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OMB Control No:
ICR Reference No:
Previous ICR Reference No:
Agency Tracking No:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Type of Information Collection:
Revision of a currently approved collection
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Type of Review Request:
OIRA Conclusion Action:
Approved without change
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Terms of Clearance:
Approved as amended by ED's submissions of 4/16/99 and 4/20/99. In addition, the following terms apply: (1) ED will continue in its efforts to work with the Department of Treasury (IRS) to implement, as soon as possible, an income verification program for Federal student aid applicants (as authorized in the Higher Education Act Amendments of 1998). Prior to implementating any piece of the verification process (e.g., testmatches of data, matching of data for individuals that have greatest likelihood of misreporting), ED will submit to OMB as an addendum to the FAFSA package its plan or strategy for implementation. Further, the next submission of the FAFSA for clearance will contain a detailed update on what ED has accomplished with respect to a verification program to date, and what the strategy and timeline is for future activities. OMB agrees to provide any help or guidance to ED and Treasury toward successful implementation of a verficiation program. (2) Prior to sending out the final version of the 2000-2001 FAFSA for use in the field, ED will submit for OMB review as an addendum to this package, its plan for dealing with FAFSAs that fail to report the parent social security number (e.g., will it yield a reject FAFSA, a comment code, etc.). (3) Prior to sending out the final version of the 2000-2001 FAFSA for use in the field, ED will submit for OMB review as an addendum to this package, a revised Privacy Act statement which reflects the final disposition on the issue of the parent SSN. (4) Prior to sending out the final version of the 2000-2001 FAFSA for use in the field, ED will submit for OMB review as an addendum to this package, ED's strategy for implementing the *drug conviction* provisions of HEA 1998. ED will provide OMB periodic updates on this issue in light of developments through the negotiated rulemaking process which is currently underway. Further, as part of the addendum, ED will provide for OMB review a copy of worksheet C (or any worksheet ED plans to provide to students to use in assessing eligibility) (5) Through use of an electronic access code or some other means that ED deems appropriate, ED will, for the 2000-2001 FAFSA, have in place an option for all renewal web filers to complete their submissions without printing out and mailing in a separate signature page. OMB commends ED on their work to achieve this important goal, and on their accomplishments with respect to Web FAFSA. Further, ED will continue their work to provide an electronic signature option for all FAFSA filers (renewal and first time filers). (6) In each area where ED did not make changes to the form in response to public comments because the commenters misunderstood ED policy, ED will work closely with the student aid community to clear up any confusion surrounding those policies. For example, ED will work with the community to clarify ED's policy with respect to question 77 on the 2/16/99 version of the FAFSA regarding number of people in the parents household. (7) In order to address confusion expressed by public commenters, ED will change the parenthetical in item 66 of the 4/16/99 version of the FAFSA from (except for your parents) to (exclude your parents) or (do not include your parents).
Inventory as of this Action
Time Burden (Hours)
Cost Burden (Dollars)
Collects identifying and financial information from students applying for Federal student aid for postsecondary education. Used to calculate expected family contribution and determine eligibility for grants and loans under title IV of the HEA.
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Federal Register Notices & Comments
Did the Agency receive public comments on this ICR?
Number of Information Collection (IC) in this ICR:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
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Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
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Does this IC contain surveys, censuses, or employ statistical methods?
Is the Supporting Statement intended to be a Privacy Impact Assessment required by the E-Government Act of 2002?
Is this ICR related to the Affordable Care Act [PPACA, P.L. 111-148 & 111-152]?
Is this ICR related to the Dodd-Frank Act [Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, P.L. 111-203]?
Is this ICR related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)?
Common Form ICR:
On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
(a) It is necessary for the proper performance of agency functions;
(b) It avoids unnecessary duplication;
(c) It reduces burden on small entities;
(d) It uses plain, coherent, and unambiguous language that is understandable to respondents;
(e) Its implementation will be consistent and compatible with current reporting and recordkeeping practices;
(f) It indicates the retention periods for recordkeeping requirements;
(g) It informs respondents of the information called for under 5 CFR 1320.8 (b)(3) about:
(i) Why the information is being collected;
(ii) Use of information;
(iii) Burden estimate;
(iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
(v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
(vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
(h) It was developed by an office that has planned and allocated resources for the efficient and effective management and use of the information to be collected.
(i) It uses effective and efficient statistical survey methodology (if applicable); and
(j) It makes appropriate use of information technology.
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.