NAICU Washington Update

FIPSE Cancels FY 2011 Comprehensive Program Competition

May 13, 2011

The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) announced on Thursday that it is canceling the 2011 comprehensive grant competition because of federal budget cutbacks. 

In an announcement posted on the Department of Education website, the office said that "Congressional action on the FY 2011 budget substantially reduced funds available for grants from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, including new grants under the Comprehensive Program. Therefore, no new awards will be made under the Comprehensive Program in FY 2011."

The reduction in FIPSE funding was included in NAICU's "Summary of Education Program Cuts" that was part of the May 2 Washington Update story on the status of student aid funding.

The application notice for new awards had been posted on line and published in the Federal Register on March 22, but noted that funding for the estimated $20,347,000 in awards was contingent on final congressional action on the federal budget.  The original deadline for submittal of applications was May 23.

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