"Evidence has shown that verification can even keep students from enrolling in college if they’re unable to complete the process, said Jill Desjean, a policy analyst at NASFAA, underscoring the importance of reducing that burden. And institutions can feel the strain, too—a survey conducted by NASFAA found that one in five financial aid administrators spend at least half of their time processing verification requests.

The department temporarily changed its verification process for the 2021–22 application cycle due to the COVID-19 pandemic so that it was more targeted, focusing only on identity theft and fraud. But it announced in September that the process would be returning to normal for the 2022–23 application cycle, a decision that both NCAN and NASFAA opposed, given that “all of the reasons that ED cited for offering these waivers previously will continue to exist next year,” said Justin Draeger, president and CEO of NASFAA." Read more here.


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