IS YOUR STATEMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE WRONG

If you followed the original guidance for 2018-2019 FAFSA Information to Be Verified for the 2018-2019 Award Year, it darn well may be!

A brief notice appeared in the Federal Register last month correcting a minor error in the text the department requires schools to use when verifying applicants 2018-2019 FAFSA information. The May 5, 2017 Federal Register included erroneous language for the “Statement of Educational Purpose” which read “I certify that I ____ the individual signing this Statement of Educational Purpose…”

The corrected language should read “I certify that I ___ am the individual signing this Statement of Educational Purpose.”

Check out the Fed Register Notice here, and be sure to update your verification texts and documents accordingly.

While schools aren’t required to use the Department’s suggested verification text and are free to develop their own, the one exception is that institutions must use the EXACT LANGUAGE provided by the Department in the Statement of Educational Purpose for students placed in V4 and V5 Verification Tracking Groups.

ED provided updated 2018-2019 Suggested Verification Text, Verification Items and Verification Tracking Group Descriptions in a recent electronic announcement which you can read here.