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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

84.007:  Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Popular Name:  FSEOG

Objectives:  To provide eligible undergraduate postsecondary students with demonstrated financial need with grant assistance to help meet educational expenses.

PROGRAM AND AWARD FINANCIAL AND INFORMATION CONTACTS
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS INFORMATION CONTACTS
RELATED PROGRAMS ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS


84.007 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  Higher education institutions (public, private nonprofit, postsecondary vocational, and proprietary) meeting eligibility requirements may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  Undergraduate students enrolled or accepted for enrollment as regular students; are maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the standards and practices of the institution, have financial need, do not owe a refund on a Title IV grant, are not in default on a Title IV loan, file a statement of educational purpose, file a statement of registration compliance (Selective Service) and meet citizen/resident requirements may benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:  Institutions must document their eligibility and students must demonstrate financial need. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

84.007 APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:  Representatives of the appropriate ED Regional Office are available for consultation (see listing of ED Regional Offices in Appendix IV). Students should contact the institution(s) they attend or wish to attend. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.

Application Procedure:  Participating institutions submit the Fiscal Operations Report/Application to Participate in Federal Student Financial Aid Programs (ED Form 646-1) which is mailed to institutions of postsecondary education each summer by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. New institutions submit only the application form. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure:  The Office of Student Financial Assistance determines final awards and notifies participating institutions.

Deadlines:  Specified on the application (usually October 1). Contact the program office for additional information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  Notices of tentative awards sent by February 1, and final award notifications sent by April 1.

Appeals:  None.

Renewals:  There are annual renewals.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  Not applicable.

Examples of Funded Projects:  Not applicable.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  In 1999 the estimated average award to students was $701.

84.007 RELATED PROGRAMS:

  • 64.117 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance;
  • 84.031 Higher Education: Institutional Aid;
  • 84.032 Federal Family Education Loans;
  • 84.033 Federal Work-Study Program;
  • 84.038 Federal Perkins Loan Program: Federal Capital Contributions;
  • 84.042 TRIO: Student Support Services;
  • 84.044 TRIO: Talent Search;
  • 84.047 TRIO: Upward Bound;
  • 84.063 Federal Pell Grant Program;
  • 84.066 TRIO: Educational Opportunity Centers;
  • 84.069 Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership.

84.007 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

During the award period 1998-99 (the most recent years for which figures are available), institutions awarded $784,000,000 to 1,118,000 students.

84.007 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Type of Assistance:  Direct Payments for Specified Use.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $619,000,000; FY 00 est $631,000,000; and FY 01 est $691,000,000.

Budget Account Number:  91-0200-0-1-502.

Authorization:  Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 3, 20 U.S.C. 1070b-1070b-3.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  34 CFR 676, Student Guide fact sheet, no charge; Student Financial Aid Handbook, no charge; Notification to Members of Congress, list of grantees, published annually or as required, no charge; Federal Needs Analysis Methodology Booklet, no charge; Verification Handbook, no charge; training materials, no charge.

84.007 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  Students should contact the educational institution(s) they attend or plan to attend. Educational institutions should contact the Regional Administrator for Student Financial Assistance in the appropriate ED Regional Office (see Appendix IV of the Catalog).

Headquarters Office:  Policy Development Division, Office of Student Financial Assistance, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20202-5446. Contact: Harold McCullough, Chief, Grants Branch. Phone: (202) 708-8242. Use the same number for FTS.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

84.007 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  Funds are allocated to institutions on the basis of award year 1985-86 expenditures and demonstrated need for funding. Institutions award funds to students on the basis of financial need as determined by the Federal Needs Analysis Methodology specified in statute. This program requires institutional matching funds. The Federal share may not exceed 75 percent unless waived based on objective criteria established in regulations.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Funds are awarded for use by participating institutions for one award year at a time following the year of application.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Grants are for undergraduate study, and range from $100 to $4,000 per academic year. However, if reasonable study abroad costs exceed the cost of attendance at the home institution, the amount of the grant may exceed the $4,000 maximum by as much as $400. A student is eligible to receive a FSEOG for the period of time needed to complete the first undergraduate baccalaureate course of study being pursued by that student. If it awards grants to students in that year an institution is entitled to an administrative cost allowance for an award year of 5 percent of the first $2,750,000, expended plus 4 percent of expenditures greater than $2,750,000 but less than $5,500,000, plus 3 percent of expenditures in excess of $5,500,000.

84.007 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  A single combined Fiscal Operations Report/Application form for Federal Perkins Loans, FSEOG, and FWS (ED 646-1) is submitted by each institution at the close of each award year (June 30).

Audits:  Institutions must have a nonfederal audit done on at least an annual basis at its own expense. Audits are performed at Government expense by the Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General as often as its time schedule will allow or when deemed necessary by the Secretary.

Records:  All records pertaining to the activities of a given fiscal year must be retained for a period of three years following the institution's submission of its Fiscal Operations Report for an award year or until resolution of an applicable audit, whichever is later.

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