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10438 Federal Register / Vol. 69, No.

44 / Friday, March 5, 2004 / Notices

Comments regarding burden and/or independent source of advice and you plan to attend the hearing. You may
the collection activity requirements counsel to the Congress and the register through the Internet by emailing
should be directed to Shelia Carey at her Secretary of Education on student the Advisory Committee at
e-mail address Shelia Carey@ed.gov. financial aid policy. Since its inception, ADV_COMSFA@ed.gov or at
Individuals who use a the congressional mandate requires the Tracy.Deanna.Jones@ed.gov. Please
telecommunications device for the deaf Advisory Committee to conduct include your name, title, affiliation,
(TDD) may call the Federal Information objective, nonpartisan, and independent complete address (including Internet
Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– analyses on important aspects of the and e-mail—if available), and telephone
8339. student assistance programs under Title and fax numbers. If you are unable to
IV of the Higher Education Act. In register electronically, you may mail or
[FR Doc. 04–4956 Filed 3–4–04; 8:45 am]
addition, Congress expanded the fax your registration information to the
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Advisory Committee’s agenda in the Advisory Committee staff office at (202)
Higher Education Amendments of 1998 219–3032. Also, you may contact the
in several important areas: access, Title Advisory Committee staff at (202) 219–
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
IV modernization, distance education, 2099. The registration deadline is
Advisory Committee on Student and early information and needs Monday, March 22, 2004.
Financial Assistance; Hearing assessment. Specifically, the Advisory Records are kept of all committee
Committee is to review, monitor and proceedings, and are available for public
AGENCY: Advisory Committee on evaluate the Department of Education’s inspection at the Office of the Advisory
Student Financial Assistance, progress in these areas and report Committee on Student Financial
Education. recommended improvements to Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F Street,
ACTION: Notice of upcoming hearing. Congress and the Secretary. NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC from
The FY 2004 Consolidated the hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday
SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the Appropriations Act (H.R. 2673), which through Friday, except Federal holidays.
schedule and proposed agenda of a was signed into law on January 23, Information regarding the simplification
forthcoming hearing of the Advisory 2004, directs the Advisory Committee to study will also be made available on the
Committee on Student Financial examine the Federal financial aid Advisory Committee’s Web site,
Assistance. individuals who will need formula and application forms in order www.ed.gov/ACSFA.
accommodations for a disability in order to simplify and streamline the programs
to attend the hearing (i.e., interpreting Dated: March 1, 2004.
to make the system easier, more
services, assistive listening devices, responsive, and fairer for students and Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald,
and/or materials in alternative format) families. The Advisory Committee is Staff Director, Advisory Committee on
should notify the Advisory Committee well suited to conduct this study, Student Financial Assistance.
no later than Friday, March 19, 2004, by drawing upon the expertise of its 11 [FR Doc. 04–4901 Filed 3–4–04; 8:45 am]
contacting Ms. Hope M. Gray at 202– members and its experience conducting BILLING CODE 4000–01–M
219–2099 or via e-mail at other broad studies on financial aid
hope.gray@ed.gov. We will attempt to issues. The Advisory Committee also
meet requests after this date, but cannot has the particular mission of examining DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
guarantee availability of the requested the impact of these issues on low- and
Advisory Committee on Student
accommodation. The hearing site is moderate-income students, a specific
Financial Assistance
accessible to individuals with goal of the study.
disabilities. This notice also describes The Advisory Committee has AGENCY: Advisory Committee on
the functions of the Advisory scheduled this regional field hearing to Student Financial Assistance,
Committee. Notice of this hearing is gather additional feedback about Education.
required under section 10(a)(2) of the financial aid simplification. The ACTION: Notice of announcement of
Federal Advisory Committee Act. This proposed agenda includes expert simplification study.
document is intended to notify the testimony and discussion of the
general public. following issues: (a) The impact of SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee on
DATES: Tuesday, March 30, 2004, complexities in the financial aid process Student Financial Assistance has been
beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at on access to postsecondary education, charged by Congress to conduct
approximately 4 p.m. particularly for low-income students; (b) objective, nonpartisan, and independent
opportunities for simplification in the analyses on important aspects of the
ADDRESSES: The University of Illinois at
financial aid process and forms; and (c) student assistance programs under Title
Chicago, Student Service Building, 1200 IV of the Higher Education Act. In
specific issues related to financial aid
W. Harrison Street, Conference Room A, addition, Congress expanded the
simplification, such as early notification
Chicago, IL 60607. Committee’s agenda in the Higher
of financial aid eligibility. The agenda
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. also includes an afternoon session Education Amendments of 1998 in
Brian K. Fitzgerald, Staff Director, during which the general public is several important areas: access, Title IV
Advisory Committee on Student invited to provide oral and/or written modernization, distance education, and
Financial Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F testimony to the Advisory Committee on early information and needs assessment.
Street, NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC these issues. The Advisory Committee Specifically, the Committee is to review,
20202–7582, (202) 219–2099. also invites the public to submit written monitor and evaluate the Department of
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The comments regarding this study to the Education’s progress in these areas and
Advisory Committee on Student following e-mail address: report recommended improvements to
Financial Assistance is established ADV_COMSFA@ed.gov. We must Congress and the Secretary.
under section 491 of the Higher receive your comments on or before The FY 2004 Consolidated
Education Act of 1965 as amended by April 23, 2004. Appropriations Act (H.R. 2673), which
Public Law 100–50 (20 U.S.C. 1098). Space for the hearing is limited and was signed into law on January 23,
The Advisory Committee serves as an you are encouraged to register early if 2004, directs the Advisory Committee to

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examine the Federal financial aid Study Questions and Goals FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr.
formula and application forms in order Brian K. Fitzgerald, Staff Director,
Can Federal Need Analysis Be
to simplify and streamline the programs Advisory Committee on Student
Simplified and Improved?
to make the system easier, more Financial Assistance, Capitol Place, 80 F
responsive, and fairer for students and • Can the methodology used to Street, NW., Suite 413, Washington, DC
families. The Advisory Committee is calculate the expected family 20202–7582, (202) 219–2099.
well suited to conduct this study, contribution (EFC) be simplified
drawing upon the expertise of its 11 without significant adverse effects on Assistance to Individuals With
members and its experience conducting program intent, costs, integrity, Disabilities in Reviewing the
other broad studies on financial aid delivery, and distribution of awards? Simplification Study
issues. The Advisory Committee also • Can the number of data elements, On request, we will supply an
has the particular mission of examining and, accordingly, the number and appropriate aid, such as a reader or
the impact of these issues on low- and complexity of questions asked of print magnifier, to an individual with a
moderate-income students, a specific students and families, used to calculate disability who needs assistance to
goal of the study. the EFC be reduced without significant review comments or other documents.
The legislative charge to the Advisory adverse effects on program intent, costs, Although we will attempt to meet a
Committee calls for the study to be integrity, delivery, and distribution of request we receive, we may not be able
conducted in two phases resulting in an awards? to make available the requested
interim report and a final report. In • Are the procedures for determining auxiliary aid or service because of
executing the study, the Advisory the data elements used to calculate the insufficient time to arrange it.
Committee will: EFC, including determining and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: To ensure
• Examine options to simplify forms updating offsets and allowances, the that your comments have maximum
and reduce data elements; most efficient, effective, and fair means effect in developing the final
• Address the student work penalty; to determine a family’s available income recommendations to Congress and the
• Make recommendations on ways to and assets? Secretary of Education, we urge you to
measure the burden of state and local • Is the methodology used to identify clearly the specific study
taxes on Expected Family Contribution calculate the EFC, specifically the questions and goals that each of your
(EFC); consideration of income earned by a comments addresses and to arrange your
• Discuss ways to provide students dependent student and its effect on Pell comments in the same order as
with an early notification of eligibility. Grant eligibility, an effective and fair
The interim report will be complete indicated in the study announcement.
means to determine a family’s available During and after the comment period,
six months from the enactment of the
income and a student’s need? you may inspect all public comments
bill and will focus on legislative
recommendations. The second phase of Can Federal Student Air Delivery Be about the simplification study at Capitol
the study, which will yield a final report Streamlined and Improved? Place, 80 F Street, NW., Suite 413,
one year from enactment, will address Washington, DC between 9 a.m. and
• Can the nature and timing of the 5:30 p.m., eastern time, Monday through
regulatory and administrative solutions FAFSA, eligibility and award
to financial aid simplification. The Friday (excluding Federal holidays).
determination, financial aid processing, You may also view comments on the
Advisory Committee will consult with a and funds delivery be streamlined
wide range of interested parties, and Advisory Committee simplification
further for students and families, study at http://www.ed.gov/ACSFA.
will also consult a forms design expert. institutions, and States?
The Advisory Committee initiated the • Is it feasible to allow students to
Dated: March 1, 2004.
simplification study with a hearing on complete only those limited sections of Dr. Brian K. Fitzgerald,
February 5, 2004. At this hearing, the the FAFSA that apply to their specific Staff Director, Advisory Committee on
Advisory Committee heard from circumstances and the State in which Student Financial Assistance.
Congress, the Department of Education, they reside? [FR Doc. 04–4900 Filed 3–4–04; 8:45 am]
members of the higher education • Can a widely disseminated printed BILLING CODE 4000–01–M
community, and representatives of the form, or the use of an Internet or other
early intervention and outreach electronic means, be developed to notify
community about their perspectives on individuals of an estimation of their DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
simplification. approximate eligibility for grant, work-
The Advisory Committee has two Environmental Management Site-
study, and loan assistance upon
regional field hearings scheduled to Specific Advisory Board, Savannah
completion and verification of the
gather additional feedback about River
simplified application form?
financial aid simplification. The
• Can in formation provided on other AGENCY: Department of Energy.
Advisory Committee will conduct
Federal forms that are designed to
hearings at the University of Illinois at ACTION: Notice of open meeting.
determine eligibility for various Federal
Chicago (UIC) on March 30, 2004, and
need-based assistance programs be used SUMMARY: This notice announces a
at the Fashion Institute of Design and
to qualify potential students for the meeting of the Environmental
Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles
simplified needs test? Management Site-Specific Advisory
Campus, on April 15, 2004.
The Advisory Committee invites the This document is intended to notify Board (EM SSAB), Savannah River. The
public to submit written comments and the general public Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub.
recommendations to the following e- DATES: We must receive your comments L. No. 92–463, 86 Stat. 770) requires
mail address: ADV_COMSFA@ed.gov. on or before April 23, 2004. that public notice of these meetings be
Information regarding the simplification ADDRESSES: Send all comments about announced in the Federal Register.
study will also be available on the the simplification study to the Advisory DATES: Monday, March 22, 2004, 1
Advisory Committee’s web site, http:// Committee using the following email p.m.–6:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 23,
www.ed.gov/ACSFA. address: adv_COMSFA@ed.gov. 2004, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

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