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CARES Act Update - Dec 3, 2020: Impact on TS & EOC PE Points

As a follow up to the July 1, 2020, memorandum issued by Robert L. King, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), the Student Service Division would like to provide information on additional flexibilities to Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) and Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grantees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to download a copy of the complete memo.

Calculating Prior Experience Points for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Competitions under the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) and Talent Search (TS) Programs and Beyond:

"As you are aware, for each competition, the Department uses the scores awarded for the second, third, and fourth year of expiring grants to calculate the final prior experience (PE) points. The average of the three applicable years’ PE scores earned by current grantees that submit an application under any of the TRIO program competitions is added to the average score awarded by the three non-Federal reviewers to determine the final score. Typically, this would mean that for the FY 2021 EOC and TS competitions, the PE points earned for project years 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020 would be used to calculate the final PE points. We have determined that due to the challenges faced by current grantees under the EOC and TS Programs as a result of the national pandemic, the Department will only utilize the highest-scoring two years from the three years of data submitted by each grantee to calculate PE points under the FY 2021 TS and EOC competitions.

Please note that the Department has not made a determination regarding the calculation of PE points for the scheduled competitions in FY 2022 under Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science, Veterans Upward Bound, and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Programs. Further information will be provided once planning begins in the fall or winter of 2021."

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