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Program Descriptions

Program Number



Federal Perkins Loan Program-Federal Capital Contributions


Federal Agency




Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part E, as amended, Public Law 103-394, 20 U.S.C. 1087aa-1087hh.






To provide low interest loans to eligible postsecondary students with demonstrated financial need to help meet educational expenses.


Types of Assistance

Direct Payments for Specified Use.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Institutions use funds to make loans to needy, eligible students for meeting educational expenses. The maximum annual loan amount limit for an eligible student attending an institution is $6,000 for a graduate or professional student or $4,000 for undergraduates. The maximum aggregate loan amount for an eligible student attending an institution is $40,000 for a graduate or professional student, including loans borrowed as an undergraduate student, or $20,000 for a student who has successfully completed 2 years of a program of undergraduate study and $8,000 for any other student. For a program of study abroad that has reasonable costs in excess of the home costs, the annual and aggregate limits may be exceeded by 20 percent. An institution is entitled to an administrative cost allowance for an award year if it advances funds to students in that year under the Federal Perkins Loans Program, in an amount equal to five percent of the first $2,750,000 in expenditures, plus 4 percent for expenditures greater than $2,750,000 but less than $5,500,000, plus 3 percent for expenditures in excess of $5,500,000.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Higher education institutions (public, private nonprofit, postsecondary vocational, and proprietary) meeting eligibility requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Undergraduate, graduate, or professional students enrolled or accepted for enrollment as regular students in an eligible program, 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.


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


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 plan 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 a 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 Federal Student Aid. New institutions submit only the application form. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 110.

Award Procedure

The Office Federal Student Aid determines final awards and notifies participating institutions.


Specified on the application (usually around October 1).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Notices of tentative awards sent by February 1 and final award notification sent by April 1.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Funds are allocated to institutions on the basis of the institution's guarantee allocations 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. The institutional capital contribution (ICC) for institutions is one-third of the FCC (or 25 percent of the combined FCC and ICC).

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.


Post Assistance Requirements


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


Institutions must have a nonfederal audit done on at least an annual basis at its own expense. Audits may also be 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.


Except for loan records and records of expenditures questioned in audits or Departmental program reviews, an institution must keep records for an award year for three years after submitting its Fiscal Operations Report for an award year, or until final resolution of an applicable audit or program review, whichever is later. An institution must keep loan repayment records for at least 3 years from the date of satisfaction of the loan or assignment of the loan to the United States, or it is canceled.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Federal capital contribution) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $0; and FY 09 $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance



Program Accomplishments



Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

34 CFR 674; Student Guide, 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.


Information 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 appropriate ED Regional Office. See Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Office Federal Student Aid, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-5446. Telephone: (800) 433-3243.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

64.117, Survivors And Dependents Educational Assistance
84.007, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
84.032, Federal Family Education Loans
84.033, Federal Work-Study Program
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


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