Posted Date: April 17, 2017

Author:  Lisa DiCarlo, Director, Student Experience Group, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Notice of the Draft 2018-2019 Federal Student Aid Application Materials

Draft versions of the proposed 2018-2019 application forms used by individuals applying for federal student aid, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and the response documents, the Student Aid Report (SAR), and the SAR Acknowledgement are available for public comment. Only public comments regarding the FAFSA and related forms should be submitted during this comment period. Comments related to topics such as the FSA ID and the Verification Process should not be submitted using this process.

The federal student aid application process is required to collect and process the data necessary to determine a student’s eligibility to receive Title IV, HEA program assistance. The process begins with an applicant submitting a FAFSA to the Department of Education. After submitting the FAFSA the applicant receives a SAR, which is a summary of the data the applicant submitted on the FAFSA. The applicant reviews the SAR for accuracy, and if necessary makes corrections or updates to the submitted FAFSA data.

The community is invited to review the updated draft documents and submit comments on or before June 16, 2017. The updated draft of the 2018-2019 FAFSA, the updated draft of the 2018-2019 SAR and the updated draft of the 2018-2019 SAR Acknowledgement can be viewed by clicking this link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=ED-2017-ICCD-0044-0003. Once the Web page opens, click on “Supporting Statements” or “Form and Instructions” and each of the “DOC” or “PDF” icons to open the documents.

Comments submitted in response to this notice can be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED-2017-ICCD-0044 or by linking directly to the site here: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ED-2017-ICCD-0044. Click on the “Comment Now!” button to submit a comment. Comments may also be submitted via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted.

We have made some changes to the application; these changes are explained in the FAFSA Enhancements Summary documents. The 2018-2019 Paper Summary of Enhancements and 2018-2019 Web Summary of Enhancements documents can be found here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=ED-2017-ICCD-0044-0002. Click on the “DOC” or “PDF” icon next to the document you wish to review in order to open the document.

   

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