New Solutions and Updates
Payment Update - NAFIS
Section 8003, FY 2016 Initial Payments – The Department is currently releasing initial and interim payments set at 75% of LOT and $1,000 per unit for children with disabilities. As of April 18, over $841 million had been released to 1,023 applicants. Approximately $375 million remains available for payments to the small number of applicants that still have outstanding review issues, and for Section 8003(b)(2) payments to eligible heavily impacted applicants.
Section 8003, FY2014 Final Payments – The Department released final FY 2014 payments for Section 8003 in March. The final rates were 91.73% of LOT and $1,144 per unit for children with disabilities.
FY 2017 Application Amendments – The Department is no longer accepting new applications for FY 2017; however, school districts may make changes to their FY 2017 applications until September 30, 2016, using www.G5.gov. If you are having difficulty submitting an amendment, please call the G5 helpdesk at 1-888-336-8930.
FY 2017 Field Reviews – Certain FY 2017 applicants selected for field reviews have received letters requesting the supporting documentation for their applications. Please respond to these requests promptly, and follow up to resolve any issues identified during review to make sure your payment can be processed on time next fall.
Construction – For FY 2016, Congress appropriated $17.4 million for formula Impact Aid construction grants. the Department plans to distribute these funds in July.
Keep ED Updated with your staff changes – Did your Impact Aid contact person change over the summer? You can notify the Department of additional contact persons and staff changes by sending an email to Impact.Aid@ed.gov.
Stay in the Loop with ED – The Department sends out information and tips for Impact Aid applicants on an e-mail listserv. You can subscribe to the list by clicking on the link inside the box labeled “Subscribe Now.” You can also mail your questions to Impact.Aid@ed.gov or call the main Impact Aid Program number at (202) 260 3858.
NAFIS Fall Conference
May 15, 2016 - Online registration for the Hyatt will open.
June 1, 2016 - Online-only conference registration link will become active. Please remember, the two step process: 1) registering for the hotel; and 2) registering for the conference.
September 25-27, 2016 - Fall Conference
ASIAA will be emailing, yes, emailing your annual membership dues in June. The dues will be emailed to the ASIAA contact. This is the only invoice you will receive. Please renew your membership dues before the end of your school year.
News and Information
From the Executive Director
Last newsletter, we posted a survey of members and Impact Aid districts interested in partnering with the Rural Schools Association in a September conference. The conference is September 15-17, 2016 at Little America in Flagstaff, Az. The goal is to build a stronger presence of Arizona Impact Aid districts and to showcase the many educational achievements of our districts. Please visit to the ASIAA website and respond to the survey. We want to provide the Rural Schools Association with numbers to plan for the impact on the conference. The survey will close May 6, 2016. Please respond with a yes or no. Your attention is greatly appreciated.
I want to support NAFIS Executive Director Hillary Goldman in emphasizing her comments in the IMPACT (May-June 2016) regarding the need for unity and advocacy of Impact Aid. “As the Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act moves forward with changes to the Impact Aid provisions, and with static budget caps and sequestration looming, we must double down on our commitment to each other and the students we serve.” Read more at this link.
Yes, we must double down our advocacy efforts to break the budget caps by advocating for a $34 million increase in 8003 and advocating to eliminate sequestration. Now! We must keep a steady unrelenting pressure on the Arizona Delegation to become active in supporting our federally connected students.
Thanks for your support.
Larry E. Wallen,
Based on a review of the Senate and House Schedules, this is my best prediction of Arizona Work Week:
Sixty-Six Organizations Join NAFIS to Oppose Federal Properties Cut
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