Tentative funding levels and corresponding worksheets for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program for the 2020–21 Award Year (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021) will be posted to the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) website by February 1, 2020.
These tentative funding levels are determined in accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).
On December 20, 2019, the President signed both P.L. 116-93 (H.R. 1158), the "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020", and P.L. 116-94 (H.R. 1865), the "Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020", which appropriated $1,180,000,000 for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program and $865,000,000 for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program for the 2020-21 Award Year. The authority to make new Federal Perkins Loans (Perkins Loans) has expired.
Attached to this announcement is an explanation of the calculation of the tentative funding level in the worksheet for each of the FWS and FSEOG programs.
Schools will be notified by email that their tentative funding levels and worksheets are available on the COD website. Emails are sent to the school’s Financial Aid Administrator, as provided in the school’s most recently submitted Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP) or the FAA listed on the "School Information" page in the Campus-Based section of the COD website.
- To access the worksheets: Log in to the COD website and from the School tab, select Campus-Based from the left menu
- Select the "Self Service" option from the left menu, then “Notifications”
Review the school's worksheets carefully (especially if your school recently completed a change of affiliation/merger). If the data in the worksheets is not correct and/or the tentative funding levels are inconsistent with prior year funding levels, notify the COD School Relations Center at the number below as soon as possible, and no later than February 28, 2020.
Reductions in Allocation Funding Levels due to Prior Year Underuse
In accordance with sections 413D(d)(2) and 442(d)(2 of the HEA, if a school returns more than 10 percent of its FWS or FSEOG allocation, for an award year, the allocation for the second succeeding award year for that program is reduced by the dollar amount returned from the earlier year. A school can determine if its 2020–21 funding level was reduced because of the underuse of 2018–19 funding by reviewing the worksheet lines labeled "Under Used Percentage" and "Allocation Reduction".
The HEA also provides that the Secretary can waive the underuse penalty for a school if its enforcement would be contrary to the interests of the affected Campus-Based program. A request for a waiver of any 2020–21 Award Year penalty for the underuse of 2018–19 Award Year funds should be submitted to the Department of Education (the Department) using the “Forms and Waivers” page on the COD website. Requests must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time (ET) on February 3, 2020. For more information about the underuse waiver process, see the January 16, 2020 Electronic Announcement posted to the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) website.
FISAP Edits Required for Additional Locations Not Eligible by March 1, 2020
Schools were permitted to include data in the application portion of the FISAP for students enrolled in additional locations that had not yet received eligibility determinations by the October 1, 2019 FISAP submission date. If a school does not receive an eligibility letter and Program Participation Agreement from the Department by March 1, 2020 for the newly listed locations, it must submit revised FISAP data using the COD website no later than March 6, 2020. The school's revision must remove all data pertaining to students enrolled at the ineligible locations.
For additional information about tentative funding levels, contact the COD School Relations Center at 1-800-848-0978. You may also email CODSupport@ed.gov.