Summary: The two "core" sections of the 1999-2000 Student Financial Aid Handbook have been posted on IFAP in PDF format.
Author: CSB - SFA Customer Support Branch
Posted May 17, 1999
We are pleased to announce that the two core sections of the 1999-2000 Student Financial Aid Handbook have been posted on IFAP in PDF format. You can access them by going to IFAPs Bookshelfsection, clicking on more then clicking on Student Financial Aid Handbooks.
· Student Eligibility: This core section contains the information traditionally found in Chapter 2 of the Handbook and now includes material that in previous years was published in The Verification Guide, the EFC Formula Book, and the Counselors Handbook for Postsecondary Schools. We will no longer issue these publications separately.
· Institutional Eligibility and Participation: This core section contains, as traditionally found in Chapter 3 of the Handbook, numerous subsections covering eligibility, cash management, general participation, recordkeeping and disclosure, student consumer information, participation requirements, etc.
In addition to these two quite lengthy sections, we have also posted the State Grant Programs Reference, which contains information on the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program (LEAP), the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program, and the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program.
We have also sent these sections to be printed, and we will mail them to you as soon as they are available, in approximately one month.
The three remaining program-specific sections of the SFA Handbook will follow as soon as each is completed; these sections are Campus-Based Programs Reference, Federal Pell Grant Program Reference, and Direct Loan and FFEL Programs Reference. We expect to have them all completed and posted within the next four to six weeks. As with the core sections, we will mail you paper copies of these sections as soon as they are printed.
As you know, many student aid topics affected by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 are subject to the ongoing Negotiated Rulemaking process. The 1999-2000 SFA Handbook will describe new provisions in the law but will not provide substantive guidance for any areas that are under negotiation. Any such guidance that is developed and approved by the negotiating teams will be made available on the Reauthorization section of IFAP.
As always, we seek your suggestions for improvements to the Handbook and all our products. If you would like to offer comments, please e-mail us at CSB@ed.gov and include the words Handbook comments in the subject line of your e-mail.
William J. Ryan
Training and Program Information Division
Policy, Training, and Analysis Service
Office of Student Financial Assistance