Request for Information Regarding Disclosures for Student Financial Accounts, 21529-21532 [2017-09349]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 88 / Tuesday, May 9, 2017 / Notices This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.203(c). Dated: May 1, 2017. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Appendix I Scope of the Investigations The scope of these investigations covers certain metal tool chests and tool cabinets, with drawers, (tool chests and cabinets), from the People’s Republic of China (the PRC) and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam). The scope covers all metal tool chests and cabinets, including top chests, intermediate chests, tool cabinets and side cabinets, storage units, mobile work benches, and work stations and that have the following physical characteristics: (1) A body made of carbon, alloy, or stainless steel and/or other metals; (2) two or more drawers for storage in each individual unit; (3) a width (side to side) exceeding 15 inches for side cabinets and exceeding 21 inches for all other individual units but not exceeding 60 inches; (4) a drawer depth (front to back) exceeding 10 inches but not exceeding 24 inches; and (5) prepackaged for retail sale. For purposes of this scope, the width parameter applies to each individual unit, i.e., each individual top chest, intermediate top chest, tool cabinet, side cabinet, storage unit, mobile work bench, and work station. Prepackaged for retail sale means the units are packaged in a cardboard box or other container suitable for retail display and sale. Subject tool chests and cabinets are covered whether imported in assembled or unassembled form. Subject merchandise includes tool chests and cabinets produced in the PRC or Vietnam but assembled, prepackaged for sale, or subject to other minor processing in a third country prior to importation into the United States. Similarly, it would include tool chests and cabinets produced in the PRC or Vietnam that are later found to be assembled, prepackaged for sale, or subject to other minor processing after importation into the United States. Subject tool chests and cabinets may also have doors and shelves in addition to drawers, may have handles (typically mounted on the sides), and may have a work surface on the top. Subject tool chests and cabinets may be uncoated (e.g., stainless steel), painted, powder coated, galvanized, or otherwise coated for corrosion protection or aesthetic appearance. Subject tool chests and cabinets may be packaged as individual units or in sets. When packaged in sets, they typically include a cabinet with one or more chests that stack on top of the cabinet. Tool cabinets act as a base tool storage unit and typically have rollers, casters, or wheels to permit them to be moved more easily when loaded with tools. Work stations and work benches are tool cabinets with a work surface on the top that may be made of rubber, plastic, metal, wood, or other materials. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 May 08, 2017 Jkt 241001 Top chests are designed to be used with a tool cabinet to form a tool storage unit. The top chests may be mounted on top of the base tool cabinet or onto an intermediate chest. They are often packaged as a set with tool cabinets or intermediate chests, but may also be packaged separately. They may be packaged with mounting hardware (e.g., bolts) and instructions for assembling them onto the base tool cabinet or onto an intermediate tool chest which rests on the base tool cabinet. Smaller top chests typically have handles on the sides, while the larger top chests typically lack handles. Intermediate tool chests are designed to fit on top of the floor standing tool cabinet and to be used underneath the top tool chest. Although they may be packaged or used separately from the tool cabinet, intermediate chests are designed to be used in conjunction with tool cabinets. The intermediate chests typically do not have handles. The intermediate and top chests may have the capability of being bolted together. Side cabinets are designed to be bolted or otherwise attached to the side of the base storage cabinet to expand the storage capacity of the base tool cabinet. Subject tool chests and cabinets also may be packaged with a tool set included. Packaging a subject tool chest and cabinet with a tool set does not remove an otherwise covered subject tool chest and cabinet from the scope. When this occurs the tools are not part of the subject merchandise. Excluded from the scope of the investigations are tool boxes, chests and cabinets with bodies made of plastic, carbon fiber, wood, or other non-metallic substances. Also excluded from the scope of the investigations are portable metal tool boxes. Portable metal tool boxes have each of the following characteristics: (1) Fewer than three drawers; (2) a handle on the top that allows the tool box to be carried by hand; and (3) a width that is 21 inches or less; and depth (front to back) not exceeding 10 inches. Also excluded from the scope of the investigations are industrial grade steel tool chests and cabinets. The excluded industrial grade steel tool chests and cabinets are those: (1) Having a body that is over 60 inches wide; or (2) having each of the following physical characteristics: (a) A body made of steel that is 0.055’’ or more in thickness; (b) all drawers over 21’’ deep; (c) all drawer slides rated for 200 lbs. or more; and (d) not prepackaged for retail sale. Also excluded from the scope of the investigations are work benches with fewer than two drawers. Excluded work benches have a solid top working surface, fewer than two drawers, are supported by legs and have no solid front, side, or back panels enclosing the body of the unit. Also excluded from the scope of the investigations are metal filing cabinets that are configured to hold hanging file folders and are classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheading 9403.10.0020. Merchandise subject to the investigations is classified under HTSUS categories PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21529 9403.20.0021, 9403.20.0026, 9403.20.0030 and 7326.90.8688, but may also be classified under HTSUS category 7326.90.3500. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and Customs purposes, the written description of the scope of these investigations is dispositive. [FR Doc. 2017–09370 Filed 5–8–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RIN 1840–AD14 [Docket ID: ED–2015–OPE–0020] Request for Information Regarding Disclosures for Student Financial Accounts Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Request for information. AGENCY: The Secretary seeks information from the public regarding the major features and types of commonly assessed fees that postsecondary institutions (institutions) must disclose under 34 CFR 668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2) of the cash management regulations with regard to each of the institution’s Tier 1 (T1) or Tier 2 (T2) arrangements as defined under § 668.164(e)(1) and (f)(1), respectively. The Secretary also requests feedback regarding the proposed format of these disclosures. The Secretary intends to use this information in developing a notice to be published in the Federal Register describing the format, content, and update requirements that institutions may follow to satisfy the requirements of § 668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2) with respect to the major features and assessed fees associated with the T1 and T2 arrangements. SUMMARY: We must receive your submission no later than June 8, 2017. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not accept comments by fax or email. To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies, please submit your comments only once. In addition, please include the Docket ID at the top of your comments. Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov to submit your comments electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing agency documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket is available on the site under the ‘‘Help’’ tab. Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery: The Department of DATES: E:\FR\FM\09MYN1.SGM 09MYN1 21530 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 88 / Tuesday, May 9, 2017 / Notices mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Education (Department) strongly encourages commenters to submit their comments electronically. However, if you mail or deliver your comments in response to this request, address them to Ashley Higgins, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 6W234, Washington, DC 20202. Privacy Note: The Department’s policy is to make all comments received from members of the public available for public viewing in their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available. This is a request for information (RFI) only. This RFI is not a request for proposals (RFP) or a promise to issue an RFP or a notice inviting applications (NIA). This RFI does not commit the Department to contract for any supply or service whatsoever. Further, the Department is not seeking proposals and will not accept unsolicited proposals. The Department will not pay for any information or administrative costs that you may incur in responding to this RFI. If you do not respond to this RFI, you may still apply for future contracts and grants. The documents and information submitted in response to this RFI become the property of the U.S. Government and will not be returned. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ashley Higgins, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 6W234, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 453–6097 or by email: Ashley.Higgins@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: Background: On October 30, 2015, the Department published in the Federal Register the Program Integrity and Improvement final regulations (80 FR 67125). These final regulations contained provisions governing cash management, including the establishment of new rules regarding financial accounts marketed to students receiving title IV program funds under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 May 08, 2017 Jkt 241001 amended (HEA). The final regulations were intended to ensure that students have convenient access to their title IV, HEA program funds, do not incur unreasonable and uncommon financial account fees on their title IV, HEA program funds, and are not led to believe they must open a particular financial account to receive their Federal student aid. As part of the Secretary’s effort to ensure that title IV recipients are informed but not misinformed about the terms of financial accounts offered to them through their institution, § 668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2) requires that prior to the student opening an account offered by a financial account provider, institutions list and identify the major features and commonly assessed fees associated with each financial account offered under a T1 or T2 arrangement, as well as the URL where the complete terms and conditions of each account may be obtained. The regulations do not require institutions to adopt the Secretary’s format for this information once it is published in the Federal Register, but it does state that institutions that do meet the format, content, and update requirements in the Secretary’s format will be deemed in compliance with the requirements of the regulations, with respect to the major features and assessed fees associated with the account offered pursuant to the T1 or T2 arrangement. If an institution chooses to use its own format to comply with the disclosure requirements in § 668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2), or a format provided by its financial account provider, the institution must list the major features, commonly assessed fees, and the URL where the terms and conditions of each account may be obtained. In the preamble of the final regulations, we committed to work with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to ensure that the disclosures required under § 668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2) do not conflict with theirs. We also assured stakeholders that, to the maximum extent possible, the disclosures would be as similar as possible to the CFPB’s requirements to mitigate confusion and PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 administrative burden. We believe that the proposed format described below meets those goals. Request for Information After consultation with the CFPB, the Secretary seeks feedback from the public regarding the proposed format, content, and update requirements for the disclosures. We propose that, in cases where the account provided is a prepaid account, as addressed in the CFPB’s notice of final rule and official interpretations for Prepaid Accounts under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z) (81 FR 83934), each institution’s financial account provider can include, in the student choice menu described in § 668.164(d)(4)(i), the CFPB’s appropriate short-form disclosure as described in 81 FR 83934. If an institution offering a prepaid card under its T1 or T2 arrangement meets the disclosure requirements established by the CFPB in 81 FR 83934, it would be in compliance with § 668.164(d)(4)(i)(2) of the cash management final regulations. However, because § 668.164(d)(4)(i)(A)(1) requires that institutions disclose in writing that students do not need to use a particular account to receive their Federal student aid, institutions using the CFPB disclosure template must also display a message, along with the disclosure, stating that students do not need to use the prepaid account to receive Federal student aid. We also recommend including, along with the message, a note that directs students to ask about other ways to receive their Federal student aid. We remind institutions that the CFPB’s short-form template was not drafted to implement the Department’s cash management regulations; accordingly, institutions using that template should not regard it as authorizing T1 or T2 arrangements that feature imposition of any fees otherwise prohibited under § 668.164(e) or (f), as applicable. For institutions whose financial account provider either does not offer a prepaid account or chooses not to use the CFPB’s short-form disclosure template, we propose the following format: E:\FR\FM\09MYN1.SGM 09MYN1 We propose that institutions choosing to use this form would be required to comply with the following instructions: • The institution’s disclosure must list the following fees: Periodic fees, per purchase fees (including point-of-sale fees), ATM withdrawal fees, cash reload fees, ATM balance inquiry fees, customer service fees, and inactivity fees. These fees are referred to as ‘‘static fees’’ because all institutions using the Secretary’s format must list these fees on the disclosure, even if the amount of the fee is zero or the fee relates to a feature that is not offered as part of the specific account. In cases where the amount of any fee could vary, the disclosure must show the highest amount the account provider may charge for that fee, followed by a symbol, such as an asterisk, linked to a statement explaining that the fee could be lower depending on how and where the account is used. The asterisk would be included, for example, if point-ofsale fees differ depending on whether the cardholder is required to provide a PIN or signature. In cases where a static fee is not imposed, the institution may VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 May 08, 2017 Jkt 241001 demonstrate that the fee is not applicable by placing ‘‘N/A’’ or an equivalent designation in the appropriate field. • The disclosure must include the number of fee types the accountholder may be charged under the specific account program, excluding those fees that are either disclosed on the form or in close proximity as described below. • The disclosure must also list the two additional fee types, if any, that generated the highest revenue from accountholders during the previous 24 months excluding static fees, any purchase price, any activation fees, and any fee types that generated less than five percent of the total revenue from accountholders, as well as the amounts of such additional fees. The two additional fee types would be determined for the specific financial account program or across programs with the same fee schedule. Institutions must ensure that the financial account provider reviews their fee revenue periodically and that they assist the institution in updating the disclosure if needed. PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21531 • The disclosure must include statements regarding linked overdraft credit features, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation/National Credit Union Administration insurance, and a link to the terms and conditions of the account. • The disclosure must include a written statement that students do not have to accept the T1 or T2 account and may recommend that students ask about other ways to receive their Federal student aid. • In close proximity to the disclosure, though not necessarily within the disclosure itself, the institution must disclose the financial account provider’s name, the name of the account, for T2 accounts any purchase price for the account (such as a fee for acquiring an access device or a replacement for an access device), and any fee for activating the account. If the financial account is a T1 account, the institution must also use this space to disclose that a student accountholder may access his or her title IV, HEA program funds in part and in full up to the account balance via domestic withdrawals and transfers free E:\FR\FM\09MYN1.SGM 09MYN1 EN09MY17.003</GPH> mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 88 / Tuesday, May 9, 2017 / Notices mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES 21532 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 88 / Tuesday, May 9, 2017 / Notices of charge, during the student’s entire period of enrollment following the date that such title IV, HEA program funds are deposited or transferred to the financial account, as required under § 668.164(e)(2)(v)(C). We also remind institutions that any account that falls under the definition of a T1 account may not charge fees for opening or activating the financial account or initially receiving or activating an access device, nor for overdrafts or fees assessed on point-of-sale transactions. We request assistance from the community in evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed format, content, and update requirements. Specifically, the Secretary requests information on whether— 1. We have included all relevant fee information in the disclosures; 2. The disclosures would be inappropriate for a particular type of account; 3. Simply placing a ‘‘$0’’ or ‘‘N/A’’ in a place where no fee is charged would suffice to convey all of the necessary information; 4. There is a preferred start date for the requirement to include the two additional fee types that generated the highest revenue from accountholders during the previous 24 months; 5. Any conflict exists regarding other regulatory requirements, particularly with the proposal to allow institutions to use the CFPB disclosures described in 81 FR 83934 for this purpose; 6. Students may find the disclosures confusing or unhelpful and, if so, whether the commenter can suggest specific alternatives; 7. There are any other potential problems with including this format within the student choice menu to satisfy the requirements in § 668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2); or 8. Opportunities exist to further streamline the format of the template to reduce administrative burden. Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 May 08, 2017 Jkt 241001 (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: May 4, 2017. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education. [FR Doc. 2017–09349 Filed 5–8–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2017–ICCD–0062] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Evaluation of the ESSA Title I, Part C, Migrant Education Programs (Study Instruments) Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before July 10, 2017. 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– 2017–ICCD–0062. 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 224–84, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Carlos Martinez, 202–260–1440. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 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 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: Evaluation of the ESSA Title I, Part C, Migrant Education Programs (Study Instruments). OMB Control Number: 1875–NEW. Type of Review: A new information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 450. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 236. Abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine how state agencies, school districts, local operating agencies, and schools implement education and transition programs for children and youth who are migratory students under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title I, Part C. Dated: May 4, 2017. Kate Mullan, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2017–09372 Filed 5–8–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P E:\FR\FM\09MYN1.SGM 09MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

RIN 1840-AD14
[Docket ID: ED-2015-OPE-0020]


Request for Information Regarding Disclosures for Student 
Financial Accounts

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Request for information.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary seeks information from the public regarding the 
major features and types of commonly assessed fees that postsecondary 
institutions (institutions) must disclose under 34 CFR 
668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2) of the cash management regulations with regard 
to each of the institution's Tier 1 (T1) or Tier 2 (T2) arrangements as 
defined under Sec.  668.164(e)(1) and (f)(1), respectively. The 
Secretary also requests feedback regarding the proposed format of these 
disclosures. The Secretary intends to use this information in 
developing a notice to be published in the Federal Register describing 
the format, content, and update requirements that institutions may 
follow to satisfy the requirements of Sec.  668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2) with 
respect to the major features and assessed fees associated with the T1 
and T2 arrangements.

DATES: We must receive your submission no later than June 8, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal 
or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not 
accept comments by fax or email. To ensure that we do not receive 
duplicate copies, please submit your comments only once. In addition, 
please include the Docket ID at the top of your comments.
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov to submit 
your comments electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, 
including instructions for accessing agency documents, submitting 
comments, and viewing the docket is available on the site under the 
``Help'' tab.
    Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery: The Department 
of

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Education (Department) strongly encourages commenters to submit their 
comments electronically. However, if you mail or deliver your comments 
in response to this request, address them to Ashley Higgins, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 6W234, 
Washington, DC 20202.
    Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make all comments 
received from members of the public available for public viewing in 
their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include 
in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly 
available.
    This is a request for information (RFI) only. This RFI is not a 
request for proposals (RFP) or a promise to issue an RFP or a notice 
inviting applications (NIA). This RFI does not commit the Department to 
contract for any supply or service whatsoever. Further, the Department 
is not seeking proposals and will not accept unsolicited proposals. The 
Department will not pay for any information or administrative costs 
that you may incur in responding to this RFI. If you do not respond to 
this RFI, you may still apply for future contracts and grants. The 
documents and information submitted in response to this RFI become the 
property of the U.S. Government and will not be returned.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ashley Higgins, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 6W234, Washington, DC 20202. 
Telephone: (202) 453-6097 or by email: Ashley.Higgins@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:
    Background: On October 30, 2015, the Department published in the 
Federal Register the Program Integrity and Improvement final 
regulations (80 FR 67125). These final regulations contained provisions 
governing cash management, including the establishment of new rules 
regarding financial accounts marketed to students receiving title IV 
program funds under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). 
The final regulations were intended to ensure that students have 
convenient access to their title IV, HEA program funds, do not incur 
unreasonable and uncommon financial account fees on their title IV, HEA 
program funds, and are not led to believe they must open a particular 
financial account to receive their Federal student aid.
    As part of the Secretary's effort to ensure that title IV 
recipients are informed but not misinformed about the terms of 
financial accounts offered to them through their institution, Sec.  
668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2) requires that prior to the student opening an 
account offered by a financial account provider, institutions list and 
identify the major features and commonly assessed fees associated with 
each financial account offered under a T1 or T2 arrangement, as well as 
the URL where the complete terms and conditions of each account may be 
obtained. The regulations do not require institutions to adopt the 
Secretary's format for this information once it is published in the 
Federal Register, but it does state that institutions that do meet the 
format, content, and update requirements in the Secretary's format will 
be deemed in compliance with the requirements of the regulations, with 
respect to the major features and assessed fees associated with the 
account offered pursuant to the T1 or T2 arrangement.
    If an institution chooses to use its own format to comply with the 
disclosure requirements in Sec.  668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2), or a format 
provided by its financial account provider, the institution must list 
the major features, commonly assessed fees, and the URL where the terms 
and conditions of each account may be obtained.
    In the preamble of the final regulations, we committed to work with 
the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to ensure that the 
disclosures required under Sec.  668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2) do not conflict 
with theirs. We also assured stakeholders that, to the maximum extent 
possible, the disclosures would be as similar as possible to the CFPB's 
requirements to mitigate confusion and administrative burden. We 
believe that the proposed format described below meets those goals.

Request for Information

    After consultation with the CFPB, the Secretary seeks feedback from 
the public regarding the proposed format, content, and update 
requirements for the disclosures. We propose that, in cases where the 
account provided is a prepaid account, as addressed in the CFPB's 
notice of final rule and official interpretations for Prepaid Accounts 
under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth in 
Lending Act (Regulation Z) (81 FR 83934), each institution's financial 
account provider can include, in the student choice menu described in 
Sec.  668.164(d)(4)(i), the CFPB's appropriate short-form disclosure as 
described in 81 FR 83934. If an institution offering a prepaid card 
under its T1 or T2 arrangement meets the disclosure requirements 
established by the CFPB in 81 FR 83934, it would be in compliance with 
Sec.  668.164(d)(4)(i)(2) of the cash management final regulations. 
However, because Sec.  668.164(d)(4)(i)(A)(1) requires that 
institutions disclose in writing that students do not need to use a 
particular account to receive their Federal student aid, institutions 
using the CFPB disclosure template must also display a message, along 
with the disclosure, stating that students do not need to use the 
prepaid account to receive Federal student aid. We also recommend 
including, along with the message, a note that directs students to ask 
about other ways to receive their Federal student aid. We remind 
institutions that the CFPB's short-form template was not drafted to 
implement the Department's cash management regulations; accordingly, 
institutions using that template should not regard it as authorizing T1 
or T2 arrangements that feature imposition of any fees otherwise 
prohibited under Sec.  668.164(e) or (f), as applicable.
    For institutions whose financial account provider either does not 
offer a prepaid account or chooses not to use the CFPB's short-form 
disclosure template, we propose the following format:

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    We propose that institutions choosing to use this form would be 
required to comply with the following instructions:
     The institution's disclosure must list the following fees: 
Periodic fees, per purchase fees (including point-of-sale fees), ATM 
withdrawal fees, cash reload fees, ATM balance inquiry fees, customer 
service fees, and inactivity fees. These fees are referred to as 
``static fees'' because all institutions using the Secretary's format 
must list these fees on the disclosure, even if the amount of the fee 
is zero or the fee relates to a feature that is not offered as part of 
the specific account. In cases where the amount of any fee could vary, 
the disclosure must show the highest amount the account provider may 
charge for that fee, followed by a symbol, such as an asterisk, linked 
to a statement explaining that the fee could be lower depending on how 
and where the account is used. The asterisk would be included, for 
example, if point-of-sale fees differ depending on whether the 
cardholder is required to provide a PIN or signature. In cases where a 
static fee is not imposed, the institution may demonstrate that the fee 
is not applicable by placing ``N/A'' or an equivalent designation in 
the appropriate field.
     The disclosure must include the number of fee types the 
accountholder may be charged under the specific account program, 
excluding those fees that are either disclosed on the form or in close 
proximity as described below.
     The disclosure must also list the two additional fee 
types, if any, that generated the highest revenue from accountholders 
during the previous 24 months excluding static fees, any purchase 
price, any activation fees, and any fee types that generated less than 
five percent of the total revenue from accountholders, as well as the 
amounts of such additional fees. The two additional fee types would be 
determined for the specific financial account program or across 
programs with the same fee schedule. Institutions must ensure that the 
financial account provider reviews their fee revenue periodically and 
that they assist the institution in updating the disclosure if needed.
     The disclosure must include statements regarding linked 
overdraft credit features, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation/
National Credit Union Administration insurance, and a link to the terms 
and conditions of the account.
     The disclosure must include a written statement that 
students do not have to accept the T1 or T2 account and may recommend 
that students ask about other ways to receive their Federal student 
aid.
     In close proximity to the disclosure, though not 
necessarily within the disclosure itself, the institution must disclose 
the financial account provider's name, the name of the account, for T2 
accounts any purchase price for the account (such as a fee for 
acquiring an access device or a replacement for an access device), and 
any fee for activating the account. If the financial account is a T1 
account, the institution must also use this space to disclose that a 
student accountholder may access his or her title IV, HEA program funds 
in part and in full up to the account balance via domestic withdrawals 
and transfers free

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of charge, during the student's entire period of enrollment following 
the date that such title IV, HEA program funds are deposited or 
transferred to the financial account, as required under Sec.  
668.164(e)(2)(v)(C). We also remind institutions that any account that 
falls under the definition of a T1 account may not charge fees for 
opening or activating the financial account or initially receiving or 
activating an access device, nor for overdrafts or fees assessed on 
point-of-sale transactions.
    We request assistance from the community in evaluating the 
effectiveness of the proposed format, content, and update requirements. 
Specifically, the Secretary requests information on whether--
    1. We have included all relevant fee information in the 
disclosures;
    2. The disclosures would be inappropriate for a particular type of 
account;
    3. Simply placing a ``$0'' or ``N/A'' in a place where no fee is 
charged would suffice to convey all of the necessary information;
    4. There is a preferred start date for the requirement to include 
the two additional fee types that generated the highest revenue from 
accountholders during the previous 24 months;
    5. Any conflict exists regarding other regulatory requirements, 
particularly with the proposal to allow institutions to use the CFPB 
disclosures described in 81 FR 83934 for this purpose;
    6. Students may find the disclosures confusing or unhelpful and, if 
so, whether the commenter can suggest specific alternatives;
    7. There are any other potential problems with including this 
format within the student choice menu to satisfy the requirements in 
Sec.  668.164(d)(4)(i)(B)(2); or
    8. Opportunities exist to further streamline the format of the 
template to reduce administrative burden.
    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the program contact person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
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document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free 
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Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System 
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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: May 4, 2017.
Betsy DeVos,
Secretary of Education.
[FR Doc. 2017-09349 Filed 5-8-17; 8:45 am]
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