Notice of deadline dates for receipt of applications, reports, and other records for the 2006-2007 award year.
The Secretary announces deadline dates for the receipt of documents and other information from institutions and applicants for the Federal student aid programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, for the 2006-2007 award year. The Federal student aid programs include the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Family Education Loan, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant, and Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership programs.
These programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Education (Department), provide financial assistance to students attending eligible postsecondary educational institutions to help them pay their educational costs.
Deadline and Submission Dates: See Tables A and B at the end of this notice.
Table A—Deadline Dates for Application Processing and Receipt of Student Aid Reports (SARs) or Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) by Institutions
Table A provides deadline dates for application processing, including corrections and submission of signatures, submission of verification documents and, for purposes of the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant) programs, receipt by institutions of SARs or ISIRs. We are using only three deadline dates in Table A for the 2006-2007 award year. The single date for the receipt of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is July 2, 2007, regardless of the method that the applicant uses to submit the FAFSA. September 17, 2007 is the deadline date for the submission and receipt of a signature page (if required), corrections, changes of addresses or schools, or requests for a duplicate SAR. September 24, 2007 is the deadline date for the submission and receipt of all other documents and materials that are specified in Table A.
Table B—Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant Programs Submission Dates for Disbursement Information by Institutions
Table B provides the earliest submission and deadline dates for institutions to submit Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant disbursement records to the Department's Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System.
In general, an institution must submit Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant disbursement records no later than 30 days after making a Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant disbursement or becoming aware of the need to adjust a student's previously reported Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant disbursement. However, because institutions were not able to submit ACG and National SMART Grant disbursement records until December 16, 2006, we considered institutions to be in compliance with the 30-day disbursement-reporting requirement for those two programs until January 17, 2007.
In accordance with the regulations in 34 CFR 668.164, we consider that Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant funds are disbursed on the earlier of the date that the institution: (a) Credits those funds to a student's account in the institution's general ledger or any subledger of the general ledger, or (b) pays those funds to a student directly. We consider that Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant funds are disbursed even if an institution uses its own funds in advance of receiving program funds from the Department. An institution's failure to submit disbursement records within the required 30-day timeframe may result in an audit or program review finding. In addition, the Secretary may initiate an adverse action, such as a fine or other penalty for such failure.
Other Sources for Detailed Information
We publish a detailed discussion of the Federal student aid application process in the following publications:
- 2006-2007 Funding Education Beyond High School.
- 2006-2007 Counselors and Mentors Handbook.
- A Guide to 2006-2007 SARs and ISIRs.
- 2006-2007 Federal Student Aid Handbook.
Additional information on the institutional reporting requirements for the Federal Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Grant programs is contained in the 2006-2007 Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) Technical Reference. You may access this reference by selecting “Software Technical References” under the heading “Publications” at the Information for Financial Aid Professionals Web site at: www.ifap.ed.gov.
Applicable Regulations: The following regulations apply: (1) Student Assistance General Provisions, 34 CFR part 668, (2) Federal Pell Grant Program, 34 CFR part 690, and (3) Academic Competitiveness Grant and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant Programs, 34 CFR part 691.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Harold McCullough, U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, 830 First Street, NE., Union Center Plaza, Room 113E1, Washington, DC 20202-5345. Telephone: (202) 377-4030.
If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call Start Printed Page 25277the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
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Theresa S. Shaw,
Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
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