SMART Grants

SMART Grants - Academic Competitiveness Grant &...

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National SMART Grant Programs: An Overview Sophia McArdle Office of Postsecondary Education U.S. Department of Education
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Agenda Background Basic Requirements ACG National SMART Grants Legislative, Regulatory, and Administrative Update What You Can Do New Tool
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Background: Law Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (HERA) Authorized: Academic Competitiveness Grant Program (ACG) National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant Program (National SMART Grant)
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Funding 2008-09: $798 million* 2009-10: $960 million 2010-11: $1.01 billion *After rescission of $525 million in FY 2008 Appropriation’s Act Is not subject to annual appropriations Ratably reduce awards if funds are insufficient Carry forward unused funds
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Basic Requirements
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Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG)
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ACG Eligibility Requirements U.S. Citizen Federal Pell Grant recipient for same payment period or award year (if choose to implement early) First or second year student in a two- or four-year degree program Full-time enrollment Completed rigorous secondary school program of study No specific major required
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ACG Eligibility Requirements First-year students May not have been previously enrolled in a program of undergraduate education Have graduated from secondary school program after January 1, 2006 Second-year students Have graduated from secondary school program after January 1, 2005 Have a 3.0 GPA at the end of the first academic year
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ACG Prior Enrollment Restriction October 29, 2007 Final Regulations: While in high school Is not eligible if enrolled as a “regular student” in an ACG eligible program while being at or below the age of compulsory school attendance May be eligible if not enrolled as a “regular student” in ACG eligible program
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ACG Eligibility Requirements Student must have completed a rigorous secondary school program of study ED has outlined options to meet requirements in the interim final regulations
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ACG Recognition of Rigorous Program For an award year: The Secretary recognizes at least one rigorous secondary school program of study for each State as established by an SEA or if legally authorized by the State to establish a separate secondary school program of study, an LEA
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ACG Recognition of Rigorous Program The Secretary establishes a deadline for SEAs and LEAs to submit proposals for recognition of rigorous secondary school programs of study An LEA must submit documentation that the LEA is legally authorized by the State to establish a separate secondary school program of study
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ACG Recognition of Rigorous Program For 2008-2009: Deadline for new submissions was November 30, 2007 If State did not submit new or revised programs, remove current programs, or clarify State Scholars Initiative program requirements, State’s currently recognized secondary school programs of study will carry over
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 220 taught by Professor Kearn during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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