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Special Education Fiscal Advisory Committee (SEFAC)

What is SEFAC?

SEFAC was established in 2006 by House Bill 06-1375 and is the Special Education Fiscal Advisory Committee.  The committee is charged with the allocation of an annual appropriation, currently $4 million.  The committee has the discretion to award grants to administrative units for students with disabilities who qualify as “high cost” students. In addition to analyzing the high cost applications and awarding grants to administrative units, the SEFAC produces an annual report to the legislature which includes special education data from the collection year, current fiscal year and changes the committee recommends regarding the manner of distributing funds to Administrative Units for special education programs through the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA).


High Cost Allocation Timeline

  • January:  Applications Open 01/20/2017
  • March:  Applications due 3/1/2017
  • April:  High Cost Applications are reviewed by the SEFAC Committee.  All recommended applications are submitted to the State Board of Education.
  • May:  The State Board of Education grants approval of the recommended allocations at the May meeting.
  • June:
    • Email notifications are sent
    • Allocation Payments will be posted to the SEFAC website
    • All approved High Cost allocation payments must be distributed.

******* Funding in a previous year does not guaranteed funding in the current year

******* Notifications - Emailed to all Administrative Unit/BOCES Special Education Directors. General announcements published in the CDE Scoop.


Application for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Expenditures

Please print and read the instructions for the high cost collection!

Expenditure data reported on the applications should be audited expenditures for both In Administrative Unit (IAU) costs and Out of District (OOD) costs.  The thresholds for funding are reviewed annually before each collection. For the 2016 collection, each special education student submitted must have exceeded $25K for IAU costs and $40K for OOD.  Remember, only include costs directly attributable to this student, and contact us if you have questions regarding unique circumstances.


Technical Assistance

Technical assistance will be available between normal business hours 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.


Barbara Goldsby
Director of Finance and Operations
Phone: 303-866-6695

Vicki Graham
Fiscal Supervisor
Phone: (303) 866-6442

Kim Boylan
Project Support Specialist
Phone: 303-866-6690


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