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Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance: Hearing

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AGENCY:

Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Education.

ACTION:

Notice of upcoming symposium.

SUMMARY:

This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming hearing of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order to attend the hearing (i.e. interpreting services, assistive listening devices, and/or materials in alternative format) should notify the Advisory Committee no later than Wednesday, August 31, 2005 by contacting Ms. Hope Gray at (202) 219-2099 or via e-mail at Hope.Gray@ed.gov. We will attempt to meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. The symposium site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. This notice also describes the functions of the Advisory Committee. Notice of this hearing is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This document is intended to notify the general public.

Date and Time: Thursday, September 8, 2005, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES:

The Holiday Inn Capitol Hotel, 550 C Street, SW., Columbia Ballroom, Lobby Level, Washington, DC 20024

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Nicole A. Barry, Deputy Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F Street, NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC 20202-7582, (202) 219-2099.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance is established under Section 491 of the Higher Education Act 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, Start Printed Page 47822the 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. In addition, Congress expanded the Advisory Committee's mission in the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 to include several important areas: access, Title IV modernization, distance education, and early information and needs assessment. Specifically, the Advisory Committee is to review, monitor and evaluate the Department of Education's progress in these areas and report recommended improvements to Congress and the Secretary.

The Advisory Committee has scheduled this symposium to examine the current condition of college access and persistence in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. The proposed agenda includes expert testimony and discussions by prominent researchers and scholars who will (a) examine the HEA's past achievements as well as the financial barriers to college that continue to confront low- and moderate-income students, (b) highlight exemplary strategies at the federal, state, and institutional levels that can be implemented to ensure that more low- and moderate-income students have a chance to succeed in college, and (c) address the Advisory Committee's current reauthorization proposal to renew the nation's access and persistence partnership.

Space for the symposium is limited and you are encouraged to register early if you plan to attend. You may register by sending an e-mail to the following address: ACSFA@ed.gov or Tracy.DeannaJones@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 fax your registration information to the Advisory Committee staff office at (202) 219-3032. You may also contact the Advisory Committee staff directly at (202) 219-2099. The registration deadline is Thursday, September 1, 2005.

Records are kept for Advisory Committee proceedings, and are available for 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. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Information regarding the Advisory Committee is available on the Committee's Web site, http://www.ed.gov/​ACSFA.

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Dated: August 9, 2005.

William J. Goggin,

Executive Director, Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.

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[FR Doc. 05-16094 Filed 8-12-05; 8:45 am]

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