§ 668.187Consequences of cohort default rates on your ability to participate in Title IV, HEA programs.
(a)End of participation.
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, you lose your eligibility to participate in the FFEL and Direct Loan programs 30 days after you receive our notice that your most recent cohort default rate is greater than 40 percent.
(2) Except as provided in paragraphs (d) and (e) of this section, you lose your eligibility to participate in the FFEL, Direct Loan, and Federal Pell Grant programs 30 days after you receive our notice that your three most recent cohort default rates are each 25 percent or greater.
(b)Length of period of ineligibility. Your loss of eligibility under this section continues—
(1) For the remainder of the fiscal year in which we notify you that you are subject to a loss of eligibility; and
(2) For the next 2 fiscal years.
(c)Using a cohort default rate more than once. The use of a cohort default rate as a basis for a loss of eligibility under this section does not preclude its use as a basis for—
(1) Any concurrent or subsequent loss of eligibility under this section; or
(2) Any other action by us.
(d)Continuing participation in Pell. If you are subject to a loss of eligibility under paragraph (a)(2) of this section, based on three cohort default rates of 25 percent or greater, you may continue to participate in the Federal Pell Grant Program if we determine that you—
(1) Were ineligible to participate in the FFEL and Direct Loan programs before October 7, 1998, and your eligibility was not reinstated;
(2) Requested in writing, before October 7, 1998, to withdraw your participation in the FFEL and Direct Loan programs, and you were not later reinstated; or
(3) Have not certified an FFELP loan or originated a Direct Loan Program loan on or after July 7, 1998.
(e)Requests for adjustments and appeals.
(1) A loss of eligibility under this section does not take effect while your request for adjustment or appeal, as listed in§ 668.189(a), is pending, provided your request for adjustment or appeal is complete, timely, accurate, and in the required format.
(2) Eligibility continued under paragraph (e)(1) of this section ends if we determine that none of the requests for adjustments and appeals you have submitted qualify you for continued eligibility under§ 668.189. Loss of eligibility takes effect on the date that you receive notice of our determination on your last pending request for adjustment or appeal.
(3) You do not lose eligibility under this section if we determine that your request for adjustment or appeal meets all requirements of this subpart and qualifies you for continued eligibility under§ 668.189.
(4) To avoid liabilities you might otherwise incur under paragraph (f) of this section, you may choose to suspend your participation in the FFEL and Direct Loan programs during the adjustment or appeal process.
(f)Liabilities during the adjustment or appeal process. If you continued to participate in the FFEL or Direct Loan Program under paragraph (e)(1) of this section, and we determine that none of your requests for adjustments or appeals qualify you for continued eligibility—
(1) For any FFEL or Direct Loan Program loan that you certified and delivered or originated and disbursed more than 30 days after you received the notice of your cohort default rate, we estimate the amount of interest, special allowance, reinsurance, and any related or similar payments we make or are obligated to make on those loans;
(2) We exclude from this estimate any amount attributable to funds that you delivered or disbursed more than 45 days after you submitted your completed appeal to us;
(3) We notify you of the estimated amount; and
(4) Within 45 days after you receive our notice of the estimated amount, you must pay us that amount, unless—
(i) You file an appeal under the procedures established in subpart H of this part (for the purposes of subpart H of this part, our notice of the estimate is considered to be a final program review determination); or
(ii) We permit a longer repayment period.
(g)Regaining eligibility. If you lose your eligibility to participate in a program under this section, you may not participate in that program until—
(1) The period described in paragraph (b) of this section has ended;
(2) You pay any amount owed to us under this section or are meeting that obligation under an agreement acceptable to us;
(3) You submit a new application for participation in the program;
(4) We determine that you meet all of the participation requirements in effect at the time of your application; and
(5) You and we enter into a new program participation agreement.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1845-0022)