d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review
by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.
You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. A DUNS number can be created within one
If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal
Revenue Service. If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service or the Social
Security Administration. If you need a new TIN, please allow 2-5 weeks for your TIN to become active.
The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business days, but may take upwards of several
weeks, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by an entity.
Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal financial assistance under a program administered by the
Department, please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number and TIN. We strongly
recommend that you register early.
Note: Once your SAM registration is active, you will need to allow 24 to 48 hours for the information to be
available in Grants.gov. and before you can submit an application through Grants.gov.
If you are currently registered with SAM, you may not need to make any changes. However, please make
certain that the TIN associated with your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will need to update your
registration annually. This may take three or more business days.
Information about SAM is available at www.SAM.gov. To further assist you with obtaining and registering your
DUNS number and TIN in SAM or updating your existing SAM account, we have prepared a SAM.gov Tip
Sheet, which you can find at: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/sam-faqs.html.
In addition, if you are submitting your application via Grants.gov, you must (1) be designated by your
organization as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR); and (2) register yourself with Grants.gov as
an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined at the following Grants.gov Web page:
7. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this program must be submitted
electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this
a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
Applications for grants under the AP Test Fee program, CFDA number 84.330B, must be submitted
electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will
be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your
application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us.
We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section,
you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no later than two
weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that you qualify for one of
these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application
deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
You may access the electronic grant application for the AP Test Fee program at www.Grants.gov. You must
search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number. Do not include the
CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.330, not 84.330B).
Please note the following:
• When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically
through the site, as well as the hours of operation.
• Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and
submitted and must be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30:00 p.m., Washington,
DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your
application if it is received--that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system--after 4:30:00 p.m.,
Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply
with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we