Posted Date:February 7, 2013
|Author:||William Leith, Service Director, Program Management, Federal Student Aid|
Subject: Direct Loan Closeout Information for 2011-2012 Program Year
The Direct Loan closeout deadline for the 2011-2012 Program Year is Wednesday, July 31, 2013. This is the last processing day of the program year, so all school data must be received and accepted by this date in order to be included in a school's final Ending Cash Balance for the year.
Note: Exceptions to the last processing day of the program year may be made on a case-by-case basis, if the school's processing period extends beyond the closeout deadline. Schools falling within this category should contact the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) School Relations Center at the number provided below for further assistance. Once the closeout deadline has passed, requests may be made through the COD Web site.
As a reminder, all cash management, disbursement reporting, and monthly reconciliation regulatory requirements supersede the closeout deadline. If a school is meeting these regulatory requirements, the final closeout stage should begin no later than the last award end date at the school for a given program and year. In other words, a school should be able to reconcile to a zero Ending Cash Balance and close out soon after its final disbursements and should not wait until the closeout deadline.
To be considered successfully closed out, a school must—
Have an Ending Cash Balance of $0 and Total Net Unbooked Disbursements of $0 internally, and as reflected on the School Account Statement (SAS), and
Complete the Balance Confirmation form on the COD Web site.
As part of the closeout process, we will send ongoing notices via Zero Balance or Remaining Balance e-mails. In addition, we will distribute a Notification/Warning Letter via e-mail to schools in May 2013. This letter will go to the Financial Aid Administrator and President at each school that has not confirmed closeout on the COD Web site (including any schools with a zero balance). It will serve as a reminder to finish processing and confirm closeout before the final deadline. After the closeout deadline, schools with remaining balances will be billed.
A school must be aware of its closeout status even if its Direct Loan processing is handled by a third party servicer. We encourage each school to communicate regularly with your third party servicer to ensure closeout is completed. It is the school's responsibility to ensure that it finishes processing and confirms closeout on time.
A key factor to an easy reconciliation and closeout is staying on top of the process. We encourage schools to review the following information:
Complete monthly reconciliation. This should include:
Internal reconciliation - compare internal student accounts and Business Office/Bursar records with Financial Aid Office records
External reconciliation - compare internal records to your Direct Loan School Account Statement sent via your SAIG mailbox
Resolution of any discrepancies and documentation of any outstanding timing issues.
Ensure that all drawdowns and refunds of cash are accounted for and applied to the correct program year.
Ensure that all batches have been sent to and accepted by the COD System, all disbursements and adjustments are accurately reflected on the COD System, and all responses are imported into the school's system.
Ensure that all unbooked loans are booked or inactivated (reduced to $0).
Resolve all outstanding rejected records.
Return all refunds of cash to us.
Request any remaining funds owed to the school based on actual disbursements accepted by the COD System.
There are numerous tools available to assist schools in reconciliation and closeout efforts. These tools are as follows:
School Account Statement (SAS)
School Monitoring Report
30-Day Warning Report
Pending Disbursement Listing
Actual Disbursement List
G5 Web Site and Reports
COD Web site (particularly the School Summary Financial Information, Funding Information, Cash Activity, Refunds of Cash, and Action Queue screens)
DL Tools software/SAS Compare Program
Customer Service Representative/Reconciliation Specialist Assistance
We appreciate your cooperation as we work to close out the 2011-2012 Direct Loan Program Year. If you have questions about this announcement or need assistance with closeout, contact the COD School Relations Center at 800/848-0978. You may also e-mail CODSupport@acs-inc.com.