34 CFR § 668.194 - Economically disadvantaged appeals.
(a) Eligibility. As described in this section, you may appeal a notice of a loss of eligibility under § 668.187 if an independent auditor's opinion certifies that your low income rate is two-thirds or more and -
(b) Low income rate.
(i) For an award year that overlaps the 12-month period selected under paragraph (b)(2) of this section, have an expected family contribution, as defined in 34 CFR 690.2, that is equal to or less than the largest expected family contribution that would allow a student to receive one-half of the maximum Federal Pell Grant award, regardless of the student's enrollment status or cost of attendance; or
(ii) For a calendar year that overlaps the 12-month period selected under paragraph (b)(2) of this section, have an adjusted gross income that, when added to the adjusted gross income of the student's parents (if the student is a dependent student) or spouse (if the student is a married independent student), is less than the amount listed in the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for the size of the student's family unit.
(2) The students who are used to determine your low income rate include only students who were enrolled on at least a half-time basis in an eligible program at your institution during any part of a 12-month period that ended during the 6 months immediately preceding the cohort's fiscal year.
(c) Completion rate.
(i) Completed the educational programs in which they were enrolled;
(ii) Transferred from your institution to a higher level educational program;
(iii) Remained enrolled and are making satisfactory progress toward completion of their educational programs at the end of the same 12-month period used to calculate the low income rate; or
(iv) Entered active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States within 1 year after their last date of attendance at your institution.
(2) The students who are used to determine your completion rate include only regular students who were -
(i) Initially enrolled on a full-time basis in an eligible program; and
(ii) Originally scheduled to complete their programs during the same 12-month period used to calculate the low income rate.
(d) Placement rate.
(ii) Were employed for at least 13 weeks, in an occupation for which you provided training, between the date they enrolled at your institution and the first date that is more than a year after their last date of attendance at your institution; or
(iii) Entered active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States within 1 year after their last date of attendance at your institution.
(2) For the purposes of this section, a former student is not considered to have been employed based on any employment by your institution.
(3) The students who are used to determine your placement rate include only former students who -
(i) Were initially enrolled in an eligible program on at least a half-time basis;
(ii) Were originally scheduled, at the time of enrollment, to complete their educational programs during the same 12-month period used to calculate the low income rate; and
(iii) Remained in the program beyond the point at which a student would have received a 100 percent tuition refund from you.
(4) A student is not included in the calculation of your placement rate if that student, on the date that is 1 year after the student's originally scheduled completion date, remains enrolled in the same program and is making satisfactory progress.
(e) Scheduled to complete. In calculating a completion or placement rate under this section, the date on which a student is originally scheduled to complete a program is based on -
(1) For a student who is initially enrolled full-time, the amount of time specified in your enrollment contract, catalog, or other materials for completion of the program by a full-time student; or
(2) For a student who is initially enrolled less than full-time, the amount of time that it would take the student to complete the program if the student remained at that level of enrollment throughout the program.
(f) Deadline for submitting an appeal.
(g) Independent auditor's opinion.
(1) The independent auditor's opinion must state whether your management's written assertion, as you provided it to the auditor and to us, meets the requirements for an economically disadvantaged appeal and is fairly stated in all material respects.
(2) The engagement that forms the basis of the independent auditor's opinion must be an examination-level compliance attestation engagement performed in accordance with -
(i) The American Institute of Certified Public Accountant's (AICPA) Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements, Compliance Attestation (AICPA, Professional Standards, vol. 1, AT sec. 500), as amended (these standards may be obtained by calling the AICPA's order department, at 1-888-777-7077); and
(ii) Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.
(i) Meet the requirements for an economically disadvantaged appeal; and
(ii) Are not contradicted or otherwise proven to be incorrect by information we maintain, to an extent that would render the independent auditor's opinion unacceptable.