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1 of Creating and Maintaining a Compliant Policy and Procedure Manual Presented by: Chyrl R. Ayers, COO Global Financial Aid Services, Inc. SASFAA th Anniversary Conference February 11, 2013, 3:45 – 5 pm Dunwoody A

2 WELCOME

3 Learning Objectives WHY must a P&P manual be maintained? WHAT is required? WHO is responsible to create and maintain? needs access? WHERE to store and methodologies utilized? WHEN should it be reviewed and updated?

4 Why required? Why does a manual make sense? WHY?

5 Separate manual; or Cross-reference to manual(s) already in existence. Note: You may want to consider using icons to represent different areas for quick reference in your P&P manual. Considering Different Configurations

6 Good Practice Different Types of Icons Tip Policy Important Exception Definition (some prefer a Glossary in this area) Checklist Example NEW

7 What content to include? WHAT?

8 Federal Pell FDSL Campus-based Funding –FSEOG –FWS –Federal Perkins Teach Grant Packaging Philosophies and Procedures

9 Do you package loans only up to the direct cost and allow the student to request additional loan funds for living expenses? Do you package for the full annual limits and then reduce if requested by the student? Packaging Philosophies and Procedures Considerations

10 If packaging for less than a full annual amount, how are students made aware of the maximum amount they can borrow? How do you monitor funds received from other sources (i.e. scholarships, foundation funds, employer payments, state grants, etc.) to ensure student is not overawarded? Packaging Philosophies and Procedures Considerations

11 If a student’s Title IV aid package must be reduced due to receipt of a scholarship, how is the student notified? What is your process for packaging: –Transfer students in an open loan period? –Re-entry students? –Students who change programs? Packaging Philosophies and Procedures Considerations

12 P&P Regulatory Citation Related to Federal Pell Calculation of Federal Pell Grant Awards Requirements and optional recalculation Fiscal Records and Disbursement requirements H.R Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Program

13 Requirements for determination of Federal Pell Grant; What situations require recalculation? Do you recalculate under optional situations? How and when you disburse and report? Procedures for handling and disbursing the Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant Basic Federal Pell Considerations

14 (b) Packaging Policies for FDSL Counseling Borrowers Payment of refunds or RT Administrative and Fiscal Control P&P Regulatory Citation Related to FDSL

15 Outline the procedures to determine the appropriate award amounts. Do you always award the maximum? Do you consult with the student first in determining the award amounts? Do you package direct and indirect or only direct? How does the student request indirect/living expenses ? Basic DL Considerations Awarding Process

16 Outline the procedures to determine parent’s eligibility under the PLUS program How do you determine the amount? How do you notify they parent of eligibility and/or awarded amount? What is the process if a parent requests online through COD? How do you collection information to document the parent’s requested amount? How do you provide information to the parent related to PLUS ? Basic DL Considerations PLUS (Parent Borrower)

17 Outline the confirmation process for loans Active or passive? Must document how you handle each academic year in which loans are made to students Basic DL Considerations Confirmation Process

18 Loan Counseling – outline your procedures for loan counseling and include entrance and exit processes. Disbursement Notification Letters – include your procedures on how and when notifications are made to borrowers when a direct loan occurs. Basic DL Considerations

19 Selection and Awarding FSEOG Fiscal Procedures and Records P&P Campus-based Funds - FSEOG

20 Should include your procedures for awarding of FSEOG Reviewed and maintained for each award year; How students are informed of eligibility and selection criteria for determining award amount. If information is contained in catalog or consumer information, you should still have a written policy on FSEOG Basic FSEOG Considerations Awarding Policy

21 Should include details on how you meet the institutional matching requirements. Note: This process should be the same each award year; therefore, one policy may cover several award years. The award years covered by the policy should be noted in the policy. Basic FSEOG Consideration Institutional Match

22 Selection and Awarding ; ; 675.2(b); (g) Assigning FWS Jobs Fiscal Procedures and Records Job Location and Development- Procedures and Records Work College Program-Procedures and Records P&P Campus-based Funds - FWS

23 Application material; How students are notified of available positions; How hourly wage is determined; How the interviewing and hiring process works; and Policy on limiting the number of hours worked. Basic Consideration FWS Selection Process

24 Selection process for off-campus employers; Written off-campus FWS Agreements: –Who is considered the employer for purposes of hiring, terminations and pay rate? –Who is responsible for required cost such as nonfederal share social security and workman’s compensation? –Who is responsible for payroll? Basic Consideration FWS Off-campus Employers

25 Outline the payroll procedures used for FWS students Timesheet process; Frequency of payment; Method used for paying student; Procedures for documenting payroll made by off- campus employers; and How the required institutional match is made (school or off-campus employer) Basic Consideration FWS Payroll and Non-federal Share

26 Include how community service requirements are met (7% of your allocation with at least one position as a reading tutor or performing family literacy). Basic Consideration FWS Community Service

27 Selection and Awarding Perkins MPN Perkins Loan Disclosure Fiscal Procedures and Records (d) Forbearance P&P Campus-based Funds – Federal Perkins Deferment Contact Borrower Billing Collection Litigation Cancellation

28 Eligibility requirements; Selection procedures; and Criteria for determining the award amount. Basic Consideration Federal Perkins Awarding Policy

29 Loan Counseling - Should include both entrance and exit counseling processes Cumulative Balance Owed – Procedures used to notify student of the cumulative balance owed and the expected payment amount. Must be provided each award year prior to 1 st disbursement of a Federal Perkins loan. Basic Consideration Federal Perkins

30 Maintenance of MPN (fireproof container or cabinet); Procedures for returning MPN to the borrower after loan is satisfied; Storing of loan records – deferments, cancellations, forbearances, repayment schedules and other correspondence with borrower; and If you use e-sign you must document your e-sign procedures. Basic Consideration Federal Perkins Recordkeeping

31 Disbursement Notification Letters – include your procedures on how and when notifications are made to borrowers when a loan occurs. Red Flag Rules – procedures should include how you comply with the FTC’s Red Flag Rule Basic Consideration Federal Perkins

32 Outline confirmation process for loans Active or passive? Must document how you handle each academic year in which loans are made to students. Basic Consideration Federal Perkins Confirmation

33 This section should include the processes used in servicing the Federal Perkins loans: Borrower contacts; Billing procedures; Default and collection procedures; Cost assessed to borrowers; and Perkins assignment. Basic Consideration Federal Perkins Servicing Procedures

34 Note: If you use a server for your Perkins, the servicers’ efforts in these areas would be included in the P&P manual. You need to outline who is responsible for what and anything shared. Basic Consideration Federal Perkins Servicing Procedures

35 686.10; Eligibility Determination Counseling Fiscal Control and Funds Accounting P&P Campus-based Funds – TEACH Grant

36 Exit counseling for student who does not complete counseling on NSLDS website; Any additional counseling you may perform for TEACH Grant recipients; and How you verify enrollment in an eligible program and verity student’s GPA to ensure eligibility for TEACH disbursement. Basic Considerations TEACH Grant

37 691.15; ; ACG and National SMART Eligibility Requirements 668.3; ; 691.2(d); Calculating ACG & National SMART Fiscal Control and Fund Accounting (Not currently funded) P&P Campus-based Funds – ACG/SMART (Not currently funded)

38 Written policy that indicates the following: Time period for student to provide documentation; Consequences of failure to submit; Method used to notify changes of EFC & change to TIV awards; Procedures to follow when it is necessary to correct FAFSA data; and Procedures followed if referral of student to OIG. Verification –

39 This policy must be made available to all students selected for the process of verification. Verification –

40 Requests for PJ’s How students are made aware of the availability to be considered for this process; Process by which student applies for PJ; and Standard forms or other documentation required. Professional Judgment (PJ) – 479A and 668.5(c)

41 PJ’s decision – How students are notified of the decision and this should include the results of awards being revised based on approval. Professional Judgment (PJ) – 479A and 668.5(c)

42 Methods of Monitoring SAP Automated or manual process? Who monitors SAP? How often is SAP reviewed? How is FA notified of the failure of SAP? Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) (e) and

43 Procedures for FA Warning and Probation How are students notified? What are the appeal procedures Who prepares academic plan and monitors them to ensure student is meeting the requirements of the plan? How are students notified of the SAP policy? Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) (e) and

44 Procedures for posting of disbursements to students’ accounts timely and accurately including procedures to ensure funds are posted in 3 days. Procedures for handling credit balances: Monitoring of students with credit balance authorization forms; Student Accounts

45 For students with credit balance authorization forms; how do you monitor and ensure credit balances are handled within the 14-day requirement of end of loan period (or award year if loans are not awarded), or within 14-day requirement of graduation; Student Accounts

46 For students that do not authorize the holding of credit balance, how do you monitor the issuance within the 14-day requirement? How does the student rescind authorization to hold credit balance? Who monitors and handles late disbursements that post that might cause a credit balance which may need to be issued within the 14- days? Student Accounts

47 Rosters – process for completing and returning rosters including the schedule followed. NSLDS Reporting

48 Process for reporting changes in enrollment status; Who is responsible? How the responsible party receives notification of change. Enrollment Status Changes

49 Process for adding a student to monitoring; Who is responsible? How the responsible party receives notification of change. Transfer Student Monitoring

50 Schools refund policy including Return to Title IV (R2T4) Note: School refund policy may change so it is important to note in the P&P the various policies and effective dates. Process of coordination between departments (academics, business office and financial aid). Procedures for return of unearned aid or refunds resulting from school refund policy or R2T4. Withdrawals/TIV Refunds

51 Notification process of results Refund calculations; Return to TIV programs; Post Withdrawal Disbursements (PWD)- –Process to notify students of eligibility for PWD; –Process for tracking PWD’s awaiting authorization student or parent; –Process for disbursement of PWD; and –Process to notify and deliver credit balance resulting from PWD. Withdrawals/TIV Refunds

52 Updating NSLDS and loan servicer due to enrollment status change. Process for handling Exit Counseling (covered in DL section of P&P) Default Management Plan Withdrawals/TIV Refunds

53 Distribution of Consumer Information ; ; ; – ; (i) Procedures for meeting requirements for Constitutional Day Procedures for distributing voter registration (if your state has not enacted the vehicle/voter registration provision) Validity of HS Diploma (if issue is raised) Miscellaneous

54 Leave of Absence Procedures Job Descriptions of Financial Aid Employees & Adequate Staffing (b) Procedures for G Resolving Conflicting Information (f) Resolving Comment Codes (C-Flags) Miscellaneous

55 Cost of Attendance for each award year and back up documentation on how the figures are determined Academic Year Definition (if more than one used, the section should document this by program) Title IV Formula (if more than one used, the section should document this by program) Programs subject to clock to credit conversion Miscellaneous

56 Who should create manual? Who should update? Who needs access to manual? WHO?

57 Where to maintain the completed manual? WHERE?

58 When should it be updated? WHEN?

59 NASFAA IFAP ListServs Peers Resources

60 Lesson Learned

61 SAP Verification Refunds & R2T4 Selection Criteria for CBF Admission Criteria Consumer Information Most Frequently Requested Polices and Procedures for a Program Review

62 Contact Information: Chyrl R. Ayers Chief Operating Officer Global Financial Aid Services

63 Q & A

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