Posted Date: December 14, 2017

Author:  Federal Student Aid

Subject: Updated Information Related to the 2017–18 Supplemental Federal Work-Study Funds Due to 2017 Hurricanes

In an August 1, 2017 Electronic Announcement, we informed schools about the distribution of 2017–18 supplemental Campus-Based funds. In this announcement, we provide updated information related to the distribution of supplemental Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds, as a result of the 2017 hurricanes that have impacted schools. We continue to work with Congress on additional flexibilities for hurricane-impacted students and schools.

Federal Work-Study

Due to recently passed legislation, the Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Education Relief Act of 2017, we have adjusted the reallocation process for supplemental FWS funds. Supplemental FWS funds will be allocated to 1) schools that are located in the FEMA-declared disaster areas, and 2) schools that have enrolled a significant number of students that live in the FEMA-declared disaster areas. Schools are strongly encouraged to award these funds to students impacted by the hurricanes.

School Notification

Schools will be notified by email through the eCampus-Based (eCB) System when supplemental funding allocations have been awarded. This email is sent to the Financial Aid Administrator identified on the most recently submitted FISAP, or as updated on the "Contact Info" page on the eCB website.

In the email, schools will be referred to the school's Statement of Account on the eCB website which will reflect the supplemental award amount for each program.

To access the Statement of Account, schools should follow these steps:

  • Log in to the eCB website;
  • Select the "Self-Service" link from the top navigation bar;
  • Scroll to the "Campus-Based Notifications for All Available Award Years" section;
  • Scroll to the "Statement of Account" bullet; and,
  • Click on the "2017–2018" link next to it.

Additional Information

Schools should refer to the Dear Colleague Letter, GEN-17-08: Guidance for helping Title IV participants affected by a major disaster, published August 29, 2017, for additional information on the administration of the Title IV student assistance programs if your institution was impacted by the hurricanes.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the information in this announcement, contact the Campus-Based Call Center at 1-877-801-7168. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eastern time. You may also email CBFOB@ed.gov.

   

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