INCREASE IN PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT USE DUE TO COVID-19
With unemployment insurance ending for millions of people this month, financial aid offices around the country have been inundated with requests for financial aid appeals. Earlier this year the Department released guidance encouraging financial aid administrators “use professional judgment to reflect more accurately the financial need of students and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A short while later ED removed references to GEN-0904 and GEN-0905 from the 20-21 FSA Handbook and indicated that the guidance in those Dear Colleague Letters has been archived for historical purposes only and is no longer considered active. For what it is worth…they issued some reassurance that they will not view increased use of professional judgment negatively or use it as a selection criteria for a program review.