Federal Student Aid
2020–21 Final Funding Authorizations for the Campus-Based Programs

Please Note: Congress is currently considering potential supplemental appropriations action in response to the COVID-19 national emergency that could impact Campus-Based program funding levels. This Electronic Announcement will be updated to reflect any future changes to program allocation processes or funding levels.

In a January 30, 2020 Electronic Announcement, we informed schools of tentative 2020–21 funding levels for the Campus-Based programs. We now announce that final 2020–21 Campus-Based programs funding worksheets and the 2020–21 Statement of Account for each of the Campus-Based programs have been posted to the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) website.

A school's 2020–21 final funding authorization for each of the Campus-Based programs is based on the applicable statutory formula and on the amount of funds appropriated by Congress for that program. A school will not receive a 2020–21 final funding authorization amount for a Campus-Based program that is in excess of its request for funds made for that program on the Fiscal Operations Report for 2018–19 and Application to Participate for 2020–21 (FISAP) that the school previously submitted to the Department of Education (the Department).

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 total 2020–21 federal funds available for allocation to schools under the FWS and FSEOG programs are as follows:


Total Federal Funds Appropriated for Allocation to Schools


$ 1,180,000,000


$ 865,000,000

Note: The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), authorizes the Secretary to award up to 10 percent of the FWS appropriation that exceeds $700 million in a manner other than the applicable statutory formula. In order to preserve this authority for the 2020–21 Award Year, the total amount of FWS funds available for allocation to schools has been reduced by $46,994,900. The Department will award this additional FWS funding to schools that are participating in the FWS experiment under the Experimental Sites Initiative that was announced in the Federal Register notice on May 23, 2019.

How the Campus-Based Awards for a School are Determined

A school's final funding level for each of the Campus-Based programs is determined in accordance with provisions of the HEA, and by the implementing regulations at 34 CFR Part 673. The final funding worksheets posted on the COD website will show the information that was used in the calculation of each school's 2020–21 Campus-Based allocations.

Returning more than 10 percent of the 2018–19 Allocation for one of the Campus-Based Programs Affects a School's 2020–21 Allocation

As required by the HEA, unless a waiver has been granted, if a school returns more than 10 percent of its FWS or FSEOG program allocation for an award year, the school's allocation for that program in the second succeeding award year will be reduced by the amount returned. Thus, underutilization of 2018–19 funds could impact a school's allocation of 2020–21 funds.

We accepted requests for a waiver of any 2020–21 Award Year penalty for the underuse of 2018–19 Award Year funds with the initial submission of the FISAP or with any FISAP edit submissions received through the February 3, 2020 waiver request deadline. We reviewed the waiver requests received, notified the financial aid administrators at the requesting schools of our decisions, and posted the decision letters to the COD website. Any school that underutilized its 2018–19 allocation by more than 10 percent and did not receive approval of a waiver request will see an adjustment in the applicable final funding worksheet on the line labeled "Allocation Reduction."

Notification of 2020–21 Campus-Based Allocations

In addition to this announcement, individual schools will be notified by email that the 2020–21 Campus-Based allocation information has been posted to the COD website. Emails are sent to the school’s Financial Aid Administrator, as provided in the school’s most recently submitted FISAP or the FAA listed on the "Contact Info" page in the Campus-Based section of the COD website. This email will advise the school that it can access its 2020–21 Campus-Based allocation information for each Campus-Based program in which the school participates in the school's 2020–21 Statement of Account or Final Funding Worksheets posted on the COD website. To access both documents:

  • Log in to the COD website
  • From the School tab, select “Campus-Based” from the left navigation menu
  • Select the "Self-Service" link from the left navigation menu, then “Notifications”
  • Select the 2020–21 Application Year from the drop-down menu to view the Statement of Account and Final Award Worksheet

Attached to this announcement is an explanation of the calculation of the final funding authorization contained in the worksheet for each program.

Reallocation of Additional Campus-Based Funds for the 2020–21 Award Year

All Campus-Based funds available for the 2020–21 Award Year, minus the funds reserved for the experiment referenced above, have been allocated in this final Campus-Based allocation process. However, some schools may qualify for supplemental 2020–21 Campus-Based funds based upon a reallocation of funds not spent by institutions from 2019–20 allocations. Specific information on the reallocation process and the electronic application for requesting additional funds will be provided in subsequent communications.

Contact Information

For additional information about 2020–21 Campus-Based allocations, contact the COD School Relations Center at 1-800-848-0978. You may also email CODSupport@ed.gov.