Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), 17452-17455 [2016-07013]

Download as PDF 17452 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 29, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES submission, at the addresses listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section in the following formats: Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word. The comment or statement must include the author’s name, title, affiliation, address, and daytime telephone number. Written comments or statements being submitted in response to the agenda set forth in this notice must be received by the committee DFO or ADFO at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting so that they may be made available to the EAB for its consideration prior to the meeting. Written comments or statements received after this date may not be provided to the EAB until its next meeting. Please note that because the EAB operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, all written comments will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection. Verbal Comments: Members of the public will be permitted to make verbal comments during the meeting only at the time and in the manner allowed herein. If a member of the public is interested in making a verbal comment at the open meeting, that individual must submit a request, with a brief statement of the subject matter to be addressed by the comment, at least three (3) business days in advance to the committee DFO or ADFO, via electronic mail, the preferred mode of submission, at the addresses listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. The committee DFO and ADFO will log each request to make a comment, in the order received, and determine whether the subject matter of each comment is relevant to the EAB’s mission and/or the topics to be addressed in this public meeting. A 15-minute period near the end of meeting will be available for verbal public comments. Members of the public who have requested to make a verbal comment and whose comments have been deemed relevant under the process described above, will be allotted no more than three (3) minutes during this period, and will be invited to speak in the order in which their requests were received by the DFO and ADFO. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–07062 Filed 3–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:43 Mar 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2016–ICCD–0037] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Health Education Assistance Loan (HEAL) Program Regs. AGENCY: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 31, 2016. ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED– 2016–ICCD–0037. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 2E–103, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Beth Grebeldinger, 202–377–4018. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 following issues: (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. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Health Education Assistance Loan (HEAL) Program Regs. OMB Control Number: 1845–0125. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 144,930. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 26,409. Abstract: The Health Education Assistance Loan (HEAL) Program regulatory requirements for reporting, record-keeping and notification are approved under OMB 1845–0125 after the transfer from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the U.S. Department of Education in 2014. The HEAL program provided federally insured loans to students for certain health programs. No new loans have been made since 1998. However, loans are still outstanding and being collected, therefore the regulatory requirements for reporting, record-keeping and notification continue to be needed to administer the program. These regulations work to ensure that participants in the program follow sound management procedures in the administration of the federal loan program. Dated: March 24, 2016. Kate Mullan, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2016–07036 Filed 3–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2016–ICCD–0036] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; 2017– 2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) AGENCY: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED). E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 29, 2016 / Notices ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 31, 2016. ADDRESSES: To access and review all of the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http:// www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED–2016–ICCD– 0036. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 2E–105, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact the Applicant Products Team at StudentExperienceGroup@ed.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps ED assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand ED’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. ED is especially interested in public comments addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of ED; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might ED enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might ED minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: 2017–2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). OMB Control Number: 1845–0001. Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 38,669,924. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 20,036,012. 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 . . .’’. 17453 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 (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), and the Federal Perkins Loan Program); the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program; the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) 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 data. Institutions of higher education listed by the applicant on the FAFSA also receive a summary of processed data submitted on the FAFSA which is called the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR). 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) ........... Online FAFSA that offers applicants a customized experience ............ FOTW—Renewal ............................ 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. FOTW—EZ ...................................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOTW—EZ Renewal ...................... FAFSA on the Phone (FOTP) ......... FOTP—EZ ....................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:43 Mar 28, 2016 FSAIC representatives assist applicants who qualify for the SNT or Auto Zero needs analysis formulas by filing the FAFSA on their behalf through FOTW. Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM Submitted by the applicant via fafsa.gov. Submitted through fafsa.gov for applicants who call 1–800–4– FED–AID. 29MRN1 17454 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 29, 2016 / 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. FAA Access—Renewal ................... FAA Access—EZ ............................ Online tool that an FAA can utilize to submit a Renewal FAFSA. Online tool that an FAA can utilize to submit a FAFSA for applicants who qualify for the SNT or Auto Zero needs analysis formulas. Online tool that an 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 an FAA, on behalf of the applicant, using the Electronic Data Exchange (EDE). FAA Access—EZ Renewal ............. Electronic Other .............................. Printed FAFSA ................................ Submitted through faaacess. ed.gov by an FAA on behalf of an applicant. The FAA may be using their mainframe computer or software to facilitate the EDE process. Mailed by the applicant. The printed version of the PDF FAFSA for applicants who are unable to access the Internet or complete the form using FOTW. 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 ID (FSA ID)—regardless of how they originally applied—may make corrections using FOTW Corrections. With the applicant’s permission, corrections can be made by an FAA using the EDE. Submitted by the applicant via fafsa.gov. 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 an FSA ID. 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SAR Electronic (eSAR) ................... 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: b The total number of applicants that will potentially apply for federal student aid; b How the applicant chooses to complete and submit the FAFSA (e.g., by paper or electronically via FOTW®); b How the applicant chooses to submit any corrections and/or updates (e.g., the paper SAR or electronically via FOTW Corrections); VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:43 Mar 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 b The type of SAR document the applicant receives (eSAR, SAR acknowledgment, or paper SAR); b The formula applied to determine the applicant’s expected family contribution (EFC) (full need analysis formula, Simplified Needs Test or Automatic Zero); and b 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 2017–2018 is based upon two factors—estimating the growth rate of the total enrollment into postsecondary education and applying the growth rate to the FAFSA submissions. The ABM is also based on the application options available to students and parents. The Department accounts for each application component based PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The FAA may be using their mainframe computer or software to facilitate the EDE process. Mailed by the applicant. Submitted through faaacess. ed.gov by an 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. on web trending tools, survey information, and other Department data sources. For this 2017–2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) collection, the Department is reporting a net burden decrease of ¥524,469 hours. The reporting hour burden calculations in this notice reflect the Department’s best estimates using data from the 2015–16 FAFSA application cycle in which Federal Student Aid traditionally has estimated reporting burden. However, in order to reflect a change in which prior tax year’s information will be utilized in the application, a conservative estimate has been reflected as part of the reporting hour burden calculation. As such, we will continuously monitor and capture statistical information in order to reflect more accurate calculations in future cycles. E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 60 / Tuesday, March 29, 2016 / Notices Dated: March 24, 2016. Stephanie Valentine, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2016–07013 Filed 3–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; Hispanic Serving Institutions Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Program; Correction Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.031C AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice; correction. SUMMARY: This notice corrects ‘‘Section II. Award Information’’ and ‘‘Section IV. Application and Submission Information’’ in the notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2016 for the HSI STEM and Articulation Program, published on March 4, 2016. This notice also extends the deadline dates for application submission and intergovernmental review. DATES: Effective March 29, 2016. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 31, 2016. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 27, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Hartman or Everardo Gil, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 7E311, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 502–7607 or (202) 219–7000 or by email: Jeffrey.Hartman@ed.gov or Everardo.Gil@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf or a text telephone, call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Correction 1 In the Federal Register of March 4, 2016 (81 FR 11532), on page 11534, in the first column, section II, Award Information, after ‘‘Estimated Range of Awards,’’ and before ‘‘Estimated Average Size of Awards’’ we add the ‘‘Maximum Award,’’ to read: ‘‘Maximum Award: $1,200,000. We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding the maximum amount listed above for a single budget period of 12 months.’’ VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:43 Mar 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 Correction 2 In the Federal Register of March 4, 2016 (81 FR 11532), in section IV, Application and Submission Information, in the first column on page 11535, after the last sentence of section 2, Content and Form of Application Submission, add a new sentence regarding page limits to read: ‘‘We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit.’’ In the Federal Register of March 4, 2016 (81 FR 11532), on pages 11532 and 11535, the application deadline date and the deadline for intergovernmental review are provided. This notice extends those dates. The new dates are: Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 31, 2016. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 27, 2016. All other information in the March 4, 2016, notice remains unchanged. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1067q(b)(2)(B). Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Dated: March 24, 2016. Lynn B. Mahaffie, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning and Innovation Delegated the Duties of the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 2016–07071 Filed 3–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P Frm 00031 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2016–0035; FRL–9944–06] Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: Correction 3 PO 00000 17455 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This notice announces EPA’s receipt of an application from Southern Gardens Citrus requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the Citrus tristeza virus (88232–EUP–E). The Agency has determined that the permit may be of regional and national significance. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 60 (Tuesday, March 29, 2016)]
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[FR Doc No: 2016-07013]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No.: ED-2016-ICCD-0036]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; 2017-
2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

AGENCY: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED).

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ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing 
information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
May 31, 2016.

ADDRESSES: To access and review all of the documents related to the 
information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2016-ICCD-
0036. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted 
electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number or via postal mail, 
commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments 
submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period 
will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments 
submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the 
Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Room 2E-105, 
Washington, DC 20202-4537.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact the Applicant Products Team at 
StudentExperienceGroup@ed.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with 
an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing 
collections of information. This helps ED assess the impact of its 
information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting 
burden. It also helps the public understand ED's information collection 
requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED 
is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request 
(ICR) that is described below. ED is especially interested in public 
comments addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection 
necessary to the proper functions of ED; (2) will this information be 
processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden 
accurate; (4) how might ED enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (5) how might ED minimize the 
burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use 
of information technology. Please note that written comments received 
in response to this notice will be considered public records.
    Title of Collection: 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student 
Aid (FAFSA).
    OMB Control Number: 1845-0001.
    Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 38,669,924.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 20,036,012.
    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 (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study 
(FWS), and the Federal Perkins Loan Program); the William D. Ford 
Federal Direct Loan Program; the Teacher Education Assistance for 
College and Higher Education (TEACH) 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[supreg]). 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 data. Institutions of higher education listed by 
the applicant on the FAFSA also receive a summary of processed data 
submitted on the FAFSA which is called the Institutional Student 
Information Record (ISIR).
    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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                                                           Submission
           Component                  Description            method
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                       Initial Submission of FAFSA
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FAFSA on the Web (FOTW).......  Online FAFSA that       Submitted by the
                                 offers applicants a     applicant via
                                 customized experience.  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     Submitted
                                 Aid Information         through
                                 Center (FSAIC)          fafsa.gov for
                                 representatives         applicants who
                                 assist applicants by    call 1-800-4-
                                 filing the FAFSA on     FED-AID.
                                 their 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      Submitted
                                 financial aid           through
                                 administrator (FAA)     faaacess.ed.gov
                                 utilizes to submit a    by an FAA on
                                 FAFSA.                  behalf of an
                                                         applicant.
FAA Access--Renewal...........  Online tool that an
                                 FAA can utilize to
                                 submit a Renewal
                                 FAFSA.
FAA Access--EZ................  Online tool that an
                                 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 an
                                 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    The FAA may be
                                 done by an FAA, on      using their
                                 behalf of the           mainframe
                                 applicant, using the    computer or
                                 Electronic Data         software to
                                 Exchange (EDE).         facilitate the
                                                         EDE process.
Printed FAFSA.................  The printed version of  Mailed by the
                                 the PDF FAFSA for       applicant.
                                 applicants who are
                                 unable to access the
                                 Internet or 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   Submitted by the
                                 a Federal Student Aid   applicant via
                                 ID (FSA ID)--           fafsa.gov.
                                 regardless of how
                                 they originally
                                 applied--may make
                                 corrections using
                                 FOTW Corrections.
Electronic Other--Corrections.  With the applicant's    The FAA may be
                                 permission,             using their
                                 corrections can be      mainframe
                                 made by an FAA using    computer or
                                 the EDE.                software to
                                                         facilitate the
                                                         EDE process.
Paper SAR--This is a SAR and    The full paper summary  Mailed by the
 an option for corrections.      that is mailed to       applicant.
                                 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  Submitted
                                 FAA Access to correct   through
                                 the FAFSA.              faaacess.ed.gov
                                                         by an FAA on
                                                         behalf of an
                                                         applicant.
Internal Department             The Department will     There is no
 Corrections.                    submit an applicant's   burden to the
                                 record for system-      applicants
                                 generated corrections.  under this
                                                         correction type
                                                         as these are
                                                         system-based
                                                         corrections.
FSAIC Corrections.............  Any applicant, with     These changes
                                 their Data Release      are made
                                 Number (DRN), can       directly in the
                                 change the              CPS system by a
                                 postsecondary           FSAIC
                                 institutions listed     representative.
                                 on their FAFSA or
                                 change their address
                                 by calling FSAIC.
SAR Electronic (eSAR).........  The eSAR is an online   Cannot be
                                 version of the SAR      submitted for
                                 that is available on    processing.
                                 FOTW to all
                                 applicants with an
                                 FSA ID. 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.
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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:
    [ballot] The total number of applicants that will potentially apply 
for federal student aid;
    [ballot] How the applicant chooses to complete and submit the FAFSA 
(e.g., by paper or electronically via FOTW[supreg]);
    [ballot] How the applicant chooses to submit any corrections and/or 
updates (e.g., the paper SAR or electronically via FOTW Corrections);
    [ballot] The type of SAR document the applicant receives (eSAR, SAR 
acknowledgment, or paper SAR);
    [ballot] The formula applied to determine the applicant's expected 
family contribution (EFC) (full need analysis formula, Simplified Needs 
Test or Automatic Zero); and
    [ballot] 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 2017-2018 
is based upon two factors--estimating the growth rate of the total 
enrollment into post-secondary education and applying the growth rate 
to the FAFSA submissions. 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 this 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
collection, the Department is reporting a net burden decrease of -
524,469 hours.
    The reporting hour burden calculations in this notice reflect the 
Department's best estimates using data from the 2015-16 FAFSA 
application cycle in which Federal Student Aid traditionally has 
estimated reporting burden. However, in order to reflect a change in 
which prior tax year's information will be utilized in the application, 
a conservative estimate has been reflected as part of the reporting 
hour burden calculation. As such, we will continuously monitor and 
capture statistical information in order to reflect more accurate 
calculations in future cycles.


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    Dated: March 24, 2016.
Stephanie Valentine,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of 
the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2016-07013 Filed 3-28-16; 8:45 am]
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