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(FS-2011-07) Subject: Availability of Foreign School Assessments

Posted Date:September 30, 2011

Foreign School Update ID: FS-2011-07

Author: William Leith, Service Director, Program Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Availability of Foreign School Assessments

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Foreign School Assessments. This new compliance tool is designed to support a foreign school in the assessment and enhancement of its internal operations and services related to administering the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program.

The Foreign School Assessments are easily accessed via the Foreign School Information page on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site. There are three major areas of focus—Student Eligibility, School Eligibility, and Managing Funds. Under these three areas, there are seven assessments that include self-evaluation activities as well as links to the statute, the regulations, and other useful resources.

The seven assessments are as follows:

  • Student Eligibility
  • Institutional Eligibility
  • Default Prevention & Management
  • Consumer Information
  • Automation
Managing Funds
  • Fiscal Management
  • Return of Title IV Funds

Assistance and Contact Information

We look forward to assisting foreign schools in using the Foreign School Assessments.

To begin, Federal Student Aid will offer a hands-on training session at its 2011 Fall Conference later this year. The session is #26 and titled "Hands-On: FSA Assessments for Foreign Schools." For complete conference information, refer to the FSA Conferences Web Site.

For ongoing assistance with the Foreign School Assessments, contact the Foreign Schools Team at

Last Modified: 09/29/2011