Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; 2013-2014 Federal Student Aid Application, 48970-48973 [2012-19943]

Download as PDF 48970 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2012 / Notices does not routinely train with rotarywing light-lift and attack support. In support of the proposed action to base and operate up to two VMM squadrons and one HMLA squadron in Hawaii, the DoN will: (1) Implement facilities projects at MCB Hawaii Kaneohe Bay to accommodate the squadrons, to include demolition, new construction, and renovation; (2) conduct aviation training, readiness, and special exercise operations at training facilities and federally obligated state airports statewide; and (3) construct improvements at selected training facilities. All practical means to avoid or minimize environmental harm from the selected alternative have been adopted. The complete text of the Record of Decision is available for public viewing on the project Web site at www.mcbh.usmc.mil/mv22h1eis along with the Final Environmental Impact Statement and the Programmatic Agreement negotiated under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. For further information, contact Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific Division, Attn: EV21, MV–22/H–1 EIS Project Manager, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860–3134. Telephone 808–472–1196. Dated: August 6, 2012. C.K. Chiappetta, Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–20024 Filed 8–14–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD Sunshine Act Notice Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting and Hearing. AGENCY: Pursuant to the provisions of the ‘‘Government in the Sunshine Act’’ (5 U.S.C. 552b), and as authorized by 42 U.S.C. 2286b, notice is hereby given of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s (Board) public meeting and hearing described below. The Board invites interested persons or groups to present comments, technical information, or data concerning safety issues related to the matters to be considered. TIME AND DATE OF MEETING: Session I: 1 p.m.—5 p.m., October 2, 2012; Session II: 6:30 p.m.—9 p.m., October 2, 2012. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:49 Aug 14, 2012 Jkt 226001 Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902. STATUS Open. While the Government in the Sunshine Act does not require that the scheduled discussion be conducted in a meeting, the Board has determined that an open meeting in this specific case furthers the public interests underlying both the Sunshine Act and the Board’s enabling legislation. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: In Session I of this public meeting and hearing, the Board will examine the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) efforts to mitigate risks to public and worker safety posed by aging defense nuclear facilities at the Y–12 National Security Complex. The Board will receive testimony from NNSA and its contractors concerning the operations at existing Y–12 defense nuclear facilities, including Building 9212, Building 9204–2E, and Building 9215. The Board is interested in actions taken to address recent issues with conduct of operations, maintenance, and work planning; the contractor’s processes for identifying and resolving safety issues; and the effectiveness of NNSA’s oversight for nuclear operations. The Board will also examine the status of emergency preparedness at Y–12 and will receive testimony concerning how well NNSA and its contractor are prepared to respond to severe events and site emergencies. The Board is interested in lessons learned from the events at the Fukushima Daiichi complex and the actions taken to incorporate these lessons learned at the site-wide level and in defense nuclear facility operations. During Session II, the Board will receive testimony regarding factors that could affect the timely execution and safety of the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project. These factors include the federal project team’s strategy for identifying and resolving safety issues in a timely manner. The Board is also interested in exploring the potential safety impacts of NNSA’s decision to accelerate the acquisition of select processing capabilities and defer others to a later date, as well as the potential for weaknesses in technology development to impact safety. The public hearing portion of this proceeding is authorized by 42 U.S.C. 2286b. CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Debra Richardson, Deputy General Manager, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, 625 Indiana Avenue NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004–2901, (800) 788–4016. This is a toll-free number. PLACE: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Public participation in the hearing is invited. The Board is setting aside time at the end of each session of the hearing for presentations and comments from the public. Requests to speak may be submitted in writing or by telephone. The Board asks that commenters describe the nature and scope of their oral presentations. Those who contact the Board prior to close of business on September 28, 2012, will be scheduled to speak at the session of the hearing most relevant to their presentations. At the beginning of Session I, the Board will post a schedule for speakers at the entrance to the hearing room. Anyone who wishes to comment or provide technical information or data may do so in writing, either in lieu of, or in addition to, making an oral presentation. The Board Members may question presenters to the extent deemed appropriate. Documents will be accepted at the hearing or may be sent to the Board’s Washington, DC, office. The Board will hold the record open until November 2, 2012, for the receipt of additional materials. The hearing will be presented live through Internet video streaming. A link to the presentation will be available on the Board’s Web site (www.dnfsb.gov). A transcript of the hearing, along with a DVD video recording, will be made available by the Board for inspection and viewing by the public at the Board’s Washington, DC, office and at DOE’s public reading room at the DOE Federal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585. The Board specifically reserves its right to further schedule and otherwise regulate the course of the meeting and hearing, to recess, reconvene, postpone, or adjourn the meeting and hearing, conduct further reviews, and otherwise exercise its power under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: August 10, 2012. Peter S. Winokur, Chairman. [FR Doc. 2012–20087 Filed 8–13–12; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 3670–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; 2013–2014 Federal Student Aid Application Department of Education. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 48971 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2012 / Notices requests comments on the 2013–2014 versions of the forms used by individuals applying for federal student aid including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Student Aid Report (SAR). DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 15, 2012. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically by emailing FAFSA.Comments@ed.gov. Any comments received after this date will be retained for consideration in the next annual review of the federal student aid application. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary is publishing this request for comment under the Provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Under that Act, the Department must obtain the review and approval of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before it may use a form to collect information. However, under procedure for obtaining approval from OMB, the Department must first obtain public comment of the proposed form, and to obtain that comment, the Department must publish this notice in the Federal Register. In addition to comments requested above, to accommodate the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Secretary is interested in receiving comments with regard to the following matters: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department, (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner, (3) is the estimate of burden accurate, (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Request for Comments: Comments should be submitted to the Department as indicated. All comments will become a matter of public record. Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 04899. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Requests may also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202– 401–0920. Please specify the complete title of the information collection when making your request. Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Title of Collection: 2013–2014 Federal Student Aid Application. OMB Control Number: 1845–0001. Type of Review: Revision. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 46,099,008. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 25,959,853. Abstract: Section 483 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), mandates that the Secretary of Education ‘‘* * * shall produce, distribute, and process free of charge common financial reporting forms as described in this subsection to be used for application and reapplication to determine the need and eligibility of a student for financial assistance * * *’’. The determination of need and eligibility are for the following Title IV, HEA, federal student financial assistance programs: the Federal Pell Grant Program; the Campus-Based programs (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, and the Federal Perkins Loan Program); the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program; the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant; and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education (hereafter ‘‘the Department’’), subsequently developed an application process to collect and process the data necessary to determine a student’s eligibility to receive Title IV, HEA program assistance. The application process involves an applicant’s submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After submission of the FAFSA, an applicant receives a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the data they submitted on the FAFSA. The applicant reviews the SAR, and, if necessary, will make corrections or updates to their submitted FAFSA. The Department seeks OMB approval of all application components as a single ‘‘collection of information’’. The aggregate burden will be accounted for under OMB Control Number 1845–0001. The specific application components, descriptions and submission methods for each are listed in Table 1. TABLE 1—FEDERAL STUDENT AID APPLICATION COMPONENTS Component Description Submission method Initial Submission of FAFSA FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) .................... FOTW—Renewal ..................................... FOTW—EZ ............................................... srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOTW—EZ Renewal ............................... FAFSA on the Phone (FOTP) .................. FOTP—EZ ................................................ VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:49 Aug 14, 2012 Jkt 226001 Online FAFSA that offers applicants a customized experience. Online FAFSA for applicants who have previously completed the FAFSA. Online FAFSA for applicants who qualify for the Simplified Needs Test (SNT) or Automatic Zero (Auto Zero) needs analysis formulas. Online FAFSA for applicants who have previously completed the FAFSA and who qualify for the SNT or Auto Zero needs analysis formulas. The Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) representatives assist applicants by filing the FAFSA on their behalf through FOTW. FSAIC representatives assist applicants who qualify for the SNT or Auto Zero needs analysis formulas by filing the FAFSA on their behalf through FOTW. Submitted by the www.fafsa.gov. PO 00000 15AUN1 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM applicant via Submitted through www.fafsa.gov for applicants who call 1–800–4–FED– AID. 48972 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2012 / Notices TABLE 1—FEDERAL STUDENT AID APPLICATION COMPONENTS—Continued Component Description Submission method FAA Access .............................................. Online tool that a financial aid administrator (FAA) utilizes to submit a FAFSA. Submitted through www.faaacess.ed.gov by a FAA on behalf of an applicant. FAA Access—Renewal ............................ Online tool that a FAA can utilize to submit a Renewal FAFSA. Online tool that a FAA can utilize to submit a FAFSA for applicants who qualify for the SNT or Auto Zero needs analysis formulas. Online tool that a FAA can utilize to submit a FAFSA for applicants who have previously completed the FAFSA and who qualify for the SNT or Auto Zero needs analysis formulas. This is a submission done by a FAA, on behalf of the applicant, using the Electronic Data Exchange (EDE). FAA Access—EZ ..................................... FAA Access—EZ Renewal ...................... Electronic Other ....................................... PDF FAFSA or Paper FAFSA ................. The paper version of the FAFSA printed by the Department for applicants who are unable to access the Internet or the online PDF FAFSA for applicants who can access the Internet but are unable to complete the form using FOTW. The FAA may be using their mainframe computer or software to facilitate the EDE process. Mailed by the applicant. Correcting Submitted FAFSA Information and Reviewing FAFSA Information FOTW—Corrections ................................. Electronic Other—Corrections ................. Paper SAR—This is a SAR and an option for corrections. FAA Access—Corrections ........................ Any applicant who has a Federal Student Aid PIN (FSA PIN)—regardless of how they originally applied—may make corrections using FOTW Corrections. With the applicant’s permission, corrections can be made by a FAA using the EDE. The full paper summary that is mailed to paper applicants who did not provide an e-mail address and to applicants whose records were rejected due to critical errors during processing. Applicants can write corrections directly on the paper SAR and mail for processing. An institution can use FAA Access to correct the FAFSA ... Internal Department Corrections .............. The Department will submit an applicant’s record for system-generated corrections. FSAIC Corrections ................................... Any applicant, with their Data Release Number (DRN), can change the postsecondary institutions listed on their FAFSA or change their address by calling FSAIC. The eSAR is an online version of the SAR that is available on FOTW to all applicants with a PIN. Notifications for the eSAR are sent to students who applied electronically or by paper and provided an e-mail address. These notifications are sent by e-mail and include a secure hyperlink that takes the user to the FOTW site. This is the condensed paper SAR that is mailed to applicants who applied electronically but did not provide an email address and do not meet the criteria for a full paper SAR. SAR Electronic (eSAR) ............................ srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SAR Acknowledgment ............................. This information collection also documents an estimate of the annual public burden as it relates to the application process for federal student aid. The Applicant Burden Model (ABM), measures applicant burden through an assessment of the activities each applicant conducts in conjunction with other applicant characteristics and in terms of burden, the average applicant’s experience. Key determinants of the ABM include: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:49 Aug 14, 2012 Jkt 226001 › The total number of applicants that will potentially apply for federal student aid; › How the applicant chooses to complete and submit the FAFSA (e.g., by paper or electronically via FOTW); › How the applicant chooses to submit any corrections and/or updates (e.g., the paper SAR or electronically via FOTW Corrections); › The type of SAR document the applicant receives (eSAR, SAR acknowledgment, or paper SAR); PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Submitted by the www.fafsa.gov. applicant via The FAA may be using their mainframe computer or software to facilitate the EDE process. Mailed by the applicant. Submitted through www.faaacess.ed.gov by a FAA on behalf of an applicant. There is no burden to the applicants under this correction type as these are system-based corrections. These changes are made directly in the CPS system by a FSAIC representative. Cannot be submitted for processing. › The formula applied to determine the applicant’s expected family contribution (full need analysis formula, Simplified Needs Test or Automatic Zero); and › The average amount of time involved in preparing to complete the application. The ABM is largely driven by the number of potential applicants for the application cycle. The total application projection for 2013–2014 is based upon two factors—estimates of the total enrollment in all degree-granting E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 15, 2012 / Notices institutions and the percentage change in FAFSA submissions for the last completed or almost completed application cycle. The ABM is also based on the application options available to students and parents. The Department accounts for each application component based on web trending tools, survey information, and other Department data sources. For 2013–2014, the Department is reporting a net burden reduction of 3,398,000 hours. The reduction is a reflection of the effects of simplifying FAFSA on the Web, which is utilized by the majority of applicants who apply for aid. Simplification of the application is demonstrated by (1) the average completion times for initial submissions and; (2) fewer corrections being made to the application. The projected average completion times for initial submissions has decreased by 11 minutes for 2013–14. In data reported in the 2012–2013 supporting statement, first-time filers using FOTW would take approximately 1.30 hours (78 minutes) to submit an application. The data from 2011–12 indicate that the same user would be able to submit their application in 1.12 hours (67 minutes), reducing their burden by .18 hours (11 minutes). Corrections are also projected to decrease by 760,696 responses for 2013– 14. Fewer corrections mean that more comprehensive and accurate data was captured in the initial submission of the application. Updated completion times were calculated for each component and have been used to estimate the burden, excluding the change in the applicant volume. The results demonstrate that the burden for all applicants would have decreased by almost 13 percent or 48973 3,758,702 hours, if the application volume had remained constant. If the Department had not simplified the application process, thus reducing the time required to complete the FAFSA, the new burden estimates would only need to account for the change in applicants. The 1.43% increase in applicants would result in an increase in burden of 347,945 hours. Accounting for both the increase in total applicants and the decrease in individual applicant burden, the net change is an overall decrease of almost 12 percent or 3,398,000 hours. The following Table shows the net burden change and total cost for applicants. The change in total annual responses is also listed in the Table. Total annual responses include the original FAFSA submission and corrections. TABLE 2—NET BURDEN CHANGE 2012–2013 2013–2014 Change % Change Burden disposition Accounting for change in applicant burden and change in applicants. 24,705,864 25,053,809 +347,945 +1.41 Total Applicant Burden ............... Total Annual Responses ............ Cost for All Applicants ................ srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Total Applicants .......................... 29,357,853 46,447,024 $234,804.24 25,959,853 46,099,007 $190,224.76 ¥3,398,000 ¥348,017 $44,579.48 ¥11.6 ¥.75 ¥18.99 The Department takes pride in the continued efforts to simplify the FAFSA submission process and the continued decrease in burden associated with the application process, even as the Department serves more students each year. The results confirm the significant improvements that have been made to the application process. The Department believes that these changes will lead to more students completing the FAFSA and will assist more students with their pursuit of postsecondary education through access to Title IV, HEA program assistance. The Secretary is publishing this request for comment under the Provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Under that Act, the Department must obtain the review and approval of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before it may use a form to collect information. However, under procedure for obtaining approval from OMB, the Department must first obtain public comment of the proposed form, and to obtain that comment, the Department must publish this notice in VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:49 Aug 14, 2012 Jkt 226001 the Federal Register. In addition to comments requested above, to accommodate the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Secretary is interested in receiving comments with regard to the following matters: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department, (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner, (3) is the estimate of burden accurate, (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Dated: August 2, 2012. Darrin A. King, Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2012–19943 Filed 8–14–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Net decrease in burden. The 1.41% increase in applicants is offset by the results of the simplification changes implemented by the Department. This has resulted in an overall decrease in burden of 11.57% or 3,397,545 hours. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Vocational and Adult Education; Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report will be used for interim and final performance reporting. The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report form will also be used by grant recipients for other interim reporting such as quarterly or semi-annual performance and/or financial reporting. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 15, 2012. ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal 
Student Aid; 2013-2014 Federal Student Aid Application

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice

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requests comments on the 2013-2014 versions of the forms used by 
individuals applying for federal student aid including the Free 
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Student Aid Report 
(SAR).

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
October 15, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically by emailing 
FAFSA.Comments@ed.gov. Any comments received after this date will be 
retained for consideration in the next annual review of the federal 
student aid application.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary is publishing this request for 
comment under the Provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Under that Act, the Department must obtain the 
review and approval of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before 
it may use a form to collect information. However, under procedure for 
obtaining approval from OMB, the Department must first obtain public 
comment of the proposed form, and to obtain that comment, the 
Department must publish this notice in the Federal Register. In 
addition to comments requested above, to accommodate the requirements 
of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Secretary is interested in 
receiving comments with regard to the following matters: (1) Is this 
collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department, (2) 
will this information be processed and used in a timely manner, (3) is 
the estimate of burden accurate, (4) how might the Department enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, 
and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection 
on the respondents, including through the use of information 
technology.
    Request for Comments: Comments should be submitted to the 
Department as indicated. All comments will become a matter of public 
record. Requests for copies of the proposed information collection 
request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the 
``Browse Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 
04899. When you access the information collection, click on ``Download 
Attachments'' to view. Written requests for information should be 
addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., 
LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. Requests may also be electronically 
mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202-401-0920. Please specify 
the complete title of the information collection when making your 
request. Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Title of Collection: 2013-2014 Federal Student Aid Application.
    OMB Control Number: 1845-0001.
    Type of Review: Revision.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 46,099,008.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 25,959,853.
    Abstract: Section 483 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as 
amended (HEA), mandates that the Secretary of Education ``* * * shall 
produce, distribute, and process free of charge common financial 
reporting forms as described in this subsection to be used for 
application and reapplication to determine the need and eligibility of 
a student for financial assistance * * *''.
    The determination of need and eligibility are for the following 
Title IV, HEA, federal student financial assistance programs: the 
Federal Pell Grant Program; the Campus-Based programs (Federal 
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, and the 
Federal Perkins Loan Program); the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan 
Program; the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher 
Education Grant; and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
    Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education 
(hereafter ``the Department''), subsequently developed an application 
process to collect and process the data necessary to determine a 
student's eligibility to receive Title IV, HEA program assistance. The 
application process involves an applicant's submission of the Free 
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After submission of the 
FAFSA, an applicant receives a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a 
summary of the data they submitted on the FAFSA. The applicant reviews 
the SAR, and, if necessary, will make corrections or updates to their 
submitted FAFSA.
    The Department seeks OMB approval of all application components as 
a single ``collection of information''. The aggregate burden will be 
accounted for under OMB Control Number 1845-0001. The specific 
application components, descriptions and submission methods for each 
are listed in Table 1.

                               Table 1--Federal Student Aid Application Components
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               Component                               Description                       Submission method
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                                           Initial Submission of FAFSA
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FAFSA on the Web (FOTW)...............  Online FAFSA that offers applicants a     Submitted by the applicant via
                                         customized experience.                    www.fafsa.gov.
FOTW--Renewal.........................  Online FAFSA for applicants who have
                                         previously completed the FAFSA.
FOTW--EZ..............................  Online FAFSA for applicants who qualify
                                         for the Simplified Needs Test (SNT) or
                                         Automatic Zero (Auto Zero) needs
                                         analysis formulas.
FOTW--EZ Renewal......................  Online FAFSA for applicants who have
                                         previously completed the FAFSA and who
                                         qualify for the SNT or Auto Zero needs
                                         analysis formulas.
FAFSA on the Phone (FOTP).............  The Federal Student Aid Information       Submitted through
                                         Center (FSAIC) representatives assist     www.fafsa.gov for applicants
                                         applicants by filing the FAFSA on their   who call 1-800-4-FED-AID.
                                         behalf through FOTW.
FOTP--EZ..............................  FSAIC representatives assist applicants
                                         who qualify for the SNT or Auto Zero
                                         needs analysis formulas by filing the
                                         FAFSA on their behalf through FOTW.

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FAA Access............................  Online tool that a financial aid          Submitted through
                                         administrator (FAA) utilizes to submit    www.faaacess.ed.gov by a FAA
                                         a FAFSA.                                  on behalf of an applicant.
FAA Access--Renewal...................  Online tool that a FAA can utilize to
                                         submit a Renewal FAFSA.
FAA Access--EZ........................  Online tool that a FAA can utilize to
                                         submit a FAFSA for applicants who
                                         qualify for the SNT or Auto Zero needs
                                         analysis formulas.
FAA Access--EZ Renewal................  Online tool that a FAA can utilize to
                                         submit a FAFSA for applicants who have
                                         previously completed the FAFSA and who
                                         qualify for the SNT or Auto Zero needs
                                         analysis formulas.
Electronic Other......................  This is a submission done by a FAA, on    The FAA may be using their
                                         behalf of the applicant, using the        mainframe computer or
                                         Electronic Data Exchange (EDE).           software to facilitate the
                                                                                   EDE process.
PDF FAFSA or Paper FAFSA..............  The paper version of the FAFSA printed    Mailed by the applicant.
                                         by the Department for applicants who
                                         are unable to access the Internet or
                                         the online PDF FAFSA for applicants who
                                         can access the Internet but are unable
                                         to complete the form using FOTW.
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                     Correcting Submitted FAFSA Information and Reviewing FAFSA Information
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FOTW--Corrections.....................  Any applicant who has a Federal Student   Submitted by the applicant via
                                         Aid PIN (FSA PIN)--regardless of how      www.fafsa.gov.
                                         they originally applied--may make
                                         corrections using FOTW Corrections.
Electronic Other--Corrections.........  With the applicant's permission,          The FAA may be using their
                                         corrections can be made by a FAA using    mainframe computer or
                                         the EDE.                                  software to facilitate the
                                                                                   EDE process.
Paper SAR--This is a SAR and an option  The full paper summary that is mailed to  Mailed by the applicant.
 for corrections.                        paper applicants who did not provide an
                                         e-mail address and to applicants whose
                                         records were rejected due to critical
                                         errors during processing. Applicants
                                         can write corrections directly on the
                                         paper SAR and mail for processing.
FAA Access--Corrections...............  An institution can use FAA Access to      Submitted through
                                         correct the FAFSA.                        www.faaacess.ed.gov by a FAA
                                                                                   on behalf of an applicant.
Internal Department Corrections.......  The Department will submit an             There is no burden to the
                                         applicant's record for system-generated   applicants under this
                                         corrections.                              correction type as these are
                                                                                   system-based corrections.
FSAIC Corrections.....................  Any applicant, with their Data Release    These changes are made
                                         Number (DRN), can change the              directly in the CPS system by
                                         postsecondary institutions listed on      a FSAIC representative.
                                         their FAFSA or change their address by
                                         calling FSAIC.
SAR Electronic (eSAR).................  The eSAR is an online version of the SAR  Cannot be submitted for
                                         that is available on FOTW to all          processing.
                                         applicants with a PIN. Notifications
                                         for the eSAR are sent to students who
                                         applied electronically or by paper and
                                         provided an e-mail address. These
                                         notifications are sent by e-mail and
                                         include a secure hyperlink that takes
                                         the user to the FOTW site.
SAR Acknowledgment....................  This is the condensed paper SAR that is
                                         mailed to applicants who applied
                                         electronically but did not provide an e-
                                         mail address and do not meet the
                                         criteria for a full paper SAR.
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    This information collection also documents an estimate of the 
annual public burden as it relates to the application process for 
federal student aid. The Applicant Burden Model (ABM), measures 
applicant burden through an assessment of the activities each applicant 
conducts in conjunction with other applicant characteristics and in 
terms of burden, the average applicant's experience. Key determinants 
of the ABM include:
    [dec221] The total number of applicants that will potentially apply 
for federal student aid;
    [dec221] How the applicant chooses to complete and submit the FAFSA 
(e.g., by paper or electronically via FOTW);
    [dec221] How the applicant chooses to submit any corrections and/or 
updates (e.g., the paper SAR or electronically via FOTW Corrections);
    [dec221] The type of SAR document the applicant receives (eSAR, SAR 
acknowledgment, or paper SAR);
    [dec221] The formula applied to determine the applicant's expected 
family contribution (full need analysis formula, Simplified Needs Test 
or Automatic Zero); and
    [dec221] The average amount of time involved in preparing to 
complete the application.
    The ABM is largely driven by the number of potential applicants for 
the application cycle. The total application projection for 2013-2014 
is based upon two factors--estimates of the total enrollment in all 
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institutions and the percentage change in FAFSA submissions for the 
last completed or almost completed application cycle. The ABM is also 
based on the application options available to students and parents. The 
Department accounts for each application component based on web 
trending tools, survey information, and other Department data sources.
    For 2013-2014, the Department is reporting a net burden reduction 
of 3,398,000 hours. The reduction is a reflection of the effects of 
simplifying FAFSA on the Web, which is utilized by the majority of 
applicants who apply for aid. Simplification of the application is 
demonstrated by (1) the average completion times for initial 
submissions and; (2) fewer corrections being made to the application.
    The projected average completion times for initial submissions has 
decreased by 11 minutes for 2013-14. In data reported in the 2012-2013 
supporting statement, first-time filers using FOTW would take 
approximately 1.30 hours (78 minutes) to submit an application. The 
data from 2011-12 indicate that the same user would be able to submit 
their application in 1.12 hours (67 minutes), reducing their burden by 
.18 hours (11 minutes).
    Corrections are also projected to decrease by 760,696 responses for 
2013-14. Fewer corrections mean that more comprehensive and accurate 
data was captured in the initial submission of the application.
    Updated completion times were calculated for each component and 
have been used to estimate the burden, excluding the change in the 
applicant volume. The results demonstrate that the burden for all 
applicants would have decreased by almost 13 percent or 3,758,702 
hours, if the application volume had remained constant.
    If the Department had not simplified the application process, thus 
reducing the time required to complete the FAFSA, the new burden 
estimates would only need to account for the change in applicants. The 
1.43% increase in applicants would result in an increase in burden of 
347,945 hours.
    Accounting for both the increase in total applicants and the 
decrease in individual applicant burden, the net change is an overall 
decrease of almost 12 percent or 3,398,000 hours. The following Table 
shows the net burden change and total cost for applicants. The change 
in total annual responses is also listed in the Table. Total annual 
responses include the original FAFSA submission and corrections.

                                                               Table 2--Net Burden Change
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                                                    2012-2013       2013-2014        Change         % Change                Burden disposition
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                                                                   Accounting for change in applicant burden and change in applicants.
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Total Applicants...............................      24,705,864      25,053,809        +347,945           +1.41  Net decrease in burden. The 1.41%
                                                                                                                  increase in applicants is offset by
                                                                                                                  the results of the simplification
                                                                                                                  changes implemented by the Department.
                                                                                                                  This has resulted in an overall
                                                                                                                  decrease in burden of 11.57% or
                                                                                                                  3,397,545 hours.
Total Applicant Burden.........................      29,357,853      25,959,853      -3,398,000           -11.6
Total Annual Responses.........................      46,447,024      46,099,007        -348,017            -.75
Cost for All Applicants........................     $234,804.24     $190,224.76      $44,579.48          -18.99
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    The Department takes pride in the continued efforts to simplify the 
FAFSA submission process and the continued decrease in burden 
associated with the application process, even as the Department serves 
more students each year. The results confirm the significant 
improvements that have been made to the application process. The 
Department believes that these changes will lead to more students 
completing the FAFSA and will assist more students with their pursuit 
of postsecondary education through access to Title IV, HEA program 
assistance.
    The Secretary is publishing this request for comment under the 
Provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et 
seq. Under that Act, the Department must obtain the review and approval 
of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before it may use a form 
to collect information. However, under procedure for obtaining approval 
from OMB, the Department must first obtain public comment of the 
proposed form, and to obtain that comment, the Department must publish 
this notice in the Federal Register. In addition to comments requested 
above, to accommodate the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 
the Secretary is interested in receiving comments with regard to the 
following matters: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper 
functions of the Department, (2) will this information be processed and 
used in a timely manner, (3) is the estimate of burden accurate, (4) 
how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected, and (5) how might the Department 
minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including 
through the use of information technology.

    Dated: August 2, 2012.
Darrin A. King,
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, 
Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2012-19943 Filed 8-14-12; 8:45 am]
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