Do the COVID-19 Verification Flexibilities Apply To the 2021-22 Award Year?

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Important Note: Beginning July 13, 2021 and for the remainder of the 2021-22 FAFSA processing and verification cycle (including summer periods attached to the 2021-22 award year), the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is waiving verification of FAFSA/ISIR information, except for identity/Statement of Educational Purpose and high school completion status in Verification Tracking Groups V4 and V5. All income data elements, taxes paid, household size, and number in college are not required to be verified in any tracking group (V1 or V5). This waiver applies no matter where schools or students are in the verification process. Conflicting information still must be resolved. See Dear Colleague Letter GEN-21-05 and AskRegs Q&A, How Do We Implement the Verification Waiver For the Remainder Of 2021-22?, for guidance specific to the waiver. The following guidance is still relevant information depending on context and/or application of the verification waiver.

This AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A was updated on January 25, 2021 to reflect extended deadlines in the January 15, 2021 Electronic Announcement and attached chart. Per the announcement, the following flexibilities now apply through the end of the payment period that begins after the date on which the COVID-19 federally declared national emergency is rescinded.

Yes. According to the January 15, 2021 Electronic Announcement and attached chart, all of the verification flexibilities in the April 3, 2020 Electronic Announcement, the May 15, 2020 Electronic Announcement, the July 9, 2020 Electronic Announcement, and the December 11, 2020 Federal Register apply to any verifications being completed through the end of the payment period that begins after the date on which the COVID-19 federally declared national emergency is rescinded. This includes verifications being completed for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 award years (and maybe even the 2022-23 award year).

For example, if the qualifying emergency ends during the summer 2021 term or payment period, then the flexibilities continue to apply through the end of the fall 2021 term/payment period for any verifications that are being completed for the 2021-22 or 2022-23 award years.

For the list of verification flexibilities, reference AskRegs Q&A, Do the COVID-19 Verification Flexibilities Apply To the 2020-21 Award Year?

Note: This AskRegs Q&A was previously updated on November 20, 2020 to reflect updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) indicating that all of the verification flexibilities in the April 3rd, May 15th, and July 9th Electronic Announcements apply to verifications being completed for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 award years.

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