Today, July 13, 2021, the Department of Education announced changes to the Requirements for Verification. This change is reducing the number of documents needed for institutions to process an aid file. If you have already submitted the needed forms, we will still review the documents as required. If you have not already submitted the needed forms, please log into My.Montcalm.edu and review the status of your file on NetPartner to see if documents are still needed. Below is the announcement from the Department of Education to institutions.
Changes to 2021-2022 Verification Requirements
PUBLICATION DATE July 13, 2021
DCL ID GEN-21-05
SUBJECT Changes to 2021-2022 Verification Requirements
SUMMARY This letter provides information about changes we are making to certain aspects of the FAFSA® verification requirements as a result of the ongoing economic, social, and physical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To provide relief to millions of students and colleges facing challenges and barriers resulting from the ongoing national emergency, we are focusing this award year’s effort strictly on identity and fraud. This means we are waiving verification of most Free Application for Federal Student Aid/Institutional Student Information Record (FAFSA®/ISIR) information, except for Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose and High School Completion Status under Verification Tracking Groups V4 and V5. This waiver may apply no matter where institutions are in the verification process, e.g., if documents have been collected or requested, but verification has not been completed, or if an institution has not started the verification process. However, this does not exempt institutions from reviewing all documents for conflicting information concerning a student’s eligibility. This waiver begins July 13, 2021, and applies for the remainder of the 2021-2022 FAFSA processing and verification cycle.
Institutions maintain the discretion to select students for verification according to consistently applied institutional policies. However, the Department encourages institutions to consider amending such policies to limit selection in a manner that offers relief to students and families during the ongoing national emergency.