Unless the provisions of paragraph (a)(2) or (a)(3) of this section apply, an applicant is required to update—
The number of family members in the applicant's household and the number of those household members attending postsecondary educational institutions, in accordance with provisions of paragraph (b) of this section; and
His or her dependency status in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (d) of this section.
An institution need not require an applicant to verify the information contained in his or her application for assistance in an award year if—
The applicant previously submitted an application for assistance for that award year;
The applicant updated and verified the information contained in that application; and
No change in the information to be updated has taken place since the last update.
If, as a result of a change in the applicant's marital status, the number of family members in the applicant's household, the number of those household members attending postsecondary education institutions, or the applicant's dependency status changes, the applicant shall not update those factors or that status.
If the number of family members in the applicant's household or the number of those household members attending postsecondary educational institutions changes for a reason other than a change in the applicant's marital status, an applicant who is selected for verification shall update the information contained in his or her application regarding those factors so that the information is correct as of the day the applicant verifies the information.
If an applicant has received Federal Pell Grant, ACG, National SMART Grant, campus-based, Federal Stafford Loan, or Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loan program assistance for an award year, and the applicant subsequently submits another application for assistance under any of those programs for that award year, and the applicant is required to update household size and number attending postsecondary educational institutions on the subsequent application, the institution—
Is required to take that newly updated information into account when awarding for that award year further Federal Pell Grant, ACG, National SMART Grant, or campus-based, assistance or certifying a Federal Stafford Loan application, or originating a Direct Subsidized Loan; and
Is not required to adjust the Federal Pell Grant, ACG, National SMART Grant, or campus-based assistance previously awarded to the applicant for that award year, or any previously certified Federal Stafford Loan application or previously originated Direct Subsidized Loan for that award year, to reflect the newly updated information unless the applicant would otherwise receive an overaward.
Except as provided in paragraphs (a)(3) and (d)(2) of this section, if an applicant's dependency status changes after the applicant applies to have his or her EFC calculated for an award year, the applicant must file a new application for that award year reflecting the applicant's new dependency status regardless of whether the applicant is selected for verification.
If the institution has previously certified a Federal Stafford Loan application for an applicant, the applicant shall not update his or her dependency status on the Federal Stafford Loan application. If the institution has previously originated a Direct Subsidized Loan for a borrower, the school shall not update the borrower's dependence status on the loan origination record.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under Control Number 1840-0570)
20 U.S.C. 1094
[56 FR 61337, Dec. 2, 1991, as amended at 59 FR 22067, 22068, Apr. 28, 1994; 59 FR 61206, 61207, Nov. 29, 1994; 63 FR 40625, July 29, 1998; 69 FR 12276, Mar. 16, 2004; 71 FR 64418, Nov. 1, 2006]
Effective Date Note:
At 75 FR 66954, Oct. 29, 2010, subpart E to part 668 was revised, effective July 1, 2012. For the convenience of the user, the revised text is set forth as follows:
Subpart E—Verification and Updating of Student Aid Application Information
If an applicant's dependency status changes at any time during the award year, the applicant must update FAFSA information, except when the update is due to a change in his or her marital status.
An applicant who is selected for verification of the number of persons in his or her household (household size) or the number of those in the household who are attending postsecondary institutions (number in college) must update those items to be correct as of the date of verification, except when the update is due to a change in his or her marital status.
Notwithstanding paragraph (b)(1) of this section, an applicant is not required to provide documentation of household size or number in college during a subsequent verification of either item if the information has not changed.
An institution may require an applicant to update FAFSA information under paragraph (a) or (b) of this section for a change in the applicant's marital status if the institution determines the update is necessary to address an inequity or to reflect more accurately the applicant's ability to pay.
20 U.S.C. 1094