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

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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the end of the payment period that begins after the date on which the COVID-19 federally declared national emergency is rescinded.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the end of the payment period that begins after the date on which the COVID-19 federally declared national emergency is rescinded.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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