Does the V4/V5 Verification Flexibility Allow the Student to Self-Certify Her Diploma is the Equivalent to a U.S. High School Diploma?
No. The flexibility in the May15, 2020 Electronic Announcement applies to both U.S. and foreign high school completers, but it only allows the student to self-certify that he or she has completed high school and received a high school diploma or its equivalent. That guidance does not permit the student to attest to the fact that the foreign high school diploma is the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma or recognized equivalent under 34 CFR 600.2, "Recognized equivalent of a high school diploma." Making that determination is the responsibility of the school. See Volume 1, Chapter 1 of the FSA Handbook.
See AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A, How Do We Verify High School Completion If the Student's High School Is Closed Due To Coronavirus?
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Publication Date: 5/22/2020