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Federal Student Aid Programs; Proposed Rule

Federal Register, August 8, 2007, Page 44619-44653


Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.


Notice of proposed rulemaking


The Secretary proposes to amend the regulations on Student Assistance General Provisions; Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Program; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program; Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program; Federal Pell Grant (Pell Grant) Program; and Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant) Programs. The proposed regulations would reduce administrative burden for program participants, provide benefits to students and borrowers, and protect taxpayers' interests.


We must receive your comments on or before September 7, 2007


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 by e-mail. Please submit your comments only one time, in order to ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies. In addition, please include the Docket ID at the top of your comments. Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to Under ``Search Documents'' go to ``Optional Step 2'' and select ``Department of Education'' from the ``Federal Department or Agency'' drop-down menu, then click ``Submit.'' In the Docket ID column, select ED-2007-OPE-0134 to add or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. Information on using, including instructions for submitting comments, accessing documents, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site's ``User Tips'' link. Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery. If you mail or deliver your comments about these proposed regulations, address them to Michelle Belton, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 8037, Washington, DC 20006-8502. Privacy Note: The Department's policy for comments received from members of the public (including those comments submitted by mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery) is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at All submissions will be posted to the Federal eRulemaking Portal without change, including personal identifiers and contact information.

Further Information

For information related to General definitions and Defining Independent Study for Direct Assessment Programs, Michelle Belton. Telephone: (202) 502-7821 or via Internet: For information related to Payment periods, Treatment of Title IV grant and loan funds if a recipient does not begin attendance, Post-withdrawal disbursements of grant funds directly to a student, and Annual loan limit progression, Wendy Macias. Telephone: (202) 502-7526 or via Internet: For information related to all Cash Management issues and Single disbursement provision for Perkins Loan and the FSEOG, John Kolotos. Telephone: (202) 502-7762 or via Internet: For information related to Minimum period for certifying a loan, and Pell Grant calculations, Brian Kerrigan. Telephone: (202) 219-7058 or via Internet: If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, you may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the first contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.