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Experimental Sites Initiative

Screening & Approval Process

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Screening Process
  • FSA-wide team reviews an institution’s application, performance history and current status.
  • Institutions selected to participate must have a strong track record in the administration of the Title IV Student Assistance Programs.

Program Participation Agreement (PPA) Amendment

  • FSA sends the institution a PPA Amendment that includes the specific experiments in which the institution will participate. It provides exemptions, reporting requirements and instructions for terminating participation in an experiment.
  • If an institution declines to participate in a particular experiment, it must send an email to: experimentalsites@ed.gov. The email should include the experiments(s) in which the institution does not want to participate.
  • An institution must return two signed copies of the PPA Amendment.
  • FSA will return one countersigned copy to institution for their records. 
  • A signed copy of the PPA Amendment must be kept on file.

Pell Grant Short-Term Program Approval Form Instructions

    For Short-Term programs that have been approved the State/Accreditor but not Eligible for Title IV aid:

    Locate the Accreditor Approval Documentation for each program and submit a scanned copy with the Approval of Short Term Programs Form.

    For Short-Term programs that have been approved by the State/Accreditor and are currently eligible for the Direct Loan Program:

    Attach a scanned copy of your Accreditor, State, and Department of Education Approval documentation and submit with the Approval of Short Term Programs Form.

    For Brand New Programs:

    Obtain State and Accreditor Approval a soon as you receive your PPA Amendment. You cannot submit the approval form until you have the State and Accreditor Approval. Once received, scan copy of your Accreditor and State approval documentation and submit with the Approval of Short Term Programs Form.