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Federal Need Analysis Methodology for the 2017-18 Award Year-Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant and TEACH Grant Programs

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AGENCY:

Federal Student Aid, Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice; republication.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.063; 84.038; 84.033; 84.007; 84.268; 84.408; 84.379.

SUMMARY:

This notice is a republication of a May 24, 2016 notice (81 FR 32737) to include information that was missing from the original version. The only change to this version is in the “Education Savings and Asset Protection Allowance” table under the “Parents of Dependent Students” section, where the first row of information was missing from the original notice. No other information has changed.

The Secretary announces the annual updates to the tables used in the statutory Federal Need Analysis Methodology that determines a student's expected family contribution (EFC) for award year 2017-18 for these student financial aid programs. The intent of this notice is to alert the financial aid community and the broader public to these required annual updates used in the determination of student aid eligibility.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Marya Dennis, U.S. Department of Education, Room 63G2, Union Center Plaza, 830 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20202-5454. Telephone: (202) 377-3385.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Part F of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), specifies the criteria, data elements, calculations, and tables the Department of Education (Department) uses in the Federal Need Analysis Methodology to determine the EFC.

Section 478 of the HEA requires the Secretary to annually update the following four tables for price inflation—the Income Protection Allowance (IPA), the Adjusted Net Worth (NW) of a Business or Farm, the Education Savings and Asset Protection Allowance, and the Assessment Schedules and Rates. The updates are based, in general, upon increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

For award year 2017-18, the Secretary is charged with updating the IPA for parents of dependent students, adjusted NW of a business or farm, the education savings and asset protection allowance, and the assessment schedules and rates to account for inflation that took place between December 2015 and December 2016. However, because the Secretary must publish these tables before December 2016, the increases in the tables must be based on a percentage equal to the estimated percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for 2016. The Secretary must also account for any under- or over-estimation of inflation for the preceding year.

In developing the table values for the 2016-17 award year, the Secretary assumed a 2.5 percent increase in the CPI-U for the period December 2014 through December 2015. Actual inflation for this time period was .7 percent. The Secretary estimates that the increase in the CPI-U for the period December 2015 through December 2016 will be 2.1 percent.

Additionally, section 601 of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 (CCRAA, Pub. L. 110-84) amended sections 475 through 478 of the HEA affecting the IPA tables for the 2009-10 through 2012-13 award years and required the Department to use a percentage of the estimated CPI to update the table in subsequent years. These changes to the IPA impact dependent students, as well as independent students with dependents other than a spouse and independent students without dependents other than a spouse. This notice includes the new 2017-18 award year values for the IPA tables, which reflect the CCRAA amendments. The updated tables are in sections 1 (Income Protection Allowance), 2 (Adjusted Net Worth of a Business or Farm), and 4 (Assessment Schedules and Rates) of this notice.

As provided for in section 478(d) of the HEA, the Secretary must also revise the education savings and asset protection allowances for each award year. The Education Savings and Asset Protection Allowance table for award year 2017-18 has been updated in section 3 of this notice.

Section 478(h) of the HEA also requires the Secretary to increase the amount specified for the employment expense allowance, adjusted for inflation. This calculation is based on increases in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' marginal costs budget for a two-worker family compared to a one-worker family. The items covered by this calculation are: Food away from home, apparel, transportation, and household furnishings and operations. The Employment Expense Allowance table for award year 2017-18 has been updated in section 5 of this notice.

The HEA requires 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. The allowance varies by family size. The IPA for the dependent student is $6,420. The IPAs for parents of dependent students for award year 2017-18 are as follows:

Parents of Dependent Students

Family sizeNumber in college
12345
2$17,910$14,840
322,30019,250$16,190
427,54024,48021,430$18,360
532,49029,43026,38023,320$20,270
638,01034,94031,90028,83025,790

For each additional family member add $4,290. For each additional college student subtract $3,050.

The IPAs for independent students with dependents other than a spouse for award year 2017-18 are as follows:

Independent Students With Dependents Other Than a Spouse

Family sizeNumber in college
12345
2$25,280$20,960
331,48027,180$22,860
438,87034,56030,260$25,930
545,87041,54037,24032,920$28,620
653,64049,33045,04040,69036,400

For each additional family member add $6,060. For each additional college student subtract $4,300.

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Marital statusNumber in collegeIPA
Single1$9,980
Married29,980
Married116,010

2. Adjusted Net Worth of a Business or Farm. A portion of the full NW (assets less debts) of a business or farm is excluded from the calculation of an expected contribution because (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 NW of a business or farm isThen the adjusted NW is
Less than $1$0
$1 to $130,000$0 + 40% of NW.
$130,001 to $385,000$52,000 + 50% of NW over $130,000.
$385,001 to $640,000$179,500 + 60% of NW over $385,000.
$640,001 or more$332,500 + 100% of NW over $640,000.

3. Education Savings and Asset Protection Allowance. This allowance protects a portion of NW (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.

Parents of Dependent Students

If the age of the older parent isAnd they are
MarriedSingle
Then the education savings and asset protection allowance is
25 or less00
261,100600
272,2001,300
283,4001,900
294,5002,600
305,6003,200
316,7003,800
327,8004,500
339,0005,100
3410,1005,800
3511,2006,400
3612,3007,000
3713,4007,700
3814,6008,300
3915,7009,000
4016,8009,600
4117,1009,800
4217,50010,000
4317,90010,200
4418,40010,500
4518,80010,700
4619,30010,900
4719,80011,200
4820,20011,400
4920,70011,700
5021,20012,000
5121,70012,200
5222,40012,500
5322,90012,800
5423,60013,200
5524,10013,500
5624,80013,800
5725,60014,100
5826,20014,500
5926,90014,900
6027,70015,200
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6128,50015,600
6229,30016,000
6330,10016,400
6431,10016,900
65 or older31,90017,300

Independent Students With Dependents Other Than a Spouse

If the age of the student isAnd they are
MarriedSingle
Then the education savings and asset protection allowance is
25 or less00
261,100600
272,2001,300
283,4001,900
294,5002,600
305,6003,200
316,7003,800
327,8004,500
339,0005,100
3410,1005,800
3511,2006,400
3612,3007,000
3713,4007,700
3814,6008,300
3915,7009,000
4016,8009,600
4117,1009,800
4217,50010,000
4317,90010,200
4418,40010,500
4518,80010,700
4619,30010,900
4719,80011,200
4820,20011,400
4920,70011,700
5021,20012,000
5121,70012,200
5222,40012,500
5322,90012,800
5423,60013,200
5524,10013,500
5624,80013,800
5725,60014,100
5826,20014,500
5926,90014,900
6027,70015,200
6128,50015,600
6229,30016,000
6330,10016,400
6431,10016,900
65 or older31,90017,300

Independent Students Without Dependents Other Than a Spouse

If the age of the student isAnd they are
MarriedSingle
Then the education savings and asset protection allowance is
25 or less00
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261,100600
272,2001,300
283,4001,900
294,5002,600
305,6003,200
316,7003,800
327,8004,500
339,0005,100
3410,1005,800
3511,2006,400
3612,3007,000
3713,4007,700
3814,6008,300
3915,7009,000
4016,8009,600
4117,1009,800
4217,50010,000
4317,90010,200
4418,40010,500
4518,80010,700
4619,30010,900
4719,80011,200
4820,20011,400
4920,70011,700
5021,20012,000
5121,70012,200
5222,40012,500
5322,90012,800
5423,60013,200
5524,10013,500
5624,80013,800
5725,60014,100
5826,20014,500
5926,90014,900
6027,70015,200
6128,50015,600
6229,30016,000
6330,10016,400
6431,10016,900
65 or older31,90017,300

4. Assessment Schedules and Rates. Two schedules that are subject to updates—one for parents of dependent students and one for independent students with dependents other than a spouse—are used to determine the EFC from family financial resources toward educational expenses. For dependent students, the EFC is derived from an assessment of the parents' adjusted available income (AAI). For independent students with dependents other than a spouse, the EFC 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 isThen the contribution is
Less than −$3,409−$750
−$3,409 to $16,00022% of AAI.
$16,001 to $20,100$3,520 + 25% of AAI over $16,000.
$20,101 to $24,200$4,545 + 29% of AAI over $20,100.
$24,201 to $28,300$5,734 + 34% of AAI over $24,200.
$28,301 to $32,300$7,128 + 40% of AAI over $28,300.
$32,301 or more$8,728 + 47% of AAI over $32,300.

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If AAI isThen the Contribution is
Less than −$3,409−$750
−$3,409 to $16,00022% of AAI
$16,001 to $20,100$3,520 + 25% of AAI over $16,000
$20,101 to $24,200$4,545 + 29% of AAI over $20,100
$24,201 to $28,300$5,734 + 34% of AAI over $24,200
$28,301 to $32,300$7,128 + 40% of AAI over $28,300
$32,301 or more$8,728 + 47% of AAI over $32,300

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 on the marginal differences in costs for a two-worker family compared to a one-worker family. The items covered by these additional expenses are: Food away from home, apparel, transportation, and household furnishings and operations.

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 $4,000 or 35 percent of earned income.

6. Allowance for State and Other Taxes. The allowance for State and other taxes protects a portion of parents' and students' incomes from being considered available for postsecondary educational expenses. There are four categories 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. Section 478(g) of the HEA directs the Secretary to update the tables for State and other taxes after reviewing the Statistics of Income file data maintained by the Internal Revenue Service.

StateParents of dependents and independents with dependents other than a spouseDependents and independents without dependents other than a spouse
Percent of Total IncomeAll (%)
Under $15,000$15,000 & Up
Alabama322
Alaska210
Arizona432
Arkansas433
California876
Colorado433
Connecticut985
Delaware543
District of Columbia876
Florida321
Georgia543
Hawaii544
Idaho543
Illinois653
Indiana433
Iowa543
Kansas433
Kentucky544
Louisiana322
Maine654
Maryland876
Massachusetts764
Michigan543
Minnesota655
Mississippi322
Missouri543
Montana543
Nebraska543
Nevada211
New Hampshire541
New Jersey985
New Mexico322
New York1097
North Carolina544
North Dakota211
Ohio543
Oklahoma322
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Oregon765
Pennsylvania543
Rhode Island764
South Carolina543
South Dakota211
Tennessee211
Texas321
Utah543
Vermont653
Virginia654
Washington321
West Virginia322
Wisconsin764
Wyoming211
Other211

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1087rr.

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Dated: August 3, 2016.

James W. Runcie,

Chief Operating Officer Federal Student Aid.

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[FR Doc. 2016-18723 Filed 8-5-16; 8:45 am]

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