Beginning in May 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will give Title IV schools access to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (Save) system for submitting third step verification requests to obtain the immigration status for determining student eligibility for Title IV aid. Increasing electronic access for Title IV schools to the save system is a collaborative effort by ED and DHS, designed to modernize the third step verification process. DHS’ existing paper-based process will be discontinued on May 1, 2018.

To assist schools in getting up to speed with the new process, the Department created a new DHS-SAVE resource page on the IFAP website. It provides the guidance on the electronic third step verification process for determining a student’s eligibility for title iv as well as dear colleague letters and announcements and other resources.