Posted Date: May 16, 2016

Volume: Errata and Updates for 2016-2017 FSA Handbook

2016-2017 Federal Student Aid Handbook Errata and Updates


The errata and updates below are items that were amended after the initial PDF files were posted to the Web.

For questions about the Handbook contents, you can contact the Schools Publications staff at: fsaschoolspubs@ed.gov.

Application and Verification Guide

  • Updated Files Posted May 16, 2016 – Chapter 1, P. AVG-9. We updated the guidance to show that the deadline date notice for 2016–2017 was published on April 4.

  • Updated Files Posted May 16, 2016 – Chapter 4, P. AVG-94. We updated the guidance to show that the deadline date notice for 2016–2017 was published on April 4 and that the verification deadline is September 23, 2017.

  • Updated Files Posted August 24, 2016 - Chapter 4, P. AVG-79. Under Section V6—Household Resources Group, we corrected the year of the FAFSA to 2016–2017.

  • Updated Files Posted August 24, 2016 - Chapter 4, P. AVG-81. We added to the relevant margin note that the tax transcript matrix was corrected by an electronic announcement on May 4.

  • Updated Files Posted August 24, 2016 - Chapter 4, P. AVG-82. We noted in the margin that the IRS’s Get Transcript Online feature was reintroduced, allowing users to get a PDF version of the tax transcript online in real time.

  • Updated Files Posted August 24, 2016 - Chapter 4, P. AVG-89. We updated the margin note on ATB alternatives to show that the most recent pertinent DCL is GEN-16-09. We also referenced GEN-12-09 and the electronic announcement from June 24, 2015, for guidance relating to the grandfathered ATB provisions and the most recent list of approved ATB tests respectively.

  • Updated Files Posted August 24, 2016 - Chapter 4, P. AVG-91. We updated the margin note on disbursing unsubsidized aid in certain cases. That guidance now applies to verification groups V1 and V6, and the consequence of failing to complete verification is different.

  • Updated Files Posted August 24, 2016 - Chapter 5, P. AVG-126. In the first sentence of the middle paragraph, the year was corrected from 2014 to 2015.

  • Updated Files Posted November 28, 2016 - Chapter 5, P. AVG-122. We added an example of a dependency override to emphasize (1) that students who are refugees from war-torn or turbulent countries might present circumstances that warrant a dependency override and (2) that there might be challenges in obtaining documentation of such situations.

Volume 1: Student Eligibility

  • Updated Files Posted August 1, 2016 – Chapter 2, P. 1-30. USCIS has changed the submission address for the G-845 form (for students required to undergo additional verification of their eligible non-citizenship status). The G-845 must be submitted to the LA field office, regardless of the location of the school submitting the form. The only exception is for VAWA related G-845 forms which must be submitted to the Buffalo field office (see DCL GEN-10-07 for more information). See page 1-30 for the LA field office address.

  • Volume 4: Processing Aid and Managing FSA Funds

  • Updated Files Posted September 22, 2016 — Chapter 2, page 4-52. We added a sidebar explaining how, in NSLDS, to recognize TEACH Grants that have been converted to Direct Unsubsidized loans.

  • Updated Files Posted September 22, 2016 — Chapter 2, page 4-53. We added a text block that explains the actions a school must take when it must return a Title IV credit balance after 240 days.

  • Updated Files Posted September 22, 2016 — Chapter 3, page 4-88. We added a text block that explains the actions a school must take upon discovering that it has disbursed a Title IV grant to an ineligible student.

   

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