Guidance for Interruptions of Study Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) [Webpage].
United States. Office of Postsecondary Education.
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Published: March 20, 2020
United States Office of Postsecondary Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
This electronic announcement from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education addresses concerns expressed by higher education leaders regarding how they should comply with Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA) policies for students whose activities are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, either directly because the student is ill or quarantined, or indirectly because the student was recalled from travel-abroad experiences, can no longer participate in internships or clinical rotations, or attends a campus that temporarily suspended operations. This information is designed to provide flexibilities for schools that are working to help students complete the term in which they are currently enrolled. It addresses different potential student and campus scenarios that may prompt an institution to have questions about how to comply with Title IV, HEA requirements if COVID-19 impacts a student or a campus: a student was enrolled or was supposed to begin a travel-abroad experience; a student was enrolled in a program and met the requirements for full-time enrollment, however, one or more have been cancelled and now the student has fallen below the 12 credit hour; a student is quarantined and misses class or a student is incapacitated due to COVID-19 illness; a campus temporarily stops offering ground-based classes; or a foreign school that serves U.S. students who participate in Title IV programs temporarily suspends operations. Guidance is provided that addresses: accommodating students whose enrollment is disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic; distance learning; federal work study; the length of the academic year; the use of professional judgement by financial aid administrators; Satisfactory Academic Progress appeals; students who did not begin attendance; enrollment status changes; return of Title IV funds; definition of a withdrawal date; date of determination and timeframes for returns; reentering the same payment period; and NSLDS enrollment reporting. The announcement closes with a link to a resource that answers frequently asked questions about COVID-19.
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