The Catholic University of America

Idea Grant Partner

Federal laws

IDEA Grants: (Personnel Preparation To Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities)

20 U.S.C. § 1462 34 C.F.R. § 304.1 et seq.

Grants are distributed under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C § 1400 et seq.) to institutions of higher education so that they may be used for training of personnel to meet the need for qualified personnel in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education where the primary purpose of being in the classroom is to provide services to children with disabilities.

Specific conditions that must be met by the grantee are set forth under 34 C.F.R. § 304.23. They include the following:

  • Ensure that each scholar who receives a scholarship under this program enters a written agreement with the grantee containing the required terms and conditions set forth in the regulations;

  • Establish, notify students of, and apply reasonable standards for measuring whether a scholar is maintaining satisfactory progress in the scholar's course of study;

  • Ensure that the scholar meets the US citizenship or permanent resident or other lawful resident requirements (as stated in 34 CFR § 304.22.)
  • Establish policies and procedures for receiving written certification from scholars at the time of exit from the program that identifies the number of years the scholar needs to work to satisfy the work requirements, the total amount of scholarship assistance subject to the repay provisions, and the time period during which the work repayment must be fulfilled. The grantee/scholar must provide written certification that the information is correct.
  • Enter the required data above, along with the scholar's name, address, email address, social security number and written certification along with any other necessary information into the NCSO tracking system and 
  • If the CUA Department of Education is aware that the scholar has chosen not to fulfill or will be unable to fulfill their service obligations, this information must be entered into the system.

The Idea Grant Partner is responsible for assuring that the terms above are met.



IDEA Service Agreement (updated 12-14-11)

Key Resources by U.S. Office of Special Education Programs 

National Center on Service Obligations (Includes Service Obligation Requirements, Frequently Asked Questions, Service Obligation Tracking System and a Help Desk)

IDEA Exit Agreement

Certification of Eligibility for Federal Assistance in Certain Programs


updated 1-15-13 mlo