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84.031 Higher Education_Institutional Aid

AUTHORIZATION:

Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title V; Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title II; Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part J, Section 449A, as amended by College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) of 2007, Section 802.
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To help eligible colleges and universities to strengthen their management and fiscal operations and to assist such institutions to plan, develop, or implement activities including endowment building that promise to strengthen the academic quality of their institutions.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Eligible institutions may apply under Part A or B of Title III. Part A includes Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian serving (ANNH) institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions (AANAPISI). Part B includes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) program and the Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI) program . Part A provides funds to eligible institutions to plan, develop, and implement activities for development of faculty, funds, and administrative management, and improvement of academic programs, acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening academic programs and institutional management, and joint use of facilities such as libraries, laboratories, and student services. Part B provides funds to undergraduate HBCUs and graduate HBGIs. Funds may be used for purchase, rental, or lease of scientific equipment; construction, maintenance, renovation, improvement in classroom, library and other instructional facilities; support of faculty exchanges and fellowships; academic instruction in disciplines in which Blacks are underrepresented, purchase of library books, periodicals, and other educational materials; tutoring, counseling, and student services; funds and administrative management; acquisition of equipment for use in funds management; endowment funds; and joint use of facilities. Title V Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) program provides funds to eligible HSIs for activities such as: faculty development; funds and administrative management; development and improvement of academic programs; endowment funds; curriculum development; scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching; renovation of instructional facilities; joint use of facilities; academic tutoring; counseling programs; and student support services. Title III, Part F, Section 371 authorizes funds for Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Programs to support the kinds of activities being supported under the existing Title V program, except that priority is given for applications that propose to increase the number of Hispanic and other low income students attaining degrees in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to applications that propose to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between the 2-year and 4-year HSIs in such fields. Funds provided for Title III and Title V may not be used for activities other than those in an approved application, activities that are inconsistent with any applicable State plan of higher education or State plan for desegregation, a school or department of divinity or any religious worship or sectarian activity; general operating and maintenance expenses; indirect costs; or supplanting of other funds available to the institution. These programs are subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.563. For assistance call the Office of Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 377-3838.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   An institution of higher education that qualifies as eligible using criteria as specified in the regulations. Under Part A, specific and basic requirements as stated in the program regulations must be met. Eligible applicants include institutions that have: (1) A low average per FTE educational and general expenditure; (2) a substantial percentage of students having Pell Grants or other Federal need-based financial aid. However, a waiver of the low educational and general expenditure requirement and the needy student enrollment requirement may be granted to institutions meeting the criteria specified in the existing regulations. Under Part B HBCUs, certain historically Black institutions that were established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans are eligible. A listing of those institutions is published in program regulations; these HBCUs are also eligible under the Endowment Challenge Grant Program. Institutions eligible for HBGI program grants are specified in Title III Section 326(e)(1) of the HEA. Under the Title V HSIs program, an HSI is defined as an institution that has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Applicant institutions of higher education, including those in the territories and possessions that meet statutory eligibility requirements will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:   Institutions must document that they are accredited a nationally recognized accrediting agency or that they are making satisfactory progress toward such accreditation. A 4-year institution must have authority to award a bachelor's degree. A 2-year institution must offer a program acceptable for full credit towards a bachelor's degree, or a two year program in engineering, mathematics, or the physical or biological sciences designed to prepare the student to work as a technician at a semiprofessional level. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applications for funding are available from the program office. Application deadlines are published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedure:   Title III Part A applications and Title V Developing HSIs program applications are evaluated by external reviewers who are experts in postsecondary education. The Department makes final awards based primarily on the scores assigned to the applications by the external reviewers and the recommendations submitted by the staff of Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Service, Office of Postsecondary Education.

Deadlines:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

About six months.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Under the Strengthening Institutions Program, priority is given to applicants who are not already receiving a grant. Institutions that received a 5-year development grant are not eligible to receive an additional grant until 2 years after the date on which the 5-year terminates. After fulfilling the wait-out requirement, institutions applying for another grant under the Strengthening Institutions Programs must reapply for eligibility.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Funds are allocated to TCCUs, HBCUs, and HBGIs based on a statutory formula. Title III, Part A, Section 316(d), Title III, Part B, Sections 324 and 326(f). Under the Strengthening Institutions Program, Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions, institutions of higher education may use no more than 20 percent of grant funds to establish or increase an institution's endowment fund. The endowment funds must be matched at a rate of one non-Federal dollar for each Federal dollar. Under the HBGIs program, eligible institutions that have project grants over $1,000,000 must match the entire Federal share on a dollar-for-dollar basis. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Under the Strengthening Institutions Program, TCCUs, ANNH, AANAPI and HSIs, planning grants are for a period of up to 1 year, development grants are for a period of 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This information is included in the award document.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   As required by the Special Grant Terms and Conditions. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.

Audits:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Subject to a Federal audit any time during the term of the grant and within a period of 3 years after the termination of Federal support.

Records:   Must be retained for 5 years after the end of the fiscal year during which the expenditures were made or until the grantee is notified that the records are no longer needed.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-0201-0-1-502.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 08 $265,791,196; FY 09 est $26,579,000; FY 10 est $12,158,000 - Strengthening ANNH.

(Project Grants) FY 08 $323,095,530; FY 09 est $323,095,000; FY 10 est $250,000,000 - Strengthening HBCUs.

(Project Grants) FY 08 $5,000,000; FY 09 est $7,500,000; FY 10 est $2,625,000 - Strengthening AANAPI.

(Project Grants) FY 08 $8,577,487; FY 09 est $8,577,000; FY 10 est $9,006,000 - MSEIP.

(Project Grants) FY 08 $53,158,232; FY 09 est $53,158,000; FY 10 est $24,316,000 - Strengthening TCCUs.

(Project Grants) FY 08 $78,145,523; FY 09 est $80,000,000; FY 10 est $84,000,000 - Strengthening Institutions (Part A).

(Project Grants) FY 08 $56,903,225; FY 09 est $58,500,000; FY 10 est $61,425,000 - Strengthening HBGIs.

(Project Grants) FY 08 $15,000,000; FY 09 est $15,000,000; FY 10 est $7,785,000 - Strengthening PBIs.

(Project Grants) FY 08 $5,000,000; FY 09 est $5,000,000; FY 10 est $2,625,000 - Strengthening NASNTI.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

Varies by competition.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Approximately 560 grants are expected to be made in FY 2010. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

34 CFR 607, 608, 609, 628, the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Ralph Hines Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Office of Higher Education Programs, Institutional Service, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: ralph.hines@ed.gov Phone: (202)453-7417

Web Site Address:  
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/idues

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

(a) Under Title III and Title V, the Department appoints review panels to provide comments and recommend ratings for the applications. The reviewers numerically rate each application assigned and provide the Secretary with comments on each. Criteria are published in the Federal Register along with the point value for each criterion. (b)Under HBCUs and HBGIs, funds are allocated based on a statute-driven formula. To be eligible to receive a grant under the Strengthening HBCUs program, an institution must be designated by the Secretary of Education as a Historically Black College or University. HBGIs receiving discretionary grants are specified in the program statute.

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