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Summary: Special FISAP Instructions for Host Institutions that Enrolled Students from a Gulf Hurricane Impacted Institution as Non-Regular Students

Publication Date: August 11, 2006

Author: G. Kay Jacks, General Manager, Application, Operations and Delivery Services, Federal Student Aid

Summary: Special FISAP Instructions for Host Institutions that Enrolled Students from a Gulf Hurricane Impacted Institution as Non-Regular Students

Posted on 08-11-2006

The Department issued guidance that allowed a host institution to award federal student aid to a student enrolled in a non-regular student status (transient, visitor, etc.) as a result of Hurricanes Katrina or Rita. The host institution was required to obtain a signed certification from the student in which the student acknowledged that he or she was enrolled in, or admitted to, a degree, certificate, or other credential program for the 2005-2006 academic year at a specifically identified eligible institution that was impacted by Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita. This authority to award federal student aid to students who were not enrolled as regular students expired on December 31, 2005 unless they were enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an impacted institution that did not reopen in January 2006, or that did reopen but did not offer the educational program in which the student was enrolled.

When completing the Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP), that is to be filed no later than September 29, 2006, these hurricane impacted non-regular students are not to be included in Part II, Section F (Information on Eligible Aid Applicants) even though they may have received federal student aid under the special condition waiver. However, if the host institution had enrolled any of these hurricane impacted non-regular students as regular students anytime during the 2005-2006 award year, the regular students would be entered in Part II, Section F of the FISAP.

It is important to note that if the host institution disbursed campus-based funds to a hurricane impacted student who was enrolled as a non-regular student, those disbursements must be reported in the appropriate fields in the Fiscal Operations Report portion of the FISAP.

If you have any questions on how to complete your FISAP as a host institution, please contact our Campus-Based Call Center on 877-801-7168. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. (ET). You may also e-mail CBFOB@ed.gov.

Last Modified: 08/10/2006