Part: 2 - - The application process for financial aid
SectionTitle: Signature Requirements (Federal Pell Grant)
(FEDERAL PELL GRANT)
Previously, for an ISIR to be valid, the student was required to sign
a statement certifying the data's accuracy. This is no longer a
requirement. In other words, once the student has signed the FAFSA,
he or she doesn't have to sign other documentation in order to receive
a Pell Grant--unless a correction or verification is required.
If a line item on a paper SAR is corrected, the student and at
least one parent (for a dependent student) must sign Part 2 of the
SAR before it is returned to the FAFSA processor. If the financial aid
administrator indicates that one or more line items on the SAR have
been adjusted, the adjustment(s) can be processed without the
signatures of the student and parent. For corrections that are received
through EDE, the school must have signed documentation from the
student and parent: the correction on Part 2 of the SAR, a signed
copy of the correction sent to the CPS, or signed verification
documentation. This documentation must be collected before the
school sends data to the CPS.
Bear in mind that if the student is submitting an electronic
application or electronic correction application, you must obtain
the student's signature on a completed paper application or on the
"echo document" printed from an electronic FAFSA that is filed
through EDE, and you must keep it in your files even if the student
does not receive federal student aid or does not attend your
Eligibility certifications relating to Educational Purpose, Registration
Status, and Refunds and Defaults were at one time included on
statements provided on the SAR and the electronic ISIR. However,
the Statement of Educational Purpose and the Certification Statement
on Overpayments and Defaults have been added to the FAFSA.
The Department has determined both of these statements can be
signed as part of the initial application process. This relieves
institutions of the obligation to collect and retain the statements
separately in their own files.
The statement of Registration Status is not printed on either the
FAFSA or the SAR.
SARs which are rejected because a student who filed through
FAFSA Express did not print and mail in a signature page will
contain the Statement of Educational Purpose and the Statement
on Overpayments and Defaults on Part 2 (next to the student