Important SAVE System Reminders

 Schools are still learning the process of using the Department of Homeland Security’s Systematic Alien Verification Entitlement (SAVE) System to confirm the Title IV eligibility of eligible noncitizens. To this end, financial aid administrators are reminded of the following:

  • Be sure to attend NASFAA’s Citizenship Status and Title IV Aid Eligibility webinar on October 3, 2018. Register here.
  • Carefully review and follow the step-by-step SAVE System Instructions for US Department of Education (School) Users.
  • Refer to the September 4, 2018 Electronic Announcement, “No Records Found Issue Resolved in DHS-SAVE System,” for more specific guidance related to third step verification of the following statuses:
    • Application Pending;
    • Parolee Expires;
    • Parolee—Indefinite;
    • Non-Immigrant;
    • Other; and
    • Closed Cases.
  • Do not submit Title IV-ineligible documents to SAVE. Only permanent residents and certain noncitizens who are in the U.S. for other than temporary purposes are eligible for Title IV aid. Before submitting a document for third step verification, you must first determine whether the student’s documentation would make him or her eligible for Title IV aid. If in question, first review Volume 1, Chapter 2 of the FSA Handbook before submitting the document to SAVE. In many cases, you won’t need to do so.
  • Do not send DHS verification numbers to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for re-matches when the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) already shows that the student’s status is confirmed.
  • Visit the DHS-SAVE Electronic Third Step Verification page on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) website for more information and guidance.
  • The SAVE System is used by more than just financial aid administrators to confirm eligibility beyond federal student aid.


Publication Date: 10/1/2018

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