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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Applications for New Awards; Veterans Upward Bound Program

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.
ACTION: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:84.047V.

Dates:

Applications Available:July 10, 2012.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications:August 9, 2012.

Full Text of AnnouncementI. Funding Opportunity Description

Purpose of Program:The Upward Bound (UB) Program is one of the seven programs known as the Federal TRIO Programs, which provide postsecondary educational support for qualified individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The UB Program is a discretionary grant program that supports projects designed to provide the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education. There are three types of grants under the UB Program: Regular UB grants, UB Math and Science (UBMS) grants, and Veterans UB (VUB) grants. This notice announces the deadlines and other information only for VUB grants.

The VUB Program supports projects designed to prepare, motivate, and assist military veterans in the development of academic and other skills necessary for acceptance into and success in a program of postsecondary education.

The President has set a clear goal for our education system: By 2020, the United States will once again lead the world in college attainment. The Department views the VUB Program as a critical component in the effort to improve the quality of educational opportunities so that more veterans are well prepared for college and careers. To more strategically align VUB with overarching reform strategies for postsecondary completion, the Department is announcing two competitive preference priorities for this competition.

Priorities:There are two competitive preference priorities in this notice:Competitive Preference Priority 1--Enabling More Data-Based Decision-MakingandCompetitive Preference Priority 2--Improving Productivity. The two priorities are from the notice of final supplemental priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs, published in theFederal Registeron December 15, 2010 (75 FR 78486) and corrected on May 12, 2011 (76 FR 27637).

For FY 2012 and any subsequent year in which the Department makes awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, these priorities are competitive preference priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award additional points (up to 5 points for Competitive Preference Priority 1 and up to 5 points for Competitive Preference Priority 2) to an application, depending on how well the application meets each of these priorities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth Foushee, Veterans Upward Bound Program, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K St. NW., room 7000, Washington, DC 20006-8510. Telephone: (202) 502-7600 or by email:kenneth.foushee@ed.gov.

If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

Accessible Format:Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the program contact person listed underFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTin section VII of this notice.

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Dated: July 5, 2012. David Bergeron, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.