Maintained for Historical Purposes

This resource is being maintained for historical purposes only and is not currently applicable.

AwardYear: 1997-1998
ChapterNumber: 1
ChapterTitle: Basic Requirements
Section: Introduction
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This guide will assist financial aid administrators in completing
verification, the process of checking the accuracy of the information
students provide when they apply for federal student aid from the
U.S. Department of Education (ED). Verification is REQUIRED
only for certain applicants, but you may verify the application
information of any student who applies for federal student aid.

[[HEA of 1965, as amended]]
[[34 CFR Part 668, Subpart E]]
The verification procedures are governed by the Higher Education
Act of 1965, as amended, and Subpart E of 34 CFR Part 668,
"Verification of Student Aid Applicant Information," published in
the Federal Register on April 28, 1994, November 29, 1994, and
June 30, 1995.


INTRODUCTION

The verification requirements explained in this guide apply to all
applicants for federal student aid under the following SFA programs:

[[Programs covered by verification requirements]]
- The Federal Pell Grant Program

- The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
Program*1*

- The Federal Stafford Loan Program*2*

- The Campus-Based Programs

>> Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
(FSEOG)

>> Federal Perkins Loans

>> Federal Work-Study (FWS)

Verification is not required for (1) the State Student Incentive Grant
(SSIG) Program, unless the school is certain that an applicant's state
grant contains federal funds, or (2) the Robert C. Byrd Honors
Scholarship Program. Note that the Paul Douglas Teacher
Scholarship Program and the National Science Scholarship Program
(NSSP) have not been funded for 1997-98.

Under the Title IV Quality Assurance (QA) Program, participating
schools develop and implement a quality improvement approach to
SFA program administration and delivery. QA schools are exempt
from certain administrative and procedural requirements, including
verification requirements, as prescribed by regulations. The QA
Program methodology provides QA schools with an alternative
management approach for developing and refining their own systems
for verifying institutional and student financial aid application data.
Participating schools should refer to the QA Workbook for
verification exemptions. NOTE THAT ALL CURRENT
REQUIREMENTS FOR DISBURSEMENT, UPDATING, AND
DEADLINES--AND THE CONSEQUENCES FOR FAILING TO
PROVIDE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS--STILL APPLY TO QA
SCHOOLS.

Verification Is Required For...
> The Federal Pell Grant Program
> Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans
(also called Direct Subsidized Loans)
> The Federal Stafford Loan Program*
> The Campus-Based Programs

*except for unsubsidized loans and loans awarded
for study at an eligible foreign school

Verification Is NOT Required For...
> The SSIG Program*
> Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans (also called
Direct Unsubsidized Loans)
> The Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program
> The Federal PLUS Loan Program
> The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program

*unless the school knows or has reason to believe
the applicant's state grant contains federal funds

Last Modified: 07/28/1998