FINAL RECONCILIATION OF A PELL GRANT AWARD YEAR

Reconciliationa nd CLoseout Procedures for Federal Student Aid

In addition to regular monthly reconciliation of Pell Grant data, a final reconciliation should be performed as soon as possible after final scheduled disbursements have been made for the award year. This final reconciliation should ensure that all data is correct, and that Total Net Drawdowns equal Net Accepted and Posted Disbursements in the COD System (Cash > NAPD balances should equal $0.00). This process must be performed within the applicable data submission deadline (defined below), as well as immediately following processing of any additional data by the school (for example, eligible late disbursements or disbursement adjustments made within regulatory timeframes, but which occur after the data submission deadline). There are two deadlines which impact this process:

Data Submission Deadline – The data submission deadline is published annually in a Federal Register Notice. It is generally the end of September following the end of the award year. For example, the 2016-2017 Award Year will close on September 29, 2017.  After this date, the COD System will not accept upward awards or disbursement adjustments without prior approval for an extension to the established data submission deadlines (downward adjustments will continue to be accepted). If your school needs to request an extension to the data submission deadline, this request may be submitted via the COD Web Site at https://cod.ed.gov.

Funding Cancellation Deadline – Pell Grant funding availability is canceled five years after the data submission deadline for the award year. For example, for the 2011-2012 Federal Pell Grant Award Year (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012), the funding cancellation date is September 29, 2017 [2012 + 5 = 2017]. After that time, schools will be unable to draw down or adjust further funds via the G5 website (although refunds of cash will still be accepted), and the COD System will be completely closed to any further award or disbursement processing for that award year. As such, schools must complete all final reconciliation activities well before this final deadline and in accordance with disbursement reporting timelines and the data submission deadline defined above.