Posted Date: May 21, 2010

Author:  David A. Bergeron, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning, and Innovation, Office of Postsecondary Education

Subject: Update on the use of Professional Judgment by Financial Aid Administrators

We previously posted Dear Colleague Letters in April 2009 (GEN-09-04) and in May 2009 (GEN-09-05) that provided information to financial aid administrators regarding their ability to exercise adequately documented professional judgment when determining the eligibility of students for federal student aid. Because GEN-09-04 and GEN-09-05 specifically referred to the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 award years, we have received a number of questions concerning the applicability of this guidance for the 2010-2011 award year. The purpose of this announcement update is to inform institutions that the information provided in the two referenced Dear Colleague Letters continues to be in effect for the 2010-2011 award year and subsequent award years until further notice.

We thank you for your cooperation as together we provide opportunities to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our country’s outstanding postsecondary education system.


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