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We will post any changes to the Federal Rules and Regulations that govern the Financial Aid process and student eligibility to this page. Due to frequent updates check this page often. 

Federal Update: 1/22/14 Upcoming Distribution of 2014-2015 Renewal FAFSA Reminders

Renewal Reminder e-mail notifications will be sent to students who are 
renewal-eligible for 2014-2015 and qualified for reminders by January 13, 2014.  Eligible students must have a valid e-mail address on their 2013-2014 record to receive a 2014-2015 Renewal Reminder e-mail.

Please note the following additional information:
A student may become renewal-eligible for 2014-2015 after January 13, 2014 if he or she initially files a 2013-2014 FAFSA or if a correction is made to his or her 2013-2014 record after January 13, 2014 that creates a renewal-eligible record.

This student is eligible to complete the 2014-2015 renewal application, but will not receive a Renewal Reminder e-mail.

We will not send Renewal Reminders to renewal-eligible students who already have a processed 2014-2015 FAFSA by January 13, 2014.

12/13/13 The U.S. Department of Education announced important information on the use of “marriage” and “spouse” in the Title IV Student Financial Assistance Programs in regards to relationship to the FAFSA. 
Under the Supreme Court’s decision invalidating Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (United States v. Windsor) this change becomes effective December 13, 2013.

2013-14 FAFSA:
-Students who were legally married (regardless of gender), at the time their 2013-14 FAFSA was submitted, may provide proof of a marriage license to the Financial Aid Office for re-evaluation. NOTE: Re-Evaluations for dependent students parents’ marital status (regardless of gender) may be requested if the parents were legally married when the FAFSA was originally submitted.

-If you have not submitted a 2013-14 FAFSA as of today and you or your parents are legally married (regardless of gender), you must include your spouse’s information when you complete your FAFSA and provide a copy of the marriage license to the Financial Aid Office.

2014-15 FAFSA:
-Students who are legally married (regardless of gender) must include their spouse’s information on the FAFSA.
-Dependent students whose parents are legally married (regardless of gender) must include both parents’ information on the FAFSA.

For more information and guidance visit: http://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN1325.html

​Alert c/o of Shasta College 12/3/13:
Phishing Scam Alert: 
Request to File Unemployment Benefits – Recently a California applicant for unemployment insurance benefits received an email from the Unemployment Advisory department stating that the applicant’s initial application for benefits was received, but not complete.  It provided links to continue the unemployment filing process.  This email was a scam.  For more information about the EDD Phishing Scam Alert, please visit http://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/Phishing_Scam_Alert.htm
​Federal Update 10/30/13
In preparation for the 2014-2015 Renewal Reminder distribution, we are reminding all schools to update 2013-2014 Student Aid Report (SAR) and Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) transactions for their students with a current e-mail address by January 13, 2014.

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for a 2014-2015 renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 13, 2014, will be sent a Renewal Reminder e-mail between January 16 and January 22, 2014.

Federal Update 7/3/13​


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Federal Updates 3/1/13 
The Department of Education posted an electronic announcement http://ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/030113ImpactofSequestrationonTitleIVFSAProg.html on IFAP regarding implementation of sequestration cuts. Please click on the link or see the text of the announcement below.
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