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AGENCY:

Federal Student Aid, Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice of revision of the Federal need analysis methodology for the 2005-2006 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 2005-2006 under Part F of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), 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. Marya Dennis, Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Education, Union Center Plaza, 830 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 377-3385. 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 alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, Start Printed Page 33891audiotape 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 2005-2006 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 2003 and December 2004. However, since the Secretary must publish these tables before December 2004, 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 2003. The Secretary estimates that the increase in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers for the period December 2003 through December 2004 will be 1.5 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 2005-2006 has been updated in section 3 of this notice.

Section 478(h) 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-worker compared to a one-worker family for meals away from home, apparel and upkeep, transportation, and housekeeping services. However, the Secretary has determined that the magnitude of the marginal differences in the applicable employment expenses adjusted for inflation does not support increasing the amount of the Employment Expense Allowance. Furthermore, because the statute does not provide for a reduction in this allowance, it will remain the lesser of $3,000 or 35% of earned income for the 2005-2006 award year.

The HEA provides for the following annual updates:

1. Income Protection Allowance. This allowance is the amount of living expenses associated with the maintenance of an individual or family that may be offset against the family's income. It varies by family size. The income protection allowance for the dependent student is $2,440. The income protection allowances for parents of dependent students and independent students with dependents other than a spouse for award year 2005-2006 are:

Family sizeNumber in college
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2$13,870$11,490
317,27014,910$12,530
421,33018,95016,590$14,220
525,16022,79020,43018,060$15,700
629,43027,06024,70022,33019,970

For each additional family member add $3,320.

For each additional college student subtract $2,360.

The income protection allowances for single independent students and independent students without dependents other than a spouse for award year 2005-2006 are:

Marital statusNumber in collegeIPA
Single1$5,560
Married25,560
Married18,890

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—Then the adjusted net worth is—
Less than $1$0
$1 to $100,000$0 + 40% of NW
$100,001 to $295,000$40,000 + 50% of NW over $100,000
$295,001 to $495,000$137,500 + 60% of NW over $295,000
$495,001 or more$257,500 + 100% of NW over $495,000

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.

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4. Assessment Schedules and Rates. Two schedules that are subject to updates, one for parents of dependent students and one for independent Start Printed Page 33895students 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-$750
($3,409) to $12,40022% of AAI
$12,401 to $15,600$2,728 + 25% of AAI over $12,400
$15,601 to $18,700$3,528 + 29% of AAI over $15,600
$18,701 to $21,900$4,427 + 34% of AAI over $18,700
$21,901 to $25,000$5,515 + 40% of AAI over $21,900
$25,001 or more$6,755 + 47% of AAI over $25,000

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-$750
($3,409) to $12,40022% of AAI
$12,401 to $15,600$2,728 + 25% of AAI over $12,400
$15,601 to $18,700$3,528 + 29% of AAI over $15,600
$18,701 to $21,900$4,427 + 34% of AAI over $18,700
$21,901 to $25,000$5,515 + 40% of AAI over $21,900
$25,001 or more$6,755 + 47% of AAI over $25,000

5. Employment Expense Allowance. This allowance for employment-related expenses, which is used for the parents of dependent students and for married independent students, recognizes additional expenses incurred by working spouses and single-parent households. The allowance is based upon the marginal differences in costs for a two-worker family compared to a one-worker 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 $3,000 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.

The Secretary is delaying publication of these four tables in order to complete a thorough review of the available information from the Statistics of Income file data maintained by the Internal Revenue Service. Section 478(g) of Part F of the HEA directs the Secretary to update the tables for State and other taxes after reviewing the Statistics of Income file data. Also, a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (Pub. L. 108-199), directs the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance to examine the efficiency, effectiveness and fairness of the current procedures to update formula offsets and allowances. The Secretary will consider the preliminary findings of this analysis as he reviews the Statistics of Income file data.

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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; 84.268 William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program)

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Dated: June 14, 2004.

Theresa S. Shaw,

Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.

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