Pop Quiz – Would a Change to Number in College Indicate Conflicting Information for Verification Purposes?

Question:

School XYZ is a community college that sees a high incidence of relatives also attending School XYZ included in the number in college. School XYZ could verify the student long before the student or his or her sibling would be enrolled. If School XYZ checks at the time of verification and the family member is not enrolled, does this constitute conflicting information?

Answer:

No. Per guidance received from the U.S. Department of Education, at the time of verification, the institution could reassess whether the family member planned to enroll at the institution and could continue to include that person in the number in college based on that assumption or projection. If the family member does not enroll, it is not considered conflicting information and the institution could not make any updates to the number in college unless the application is selected for verification again.

 

Publication Date: 5/16/2018


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