI is—Then the contribution is—
Less than -$3,409 ($3,409)-$750
($3,409) to $11,40022%of AAI
$11,401 to $14,3002,508+25%of AAI over$11,400
$14,301 to $17,2003,233+29%of AAI over14,300
$17,201 to $20,1004,074+34%of AAI over17,200
$20,101 to $23,0005,060+40%of AAI over20,100
$23,001 or more6,220+47%of AAI over23,000

5. Employment Expense Allowance. This allowance for employment-related expenses, which is used for the parents of dependent students and for married independent students with dependents, recognizes additional expenses incurred by working spouses and single-parent households. The allowance is based upon the marginal differences in costs for a two wage earner family compared to a one wage earner family for meals away from home, apparel and upkeep, transportation, and housekeeping services.

The employment expense allowance for parents of dependent students, married independent students without dependents other than a spouse, and independent students with dependents other than a spouse is the lesser of $2,900 or 35 percent of earned income.

6. Allowance for State and Other Taxes. This allowance for State and other taxes protects a portion of the parents' and student's income from being considered available for postsecondary educational expenses. There are four tables for State and other taxes, one each for parents of dependent students, independent students with dependents other than a spouse, dependent students, and independent students without dependents other than a spouse.

Parents of Dependent Students

If parents' State or territory of residence is:And parents' total income is—
less than $15,000$15,000 or more
then the percentage is—
Wyoming, Tennessee, Nevada, Alaska, Texas32
Louisiana, Florida, Washington, South Dakota43
Alabama, Mississippi54
North Dakota, Illinois, Connecticut, New Mexico, Missouri, West Virginia, Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas65
New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Idaho76
North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina, Ohio, Utah, Nebraska, Montana, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Vermont, Hawaii87
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, Maryland98
District of Columbia, Wisconsin, Oregon109
New York1110
Other43

Independent Students With Dependents Other Than a Spouse

If student's State or territory of residence is:And student's total income is—
Less than $15,000$15,000 or more
then the percentage is—
Wyoming, Tennessee, Nevada, Alaska, Texas32
Louisiana, Florida, Washington, South Dakota43
Alabama, Mississippi54
North Dakota, Illinois, Connecticut, New Mexico, Missouri, West Virginia, Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas65
New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Idaho76
North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina, Ohio, Utah, Nebraska, Montana, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Vermont, Hawaii87
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, Maryland98
District of Columbia, Wisconsin, Oregon109
New York1110
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Other43

Dependent Students

If student's State or territory of residence is:The percentage is—
Alaska, Texas, South Dakota, Wyoming, Washington, Tennessee, Nevada0
Florida, New Hampshire1
Connecticut, Louisiana, Illinois, North Dakota2
Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri3
Nebraska, Indiana, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas, Vermont, Michigan4
Montana, Idaho, Utah, Kentucky, Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, Delaware, Maine, Wisconsin5
Oregon, Maryland, Minnesota, Hawaii6
District of Columbia, New York7
Other2

Independent Students Without Dependents Other Than a Spouse

If student's State or territory of residence is:The percentage is—
Alaska, Texas, South Dakota, Wyoming, Washington, Tennessee, Nevada0
Florida, New Hampshire1
Connecticut, Louisiana, Illinois, North Dakota2
Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri3
Nebraska, Indiana, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas, Vermont, Michigan4
Montana, Idaho, Utah, Kentucky, Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, Delaware, Maine, Wisconsin5
Oregon, Maryland, Minnesota, Hawaii6
District of Columbia, New York7
Other2

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers: 84.007 Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant; 84.032 Federal Family Education Loan Program; 84.033 Federal Work-Study Program; 84.038 Federal Perkins Loan Program; 84.063 Federal Pell Grant Program; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, 84.268)

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Dated: May 23, 2000.

Jim Lynch,

Acting Chief Operating Officer, Student Financial Assistance.

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[FR Doc. 00-13399 Filed 5-26-00; 8:45 am]

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