The waiver of verification of most Free Application for Federal Student Aid/Institutional Student Information Record (FAFSA/ISIR) information will be repealed for the 2022-23 award year, according to the Federal Register notice announcing 2022-23 verification items and acceptable documentation.
For the 2022-23 application year, ED’s requirements will revert to the 2021-22 requirements that were in place prior to ED’s announcement of the waiver in July, except that verification of high school completion is no longer required in any verification tracking group. This means that all 2022-23 FAFSA applicants who are selected for verification in the V1 tracking group must complete the verification process, and applicants in the V5 tracking group must again verify all data elements within that group (including income data).
The 2021-22 waiver will continue to be in effect for the remainder of the 2021-22 application year. Separate from the waiver, COVID-related verification flexibilities on identity, statement of educational purpose, and high school completion status remain in effect through the end of the first payment period that begins after the date that the COVID-19 national emergency is rescinded, which has not yet occurred.
NASFAA President Justin Draeger issued the following statement:
“Not extending these waivers for 2022-23 will have serious negative consequences for both students and schools. Low-income and vulnerable students have borne the brunt of this pandemic, and it shows in lower FAFSA completions and lower college enrollments. Adding back this burdensome verification process - which results in very few actual changes to aid offers - will make the college going process that much more difficult.
All of the reasons that ED cited for offering these waivers previously will continue to exist next year. While more nimble and agile than ever, financial aid offices cannot simply pivot every few months to operationalize new and different federal requirements. We call on the Department of Education to extend these waivers for the 2022-23 year before the 2022-23 FAFSA is made available in October.”
Publication Date: 8/31/2021