Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Education.
Notice of upcoming meetings.
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order to attend the meeting (i.e., interpreting services, assistive listening devices, and/or materials in alternative format) should notify Ms. Hope M. Gray at 202-219-2099 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, April 14. We will attempt to meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. This notice also describes the functions of the Committee. Notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This document is intended to notify the general public.
Tuesday, April 22, 2003, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 5 p.m.
The Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW., the Atrium Ballroom, Washington, DC 20001.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald, Staff Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F Street, NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC 20202-7582 (202) 219-2099.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance is established under section 491 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 as amended by Public Law 100-50 (20 U.S.C. 1098). The Advisory Committee serves as an independent source of advice and counsel to the Congress and the Secretary of Education on student financial aid policy. Since its inception, the Committee has been charged with providing technical expertise with regard to systems of need analysis and application forms, making recommendations that result in the maintenance of access to postsecondary education for low- and middle-income students; conducting a study of institutional lending in the Stafford Student Loan Program; assisting with activities related to the 1992 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965; conducting a three-year evaluation of the Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP) and the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1993; and assisting Congress with the 1998 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
The congressional mandate requires the Advisory Committee to conduct objective, nonpartisan, and independent analyses on important aspects of the student assistance programs under title IV of the Higher Education Act. The Committee traditionally approaches its work from a set of fundamental goals; promoting access; ensuring program integrity; integrating delivery across the title IV programs; eliminating or avoiding program complexity; and minimizing burden on students and institutions.Start Printed Page 16007
The most important charge of the Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to Congress and the Secretary that will lead to the maintenance and enhancement of access to postsecondary education for low- and middle-income students. In addition to carrying out its ongoing statutory charges, the Committee dedicated itself to articulating the current state of access by developing two reports on the condition of access, Access Denied: Restoring the Nation's Commitment to Equal Educational Opportunity and Empty Promises: The Myth of College Access in America. The Committee will build upon the findings in its access reports and prepare the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act by conducting follow on research that will assist in formulating recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of Education on student financial aid issues.
The proposed agenda includes round table discussion sessions with nationally recognized scholars focusing on (a) key dimensions of the core access/persistence problem and effective solutions, (b) assuring adequate information, financial access, academic preparation, and simple applications, (c) lowering unmet need and assuring both enrollment and persistence, and (d) implications for reauthorization of the HEA. Space is limited and you are encouraged to register early if you plan to attend. You may register through Internet at ADV.COMSFA@ed.gov or Tracy.Deanna.Jones@ed.gov. Please include your name, title, affiliation, complete address (including internet and e-mail—if available), and telephone and fax numbers. If you are unable to register electronically, you may mail or fax your registration information to the Advisory Committee staff office at (202) 219-3032. Also, you may contact the Advisory Committee staff at (202) 219-2099. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 16, 2003.
The Advisory Committee will meet in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 22, 2003, from 9 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m.
Records are kept of all Committee proceedings, and are available for public inspection at the Office of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F Street, NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays, except Federal holidays.Start Signature
Dated: March 27, 2003.
Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald,
Staff Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 03-7941 Filed 4-1-03; 8:45 am]
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