Upward Bound Program
The Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education proposes to establish a priority under the Upward Bound Program. We are proposing to establish this priority to focus Federal resources on students most in need of academic assistance and to increase the effectiveness of the Upward Bound Program. We propose this priority to increase the number of low-income, first generation students with the ``greatest academic need'' for program services that participate in the Upward Bound program, and to provide all Upward Bound participants an opportunity to receive services for four years.
Arbitration Panel Decision Under the Randolph-Sheppard Act
The Department gives notice that on November 1, 2005, an arbitration panel rendered a decision in the matter of Billie Ruth Schlank v. District of Columbia Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (Docket No. R-S/04-6). This panel was convened by the U.S. Department of Education, under 20 U.S.C. 107d-1(a), after the Department received a complaint filed by the complainant, Billie Ruth Schlank.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Institute of Education Sciences-Notice Inviting Public Comments on Plan for Addressing Long-Term Research Priorities
The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) invites comments on the Institute's plan for addressing the long-term research priorities approved by the National Board for Education Sciences (Board).
Student Assistance General Provisions; Federal Perkins Loan Program; Federal Work-Study Programs; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program; Federal Family Education Loan Program; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program; Federal Pell Grant Program; Academic Competitiveness Grant Program; and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant Program
The Secretary amends title 34 to establish regulations for the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant) programs. The Secretary also amends the regulations related to the Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Work-Study Programs, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, and Federal Pell Grant Program. These interim final regulations and amendments are needed to implement provisions of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (HERA). The interim final regulations for the ACG and National SMART Grant programs specify the eligibility requirements for a student to apply for and receive an award under these programs for the 2006-2007 award year. These interim final regulations also identify the roles of institutions of higher education (institutions), State educational agencies (SEAs), and local educational agencies (LEAs) in administering the programs. These interim final regulations will be effective for the 2006-2007 award year. The Secretary is, however, soliciting comments on all aspects of these interim final regulations and may, for the 2007- 2008 award year, amend and finalize them as appropriate in response to comments received. For regulations that would take effect for the 2008- 2009 award year and subsequent award years, the Secretary intends to conduct negotiated rulemaking, as required under section 492 of the HEA.