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Experimental Sites Initiative

Experiment Announced in the August 15, 2016 Federal Register

Click here to view the Federal Register published August 15, 2016. This FR explains the Loan Counseling experiment in detail, including waivers, reporting requirements and more information to assist schools.

Experiment Announced in the November 18, 2015 Federal Register

Click here to view the Federal Register published November 18, 2015. This FR explains the Competency-Based Education experiment in detail, including waivers, reporting requirements and more information to assist schools.

Experiment Announced in the November 3, 2015 Federal Register

Click here to view the Federal Register published November 3, 2015. This FR explains the Dual Enrollment experiment in detail, including waivers, reporting requirements and more information to assist schools.

Experiment Announced in the October 15, 2015 Federal Register

Click here to view the Federal Register published October 15, 2015. This FR explains the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) experiment in detail, including waivers, reporting requirements and more information to assist schools.

Experiment Announced in the August 3, 2015 Federal Register

Click here to view the Federal Register published August 3, 2015. This FR explains the Second Chance Pell experiment in detail, including waivers, reporting requirements and more information to assist schools.

Experiments Announced in the July 31, 2014 Federal Register

Click here to view the Federal Register published July 31, 2014. This Federal Register explains the experiments below in detail, including waivers, reporting requirements and more information to assist schools. To view a preliminary list of participants in each experiment please click on the experiment name below.

Experiments Announced in the October 27, 2011 Federal Register

Click here to view the Federal Register published October 27, 2011. This Federal Register explains the experiments below in detail, including waivers, reporting requirements and more information to assist schools.

Conclusion of Experiments

Experiments Ending on June 30, 2015

Single disbursement of a one-term loan for study abroad students.
The experiment would allow a single disbursement of a one-term loan for some study abroad students attending participating institutions even if the institution’s cohort default rate equals or exceeds five percent.

Early disbursement for study abroad students and for students enrolled in foreign institutions.
The experiment would permit participating domestic institutions to disburse Direct Loan funds for some students enrolled in approved study abroad programs as early as 30 days prior to the first day of classes of the student’s enrollment for the loan period.  Similarly, participating foreign institutions would be able to disburse Direct Loan funds as early as 30 days prior to the first day of classes of the student’s enrollment for the loan period.

Unequal disbursements.
The experiment would waive the requirement that Direct Loans be disbursed in at least two substantially equal disbursements and would allow, under certain conditions, unequal disbursements of Direct Loan proceeds.

PLUS Loans for parents of students with intellectual disabilities.
The experiment would permit participating institutions to originate and disburse Direct PLUS loans to the otherwise eligible parents of dependent students with intellectual disabilities, as defined in the Department’s regulations at 34CFR 668.231(a).