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Guidance: Title III Immigrant Program

Consolidated Application Guidance for the 2020–21 Title III Immigrant Program data collection.

Subgrant Period

The funding period for fiscal year (FY) 2020–21 Title III subgrants runs from July 1, 2020 to September 30, 2022.


The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Section 3115(e) defines allowable expenditures for Title III Immigrant subgrant funds.

All obligations must be liquidated no later than 90 calendar days after the funding period end date. For the FY 2020–21 subgrants, all obligations need to be liquidated by December 30, 2022. Any local educational agency (LEA) reporting unexpended funds after this date will be invoiced by the California Department of Education (CDE). According to the California State Accounting Manual, “Legal obligations are commitments made by an LEA to purchase goods or services immediately or in a future period.” To determine whether a financial commitment should be reported as an obligation, please refer to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 2, Section 200.34 on the Electronic CFR External link opens in new window or tab. web page.

Direct Administrative Costs

Recommended direct administration expenses for a fiscal year may not exceed 2 percent of such funds for the cost of administering the program.

Indirect Costs

LEAs are authorized to assess approved indirect costs to the portion of the subgrants that is not reserved for direct administrative costs. A list of LEAs’ approved indirect cost rates is available on the CDE Indirect Cost Rates web page.

For additional information regarding classification of direct versus indirect costs refer to the CFR Title 2, sections 200.412-200.417 on the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s Electronic CFR External link opens in new window or tab. web page and the CDE Title III Authorized Costs web page.

Supplement, Not Supplant

Federal funds made available under Title III subgrants shall be used to supplement the level of federal, state, and local public funds that, in the absence of such availability, would have been expended for programs for English learners and immigrant children and youth and in no case to supplant such federal, state, and local public funds. (ESEA Title III, Section 3115 [b])

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