U.S. Education Department Will Relax Aid-Verification Rules in 2021-22

"A major burden for students and colleges alike has been lifted, at least for one year. The U.S. Department of Education announced on Tuesday that it will waive verification requirements for most of the information that federal-aid applicants must provide during the 2021-22 enrollment cycle," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. 

..."Financial-aid staffs have had long, complicated history with verification, Justin Draeger, president and chief executive of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, wrote in a message to The Chronicle on Tuesday: 'Frustratingly, verification isn’t well targeted and doesn’t actually lead to very many changes in financial-aid awards. Waiving these requirements now means that students who have been stuck in the verification process, and schools that have been working with them, can move straight to putting together a financial-aid package without delay.'"

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Publication Date: 7/13/2021

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