DHS-SAVE SYSTEM FOR VERIFICATION OF ELIGIBLE NONCITIZEN STATUS NOW LIVE

Go ahead and toss those G-845 forms, the Department of Homeland Security-United States Customs and Immigration Services (DHS-USCIS) Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system is now live. The new save system is completely paperless and requires Financial Aid Administrators to submit third step verification requests and determine students’ eligibility for Title IV aid electronically.

On May 21, 2018 your school’s primary destination point administrator should have received SAVE system log-on credentials including a SAVE user ID and temporary password.  PDPAs can retrieve their log-on credentials by accessing the SAIG Enrollment website at (https://FSAWebenroll.ed.gov), and then navigating to the “Manage your SAIG Mailboxes” screen. Using their log-on credentials, PDPAs will establish their SAVE account on the secure SAVE website: https://save.uscis.gov/web/vislogin.aspx?JS=YES.

Detailed instructions to access the log-on credentials, activate the user ID, create and manage subordinate users, submit third step verification requests and determine students’ eligibility for Title IV aid are in the May 10, 2018 Electronic Announcement “SAVE Instructions for U.S. Department of Education (School) Users”.

Prior guidance from FSA provided a workaround while the SAVE system was brought online. That workaround has ended, and schools must follow the new procedures outlined in the 48-page DHS-SAVE Instructions (linked here for brevity).
For more information on the distribution of DHS-SAVE User IDs and Passwords, click here.

On May 24, 2018, the work around for schools to receive third step verification status responses from FSA, as described in the May 4, 2018 Electronic Announcement, ended. Beginning May 24, 2018, schools must follow the directions described in the May 10, 2018 Electronic Announcement “SAVE Instructions for U.S. Department of Education (School) Users”. The new procedure directs users through the workaround procedure only if the message “No cases found that match the search criteria” is received, or the case is closed, and the student has submitted new immigration documentation.