(1) In administering its Federal Perkins Loan program, an institution shall establish and maintain an internal control system of checks and balances that ensures that no office can both authorize payments and disburse funds to students.
(i) A separate bank account for Federal funds is not required, except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section.
(ii) An institution shall notify any bank in which it deposits Federal funds of the accounts into which those funds are deposited by—
(A) Ensuring that the name of the account clearly discloses the fact that Federal funds are deposited in the account; or
(B) Notifying the bank, in writing, of the names of the accounts in which it deposits Federal funds. The institution shall retain a copy of this notice in its files.
(i) The institution shall ensure that the cash balances of the accounts into which it deposits Federal Perkins Loan Fund cash assets do not fall below the amount of Fund cash assets deposited in those accounts but not yet expended on authorized purposes in accordance with applicable title IV HEA program requirements, as determined from the records of the institution.
(ii) If the cash balances of the accounts at any time fall below the amount described in paragraph (a)(3)(i) of this section, the institution is deemed to make any subsequent deposits into the accounts of funds derived from other sources with the intent to restore to that amount those Fund assets previously withdrawn from those accounts. To the extent that these institutional deposits restore the amount previously withdrawn, they are deemed to be Fund assets.
(b)Account for Perkins Loan Fund. An institution shall maintain the funds it receives under this part in accordance with the requirements in § 668.163.
(c)Deposit of ICC into Fund. An institution shall deposit its ICC into its Fund prior to or at the same time it deposits any FCC.
(d)Records and reporting.
(1) An institution shall establish and maintain program and fiscal records that are reconciled at least monthly.
(2) Each year an institution shall submit a Fiscal Operations Report plus other information the Secretary requires. The institution shall insure that the information reported is accurate and shall submit it on the form and at the time specified by the Secretary.
(e)Retention of records—
(1)Records. An institution shall follow the record retention and examination provisions in this part and in 34 CFR 668.24.
(i) An institution shall retain a record of disbursements for each loan made to a borrower on a Master Promissory Note (MPN). This record must show the date and amount of each disbursement.
(ii) For any loan signed electronically, an institution must maintain an affidavit or certification regarding the creation and maintenance of the institution's electronic MPN or promissory note, including the institution's authentication and signature process in accordance with the requirements of § 674.50(c)(12).
(iii) An institution shall maintain a repayment history for each borrower. This repayment history must show the date and amount of each repayment over the life of the loan. It must also indicate the amount of each repayment credited to principal, interest, collection costs, and either penalty or late charges.
(3)Period of retention of disbursement records, electronic authentication and signature records, and repayment records.
(i) An institution shall retain disbursement and electronic authentication and signature records for each loan made using an MPN for at least three years from the date the loan is canceled, repaid, or otherwise satisfied.
(ii) An institution shall retain repayment records, including cancellation and deferment requests for at least three years from the date on which a loan is assigned to the Secretary, canceled or repaid.
(4)Manner of retention of promissory notes and repayment schedules. An institution shall keep the original promissory notes and repayment schedules until the loans are satisfied. If required to release original documents in order to enforce the loan, the institution must retain certified true copies of those documents.
(i) An institution shall keep the original paper promissory note or original paper MPN and repayment schedules in a locked, fireproof container.
(ii) If a promissory note was signed electronically, the institution must store it electronically and the promissory note must be retrievable in a coherent format. An original electronically signed MPN must be retained by the institution for 3 years after all the loans made on the MPN are satisfied.
(iii) After the loan obligation is satisfied, the institution shall return the original or a true and exact copy of the note marked “paid in full” to the borrower, or otherwise notify the borrower in writing that the loan is paid in full, and retain a copy for the prescribed period.
(iv) An institution shall maintain separately its records pertaining to cancellations of Defense, NDSL, and Federal Perkins Loans.
(v) Only authorized personnel may have access to the loan documents.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1845-0019)