Department of Education 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Endowment Excise Tax: Allocation Reduction Waiver
Document Number: 2021-20858
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-27
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) Enrollment Document
Document Number: 2021-20857
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-27
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Eligibility of Students at Institutions of Higher Education for Funds Under the CARES Act
Document Number: 2021-20779
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Voluntary Decline of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Form
Document Number: 2021-20720
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application for the Educational Flexibility (Ed-Flex) Program
Document Number: 2021-20623
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Student Assistance General Provisions-Readmission for Servicemembers
Document Number: 2021-20548
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Standardizing Filing Procedures for Administrative Appeals
Document Number: 2021-20304
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) amends the regulations regarding administrative hearings and appeals to require filing using the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) electronic filing system (OES).
Applications for New Awards; National Center for Information and Technical Support for Postsecondary Students With Disabilities Program
Document Number: 2021-20496
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications (NIA) for a new award for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the National Center for Information and Technical Support for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.116D. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1894-0006.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Project To Support America's Families and Educators (Project SAFE) Grant Application
Document Number: 2021-20438
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct an emergency review of a new information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; William D. Ford Direct Loan Program General Forbearance Request
Document Number: 2021-20368
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2022 Materials Update #2
Document Number: 2021-20367
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of a currently approved collection.
Applications for New Awards; Project To Support America's Families and Educators (Project SAFE) Grant Program
Document Number: 2021-20394
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-20
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 and FY 2022 for Project SAFE under the School Safety National Activities authority of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Assistance Listing Number 84.184N. The Project SAFE grant program is intended to improve students' safety and well-being by providing resources to local educational agencies (LEAs) that adopt and implement strategies to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and that are financially penalized for doing so by their State educational agency (SEA) or other State entity.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Survey 2021-2023
Document Number: 2021-20209
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-20
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application for Grants Under the Upward Bound Program
Document Number: 2021-20101
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-17
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; National Evaluation of the 2019 Comprehensive Centers Program Grantees
Document Number: 2021-20065
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-17
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new information collection.
Reopening the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Competition for Certain Eligible Applicants; National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students With Disabilities
Document Number: 2021-19876
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-14
Agency: Department of Education
On July 13, 2021, the Department of Education (Department) published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications (NIA) for the FY 2021 National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students With Disabilities competition, Assistance Listing Number 84.283D. This notice reopens this competition to allow more time for the preparation and submission of applications by eligible applicants affected by the severe weather located in a federally declared disaster area as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which has been designated for Individual Assistance or Public Assistance under Presidential major disaster declarations DR-4611-LA and EM-3569-MS (``affected applicants'').
Reopening the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Competition for Certain Eligible Applicants; Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs
Document Number: 2021-19706
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-14
Agency: Department of Education
On June 10, 2021, we published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications (NIA) for the FY 2022 Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs, Assistance Listing Numbers (ALNs) 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305D, 84.305R, 84.305S, and 84.324X. The NIA established a deadline date of September 9, 2021, for the transmittal of applications for the Education Research, Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences, Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication, and Research to Accelerate Pandemic Recovery in Special Education competitions, ALNs 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305R, and 84.324X-2 (the ``affected competitions''). This notice reopens the affected competitions to allow more time for the preparation and submission of applications by eligible applicants that are affected by recent severe weather and located in a federally declared major disaster area designated for Individual Assistance or Public Assistance under Presidential major disaster declarations DR-4609-TN, DR-4610-CA, DR-4611-LA, DR-4614-NJ, and DR-4615-NY (``affected applicants'').
Third-Party Access to the Department's Information Technology Systems and Notice of Criminal Penalties for Misuse of Access Devices
Document Number: 2021-19536
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-10
Agency: Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) outlines the requirements for third-party access to the Department's Information Technology (IT) systems and establishes criminal penalties for misuse of access devices. Specifically, this notice sets forth the definition of an access device, the terms of service, the Code of Conduct, and information security standards, and provides notice of related criminal penalties.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) 2019-2021: Common Core of Data (CCD)
Document Number: 2021-19332
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-08
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2023-24 (ECLS-K:2024) Kindergarten and First-Grade Field Test Data Collection, National Sampling, and National Recruitment
Document Number: 2021-19331
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-08
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of a currently approved collection.
Reopening the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Competition for Certain Eligible Applicants; Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program-Early-Phase Grants
Document Number: 2021-19283
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-08
Agency: Department of Education
On July 28, 2021, we published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications (NIA) for the FY 2021 Education Innovation and Research ProgramEarly-phase Grants, Assistance Listing Number 84.411C (Early-phase Grants). This notice reopens this competition to allow more time for the preparation and submission of applications by eligible applicants affected by the severe storm and flooding in the following counties in Tennessee: Dickson, Hickman, Houston, and Humphreys which have been designated for Individual Assistance or Public Assistance under Presidential major disaster declaration 4609- DR-TN (``affected applicants'').
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; School Pulse Panel Data Collection
Document Number: 2021-19158
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-07
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is requesting the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to conduct an emergency review of an information collection.
Distance Education and Innovation; Correction
Document Number: 2021-19141
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-03
Agency: Department of Education
On September 2, 2020, the Department of Education (Department) published in the Federal Register a final rule to amend the general, establishing eligibility, maintaining eligibility, and losing eligibility sections of the Institutional Eligibility regulations issued under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), related to distance education and innovation, as well as the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations issued under the HEA (Distance Education and Innovation Rule). This document corrects the text in the regulations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Implementation of Title I/II-A Program Initiatives
Document Number: 2021-19044
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-03
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new collection.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Information To Be Verified for the 2022-2023 Award Year
Document Number: 2021-18864
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-01
Agency: Department of Education
For each award year, the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register a notice announcing the FAFSA information that an institution and an applicant may be required to verify, as well as the acceptable documentation for verifying FAFSA information. This is the notice for the 2022-2023 award year, Assistance Listing Numbers 84.007, 84.033, 84.063, and 84.268.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Health Education Assistance Loan (HEAL) Program: Forms
Document Number: 2021-18635
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-30
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Guaranty Agencies Security Self-Assessment and Attestation
Document Number: 2021-18572
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-30
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Third Party Authorization Form
Document Number: 2021-18534
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a new collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; ARP ESSER Rule Collection Activities
Document Number: 2021-18392
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Notice Inviting Publishers To Submit Tests for a Determination of Suitability for Use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education
Document Number: 2021-18213
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-24
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary of Education invites publishers to submit tests for review and approval for use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) and announces the date by which publishers must submit these tests. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1830-0567.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Federal Perkins/NDSL Loan Assignment Form
Document Number: 2021-18202
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-24
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Total and Permanent Disability Discharge of Loans Under Title IV of the Higher Education Act
Document Number: 2021-18081
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-23
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) adopts as final regulations, with changes, the interim final regulations for total and permanent disability (TPD) student loan discharge.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2021-18080
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-23
Agency: Department of Education
This provides notice of the establishment of the matching program between the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), which sets forth the terms, safeguards, and procedures under which the SSA will disclose to the Department data related to the Medical Improvement Not Expected (MINE) disability data of beneficiaries and recipients under title II and title XVI of the Social Security Act from the SSA system of records entitled the Disability Control File (DCF) and the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR). This matching program will enable the Department to contact the individuals who have a balance on a loan under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), have a loan under title IV of the HEA written off due to default, or have an outstanding service or repayment obligation under the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program to inform title IV borrowers and TEACH Grant recipients whom SSA identifies as disabled that ED will discharge the borrowers' title IV loans or TEACH Grant service or repayment obligations no earlier than 61 days from the date that ED sends the notification to the borrower, unless the borrower chooses to have their loans or service obligations discharged earlier or chooses to opt out of the Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) discharge within 60 days from the date that ED sends the notification to the borrower.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Annual Performance Report (APR)
Document Number: 2021-17921
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; High School Equivalency Program (HEP) Annual Performance Report
Document Number: 2021-17909
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Applications for New Awards; Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are DeafBlind Program; Correction
Document Number: 2021-17772
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-19
Agency: Department of Education
On July 26, 2021, the Department of Education (Department) published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications (NIA) for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are DeafBlind program, Assistance Listing Number 84.160D. We are correcting one error in the Application Requirements. All other information in the NIA, including the August 30, 2021, deadline for transmittal of applications, remains the same.
Final Priority and Requirements-Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are DeafBlind Program-Correction
Document Number: 2021-17771
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-19
Agency: Department of Education
On July 26, 2021, the Department of Education (Department) published in the Federal Register a notice of final priority and requirements (NFP) for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are DeafBlind program, Assistance Listing Number 84.160D. We are correcting one error in the Application Requirements. All other information in the NFP remains the same.
Solicitation of Public Comments for Updating the Science Assessment Framework for the 2028 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Document Number: 2021-17676
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-18
Agency: Department of Education
The National Assessment Governing Board (Governing Board) is soliciting public comment for preliminary guidance in updating the Assessment Framework for the 2028 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in Science.
Reopening; Notice Inviting Applications for the Proprietary Institution Grant Funds for Students Program Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF); American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARP)
Document Number: 2021-17642
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-17
Agency: Department of Education
On May 13, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing the availability of funds and application deadlines for the ARP (a)(4) grant funding under the Proprietary Institution Grant Funds for Students Program, Assistance Listing Number (ALN) 84.425Q, as authorized under section 2003 of the ARP. The Department reopens, until September 10, 2021, the period for both submission of new ARP (a)(4) applications, and the Required Proprietary Institution Certification (RPIC) form for supplemental ARP (a)(4) awards.
Request for Information on the Department of Education's Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2026 Learning Agenda
Document Number: 2021-17625
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-17
Agency: Department of Education
The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 and implementing guidance require Federal agencies to develop an evidence-building plan, referred to as a Learning Agenda, to identify and address questions relevant to agency programs, policies, and regulations. Through this request for information (RFI), we seek public input to help us identify priority questions to guide our evidence- building activities.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Impact Evaluation of Training in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Reading in Early Elementary School
Document Number: 2021-17500
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program Survey on Postgraduate Employment Outcomes
Document Number: 2021-17484
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-16
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a reinstatement without change of a previously approved collection.
Applications for New Awards; Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grant Program
Document Number: 2021-17202
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Department of Education
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grant Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.041C. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1810-0657.
Federal Preemption and Joint Federal-State Regulation and Oversight of the Department of Education's Federal Student Loan Programs and Federal Student Loan Servicers
Document Number: 2021-17021
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) issues this interpretation to revise and clarify its position on the legality of State laws and regulations that govern various aspects of the servicing of Federal student loans, such as preventing unfair or deceptive practices, correcting misapplied payments, or addressing refusals to communicate with borrowers. The Department concludes that these State laws are preempted only in limited and discrete respects, as further discussed in this interpretation. In addition, this interpretation will help facilitate close coordination between the Department and its State partners to further enhance both servicer accountability and borrower protections. This interpretation revokes and supersedes the interpretation published on March 12, 2018, ``Federal Preemption and State Regulation of the Department of Education's Federal Student Loan Programs and Federal Student Loan Servicers'' (2018 interpretation).
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Fixed-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
Document Number: 2021-17056
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-11
Agency: Department of Education
The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans), and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loans) made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.268, with first disbursement dates on or after July 1, 2021, and before July 1, 2022.
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the Federal Family Education Loan Program Prior to July 1, 2010
Document Number: 2021-17054
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-11
Agency: Department of Education
The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.032, that have variable interest rates. The rates announced in this notice are in effect for the period July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
Document Number: 2021-17053
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-11
Agency: Department of Education
The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans), and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loan), Assistance Listing Number 84.268, with first disbursement dates before July 1, 2006, and for Federal Direct Consolidation Loans (Direct Consolidation Loans) for which the application was received before February 1, 1999. The rates announced in this notice are in effect for the period July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee; Negotiator Nominations and Schedule of Committee Meetings
Document Number: 2021-16953
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-10
Agency: Department of Education
We announce our intention to establish one negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The committee will include representatives of organizations or groups with interests that are significantly affected by the subject matter of the proposed regulations. We request nominations for individual negotiators who represent key stakeholder constituencies for the issues to be negotiated to serve on the committee. We also announce the creation of a subcommittee, and request nominations for individuals with pertinent expertise to participate on the subcommittee. The Department has set a schedule for committee meetings.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): Interest Rate Limitation Request
Document Number: 2021-16890
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-09
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.