Federal Student Aid recently provided information about the Unusual Enrollment History Selection for the 2017-2018 award year. Any financial aid advisor will tell you that some students who have an unusual enrollment history have legitimate reasons for their enrollment at multiple institutions. However, such an enrollment history requires a review to determine whether there are valid reasons for the unusual enrollment history.

There is a flag in NSLDS for students whose pattern of enrollment and / or award history for either Pell or Direct Loans (other than a Direct Consolidation Loan or Parent PLUS Loan) is identified as unusual. The CPS will flag the Unusual Enrollment History field (UEH) on the student’s SAR/ISIR indicating whether the FAFSA applicant has an unusual enrollment history with regard to the receipt of Title IV student aid. The specific unusual enrollment pattern is one where the student may have attended an institution long enough to receive a Title IV credit balance, leaves without completing the enrollment period, enrolls at another institution, and repeats the pattern of remaining enrolled just long enough to collect another Title IV credit balance. The award years that are monitored for unusual enrollment are the four award years preceding the current FAFSA award year. For the 2017-2018 award year, the UEH Flag will consider enrollment history for award years 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017. http://bit.ly/2jvnta4