Summary: Availability of The Blue Book
SUBJECT: Availability of The Blue Book
We are pleased to provide the 1995 edition of The Blue
Book: Accounting, Recordkeeping, and Reporting By
Postsecondary Educational Institutions for Federally Funded
Student Financial Aid Programs. This edition replaces the
May 6, 1991 version of The Blue Book.
The primary purpose of The Blue Book is to provide guidance
to school business office personnel who handle fiscal record
keeping, accounting, and reporting functions for Title IV
financial aid programs. However, it also provides general
information about Title IV programs, policies, and
procedures that will be useful to other institutional
personnel involved in administering and managing Title IV
The U.S. Department of Education has scheduled a series of
two-day workshops on the use of The Blue Book for fiscal
officers beginning in October 1995. We encourage the fiscal
office staff at your institution to attend one of the workshops.
Dear Colleague Letter GEN-95-32, announcing dates, sites, and
registration procedures for the workshops, was sent to institutions
in June 1995.
Two copies of The Blue Book will be mailed to each Title IV
participating institution -- one to the fiscal officer and one to the
financial aid administrator. If you do not need one of these two
copies, please forward a copy to your independent public accountant.
Should you need an additional copy for your auditor, president or
chief executive officer, controller, or financial aid consultant, you
may request a copy from us. You can do so by contacting the Federal
Student Aid Information Center, P.O. Box 84, Washington,
D.C. 20044 or telephone 1 (800) 4 FED AID (433-3243)
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, Eastern Time.
Your comments and suggestions regarding any aspect of The
Blue Book are welcome. We are interested in learning 1)
the purposes for which The Blue Book is being used, i.e.,
reference, self-study, training new staff; 2) if you use the
accounting and recordkeeping system referenced; and 3) the
appropriateness of the content and the usefulness of the
You may send your comments to The Blue Book, Student
Financial Assistance Programs, Training and Program
Information Division, Training Branch, Room 3030, ROB-3, 600
Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202.
We hope you will find the revised publication useful and
appreciate any comments or suggestions you can give us.
William J. Ryan, Acting Director
Training and Program Information Division
Student Financial Assistance Programs