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 November 20, 2020 to reflect updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Yes. According to guidance NASFAA has received from ED, the verification flexibilities related to COVID-19 apply to any verifications being completed through the end of the payment period that includes December 31, 2020 or the end of the payment period that includes the end date for the federally-declared emergency related to COVID-19, whichever occurs later.

This includes verifications being completed for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 award years. Per ED, this is true even though language in the September 3, 2020 Federal Register might appear to indicate otherwise.

For example, if the qualifying emergency extends into the spring 2021 term or payment period, then the flexibilities continue to apply through the end of the spring 2021 term/payment period for any verifications that are being completed for the 2020-21 or 2021-22 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: Reference the August 21, 2020 Electronic Announcement. No additional announcements from ED are necessary for you to continue to apply this guidance past December 31, 2020, as long as the qualifying emergency continues past December 31. If and when the qualifying emergency ends, we will be sure to notify the community in NASFAA's Today's News.

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