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If The Student Fails to Provide Documentation

AwardYear: 1995-1996
ChapterNumber: 3
ChapterTitle: Completing the Verification Process
Section: If The Student Fails to Provide Documentation
PageNumber:


A Federal Pell Grant applicant whose application is selected for
verification must complete verification no later than 60 days after
the last day of enrollment or August 30, whichever is earlier.
Campus-based and Federal Direct Loan and Federal Stafford Loan
applicants must complete verification within the deadlines
established by the school. The factors that constitute completed
verification vary among the federal student aid programs, as do the
specific consequences of a student's failure to complete verification.


Defining "Completed" Verification

For the Federal Pell Grant Program, the student has completed
verification when he or she has either shown, as required, that the
application data are correct or has corrected the data. In addition to
all verifying documentation, the school must also have on file the
final and valid federal output document, showing the official EFC.

For the campus-based and Federal Stafford Loan programs, the
student has completed verification when he or she has submitted all
requested documentation to the school. In addition to that
documentation, the school must also have on file an output
document that shows the student's application data were processed
through the CPS at least once (it need not be final or signed by the
student).


The Consequences of Failing to Complete Verification

Under the Federal Pell Grant Program, if an applicant does not
complete verification by the established deadline, he or she forfeits
the Federal Pell Grant for the award year; any funds already
disbursed must be repaid to the Department either by the student or
by the school. In accordance with the overpayment procedures
detailed in Chapter Five, "Overpayments, Referrals, and Suspected
Fraud," it is the school's responsibility to return the overpayment to
the Federal Pell Grant Program if it cannot be collected from the
student.

Under the campus-based, Federal Direct Loan, and Federal Stafford
Loan programs, if an applicant fails to provide the required
documentation by the established deadline, you MUST NOT do any
of the following:

- DISBURSE additional FSEOG or Federal Perkins Loan funds
to the applicant (funds already disbursed must be repaid in
accordance with the overpayment procedures detailed in
Chapter Five)

- CONTINUE EMPLOYMENT of the applicant in a FWS job
(funds already disbursed may need to be repaid, in accordance
with the overpayment procedures detailed in Chapter Five)

- CERTIFY a Federal Direct Loan application or Federal Stafford
Loan application for the student

- DELIVER Federal Direct Loan or Federal Stafford Loan
proceeds to the applicant (you must return to the lender, within
45 days, any loan proceeds payable to the applicant)

- PROCESS any subsequent applications for that award year
until the applicant provides the missing documentation

Last Modified: 06/11/1998